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Walk a Mile in their Shoes is an initiative for senior schools, incorporating fundraising with education and spiritual concern for those in need.

In 2011 Archbishop Bernard Longley suggested to Father Hudson’s that as part of our fundraising we should adopt the Walk a Mile in their Shoes initiative for senior schools, a concept he had promoted with the Catholic Children’s Society while he was Bishop of Westminster.

Being the social care agency of the Archdiocese we have a wealth of knowledge and experience of caring for those in need and our work epitomises the social teaching of the Church. The Archbishop’s vision was for us to establish closer ties with senior schools in the Archdiocese by providing resources and information, based on our work, to enable students to have an insight into the adversity of those we help at the same time as fundraising for us.

Archbishop Bernard fully endorses our campaign and actively encourages senior schools to take part by organising their own fundraising events, highlighting the issues affecting those we help based on a theme.

The breadth of our work is such that we have been able to focus on a range of themes since Walk a Mile’s inception, each with a detailed resource pack.

There is already a wealth of information about social issues available on the internet. Our aim is to provide information based on our work here in the Archdiocese, inspired by Catholic social teaching, to include assembly, worship and classroom suggestions that can be easily incorporated into a busy school timetable.

Welcoming the Stranger (2012-13) – our first campaign, launched by Archbishop Bernard, focussing on our work with refugees and the hidden poor.

Honouring our Elders (2013-14) – looking at our work with the elderly including dementia care, lunch clubs and outreach to the isolated.

Breaking the Chains (2014-15) – highlighting work with women in the criminal justice system; how we support women with chaotic lives and offer alternatives to custody.

Every Person Unique (2015-17) – featuring our work with Disability throughout the Archdiocese. Funds raised through Walk a Mile in these two years benefited people coming to St Catherine's Day Service.

Being a Friend (2017-18) – focusses on relational poverty and what we can do about social isolation and loneliness among both old and young.

You can download this year’s Walk a Mile resources below, which includes four case studies that may be ideal for discussion groups with Lay Chaplains or in form time. Please contact us for more information or support in using this material.

Father Hudson’s local School and Parish Engagement Officers are keen to visit schools to talk to students and staff about the charity’s work and the Walk a Mile in their Shoes campaign.

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