While the Catenian Association is not by definition a “charitable” organisation it does reflect the charitable nature of our members.
For example, Circle Presidents usually have a charity that they raise funds for during their year of office. It is estimated that over £300,000 is raised each year in this way before adding in the further tax related relief which may be claimed by the charities.
Other examples are listed below
The work on assisting our young people continues to be developed. The key aspects of this include.
A dedicated Bursary Fund to support young Catholics who want to work on projects around the world to assist communities less fortunate than ourselves. Grants are also made to young people working as helpers on Diocesan and HCPT Pilgrimages. In 2014-2016 grants were made to over 962 applicants.
· Members contributing to support Bethlehem University in The Holy Land.
http://www.bethlehem.edu/ Bethlehem University has mixed Christian and Muslim students and relies on donations for most of its funding. The intention is that donations go towards establishing a Scholarship in the name of the Catenian Association.
· The Catenian Association co-sponsoring the Flame 2 Youth Conference in Wembley Arena on 7th March 2015: members being actively involved in preparation and on the day.
http://cymfed.org.uk/flame2/ Circles are also providing tickets free of charge to local educational and youth focussed bodie.
· Organising an annual Public Speaking Competition with local heats which help young pupils of Catholic schools develop their speaking and presentation skills. Cheques and trophies are presented to the winners and their schools.
· Appointing School Liaison Officers in each Circle to provide assistance such as conducting mock interviews, advising on CV preparation and organising career events.
· Liaison with a cross section of universities to help support their University Chaplaincies to provide assistance such as conducting mock interviews, advising on CV preparation and organising career events.
The Catenian Association actively supports the work of the National Office for Vocations in its building of vocations awareness including prayers, Masses and regular financial contributions
The Association has also agreed to sponsor the Bishops’ Conference in England and Wales 2015 National Evangelisation Conference.
The Catenian Association supports members and their dependants who are in difficulty or need. The dedicated Benevolent Fund provides financial aid to help to alleviate hardship. The Fund is examining how it can assist similar charitable causes in appropriate circumstances.
Most Circles support charities each year and the chosen charities are often changed each year. The charities vary from Alzheimers to projects in Zambia and from small local charities to well known international ones.