Catholic Social Justice Group
As a selected group, we want to lead the school in creating an inclusive culture that embraces each person for their uniqueness and talents.
Drawing inspiration from his encyclical letter Fratelli Tutti (Brothers and Sisters Together), we want to become champions for Pope Francis, raising awareness for change and raising money for those who need it.
The Gospel story at the heart of Fratelli Tutti is the parable of the Good Samaritan.
Jesus’s story of the foreigner who acts as a true neighbour to the man robbed and beaten by the side of the road. This moves us to respond to our sister or brother in need, whoever they are, wherever they may come from. We are challenged to turn outwards, to act as neighbours, and to reach out to all those who are in need.
In May 2021, we took part in The Big Ask.
The Society of St Vincent de Paul seeks to always speak truth to power and turn concern into action. The Society’s Social Justice team is currently looking to speak to SVP members including our young members and gather their views and thoughts on the needs of children and young people today. The social justice team had an opportunity to feed this information directly to Government.
The Big Ask is a new consultation launched by the Children’s Commissioner to survey the needs of children and young people and hear directly from them (and their parents) on how the government should address these. The Children’s Commissioner describes the purpose of this consultation as follows:
“It is time to give something big back to children after Covid – and we need your help to do it. What is life is like for children in England? What are your dreams and ambitions? What is holding you back? The Children’s Commissioner for England is doing the largest ever survey of children in England. It’s called The Big Ask and we will use what you tell us to show the Government what children think and what you need to live happier lives. It’s an exciting chance to help us THINK BIG and we need you to be a part of it. It’s your chance to get your voice heard.”
We fed back our answers to the representatives of the Big Ask and we look forward to hearing what impact we had.