Youth SVP & Fusion Prayer Group
Youth SVP is the largest youth organisation
in the Catholic Church of England & Wales. Since 1999, over
10,000 young people have put their faith in to action by becoming a
member. Here at The Barlow, we have our own, very dedicated group
of young volunteers who offer support to people in the community;
meeting them person to person and assisting them in any way they
can. We also have a Fusion Prayer Group, made up of
ten Year 7 and Year 8 pupils. We work very closely with
the Fusion Group at St Catherine's RC Primary School in
preparation for community events.
Every Friday, members of our Youth
SVP and Fusion Prayer Group give up their lunch break to visit
residents at The Limes Nursing Home in Didsbury. The visit not only
helps our pupils learn how to interact with different people but
gives them the opportunity to make a difference to an older
person's life. The pupils talk about their school life and
encourage The Limes' residents to share memories of their own
school days; just a half an hour visit really brightens their day.
At Christmas, members of our school choir visit The Limes to
provide some festive entertainment.
Our SVP volunteers regulatly help
out at events to raise money for charity. In October
2012, they helped look after guests and serve up food at a
charity luncheon. Held at St Catherine's Community Centre in
Didsbury, the function raised money for the children of Bolivia and
El Salvador. Together with her husband Peter, our School Governor
Lynda Waine has worked as a volunteer, helping orphaned and
abandoned children in Bolivia, for the past ten years.
Lynda said,"We had a wonderful
afternoon and raised £800. The Barlow students were professional,
attentive, kind and efficient; it was a pleasure to have them there
to help. They themselves were happy to be there and to give up
their free time to support this cause. So many people commented on
how brilliant they were. They are a real credit to the
Through Lynda, the money raised was
put towards projects in Bolivia; one of the poorest countries in
South America. Previous fundraising by our students has helped buy
much-needed educational materials, medicines and clothes.