The Diocese of Nottingham is joining the global Caritas family, with support from Caritas Social Action Network. CSAN brings together dioceses and Catholic charities throughout England and Wales.
Several CSAN member organisations are already active in this diocese, and we look forward to deepening our collaboration within the Caritas network. Here we introduce you to some of them.
Faith in Families
Faith in Families began in 1948 as the Catholic Children’s Society serving the Diocese.Although now independent, they continue to provide adoption and school social work service, and enjoy widespread support from parishes and individual Catholics.Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Faith in Families are supporting Derby parishes in their preparations to host a family of Syrian refugees under the Home Office Community Sponsorship Scheme. We encourage other parishes in the diocese to consider doing the same.
St Vincent de Paul Society
The St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) aims to tackle poverty in all its forms through the provision of practical assistance to those in need. Volunteer members, motivated by their faith, are to be found in many parishes in our diocese. They are committed to meaningful and long term befriending, visiting those in need in their homes, in hospital and in care homes and offering practical support such as food, furniture or financial help where needed. Each summer SVP runs a Vinnie Camp for 8-14 year olds, at Mablethorpe and six other locations nationwide.
Stella Maris is the largest ship-visiting network in the world. In our diocese a team of Port Chaplains and volunteers serve seafarers at the Lincolnshire ports of Grimsby, Immingham and Boston, offering information, advocacy, and spiritual support.
CAFOD is the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. It is well known and well supported by parishioners on the diocese, both through giving and volunteering. They work with partners worldwide through the global humanitarian network of Caritas Internationalis, and campaign for global justice, so that every woman, man and child can live a full and dignified life.
For many years CAFOD has supported our Justice and Peace Commission, thanks to a grant from its development education fund. We work closely with our diocesan representative based at the CAFOD volunteer centre in Nottingham