Liverpool Volunteer Centre’s Livesimply Launch!


Emily, Colette, Stephen and Ged at our Livesimply launch

The Livesimply award is awarded to Catholic communities who can show how they have been living simply, in solidarity with people in poverty and sustainably with creation. It celebrates what you have already done and inspires you to do more. The award is an opportunity to respond to Pope Francis’ invitation in Laudato Si’ to “work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us”.


In the CAFOD Liverpool Volunteer Centre we have decided to apply for the Livesimply award and we’re aiming to be the first Livesimply volunteer centre in the country. We wanted to be able to fully understand the process of applying so that we can have a better understanding of both the benefits and difficulties that parishes may face when they apply. On Harvest Fast day, 6th October, we launched our application with a shared lunch here at the volunteer centre.


Ged enjoying his simple soup and bread lunch with Fairtrade bananas.

We have printed out our aims and put them on the wall, so that we are all clear in our goals, and our roles as a group and as individuals, and so that visitors can find out about what we’re trying to do. Our three major tasks are; reducing energy use, providing vegetarian food for all training days and lunches and promoting links between groups and individuals through Livesimply. We are also planning to install a Bug House, plant wildflowers, buy local products to support local suppliers and use environmentally friendly cleaning products.

Ged Edwards said, “Liverpool staff and volunteers are really committed to Livesimply and it dawned on us that we could try to apply to CAFOD as well as parishes and schools! It will give us an understanding of the pressures parishes are undertaking and it will be great to act in solidarity with our sisters and brothers both here and overseas.”


Livesimply banner.

Colette added, “After working with parishes in Liverpool Archdiocese and seeing them launch as a Livesimply parish, I’m delighted that we have joined them here in the CAFOD Liverpool Volunteer Centre.  I think it’s really important that we practice what we preach.  We’re asking people to evaluate how they live their lives, and emphasising how it can impact our planet and the people living on it.  Pope Francis asks us in Laudato Si, to care for our common home.

The Liverpool staff at the Livesimply launch with bread and soup meals.

If we can all start to make small changes in our day to day lives, it can make a big difference to the world’s poorest people, who suffer the most because of our actions, for example, through the effects of climate change.”



“If you have any suggestions about things we can do or how we can operate more simply, sustainably and in solidarity with the community we would love to hear from you!”

Find out more about the Livesimply award.

Ormskirk chooses Live simply!

St Anne’s and St Elizabeth’s parishes in Ormskirk have signed up for CAFOD’s Livesimply Award!  live-simply-colour

A Core Group has been set up to help parishioners come together to live more simply, sustainably with creation and in solidarity with people in poverty, with the strong backing of Frs Godric Timney and Boniface Moran OSB.

The Parishes have already been active in responding to Pope Francis’ urgent call to make the world a fairer place and protect it for all of life on the planet for future generations. They’ve been considering how they can support refugees (and taking valuable supplies to Asylum Link Merseyside!), deepening their commitment to Fairtrade and engaging the Scouts with improving the gardens for example.  Susan O’Halloran led the launch meeting and invited Ged Edwards to tell people about Livesimply and invite their ideas for the future.

33 parishioners came to the meeting at St Anne’s and 84 people joined on llaunch-meeting-group-1ine.  They’ve found out already that Livesimply is a great way to bring people in the parish together, find out what’s going on and build from there a stronger community.  Coming together helps to support and encourage one another and people told us what they are already doing and shared their ideas for the future.  They included a Walk to Church Sunday, supporting refugees, buying locally and only as much as we need, using low energy lighting, etc.

launch-meeting-group-2Ged said, ” What a marvellous response!  I was really impressed with the meeting and the progress already made.  Now the parishes will draw in others, finalise their plans.  They will do what they can we know and the Lord will do the rest.”  Next step?  A simple and exciting plan for the next 12-18 months ahead.  At the end of the road is CAFOD’s Livesimply Award to reward the community.

To find out more, visit the Livesimply Award on CAFOD’s website or watch the presentation from St Anne’s.