Catholic Care was founded in 1863 to care for orphaned children. Its work expanded in the 1980s to care for vulnerable adults, in response to the Care in the Community Act. This mix of care and support services continues today across the Diocese of Leeds. Many things have changed since our foundation, but one thing that has remained constant is that society still poses a challenge to those who are disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalised. The charity responds by offering practical services, regardless of a person’s faith.
Today our services are divided into those which are regulated – including our children’s home, homes for adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues and our social work and wellbeing services in schools – and our community services, where we reach out to those in need. These include community services for older people, pre-school children, mothers and babies, asylum seekers and refugees, young carers, women prisoners and a holiday hunger project.