The Caritas Hexham and Newcastle Fund panel are pleased to announce that the first grants have been made to seven organisations working for social justice and environmental action.

The Caritas Hexham and Newcastle Fund was established by the Diocesan Trustees as a way of supporting organisations located within the diocese who are taking the mission of the church to those on the margins of society and to help tackle the environmental crisis. The fund has been inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ which clearly links concern for the poor and the planet. The aim is to support existing projects within the Diocese, but also to encourage new projects to expand this vital part of the church’s mission. A small part of the fund will also be available to support overseas projects which have a link to the Diocese.

Thanks to our benefactors (view here) grants were made to each organisation which applied.

Bids were received this year from Gift for Life, The Mercy Hub, The Northumbrian Industrial Mission, Nurturing Dementia Project, Proud Catholics, St Aidan’s Catholic Academy, Sunderland and Hexham Together for Ukraine.

If you would like to know more about the organisations, click here.

It has been a delight for the CARITAS Grants Panel to read the applications and learn about the great work that is taking place across the Diocese. We were impressed by the variety of projects submitted by both small and larger groups and the range of applicants including parish-based projects, Catholic and ecumenical organisations and a school. They were a shining example of God’s love working through everyone involved and very worthy of the contribution the Caritas Fund could provide. We will look forward to hearing about what has achieved with the grants. Congratulations and well done. A Caritas Fund Panel member.

If you would like to know more about the fund including who our benefactors are and how you could contribute, visit our Caritas Fund Page.