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First Caritas webinar to showcase model projects

In partnership with CAFOD, Caritas East Anglia will be hosting its first webinar entitled ‘Re-imagining Love in Action: Preparing the Future’. 


The webinar will take place on Wednesday July 29 from 6.30pm to 8.00pm. People from across the Diocese will have the chance to find out how we are supporting those who need it most during lockdown. It will cover both new projects and existing ones which have been adapted, and will look at the challenges we are facing. 

Jacinta Goode, Caritas East Anglia Development Worker, says, “We want to encourage people who are already involved, and others to join them in reaching out safely to those who need help.” 

Bishop Alan will welcome us and lead us in prayer. Our Chair will be Ged Edwards from the national Caritas Social Action Network. Those taking part will include:

  • John Borda from Newmarket, where a new project has been set up to provide food for those in immediate need following lockdown.
  • Arnie McConnell from Wymondham parish, where a team adapted their Community Kitchen and Community Fridge projects successfully during lockdown.

www.rcdea.org.uk/volunteers-plea-from-wymondham-foodbank-project/

  • Julian Wong, the Stella Maris Chaplain for Felixstowe and the Haven Ports, who will highlight the value of communication in supporting people. He will share his experience with seafarers and explain their recently increased difficulties.
  • Peter Coates from Churches Together in King’s Lynn, who will speak on how the Catholic community is working ecumenically for the common good
  • Jane Crone from CAFOD, who will talk about projects around the diocese like the ‘Click & Collect’ fundraising lunch at St George’s parish in Norwich.

www.rcdea.org.uk/you-cant-lock-a-good-cafod-group-down-says-jane/

  • Allan Scott and Rosemary Muntus from Stowmarket, who will tell us about their virtual soup lunch in aid of CAFOD.

www.rcdea.org.uk/stowmarket-parish-lunch-with-a-difference/

During the evening, there will be an opportunity to contribute to the conversation and to ask questions. There will be a closing reflection from the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology.

Ged Edwards said: “This is a wonderful initiative!  There is so much going on in the Diocese and this is a great opportunity to take heart and prepare the future.”

Jacinta said, “As the country eases out of lockdown, this feels like the right time for us to reflect on how we supported those in need in these extreme circumstances.  We also need to consider ways in which we can continue that support, perhaps in new ways, working together in our parishes and with others.  Hopefully, by learning from one another, we can re-imagine this love in action and be inspired to find new ways to support our sisters and brothers who need our help.”

“It is free to take part and is a great opportunity to find out what is going on and get involved!  Please register here and we look forward to seeing you!” 

Pictured above are the team from the food project in Wymondham (top) and Fr Sean Connolly at the Click and Collect CAFOD lunch.

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