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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LiveSimply for schools

LiveSimply for schools

Resources to help your school take part in the LiveSimply award.

Blessed Sacrament Church in Heavitree has become one of a growing number of congregations that have made drastic changes to reduce their environmental impact.

LiveSimply ideas

Here are our top tips for a greener lifestyle, finding more time to reflect and providing practical help to those in need.

What is the LiveSimply award?

The LiveSimply award is earned by communities and schools who can show how they have been living:

  • simply
  • 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.

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How to get started

LiveSimply award for schools with CAFOD

1. Explore

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.

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“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

3. Plan

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:

  1. living simply
  2. living sustainably
  3. 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.

Read our LiveSimply ideas for inspiration

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.

St Benedict's parish, Leeds, allotment.

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 livesimplyaward@cafod.org.uk 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.

6. Celebrate!

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.

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Laudato Si' Action Platform

The Laudato Si’ Action Platform has been launched by Pope Francis to inspire and encourage the global Catholic Church to reflect on their part in the care of God’s creation and love of their neighbour, over a seven-year journey.

LiveSimply has been officially recognised as a wonderful way for parishes to be part of a Laudato Si’ journey.

Watch our Laudato Si Action Platform and LiveSimply webinar with Monica Conmee, CAFOD’s Head of Education, and Maria Elena Arana, LiveSimply Award Coordinator, which explored how the new Laudato Si' Action Platform will work and how we, as LiveSimply communities, can be part of this Global Catholic journey of ecological conversion being promoted by Pope Francis and the Vatican.

Livesimply resources

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Livesimply award communities

Arundel and Brighton Diocese

St Dunstan's RC Primary School
St Mary of the Angels
The Holy Angels
St John the Evangelist
St Joseph
St Clement
St Edmund King & Martyr

Birmingham Archdiocese

St Peter Apostle
St Thomas More RC School
Our Lady of Lourdes RC Primary School
St Anne's RC Primary School
St Augustine's Catholic Primary School
Newman University Catholic Chaplaincy
Christ the King & Our Lady of Lourdes
St Mary Immaculate
St Elizabeth
St John the Baptist
St Mary
Our Lady's and St Peter's
St Charles Borromeo
Sacred Heart
St Mary of the Angels
Holy Trinity
St Patrick’s Coventry
St Thomas More Coventry

Brentwood Diocese

Knights of St Columba Council 192 Southend
St Luke's Catholic Academy
St Alban's Primary Academy
Our Lady & St Patrick
Cathedral Church of St Mary & St Helen

Clifton Diocese

St Edward's Secondary School
St Catharine's RC Primary School
St Mary's Catholic Primary School
St Francis of Assisi
St Stanislaus
St Bonaventure
St Augustine of Canterbury
St John the Evangelist

East Anglia Diocese

St Alban's Catholic High School
Most Holy Trinity and St Henry Morse
Our Lady's Roman Catholic Church
Sacred Heart
Cathedral of St John the Baptist
St Laurence
St Edmund, King and Martyr

Hexham and Newcastle Diocese

St Cuthbert's Catholic High School
St Oswald's RC Primary School
St John Boste RC Primary School
St Bede (All Saints)
St Joseph

Lancaster Diocese

St Joseph's Catholic Church
St Joseph's Catholic Church
Our Lady & St Edward's Catholic Church
St Wilfrid's Catholic Church

Leeds Diocese

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
St Mary's Menston
St Mary & St Michael
St Benedict
Our Lady of Kirkstall Parish
St John Fisher & St Thomas More

Liverpool Diocese

St Bede's Catholic Junior School
St Richard's RC Primary School
Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School
Our Lady's Bishop Eton Catholic School
St Michael and All Angels Catholic Primary School
Great Crosby Catholic Primary School
Holy Family RC Primary School
St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
Our Lady & All Saints RC Primary School
Sacred Heart RC Primary School
St Patrick's Catholic Primary School
St Anne
The Parish of St Wilfrid

Middlesbrough Diocese

Christ the King Primary Catholic Primary School
St Patrick's Catholic Primary School
St Mary's Cathedral

Northampton Diocese

St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School
St Bernard's Catholic Preparatory School

Nottingham Diocese

St Mary's Catholic Primary School
Holy Trinity Catholic Voluntary Academy
Blessed Robert Widmerpool Catholic VA
English Martyrs' Catholic Voluntary Academy
Our Lady & St Edward
The Holy Spirit
St Anne

Plymouth Diocese

St Mary's RC Primary School
Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish
Holy Family
Sacred Heart 

Portsmouth Diocese

St John Bosco
St Peter and the Winchester Martyrs
Our Lady & St Edmund of Abingdon
Immaculate Conception Church
St Joseph

Salford Diocese

St Joseph & Bede RC Primary School
St Mary's RC Primary School
St Joseph's RC Academy
Parish of St Mary and St John Fisher - St Mary (Our Lady of Sorrows)

Shrewsbury Diocese

St John the Evangelist
Holy Apostles and Martyrs

Southwark Diocese

St Thomas of Canterbury RC School
Sacred Heart RC Church
St Augustine
Holy Innocents
Our Lady of Lourdes
St James

Westminster Diocese

St Christina's School
St Mary's RC Primary School
Mount Carmel RC Primary School
Guides - 7th Hitchin
Sacred Heart of Jesus & St Joseph
Holy Apostles
Our Lady of Lourdes
St Matthew
Our Lady Immaculate & St Andrew
St John Vianney

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