On Wednesday 27th September, staff, services users, supporters and donators of the Charity gathered at Leeds Trinity University for the Catholic Care Annual Meeting.
Carol Hill, Director of Catholic Care, welcomed everyone and asked Bishop Marcus to open the meeting with a prayer.
Carol went on to explain that during the summer Catholic Care commissioned a film to be made about the Charity, which not only would answer questions like “What does Catholic Care do?” and “Whose lives does it make a difference to?”, but would capture the values and ethos of the Charity.
The film ended with a spontaneous round of applause from the audience.
Carol introduced the Annual Report and informed the meeting that the strategic direction of our charitable services have been reviewed in the year and alongside continuing to evolve the regulated services to meet the needs of today, we will increase our service delivery into the community by reaching out to those most vulnerable closer to home and contributing to a sustainable and resilient parish community.
Craig Beedle, Head of Finance for Catholic Care, then talked through the summary of the finances for the year ended 31st March 2017, emphasising the importance of donations to our expanding community services. Please see the ‘Our Finances’ section of the website for a summary of the financial results for the 2016/17 year.
Before handing over to the guest speaker Carol set the scene for the presentation by considering what family means to Catholic Care.
Carol explained that “family” is key to everything we do, from sitting down to meals together in our Children’s Home to fostering family relationships through our Stay and Play Groups.
Elizabeth Davies, Director of Volunteer Recruitment, Training and Vocation at Marriage Care, was introduced and invited to speak on ‘Amoris Laetitia’, the 2016 post synodal Apostolic Exhortation on ‘Love in the Family’. The focus of her talk was on children within the family and she concluded with the message that Amoris Laetitia was a very positive document which showed the compassion and understanding of Pope Francis
The evening ended with a lively discussion around the key messages of the night.