The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

YOUR invitation to see Justice and Mercy in action!

A ‘must’ for anyone who has ever been affected or concerned by CRIME!

ALL are invited to join Caritas Leeds and West Yorkshire Police to meet the Catholic Bishop with responsibility for prisons liaison (Bishop Richard Moth), and West Yorkshire’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime at an event in New Wortley Community Centre between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday 16 October 2021. Full details of how to sign up for FREE to Justice and Mercy: Your Next Steps are on the attached poster …


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This special event  has been planned for the culmination of Prisons Week, when we pray for all those affected by the criminal justice system: victims of crime and their communities, prisoners and their families, those working in the criminal justice system and anyone involved in caring for those affected in any way by crime. ALL will be welcome to this open meeting for lay faithful and clergy alike; it will detail the next steps after last year’s publication of the Caritas Leeds Criminal Justice Report: Justice and Mercy, and is an opportunity to share how the recommendations from the report are being addressed, as well as stalls run by PACT, Restorative Solutions, Ingeus, St George’s Crypt, national SVP, West Yorkshire Police and Victim Support where you can find out more about their work in this area.

Over the last 12 months Caritas Leeds has developed a strong relationship with the West Yorkshire Police through its Community Engagement Forum.  As a result of this partnership a brand new initiative is being launched at this event. FaithWorks FrameWork is targeted at the Catholic Community to raise awareness of preventable pathways towards criminality, giving information about support and signposting. FaithWorks will be piloted in the Kirklees Deanery. It will consist of four separate workshops for an open audience which will also be live-streamed and recorded. Each of these workshops will include reference to Catholic Social Teaching in order to give this framework a Catholic focus and the subjects covered will be:

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Exploitation
  • Violence
  • Call to Action using the ‘See, Judge, Act’ framework

The venues are set to be All Saints’ Catholic College in Huddersfield and Dewsbury’s St John Fisher Catholic Academy. The dates are still to be finalised, but will be between this coming November and March 2022 – so watch this website for more details of how YOU can participate!

Prisons Week begins on 10 October with Prisons Sunday, when further Caritas resources in the form of videos of workshops held over the summer will go live on our Caritas YouTube Channel and on the Caritas Leeds website.  The three videos will be:

Life in Prison: This workshop is led by Chris White the Catholic Chaplain at HMP Leeds. It offers an insight of life in prison, making also references to the particular challenges enforced due to the Covid 19 pandemic. It also offers information about the different categories of prisons and poses searching questions for the viewer to consider and reflect on. It also offers ways of supporting prisoners and their families.

Life After Prison: This workshop was led by Jane Daguerre, Chief Executive officer of WCCP-Resettlement project which is based at HMP Leeds. Jane offers an overview of this ecumenical project and adopts a case study approach to highlight the challenges experienced by released prisoners. It also offers a number of challenging questions which may well change prior views of criminality.

Restorative Justice: One of the main drivers of the Caritas Leeds Criminal Justice Inquiry was the concept of restorative justice because it links strongly with Gospel teaching and Catholic Social teaching. In this workshop, Caroline Rountree, an experienced restorative justice practitioner, offers a realistic  overview of restorative justice, drawing on personal experience.