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.
The Catenians are one of the main sponsors of Flame which takes place every two years at Wembley Arena. For more information please see: www.cymfed.org.uk/flame2019/
· 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 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 Alzheimer's to projects in Zambia and from small local charities to well known international ones.