2018-19 Grants

Grants awarded – 2018-2019

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The award celebration took place at the Cardinal Hume Centre on 12th March 2019. George O’Neill, Cardinal Hume Centre’s chief executive hosted the event, Philomena Cullen, the new chair of the Trust’s Grant Making Committee announced the recipients of grants and Cardinal Vincent Nichols presented them with a certificate to commemorate the award.

For the second consecutive year, the Trust awarded nine grants. The successful applicants were:

Organisation Grant Project Details
Borderlands Trust £30,000 Borderlands is a charity supporting asylum seekers and refugees in Bristol to rebuild their lives. The charity is closely linked with the Catholic parish of St Nicholas of Tolentino.
Their Mentoring Project aims to provide support for 120 asylum seekers and refugees over the next two years.
CAFOD £30,000 The Step into the Gap programme enables young adults from a wide background to have the opportunity to learn invaluable life skills and develop their faith. The programme aims to address the need to nurture a new generation of lay Catholic leaders, who are now in their late teens and early 20s. These young people are eager to work for social justice at community level and overseas and to establish a legacy of Catholic Social Teaching.
Faith in Families £50,000 This project is aimed at pre-school children who may be denied access to the basic right of learning, laughter and friendship. The grant will enable Faith in Families to employ an Engagement Worker and Play Workers to deliver intensive support, play and learning activities for children and their parents together, building relationships using a variety of engagement tools with the child and the parent/carer.
L’Arche £35,520 L’Arche is a Christian Community grounded in the social teaching of the Church, supporting people with learning disabilities. The grant will fund a project to create a tailored induction programme for new staff that integrates the values of L’Arche and Catholic Social Training (CST) into the Care Certificate. The programme will be piloted in 5 L’Arche Communities and then provide the foundation of all L’Arche’s future training, formation and leadership development programmes.
Mustard Tree £50,000 Mustard Tree works with people unable to work, such as those claiming benefits, asylum seekers or people with disabilities and supports them to develop new skills, find work and secure somewhere to live through providing practical support. The grant will support a programme to give “Freedom volunteers” the opportunity to recognise their talents and contribute to community through meaningful volunteering, practical work experience in Mustard Tree’s own operations, training and support needed to secure sustainable employment, awareness of their rights and help increase their financial capability through Money Management courses.
Oscar Romero Award £45,862 This project aims to establish an Award to promote social justice in Catholic schools and colleges across the country, inspired by the example of Blessed (Saint) Oscar Romero.
The Oscar Romero Trust Award will celebrate each school/college’s commitment to promoting Catholic social justice. The Award initially aims to reach 200 schools, in the Catholic dioceses in London and the South East of England by 2020
Pact £26,043 This grant over the next 2 years, will enable PACT to establish a pilot project in a diocese in the south of England, where it has an active presence. Pact will work with these parishioners to develop, review and pilot resources, both theological and practical, to deepen participants’ understanding of the needs of prisoners and their families, and which can then be used in their engagement with parishes more widely, building on our work around Prisoners’ Sunday. The project aims also to create a new parish training programme which can be and used by parishes across England and Wales, including from other Church communities, and as appropriate, other faith groups,
THOMAS £47,000 THOMAS is a specialist provider of drug and alcohol rehabilitation and homelessness services in Blackburn, Salford, Trafford and Bolton.  The grant will enable them to develop a programme, grounded in Catholic Social Teaching concepts and principles. This programme will engage and support 25 members of local communities and parishes in Blackburn, Salford, Bolton and Trafford. Trained volunteers will offer life-changing mentoring, support and direction to 40 people who are socially excluded, addicted to drugs or alcohol, living in poverty, or at risk of homeless.
Women at the Well £36,023 Women at the Well seeks to ensure that all women entrapped in the sex trade are given hope and are supported to see that an alternative future is possible.  It provides women with comprehensive support to exit a life of prostitution, abuse, homelessness and poverty.  Many have been trafficked into the sex trade whilst others are trapped by the on-going chaos of their lives. The grant will fund for a Support and Advocacy Worker who will work one-to-one with women. The project includes training and workshops to build self-esteem and confidence, explore the possibility of employment and further training and help them navigate the often confusion range of services they need to access in order to start the process of exiting prostitution.