Become a livesimply award community

The livesimply award is an opportunity for Catholic communities - parishes, schools, religious orders and chaplaincies - 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”.

What is the livesimply award?

It is awarded to communities who can show how they have been living:

• simply

• in solidarity with people in poverty

• sustainably with creation.

Some livesimply award communities have encouraged people to walk or cycle to church or school, install solar panels, start recycling schemes, join a climate change campaign, support Fairtrade stalls or donate to a local food bank. The award celebrates what you have already done and inspires you to do more. It helps your community to live, not just more simply, but also more fully.

How can we apply for a livesimply award?

You need the backing of your parish priest or head teacher, and a small enthusiastic group to encourage people to get involved.

“An important part of our faith is to care for creation and to develop respect for other people in the world. Becoming a livesimply parish helps you go deeper and to take action.”

Paul Kelly, St Joseph's parish, Lancaster diocese

Next, you’ll develop a simple action plan, based on current activities and new projects you’d like to undertake.

We’ll support you with an email group, resources and the opportunity to share ideas and experience.

When you’re ready, we’ll come and visit your community, find out what you’ve been doing and help you celebrate and share your achievements.

Check out our step-by-step guide or sign up below to get started and to download your action plan form.

Any questions? Contact livesimplyaward@cafod.org.uk

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Livesimply resources

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  • Eco-parish guide Eco-parish guide (8mb, pdf)

    A practical guide for Catholic parishes and communities to reduce emissions and take action on climate change. This guide is produced by the Global Catholic Climate Movement, as a response to Laudato Si', and includes examples from all over the world.

  • 100 ideas for the livesimply award 100 ideas for the livesimply award (2mb, pdf)

    Starting on the livesimply award with your parish, school or community? Check out these 100 ideas for inspiration for living simply, sustainably and in solidarity with people in poverty.

  • Westminster livesimply parishes Westminster livesimply parishes (2mb, pdf)

    Examples and ideas from livesimply award communities in Westminster diocese.

  • Laudato Si' study guide Laudato Si' study guide (4mb, pdf)

    A study guide inspired by Pope Francis' encyclical, Laudato Si'- Care for our common home from CAFOD and SCIAF. Includes witnesses from overseas and UK parishes, ideas for action and prayers.  

  • Laudato Si': Play your part Laudato Si': Play your part (2mb, pdf)

    A guide on how you can respond to the encyclical by taking action on your own or as part of a community.

  • Living Simply hymn Living Simply hymn (449kb, pdf)

    Hymn for parishes, to celebrate living simply.

  • Livesimply day Livesimply enrichment day

    Everything you need to run an enrichment day on Livesimply with your KS3 students.

Livesimply award communities

Arundel and Brighton Diocese

St Mary of the Angels, Worthing

Birmingham Archdiocese

St Mary's, Harborne
St Peter's, Leamington Spa
St. John's, Tamworth
Newman University, Birmingham

Brentwood Diocese

Cathedral Parish of St Mary and St Helen
Our Lady of the Rosary and St Patrick

Clifton Diocese

St Stanislaus, Dulverton
St Bonaventure, Bristol

East Anglia Diocese

Our Lady’s Parish, Stowmarket
St Laurence, Cambridge
St Henry Morse, Diss

Hexham and Newcastle Diocese

All Saints Newcastle

Lancaster Diocese

St Josephs Ansdell, Lytham St Anne’s

Leeds Diocese

St Benedict’s, Garforth

Plymouth Diocese

Christ the King (Holy Family Parish), Kinson (Bournemouth)

Portsmouth Diocese

St. John Bosco, Woodley
St Joseph, Havant
Hampshire Downs, Winchester

Southwark Diocese

Our Lady of Lourdes, Lee
St James the Great, Petts Wood
St Augustine's, Tunbridge Wells

Westminster Diocese

Our Lady Immaculate Hitchin
St John Vianney, West Green, Tottenham
Sacred Heart of Jesus and St Joseph, Ware
Holy Apostles, Pimlico

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