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Cardinal Nichols calls on Parliament to take a lead from Catholics





On the very timely date of 5th November, Carol Hill (Director) and Chrissie Moran (Head of the School & Family Social Work Service), headed down to London to represent Catholic Care at the 2014 CSAN Parliamentary Reception held at the House of Commons.  Over 140 Parliamentarians, representatives from leading Catholic charities and faith-based agencies gathered to hear addresses from His Eminence Vincent Nichols, Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster and the Rt. Hon. Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Minister of Faith.


The Cardinal called on Parliament to take a lead from Catholics saying:


“A critical part of serving society, whether through the calling of politics or through the Church, is to face the reality before us.  This is where  rhetoric ends, where philosophy gives way to reality, where dogmatism gets its hands dirty.  For us this is what being a church of the poor and for the poor really means.  Our self-awareness is sharp; our sense of purpose is clear.  Perhaps governments could take a lead from this too.”


Cardinal Nichols set out the Catholic vision for society:


“What is critical in our times is the question of what kind of society we want to build.  Many are uncertain.  Many are fearful.  We are not.  We know.  We are committed to our task.”


Finally the Cardinal thanked the Charities saying:


“Together, as a Church, we embody what it means to love our neighbour and work towards human flourishing.”


The Rt. Hon. Eric Pickles followed with his address telling attendees that it is important for charities to challenge politicians on issues of social injustice.  He also said:


“It is impossible, utterly impossible, to think about Great Britain today without a vibrant, prominent Catholic community – Catholics in this country make Great Britain what it is.”


Following such inspirational addresses and the opportunity to mingle with MPs and colleagues from other charities, the journey home did not seem too long at all.






The sun shone on the grounds of Hinsley Hall and in the Catholic Care garden on July 12th. It was a perfect day to hold a Summer Fayre and only added to the warmth and generosity from all the people that supported the event to make the day a success.


So many of the people from across our services had come together to get involved and enthusiastically plan the day. It was evident very early on that there was a team spirit and the will to making it a successful day, the giving of time, the making and baking, the gathering of prizes for the Tombola and raffle. All was a positive, shared experience. Then we come to the day itself. Volunteers arrived early, the plan came together, tables, chairs and stalls were set. The best dressed Teddy’s’ kept cool under the dappled shade of the trees. People arrived, many from Catholic Care services accompanied by their families, friends and carers. Children had fun at the Gianna stall, on the slide and in the ball pool, strawberries and cream and a refreshing glass of Pimm’s or Prosecco was available as were cream teas and a variety of cupcakes, some of which could be decorated on the day by those feeling creative.


Students from Notre Dame College sang, entertaining the people relaxing in the garden, Jersey ice cream was on hand to cool people down while trying to name the gnome, choose a book from the book stall or trying for the best prizes on the tombola.


Later, in the afternoon the raffle was drawn, as was the winner of the eagerly awaited best dressed teddy competition, won by Harry and his very green crocodile, dressed in the yellow jersey of the Tour de France. 


Visitors to the fayre drifted away by late afternoon, many saying what an enjoyable day it had been. The overriding memory of the day as the volunteers packed away tables and chairs was that people from Catholic Care had come together, shared the experience and went away with smiles and …..A sun tan!








A warm and heartfelt “thank you” is extended to all who so generously donated in support of our Christmas 2013 Appeal.



The wonderful contributions received were re-distributed in a multitude of ways but mainly by way of food hampers, toys and toiletries.  Please know that your giving made a tremendous difference to those in need.



Thanks to you fantastic and greatly appreciated generosity Catholic Care was able to support many children, families and adults who found themselves in need of some “Christian and Christmas cheer” during the festive season.


Carol Hill




Salary from: £25,000 £27,000

CSAN is the social action arm of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. They undertake advocacy on behalf of the Church and Catholic charities around a range of issues including domestic poverty, criminal justice, migration, and support for people with disabilities.

They are looking for a Public Affairs Officer to coordinate their active programme of engagement with parliament and the government.  You will be responsible for working with the Charities and Dioceses in their network to formulate policy, influence legislation and raise their profile in Westminster.

The details of the role are available here:  

The closing date for applications is 17.00 on 18 March 2014.

Interviews will be held on 26 March 2014.

Gianna Project presentation to Hallam UCM  

On Saturday 15th February 2014 Paulina from Huddersfield, along with her 7 month old daughter Natalia, and Eileen Holland went to Sheffield to join the Hallam Union of Catholic Mothers AGM.

They were invited to speak to the group about the Gianna Project. Using a power point presentation, Eileen gave details of how the Gianna Project has now received over 70 referrals from across the Diocese. Paulina then went on to share her personal experiences of being on the receiving end of this support. As a young student with limited finances, she said the Gianna Project has been a lifeline, offering her practical support and advice at a crucial time in her life.

The presentation was followed by many questions from the audience, who were keen to know more about this project, which is proving to be a huge success. This is evident by the increasing range of referring Agencies which now includes: Children's Centres, Housing Agencies, Family Nurse Partnerships, Schools & Colleges, Agencies supporting Asylum Seekers and some self referrals



Thursday 6 February 2014 is “Time to Talk Day”


The day aims to challenge mental health discrimination and encourage us to talk more openly about issues which may impact on our daily lives, including stress.

While this may seem easier said than done, particularly as there is still a stigma attached to mental health, dealing with the issue can prevent a short-term problem developing into a more serious long-term condition such as a disabling form of anxiety or depression.

At Catholic Care we have supported people with mental ill health for over 20 years.  Mary Simmons who is the service manager for the service says:

“Expectations that others around you will notice that you are under stress may not be realistic.  You need to be pro active and protect yourself.  This means finding the Time to Talk to someone”



European volunteer and resident of the of the House of Light wins a photo competition  


For many years the House of Light, which is a residential care home for people with learning disabilities, has been offering volunteer placements for young people from all over Europe as a part of the European Voluntary Service.  The European Voluntary Service is a program initiated by the European Commission which allows young European people between the ages of 18 and 30 to work as volunteers in a foreign country for a specific time period. It is a unique opportunity for young people to expand their cultural and social skills and gain a lot of new experiences in a new environment away from home. 


The House of Light, managed by Catholic Care, cooperates in this program with the Christian organisation Time for God. This organisation coordinates the whole process of recruiting volunteers and supporting them during their stay in England.  Time for God offers various training programs for these volunteers to help them to adapt to their new working environment. This year Time for God started a photo competition as part of this program in which the volunteers should capture a moment which shows how volunteering changes life.  The happy winner of this competition was one of the volunteers at the House of Light. 


At the beginning of November 2013 the residents together with some staff and volunteers went on a trip to the seaside near Blackpool.  After a gloomy and rainy start in Leeds the weather changed completely once the travelers arrived at the seaside. Some of the residents and their voluntary workers decided to take the opportunity and to go together for a walk at the beach where a lot of stunning pictures were taken. With a snapshot one of the volunteers captured a moment which showed the truthful caring and warmth of a fellow volunteer towards a person with disadvantages.  Later, with permission from the resident, she decided to enter this competition with this picture. After an exciting time for the volunteers as well as the residents this picture happened to win the first prize in this photo competition.






A ‘gem’ of a Ball 


On the 16th November 2013 within the prestigious surroundings of  Oulton Hall Hotel, Leeds, Catholic Care held its inaugural ‘Sapphire Ball'; a formal ‘dinner dance’ arranged by and on behalf of the Charity.

Whilst fund raising was one of the aims of the event, by far the main objective was to highlight the ending of this special anniversary year.

2013  has been a  150th Anniversary ‘events’ and celebration year for the Charity.


The ‘black tie’ event was well attended, the atmosphere and surroundings were superb, and the programme for the evening was carefully orchestrated and very well received.


In and amongst the dining and dancing, ‘Natalie’ who performs as an 'Adele' tribute act entertained the guests. 


The Master of Ceremonies, Mr Richard Strudwick, who, as a young boy, had been raised by Catholic Care's earlier nomenclature, the ‘Rescue Society’, gave a heart rending after dinner speech on his early life within the care of the Charity and a fascinating overview of his family and their international history.


Catholic Care's Director, Mrs Carol Hill, welcomed those in attendance and thanked all concerned with the organisation of the event. 


The overall assessment and reaction by those who dined and danced into the early hours...    "When is the next one?"



Strong Words from London


On 20 November 2013 Carol Hill (Director of Catholic Care) and Chrissie Moran (Service Manager for the School & Family Social Work Service), journeyed to London to attend CSAN’S annual Parliamentary Reception, attended by Parliamentarians and leading Catholic Charities. Bishop John Arnold called on all who attended to take inspiration from Pope Francis and be a “voice of poverty in our world.”


In his address the Bishop highlighted that “we should judge the success of our society and our civilised living on measuring how well we help those most in need, the most vulnerable in our society.”  He noted that “poverty is a challenge to the whole sense of justice, to the very fabric of our society”.


Following the reception Carol Hill commented “The challenges before Catholic Care have grown.  Despite some signs of economic recovery which will unfortunately take a long time to trickle down to the margins of society, we are seeing unprecedented levels of in-work poverty and an explosion in demand for support services."


Our 2013 Brochure is now available. There are 14 cards to choose from available in various sizes, which encompass modern and traditional art, but all with a religious theme.

The message inside the cards will be:- 

"Wishing you the joy and peace of Christmas and a happy New Year"

 As with previous years we cannot offer personalised cards. 

All the profits made from the sale of our Christmas Cards go directly to support our work.

If you wish to receive a copy of the brochure please use the contact details below:

Tel: 0113 3885 400

Or download a copy by clicking below:-

2013 Christmas Card Brochure


Please note that the only cards we have left in stock are nos 2, 6 and 8.


An Irish Night to Remember

The Leeds Irish Centre was the perfect location on Friday 4 Otober 2013 for Catholic Care as they hosted the much anticipated "Bacon & Cabbage" evening, and what an Irish night to remember.  The traditional fayre of Bacon & Cabbage was served up together with a choice of deserts.  The sherry trifle proved a big hit, perhaps being more sherry than trifle! 

The traditional Irish theme continued with breath taking entertainment from the talented girls from the Joyce O'Donnell Dance School who demonstrated such composure and skill, even from the youngest member of the dancers, and they were all warmly applauded.

One of the main aims of the evening was fundraising to support the Charity with the work it does and to enable it to meet the increasing demand on its charitable services.  Carol Hill, Director of the Charity said a few words about the 150th Anniversary and that the venue for the evening's event was very appropriate as 150 years ago the first orphanage at Mount St Mary's was built in the area.  Money was then raised by some amazingly accurate "rolling a coin at a bottle" which was thoroughly enjoyed by the younger members for the revellers and a raffle.  Formalities complete the DJ played on into the night, his efforts were well appreciated and the dance floor thronged with service users, staff, donators and supporters.

Thank you to every body for their support.




10th October 2013

"Could This Be You?"

"No Health without Mental Heath".


1 in 4 people have a Mental Health challenge.

Mental Health is an integral part of an individuals wellbeing and this year's Mental Health day focuses on Mental Health and Older People.

As  an organisation we support the positive aspects of Mental Health in later life. We are aware of the problems that loneliness, isolation, dementia and depression can cause for old people.  Much of our work within our Mental Health Support and Older People Services focuses on developing areas for improving the lives of those who experience these difficulties.

We are pro-active in addressing such difficulties by providing new social groups such as luncheon clubs, meditation groups, and activities to promote good physical health and wellbeing.

You can read more in the World Federation for Mental Health Day Report - "Mental Health and Older People".



When a Child is Born 

On Friday 6th September 2013 Eileen Holland, a member of Catholic Care's School & Family Social Work Service who also runs the Gianna Project, gave a presentation at the European Union of Catholic Women's Conference held at Hinsley Hall.  The title of her presentation was quite simply ‘The Gianna Project, Pregnancy and Parenting Services".

Eileen spoke about the formation of the Project when Catholic Care was approached by Archbishop Arthur Roche to provide a service to support crisis pregnancies and to save lives: "if just one life can be saved" he said, "it will all have been worthwhile". 

She told the attentive audience that the Project is named after an Italian doctor who herself experienced life threatening problems when she was pregnant.  Sadly she died in April 1962 seven days following the birth of her fourth baby.  She was canonised in May 2004 by His Holiness Pope John Paul II and is now remembered as St. Gianna Beretta Molla, Patron Saint of mothers, doctors and unborn children.

Eileen explained how the remit of the Project has moved on since the early days and now "supports girls and women throughout the Diocese of Leeds who discover they have an unplanned pregnancy".  Eileen continued "we agree to support the family until the baby reaches their first birthday and respond to the needs of these women during what may be a challenging time in their lives".

Eileen then invited one of the young mothers and her baby, who had been supported through the Gianna Project, to share her experience.  The brave mother gave a very moving account of how she was so frightened when she thought she might be pregnant and how Eileen had been so understanding.  She then explained how Eileen had sorted out everything at school so she could continue with her studies and had taken her to her GCSE exams just days before the baby was born.  Gianna then supported mother and baby with clothes and equipment.  This story has ended happily with both mother and baby doing well.  The young mother plans to look after her baby this year before returning to college in September to continue with her studies and achieve her ambition of becoming a nurse and to support herself and her baby.

The Gianna Project is supported by Catholic Care's charitable income and following the presentation, a generous donation was kindly made by the Catholic Women's Conference.




Our 2013 Brochure is now available. There are 14 cards to choose from available in various sizes, which encompass modern and traditional art, but all with a religious theme.

The message inside the cards will be:- 

"Wishing you the joy and peace of Christmas and a happy New Year"

 As with previous years we cannot offer personalised cards. 

All the profits made from the sale of our Christmas Cards go directly to support our work.

If you wish to receive a copy of the brochure please use the contact details below:

Tel: 0113 3885 400

Or download a copy by clicking below:-

2013 Christmas Card Brochure


His Holiness Pope Francis sends message to
Catholic Care to Mark it's 150th Anniversary

A message from His Holiness Pope Francis was read out at a special Mass celebrated by Archbishop Vincent Nichols at Leeds Cathedral of Saturday 22 June 2013 to mark the 150th Anniversary of the foundation of the Leeds Diocesan Charity, Catholic Care.

The Cathedral was packed with many people who Catholic Care has helped and is helping today together with their families, past and present staff, supporters and donators.  All were gathered to mark the occasion, to hear the Archbishop speak and to give thanks together for this remarkable achievement.

Mgr John Wilson welcomed everyone to the Cathedral and then there was a wonderful surprise for the congregation as he read out the Pope's message which included these words:

"The Holy Father encourages all those involved in the work of Catholic Care to remain ever-attentive to the needs of the weaker members of society and to show them Christ's love by providing for their material and spiritual welfare."

The Mass that followed was a truly inspirational occasion.  It was made very special by the Archbishop who with his natural warmth and eloquently spoken Homily, which encompassed so many direct and important messages fitting for the occasion, made the Mass an enjoyable and spiritually uplifting experience for all who attended.

The choir from St Austin's Church in Wakefield provided the most fabulous and beautiful accompaniment throughout the service and just added to the sense of occasion "it was simply wonderful" remarked one worshiper.

In her closing Address, Carol Hill, Director of Catholic Care thanked people for joining in with the celebration and making it such a memorable occasion.  She also told the congregation that "150 years ago Catholic Care was founded as the Catholic Church responded to the challenge posed by the social conditions towards the end of the Victorian era."  She continued "society still poses a challenge to those who are weak, vulnerable and disadvantaged.  The Catholic Church in Leeds is still responding to this challenge through its' Diocesan Charity, Catholic Care."    Carol closed her Address saying "Over the past 150 years we are so proud to have made a positive difference to the lives of so many people" and finally she added "we remain committed to providing quality care and support for all".

A reception was held in Wheeler Hall after the Mass giving  people to meet the Archbishop, catch up on old friendships and to view the displays depicting events from Catholic Care's history and the services carried on today.

Many people attended the Celebration Mass who had their own connection with Catholic Care in the past and the occasion gave them the opportunity to make connections and new friends - there were many happy stories to tell.

It was a remarkable day and one thoroughly enjoyed by all.


Double Celebration at Catholic Care

After several days of glorious sunshine the morning of 5 June 2013 dawned grey and cool, yet undeterred the brave head office staff built the gazebos on the lawn and made the food preparations for the celebration lunch.  At the appointed hour the sun broke through the clouds and a feast of delicious goodies was laid out.  Staff, past and present, gathered along with friends in anticipation.

All this was to celebrate two very special events for two very special people, the 90th Birthday of Mgr Murphy and the Golden Jubilee of Canon Maguire.  Although very different milestones, both men share the common bond of having devoted many years to Catholic Care.

It was a lovely afternoon, with much laughter, reminiscing and a real family atmosphere.  A party is not a party without a cake and so one was duly produced depicting a "Happy 90th Birthday" on one half and a chalice with 50 in gold icing on the second half. One large candle was lit and to resounding cheers was blown out.  This was the signal for Carol Hill, Director of Catholic Care, to say a few words to mark this special occasion.

Carol informed all gathered how Mgr Murphy began his association with Catholic Care in 1949 and was appointed full time Assistant Administrator in 1962 before being appointed Administrator in 1969.  He was in post to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Charity and has shown with great pride a copy of the letter personally signed by Pope Paul VI to Bishop Dwyer to mark the occasion.  Mgr Murphy only resigned his post in 1982 when he was appointed Vicar General.

Carol also spoke of Canon Maguire saying "On 16 June 1963, a young Peter Maguire was ordained as a priest, becoming Father Maguire, and so started 50 years of devotion to God, the Church and the people he served."  Carol also went onto tell colleagues and friends about Canon Maguire's achievements whilst at the helm of Catholic Care, following the tenure of Mgr Murphy,  during a great period of change, including the changing the remit of the charity to enable it to care for adults as well as children.

The afternoon ended with a chorus of Happy Birthday and a toast to these two special people. 


Good Shepherd Celebration 2013

Friday 10 May 2013 saw a truly marvellous event in St Anne's Cathedral Leeds for the Annual Good Shepherd Presentation and indeed Celebration of the excellent fundraising carried out by Schools and Colleges throughout the Leeds Diocese.

The doors of the Cathedral opened at 9am and the representatives from the schools started to slowly arrive, then all of a sudden teachers, students and their banners arrived from all directions.  The Cathedral was bursting at the seams.  The noisy excited chatter of children could be heard above the organ, quietly playing away in the background, and the air was filled with excitement and expectation.  As 10am approached still there were schools queuing to enter and be part of the celebration.

At last we were all ready to start. The procession of banners commenced and the roof of the Cathedral was almost raised by the sound of hundreds of children singing their hearts out with the opening hymn - Be still for the presence of the Lord.

Carol Hill (Director of Catholic Care) gave a welcome address in which she expressed her joy at seeing so many happy smiling faces. She went onto say why the schools had been undertaking so many weird and wonderful events to raise money and that it was all in a good cause and that good cause was Catholic Care.  Carol also explained that 2013 was a very special year for the Charity as it was celebrating its 150th Anniversary.

This celebration was also a very special occasion for the staff and pupils from St Patrick's Primary School, Torre Road, Leeds.  They sang beautifully and had the Good Samaritan as the theme for their liturgical presentation.  The story was read and acted out so well and the modern day interpretation really highlighted the messages that are applicable to us all today.  It was very moving and enjoyed by all who saw it.

The school representatives were then invited to bring their gifts to Mgr John Wilson. The children and students shared their experiences with the many activities they had enthusiastically undertaken including bun sales, non uniform days, "swim the channel", raffles, book sales, toast sales, mad hair days and pyjama days where Mgr Wilson asked if they had managed to keep awake all day!

Mgr John Wilson then spoke to the congregation about the importance of helping others including your neighbour and that meant everyone.  He then invited everybody to join him in singing "Happy Birthday" to Catholic Care before ending with a blessing and thanking the children for all being Good Samaritans.

The celebration continued afterwards with a huge picnic in Wheeler Hall.



Congratulations  Anthony!



Anthony Hill a student at St Wilfrid's Sixth Form College, Featherstone, ran his first Leeds Half Marathon on Sunday 12 May 2013 and helped to raise funds to support the weak, vulnerable and disadvantaged people cared for by Catholic Care. 

He spent the Saturday in preparation, resting and eating lots of high carbohydrate food including plenty of pasta!  Sunday dawned bright and cool, ideal running conditions, and he set off enthusiastically to undertake the half marathon challenge. 

He was cheered on after a mile and half when all was going well.  When next spotted at 12 miles he was finding it hard and making a desperate effort to continue.  But he did keep going and completed the race in 2 hours and 15 minutes, not bad for a first attempt. 

Through his efforts Anthony raised several hundred pounds showing that each one of his steps will make a positive difference to someone's life. 

A Huge Thank You from us all.


"Snow Bear" calls in at Westhaven

No doubt inspired by a popular advert on our TV screens the residents at Westhaven, one of Catholic Care's Residential Homes for Adults with Learning Disability, wasted no time in enjoying the recent snow and built a life size Snow Bear!  Peter Simmons, Home Manager said "The bear completed the winter wonderland effect of the garden"  he added "several inches of snow was too good an opportunity to miss, the residents really enjoyed being out in the fresh air and having fun". 


Unfortunately the Snow Bear was a short lived wonder as heavy rains washed him away the next day, but the challenge is now on for a bigger and better display with the next snow fall.


Emmerdale Star Visits Catholic Care Supported Living Home

Meet little Theo Tasker, who has Downs Syndrome and is helping to spread a positive message about the genetic condition through his starring role in Emmerdale.

Despite only being 19 months old Theo's face has already been seen in millions of homes across Britain and Ireland in the much-loved soap, Emmerdale, through his role as baby Leo.

Just a few weeks ago Theo and his parents, Dee and Gary, visited one of our Supported Living Homes for 3 adults who have been diagnosed with the same condition. These three, one gentleman and two ladies, have been living in their own home for more nine years. The ladies are keen ‘Soap' watchers and were delighted to welcome Theo and his parents into their home. They and one of their parents entertained Theo, shared their own life stories with Dee and Gary, enjoyed a ‘buffet tea' and had their photographs taken with Theo and the

When asked about Emmerdale Dee commented,  "It is great that Theo can help people see that a baby born with Downs Syndrome is just the same as any other child - he laughs, smiles and is a great ‘wee' character. 

The emphasis for my husband Gary and I is not on the syndrome but on Theo as a baby and his potential. We want him to be safe, healthy and happy and, to give him the opportunity to fulfil his dreams just as any other parent



The 17th December 2012 was a truly special occasion for the children of St John the Baptist Primary School, Normanton when they hosted the 'When a Child is Born' Carol Service, at their local church also called St John the Baptist. This event has, in recent years, become an annual event for Catholic Care which has been held in various locations around the Diocese.

This year however, the service took on a different focus, as it was dedicated to the 'Gianna Project' a Catholic Care initiative which is dedicated to helping girls and women across the Diocese of Leeds when they discover they have an unplanned pregnancy.   

Canon Maguire (himself a former Director of Catholic Care) gave a welcome address to the congregation of the carol service and provided a flavour of the Charity's unstinting work throughout the Diocese.

The well attended event, where there was standing room only, was treated to a selection of seasonal delights from the children and staff from St John's school.

There was liturgical dancing, carols from the school choir, renditions from soloist Anna Crossley, who as ever was on form, and she gave a wonderful performance of Rutter's 'Candlelight Carol' and also another favourite carol 'O Holy Night', all excellently accompanied by Organist Thomas Moore, the Director of Music at Wakefield Cathedral.

All present were captivated by the 'twinkle and sparkle' of 'The Shiniest Star' Christmas song, which was beautifully delivered by the younger members of the school.

Lesley Darren, the outgoing Head Teacher, and her Deputy Tina Barry, the latter who worked tirelessly to organise the successful running of the event, spoke to all present about the Gianna Project.  There followed a procession of gifts which were presented to Eileen Holland the co-ordinator of Catholic Care's Gianna Project, and Chrissie Moran who is the Head of the School Service at Catholic Care. 

The Charity was overwhelmed with the generosity of the gifts donated, collected and presented to the Gianna Project.

Finally, at the end of the service, Carol Hill, Director of Catholic Care and who is herself a member of St John the Baptist parish, spoke about the varied and important work carried out by Catholic Care, and the tremendous success of the carol service and the wonderful evening enjoyed and experienced by all present.

Carol then invited children, parents, teachers and parishioners alike to join her and her dedicated staff in the Canon O'Grady hall, and extended to them a taste of Christmas Fayre.  


The First day of the rest of their lives ...

On two different days four individuals stood in the building that they would soon call home mouthing, "wow", "posh", lovely". These reactions to such a positive change in their lives resulted from their current carers' approach to the Local Authority, asking that Catholic care provide a service that would support those they cherished.

For Catholic Care the challenge was not to meet the needs of the Organisation but those of the individual by providing a high level of Housing Related and Domiciliary Care and Support. The positive reaction of each person during their first few moments of their time in their home let Catholic Care know it was on the right track and now the challenge was to continue this in a positive and fulfilling manner.

For some supported living may involve a few hours support per day or week or for others it may involve a more intense programme of care and support, for people living on their own or in shared accommodation, according to personal choice. For each of these men ‘supported living' was not a ‘one cap fits all' model but a practice that assess the needs of the individual and tailors services to answer those needs.

After the approach by current carers' and the local Authority and the awarding of the Contract, work began to make it possible for the men to live in the community in a secure, friendly and supported environment within a place they would (could) call home. This began with the recruitment of a suitably skilled and qualified workforce who would assess their various needs on a daily basis and, through the appropriate interventions answer those needs. The staff team spent time with each person. Visits were made to the property to check on its progress whilst work was being carried out; shopping trips were made in order that fixtures, fittings and furnishings could be purchased and social outings were arranged in order that relations between each person could be developed prior to them moving in together.

For the staff of Catholic Care the focus was not upon the disability but the ability - to find in each person the skills once possessed and forgotten and bring those to the fore, to discover, support and develop skills that would facilitate each of these people to become ‘doers' and not be perceived as to be ‘done for'. Independence through support became the mantra of practice.

Five weeks later the building has become a home within which they are supported, secure and grow each day in forgotten skills and new ones learned and these strangers, with support from the staff team, have become a family. But, the most gratifying thing to see is that the pleasure of those first few moments has not left.

Sharon Forbes
Service Manager 



Catholic Care (Diocese of Leeds) v. Charity Commission for England and Wales

In 2007, the Government changed the law, so that from 31 December 2008, adoption agencies were no longer able to limit adoption services to married couples. As Catholic Care operates in accordance with the tenets of the Roman Catholic faith, this meant that we were unable to
continue to provide adoption services unless we changed our constitution to limit the provision of adoption services to heterosexual couples.

Catholic Care applied to the Charity Commission to change its constitution to include a limitation in relation to adoption services, which meant that adoption services would only be provided to heterosexual couples. This was refused. We appealed to the Charity Tribunal and
lost. We then appeal to the High Court and won. However, the final decision on the limitation on our constitution was sent back to the Charity Commission to review.

The Charity Commission again refused our application. So we appealed to the First Tier Tribunal (Charity) (the FTT) to again review the decision. We lost our appeal, so appealed again to the Upper Tribunal.

On 2 November 2012, the Upper Tribunal decided that whilst our appeal was right in law and the FTT had made some mistakes, the evidence submitted did not provide the necessary "weighty" reasons to allow lawful discrimination by limiting our adoption services to heterosexuals. Therefore, it turned down our application.

We are considering the decision in detail and will decide shortly whether we try a further appeal, this time to the Court of Appeal.

Catholic Care has been funded in this case from a variety of specialist sources. These include individual benefactors giving money specifically for the funding of this case, a legacy and a fund which provides financial resources in respect of legal cases with a Christian element. We thank all of those who have, and continue to, assist Catholic Care with this case ensuring that significant resources are not diverted from our charitable activities. 


Catholic Care is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Director, Carol Hill

Carol attended Leeds University and graduated in 1984 with a BA (Hons) in Accountancy & Economics. While working in the Leeds Office of Deloitte in the Audit Department, Carol qualified as an ACA (Chartered Accountant) and later transferred to Deloitte's Entrepreneurial Business Department, where she gained her first management position. In the subsequent years, Carol was promoted to Senior Manager and head of the department. In 2002, she was poached by Consort Homes Limited and became the Group Finance Director. After six years in this position, she joined Westward Care in 2008 where in addition to her responsibilities for financial management she assisted with the strategic development of the company and the financing of development projects. 

Carol says "It is these recent years working in the care sector that I have enjoyed most throughout my career.  The importance of caring for and supporting the more vulnerable members of the community is key to my personal beliefs and is a fundamental reason why I applied to take up this new and exciting challenge at Catholic Care."  Carol continued "I am really looking forward to working with the dedicated team who work so hard to make a positive difference to people's lives. As a practicing Catholic it is important to me to live the faith and so I welcome the challenge of extending Catholic Care's vision out into the community."  


Gianna Project Celebrates its First Birthday

The Gianna Project, Catholic Care (Diocese of Leeds) celebrated its first birthday in April 2012.  One year ago, the Trustees of Catholic Care sanctioned the setting up of a new and exciting project to deliver care and support for women who are pregnant.  The Gianna Project is essentially about responding to the needs of a unique individual at a challenging time in her life. 

The aim of the Gianna Project is to deliver practical help to individual women in a pregnancy situation, e.g. baby equipment / clothes, limited financial aid if necessary, counselling and support.  The Gianna Project is open to women of all ages and backgrounds who find themselves worried or isolated when they become pregnant.

Why the Gianna Project?

For many years, the Trustees of Catholic are (Diocese of Leeds) took a keen interest in the workings of the Cardinal inning Project in Scotland.  This Project aimed to help women who found themselves pregnant and who felt alone or isolated.  After receiving information and help from the Winning Project, the Trustees of Catholic Care set up the Gianna Project in April 2011.  The initial months of the Gianna Project were very low key but gradually over time, the work of the Project became known more and more throughout the Diocese of Leeds.  A part-time worker was appointed in April 2011 and this work has been undertaken by Eileen Holland from Catholic Care who has made a tremendous contribution in developing and making known the work of the Gianna Project.

What is the origin of the name?

St. Gianna Beretta Molla is a Roman Catholic Saint, canonised on 16th May 2004 by His Holiness Pope John Paul II.  Gianna was an Italian doctor, wife and loving mother, who experienced life threatening problems when she was pregnant with her fourth child.  She gave birth to a healthy baby but Gianna sadly died seven days after the birth.  St. Gianna is a Patron Saint of mothers, doctors and unborn children.

Presently, the Project is going from strength to strength and Eileen Holland is currently working with 8 family units across West Yorkshire.  Eileen is also opening up new areas of partnership working with other projects in West Yorkshire.  Baby clothing and baby equipment, as well as donations are always very welcome and contact can be made with Eileen, Social Worker, at Catholic Care on 0113 3885400.  Eileen's email address is and she would welcome contact from anyone who requires more information or who would like to help the Project in any way.

Congratulations to the Gianna Project and happy birthday.


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Catholic Care is the social care organisation of the Diocese of Leeds. Catholic Care acts to support all those in need of its services, especially people experiencing disadvantage and poverty, and it acts as an advocate for those unable to represent themselves.

Catholic Care's website offers you the opportunity to find out more about us and our work on behalf of children, families and adults in many communities in the Yorkshire area. We hope you will find it interesting and informative.

Over a hundred years of pioneering social work in relation to child welfare, poverty relief and social reform has developed Catholic Care as one of the leading charities in the North of England, caring for children, older people, disabled and disadvantaged people of all ages. Our work currently ranges from a well respected adoption and family finding service to supported living for people with learning disability, care homes, volunteer work and community projects. Our work is making a real and significant difference to the quality of life of hundreds of people

Catholic Care offers a wide variety of services and support. These include:

Cardinal Nichols calls on Parliament to take a lead from Catholics


On the very timely date of 5th November, Carol Hill (Director) and Chrissie Moran (Head of the School & Family Social Work Service), headed down to London to represent Catholic Care at the 2014 CSAN Parliamentary Reception held at the House of Commons.  Over 140 Parliamentarians, representatives from leading Catholic charities and faith-based agencies gathered to hear addresses from His Eminence Vincent Nichols, Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster and the Rt. Hon. Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Minister of Faith.


The Cardinal called on Parliament to take a lead from Catholics saying:


“A critical part of serving society, whether through the calling of politics or through the Church, is to face the reality before us.  This is where  rhetoric ends, where philosophy gives way to reality, where dogmatism gets its hands dirty.  For us this is what being a church of the poor and for the poor really means.  Our self-awareness is sharp; our sense of purpose is clear.  Perhaps governments could take a lead from this too.”


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Catholic Care is a charitable organisation working on behalf of the diocese of Leeds. It offers a variety of services and support not only to the Catholic population, but also to the wider community as a whole.

Catholic Care acts to support those in need of its services, especiallly the weak and the vunerable and it acts as an advocate for those unable to represent themselves

The primary purpose of the agency is to foster and influence a vision of how people can live together in Christian charity, love and justice, by taking the "Caring Church into the Community

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