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.

The Limes

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.

Limes Choir The Limes 1 The Limes 2


BoliviaCharity Events

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 Barlow."

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.