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”.
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What is the LiveSimply award?
The LiveSimply award is earned by communities and schools who can show how they have been living:
- in solidarity with people in poverty
- sustainably with creation.
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 to get started
If you’re excited by the idea of working towards the award, share that excitement with others in your community. A small enthusiastic group - whether an existing CAFOD group or Justice and Peace group or a handful of people ready for a new challenge - is all you need to get started, along with the backing of your parish priest or head teacher.
This group leads the way, but they don’t do everything! A LiveSimply award needs to involve as many people in the community as possible. From the youngest to the oldest, each person’s different strengths and interests contribute to making it a success.
2. Sign up
You can sign up online or, if no-one in your group is online, just call 0303 303 3030 and we’ll take your details over the phone and send you the information you need.
When you sign up, we’ll invite you to an email group for LiveSimply communities. This is an easy way to share ideas, resources and questions with more experienced parishes and groups who can provide you with advice and inspiration to help you make your action plan.
“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
To apply for the award, your community needs to plan one substantial action (something which involves either a significant change or a lot of people) and at least two smaller actions under each of these three headings:
- living simply
- living sustainably
- living in solidarity with people who are poor.
So that's nine actions in total!
Start by thinking about what your community already does. Perhaps you welcome refugees, support a local food bank, sign CAFOD campaign cards, look after a parish or school garden, collect recycling, or run a Fairtrade stall. You may find you already have a long list.
Then think about what you’d like to do. Applying for the LiveSimply award can give a focus for a new project or boost an idea that’s just waiting to get off the ground.
You can include activities which are already taking place – but you should include also some that are new, or that aim to reach new people.
Send us a copy of your completed plan by email or post. We'll send you a certificate to display to show that your community is working towards the LiveSimply award.
4. Take action
Now’s the time to put your plan into action. It’s up to you how long you take, but most communities take about a year to work towards the award. This gives time to get different groups on board, but not so long that people lose momentum.
As you go along, collect evidence to illustrate what you have done. This could be photos, service sheets, media cuttings or electricity bills. You can share these when your parish is assessed and with your community to show what you have achieved together.
If you have questions or challenges along the way, just call or email us, or use the email group to get in touch with other LiveSimply communities.
5. Request an assessment
When you’ve completed your plan, get in touch with us by phone or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an assessment. This is an opportunity to share and celebrate what you’ve been doing – it’s not a test! The LiveSimply assessor will tell you if you have achieved the award and give you advice on what to do next.
This is a chance to say ‘thank you’ to all those who contributed to achieving your award.
Many communities organise or dedicate a special Mass or other event:
- St John Bosco in Reading held a Creation Mass, followed by a shared meal
- St Peter the Apostle in Leamington Spa invited their Bishop to present the award
- St Augustine’s in Tunbridge Wells even baked a LiveSimply cake.
We’ll send you a LiveSimply Award to display and offer advice on how to get media coverage.
Livesimply award communities
Arundel and Brighton Diocese
St Mary of the Angels, Worthing
Holy Angels, Ash
St Clement's, Ewell West
Catholic Parish of Bognor Regis and Slindon consisting of:
- Our Lady of Sorrows, Bognor Regis
- St Anthony of Viareggio, Rose Green, Bognor Regis
- St Richards, Slindon
St John the Evangelist Parish, Horsham
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Thames Ditton
St Edmund’s Parish, Godalming
St Joseph’s Parish, Dorking
St Dunstan’s Primary School, Woking
St Mary's, Harborne
St Peter's, Leamington Spa
St. John's, Tamworth
Newman University, Birmingham
Sacred Heart, Rugby
Holy Trinity, Newcastle under Lyme
Christ the King and Our Lady of Lourdes, Coventry
St Mary of the Angels and Aldridge Parish, Walsall
Sacred Heart Parish, Coventry
Corpus Christi Parish Oxford with Our Lady of Lourdes, Wheatley
St Mary Immaculate, Warwick, and St Charles Borromeo Parish
St Elizabeth’s Parish, Coventry
St Thomas More, Coventry
St Thomas More Catholic School Willenhall in Birmingham
Cathedral Parish of St Mary and St Helen, Brentwood
Our Lady of the Rosary and St Patrick, Walthamstow
Knights of Saint Columba Council 192, Southend-on-Sea
St Joseph’s, Upminster
St Stanislaus, Dulverton
St Bonaventure, Bristol
St Francis, Nailsea
St John the Evangelist, Bath
St Augustine's Parish, Bristol
St Catharine's School, Chipping Campden
St Edwards School, Romsey
St Mary's Primary School Churchdown, Gloucester
East Anglia Diocese
Our Lady’s Parish, Stowmarket
St Laurence, Cambridge
St Henry Morse, Diss
St John the Baptist Cathedral, Norwich
Sacred Heart, North Walsham
St Edmund King and Martyr Parish, Bungay
Hexham and Newcastle Diocese
All Saints, Newcastle upon Tyne
St Oswald's Primary School, Newcastle upon Tyne
St. Cuthbert's High School, Newcastle upon Tyne
St Joseph's Parish Birtley, Tyne and Wear
St John Boste Primary School Washington, Tyne and Wear
St Josephs Ansdell, Lytham St Anne’s
Our Lady and St Edwards Fulwood, Preston
St Joseph’s Parish, Cockermouth
St Wilfrid’s Parish, Preston
St Benedict’s, Garforth
St Joseph’s Primary School, Wetherby
Our Lady of Kirkstall Parish, Leeds
St Mary Menston Catholic Voluntary Academy, Ilkley
St Mary’s and St Michael’s Parish, Settle
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Nursery and Primary School, Southport
St Anne's, Ormskirk
Our Lady and All Saints Primary School, Parbold
St Michael and Our Lady Primary School, Kirkby
St Bede’s Primary School Widnes
St Wilfrid’s Parish, Widnes
Our Lady's Bishop Eton, Liverpool
St Richard’s Primary School, Skelmersdale
Holy Family Primary School, Toxteth
St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School, Chorley
St Mary's Middlesbrough Cathedral, Middlesbrough
St Bernadette’s Primary School, Milton Keynes
St Bernards Preparatory School, Slough
Our Lady and St Edward's, Nottingham
Holy Trinity Catholic Academy, Newark
Blessed Robert Widmerpool Academy, Clifton
Holy Spirit Parish West Bridgford, Nottingham
St Anne’s Parish Buxton, Nottingham
St Mary’s Catholic Voluntary Academy New Mills, High Peak
Christ the King (Holy Family Parish), Kinson
Our Lady Queen of Martyrs and St Joseph, Wool
Blessed Sacrament Parish, Exeter
St Mary's Primary School, Buckfast, Devon
St. John Bosco, Woodley
St Joseph, Havant
Hampshire Downs, Winchester
Our Lady and St Edmund, Abingdon
Immaculate Conception Parish, Southampton
St Joseph's Primary School, Todmorden
St Mary’s and St John Fisher Parish, Denton
St Joseph and St Bede Primary School, Bury
St Mary's RC Primary School, Levenshulme
St John the Evangelist, Bridgnorth
Holy Apostles and Martyrs' Parish, Wallasey
Our Lady of Lourdes, Lee
St James the Great, Petts Wood
St Augustine's, Tunbridge Wells
Holy Innocents, Orpington
Sacred Heart, Wimbledon
St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School, Gillingham
Our Lady Immaculate Hitchin
St John Vianney, West Green, Tottenham
Sacred Heart of Jesus and St Joseph, Ware
Holy Apostles, Pimlico
Mary Immaculate and St Peter, New Barnet
Our Lady of Lourdes, Harpenden
Mount Carmel Catholic Primary School, Ealing
St Mary’s Primary School, Isleworth