Caritas Jersey is passionate about social action. In particular, we want to engender in our young people the belief that they through their actions can make a difference in the lives of the marginalised. In an increasing secular and selfish world, we believe that it is important that young people are offered a moral and philosophical framework for taking social action. While many of our States Schools excel in encouraging their pupils to take action not many have the time and trained staff to help young people understand why they should take action. The independent Christian/Catholic schools do have the trained staff and so we have entered into a partnership with De La Salle College and Beaulieu Convent School that allows Caritas to provide Social Action Scholarships to up to five students in each school.
Successful candidates will be able to join these schools for free in their sixth form years. They will also be exposed to the work of Caritas and meet senior figures in the Charities and Political world as well as to visit ongoing projects in and around London. We are grateful to the Living Our Faith Fund for sponsorship of this project.
We hope that as a result of this initiative some of these students will opt to work in the charitable sector and will bring with them a deeper understanding of the importance of this work at so many levels.