Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) are asking Catholic parishes, charities and voluntary groups to consider how they might become involved in The Big Help Out (BHO), one of the official projects of the Coronation Weekend of His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen.
The Big Help Out, on Coronation Bank Holiday Monday 8 May, is a huge public engagement campaign to promote, champion and showcase volunteering. Led by the Together Coalition, the BHO includes some of Britain’s largest volunteer-involving charities and is co-chaired by Scouts and Royal Voluntary Service.
As such, charities are being encouraged to promote volunteering events (either as one-offs or regularly) on the Big Help Out app. Many of the UK’s best-known charities are already part of it, so groups are being encouraged to sign up and advertise their volunteering opportunities. The app can be found at https://www.thebighelpout.com/.
Within the Diocese of Leeds there are volunteering opportunities with the likes of CAFOD, the SVP, Catholic Care, and parish or community-based food banks. More information about these activities can be found on the Caritas Leeds website: https://www.dioceseofleeds.org.uk/caritas/
If any parishes or voluntary groups are organising events in conjunction with the 8 May celebrations you can email Elly Crawford by 8 May 2023 at firstname.lastname@example.org. The team at Integra may be able to arrange for local media outlets to visit your charity on the day.
Big Help Out Website
Big Help Out Q&A
UK Government Coronation Website