Caritas Fund Helps Families through Pandemic

Sunday 18th April 2021

Caritas Salford is pleased to have been awarded a £10,000 grant by the National Lottery to continue their work of supporting families around our diocese access essential food and basic supplies throughout the Covid19 pandemic.

Caritas is delighted to be able to extend the offer of funding of food and basic essentials shopping for families in need in your parishes.  This is thanks to the Trustees of the Charity of Mary Patricia O’Halloran, who have agreed to match fund the National Lottery’s original grant of £10,000.  This additional money is available to families in Manchester only, in accordance with the terms of the O’Halloran Trust.  With thanks to the Manchester Jesuit Community at the Holy Name Universities Chaplaincy for arranging this.

Many in our diocese will know of people who are going hungry, having to make the stark choice of paying the bills or buying food for the family, exacerbated by the effects of the pandemic.

Despite the pandemic forcing Caritas to make rapid adaptations to the way they operate services, Covid19 has not stopped their staff and volunteers from reaching those in our diocese who are in need.  Through creativity and innovation they have continued to ensure they can put Caritas, ‘love into action’, around the diocese.

The National Lottery fund is available on a first come, first served basis to all parishes and schools around the diocese and can be used for any individual or family in need.  Many parishes have already accessed it to to purchase and distribute food vouchers for families.

The continued prayers and practical support from parishes around our diocese allows Caritas to reach those in need of a helping hand.

If you are a parish priest or teacher, you can apply by emailing

  • Name and location of your parish/school.
  • Number of families you wish to support (maximum of three).
  • Number of adults and children in each family you wish to support.
  • What impact this will have and any relevant additional background information.

Please do not provide Caritas with the personal data of individuals/family such as name, address, etc. 

If you are in need of support, find contact details for Caritas’ services here

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