Faith in Action


CYMFed National Catholic Award Scheme  

The Faith in Action Award has been created to facilitate an exploration of scripture and Church teaching, with an emphasis on translating this into action.

The programme rewards active service in schools and parishes, encouraging young people to take their service into the wider community and accept greater responsibility for their faith in action.

It encourages them to shine the light of faith upon their experience, reflecting upon how this shapes and moulds them as young people.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this for?

The scheme is, primarily, for Y6 onwards.

It is envisaged that schools and parishes will use the materials within their respective schools/parishes. That is to say, even though a participant may wish to aim for the gold award, the local school or parish may encourage them to aim for the silver in a given year so that they may then have something to work towards in the years ahead.

The Faith in Action Award helps young people identify and celebrate what is really important and to formally achieve recognition for the many different ways they contribute positively to the community.

Young people will be encouraged to take ownership of projects, developing them according to their own talents and interests, all understood in the light of the Gospel message and the common call to discipleship.

Who is the award run by?

The award is run by the Diocese but is moderated nationally to allow all participating dioceses to have a fair system of assessment.

How can I register?

Schools, parishes or any other organisations wishing to complete the award should register here

How long does it take to complete the award?

It is recommended that the programme should commence around September* and final pieces and hours completed by the following May/June.

*However this may vary but the award can take up to 8 months dependent on hours etc.

The awards ceremony will then be after the summer break where you will be presented with your Diocesan certificate by the Bishop.

There are four different levels of award commencing in year 6.

Please see below for more information.

Is this the same as the Duke of Edinburgh award?

The Faith in Action Award differs from the DofE in that as the year goes on, we would ask the young people involved in their acts of service to reflect on why they are acting in this way and what the results of their actions might be through four 90 minute reflection points based on the Pastoral Cycle of see-judge-act. However, it is possible to create a full retreat for each point if desired.

These retreats are being organised through the Office of Youth Ministry and Just Youth.

The reflection points are vital as they allow the young person to act and then reflect on that action. Our actions will then in turn change through this reflection.

At the end of the year the young people will be asked to show how their thoughts might have changed by completing a final piece of work that shows how they have engaged with their work and service and how the reflection points have allowed them to grow in their relationship with God and neighbour.

I am interested in setting up the award in my School and Parish. Do I need to register twice?

No, you only need to register once. 

Once you have completed the form, please email it across to Lorraine at the Youth Office.

How much does the award cost?

Apart from printing off the booklet, the only other cost is the badge which will be presented at the award ceremony. The badge costs £2.50 for each level. There is no charge for the reflection days.

How do I order certificates and badges?

To order certificates and badges please complete the order form which can be downloaded by clicking here.

When will the certificate be presented?

These will be presented along with the badge at the award ceremony. This usually takes place once a year (July). However, if you would prefer to organise your own event with your deanery/cluster where the certificate and badge can be presented, this is fine.

Can I have young people on different levels ie: some on the pin and a few more on the bronze etc?

Yes you can. However, for the PIN Level, this can be done as one class/group while the rest of the awards are achieved individually. During the reflection points, group will be split according to the level they are working towards.

Can a young person achieve all their hours in school? 

  • Encourages school/parish/community links
  • Completely inclusive – accessible by all participants
  • Simple and powerful way of reflecting on active faith

As the award encourages school/parish and community links, it would not be appropriate to complete all the hours in the school as there would be no link with the parish. One of the benefits of completing the award is to strengthen the links between the individual, parish communities and organisations.

What can I do to achieve the award?

Below you can find some examples of things you can do within your parish and school to receive the award.

How are award points calculated?

The Awarding authority is the Youth Office for the Diocese of Salford.

Please contact Lorraine at the Office for Youth Ministry for more information by email or by calling 0161 817 2205.

“The Faith in Action Award Scheme is a welcome encouragement to young people to actively develop their relationship with God, to deepen their faith and put that faith into action for the common good.

Its strength lies in inviting young people and adults in schools and parishes to journey together in faith and to make a difference in the world around them; so that all might know the joy of the Gospel.”

Bishop John Arnold