What we do

Our Priorities

Our work, in conjunction with our network partners, follows the following priorities:

CHILDREN & FAMILY LIFE

Children and family life, including pro-life activities 

This strategic priority will build on the excellent work of the local Catholic Children’s Society providing material and moral support to families in need and parenting programmes.

ELDERLY & ISOLATED

This strategic priority is very important, given the ageing population in the Plymouth Diocese.

HOMELESSNESS

This strategic priority will build on the existing Parish initiatives supporting local Homeless charities and hostels.

REFUGEES & MIGRANTS

Through this priority the Caritas Network will explore how the Gospel imperative to ‘Welcome the Stranger’ can be translated into practical action. 

Our Projects: Modern Slavery

© Mazur/catholicchurch.org.ukIsolation, abandonment, trafficking: These are some of the issues facing the estimated 1.5 million seafarers and fishermen around the world who are responsible for 90 percent of global trade and providing over 110 tons of seafood for the world’s table.

Caritas Plymouth is working with the Apostleship of the Sea on Modern Slavery as part of the Refugee and Migrants priority.

 

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Our Projects: Community Sponsorship for Refugees

imageedit 3 9233513846Full community sponsorship is a way that community groups can be involved in supporting the resettlement of vulnerable people fleeing conflict.

 

 

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Our Projects: Community Sponsorship for Refugees

Video courtesy of CAFOD

Our Projects: Community Sponsorship for Refugees

Forced out by war, poverty or persecution, millions of people live uncertain lives as migrants and refugees.  But each of us, moved by faith, can act in welcome, respect and love.

That is why CAFOD, the Catholic Diocese of Plymouth, Anglican Diocese of Exeter and others organised a walk of witness in solidarity with people who have been forced to become refugees because of war, climate change, exploitation and persecution.
Pope Francis calls us to “see, and then to enable others to see, that migrants and refugees are brothers and sisters to be welcomed, respected and loved”.

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The walk of witness was by the Southwest’s own ‘Lampedusa Cross’,  made from salvaged pieces of boats wrecked off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa, where many refugees have drowned making their way to Europe.
The walk acts as a memorial for those who perished and an act of solidarity with those who are searching for a new life of safety.

Images courtesy of CAFOD and the Plymouth Diocese Justice and Peace

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