FRESHERS

You've made it! You've secured your place at uni and you're about to begin your exciting new journey as an independant disciple of Christ.

University is the perfect opportunity to learn about yourself, develop new skills, and make life-long friendships. But how do you grow spiritually during this time? This page guides you through some great ways to make your freshers term both spiritually fruitful and absolutely unforgettable...

Freshers Fair

On this page, we've listed some fantastic Catholic organisations that work with students and young people. If you're looking for an opportunity to grow spiritually and serve the Church, you've come to the right place!

Sycamore

Sycamore is an informal course about the Christian faith; it takes place either in the way of physical groups meeting together, or groups meeting online. Each session involves a short film and some discussion time, and is a fantastic way of training young adults in living the faith.

Catholic Voices

Catholic Voices (CV) is a UK charity whose mission is to improve the Church's representation in the media. Since its beginning in 2010, over 20 different branches have been started up all over the world, it has made over 1,00 media appearances (including BBC and Sky News), and over 100 speakers have been trained.

Interested to find out more? Hit the button below to head to Catholic Voices' website!

Catholic Medical Association (UK)

The Catholic Medical Association (CMA) has been actively encouraging healthcare professionals to integrate their faith and clinical practice since 1911.

The CMA's Youth Branch supports Catholics aged 18-40 who work in healthcare through prayer, friendship and catechesis. The CMA holds an annual conference, as well as day retreats, and produces a journal (the Catholic Medical Quarterly), connecting Catholic healthcare professionals up and down the country with regular updates and support.

SVP (England and Wales)

The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) aims to tackle poverty in all its forms by providing practical assistance to those in need.

Comprised of over 10,000 faith-filled volunteers, the SVP takes the Gospel into homes, hospitals and care-homes. It also provides necessities such as financial aid, furniture and food, as well as organising trips and events for the elderly and isolated.

Aid to the Church in Need (UK)

Started in 1947, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) supports Catholics and other Christians where they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need.

Every year, ACN funds over 5,000 projects in more than 140 countries around the world.

From building churches to providing copies of the Child's Bible, ACN's projects can range in size and nature, all with the aim of nurturing the faith of persecuted and suffering Christians.

Catholic Concern for Animals

The Mission of Catholic Concern for Animals (CCA) is to advance Christian respect and responsibility for the animal creation with special reference to Catholic teaching and beliefs. 

The production of its magazine, The Ark, and its work with other animal advocacy charities across the world, help it to reach out to as many people as possible and to protect the dignity of animals.

Society of Catholic Artists

The Society of Catholic Artists (SCA) is for those engaged in the Visual Arts, and for those who recognise the artist as valuable in the world of evangelisation and pastoral work of the Church.

The SCA was founded in 1929, and now comprises painters, stone/wood/metal sculptors, architects, stained glass artists, potters and iconographers.

Aiming to raise the standard of religious art and encourage fellowhip between artists, the SCA has produced major artistsic work for Cathedrals and churched throughout Britain.

Young Catholic Adult Network (YouCAN)

YouCAN is a new group for young Catholic adults who are aged between 18 to 35 living in the UK which aims to bring young Catholics together so that we are one community with a common Mission. 

these are only a couple of our favourites, but there are loads of catholic organisations out there!

where can you best serve your church?