Welcome to St. Anthony's
Welcome to St. Anthony's 

Safeguarding

Your Parish Safeguarding Representatives

 

Parish Safeguarding Representatives are responsible for: making sure the Parish is aware of the importance of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults; promoting good and safe practice, including what is appropriate and inappropriate behaviour; with their Parish Priest and the Safeguarding Co-ordinator/Officer. They decide how to administer the National Safeguarding Policies and Procedures within the Parish.

 

The representatives for St Anthony's are:

 

Eva Antao-Bento

Sue Hayes

 

Our Safeguarding Representatives are available in the Parish Office every Wednesday from 6pm - 7.30pm. Completed DBS Forms can be returned during these times.

 

What is Safeguarding?

 

Safeguarding is protecting vulnerable adults or children from abuse or neglect. It means making sure people are supported to get good access to health care and stay well. It is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and adults and protecting them from harm.

Safeguarding children and promoting their welfare includes:

  • Protecting them from maltreatment or things that are bad for their health or development.
  • Making sure they grow up in circumstances that allow safe and effective care.

Safeguarding adults includes:

  • Protecting their rights to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.
  • People and organisations working together to prevent the risk of abuse or neglect, and to stop them from happening.
  • Making sure people's wellbeing is promoted, taking their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs into account.

Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.

 

Safeguarding children and child protection applies to all children up to the age of 18.

 

All organisations that come into contact with children and vulnerable adults should have specific safeguarding policies and procedures in place. This includes voluntary and community organisations, faith groups, private sector providers, as well as schools, hospitals and sports clubs. Here at St Anthony’s all our Safeguarding Policies are linked with the Northampton Diocese and overseen by the Catholic Safegaurding Advisory Service. These can be accessed here:

Northampton Diocese Safeguarding

 

Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service

 

 

Contact: Eva Antao-Bento and Sue Hayes

Educare Training for Safeguarding

 

The Church has a responsibility to ensure all those who undertake work in the name of the Church are adequately trained in safeguarding matters.

 

However, we all have a role to play in safeguarding the young or adults who may be at risk and it is for this reason that we have worked with EduCare to bring you an e-learning package that will raise awareness throughout the Catholic Community in England and Wales. The e-learning package is part of the Church’s commitment to safeguarding, and is available to all members of the Catholic  community free of charge.

 

By providing an opportunity for individuals to access online training on a variety of topics at a time and place that suits them. EduCare’s training programmes can help individuals familiarise themselves with safeguarding matters, helping to create a nurturing and safer environment. The Child Exploitation & Online Safety programme will be of particular interest to parents who will be keen to understand how children and young people use technology and better understand the associated risks.

 

What do I need to do to access this training resource?

  • Email safeguarding@northamptondiocese.com to register your interest.
  • Your email should contain your name, email address, the name of your parish/order/ congregation, and your role. For example: Priest, Member of the Religious, Safeguarding Representative, Youth Worker, Teacher, SVP or Other Volunteers, Parent/Grandparent/ Guardian, or Other.
  • On receipt of your email the safeguarding administrator will register your email address with EduCare.
  • You will receive a Welcome Email from EduCare where you will set your password.
  • You will then have instant access to the training programmes.

 

For more information about Educare please have a look at the poster on the information board outside the Church.

 

Be Involved

 

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love." - Mother Theresa 

 

The Parish warmly welcomes all volunteers! If you can assist with any of the following, please let Fr Nicholas know: Sacristy work, cleaning, children’s liturgy, repair works, painting, gardening, lifts for parishioners to and from Mass.
If there is something else you can do, please do let him know.

Welcome

 

If you have recently joined the Parish, you are most welcome. We hope that you are settling in well. Please do make yourself known to Fr Nicholas or the Parish Office. Parish Welcome Packs are available from the Church Narthex. 

 

Tea/Coffee Morning Donations - Sunday

 

If you would like to donate any cakes, biscuits, tea, coffee, fruit etc. They will be gratefully received. Alternatively, if you are able to increase your financial donation, that would be wonderful!

 

A big thank to everyone that helped and supported our tea and coffee mornings. For the month of March We have taken a grand total of £60.54. If you are new to our Parish, please pop into the Crypt after Mass on a Sunday - we would love to see you. Our tea and coffee mornings are run solely on donations of various homemade cakes, breads, biscuits etc. so do pop in and support us and give generously. All donations recieved go towards the upkeep of the Crypt. 

 

Sick and Housebound

 

If you know of any parishioners that are sick or housebound that would like to receive Holy Communion, please let Fr Nicholas know or contact the Parish Office. 

 

Eucharistic Minister Readers and Counters Rotas

 

These are now available on the website under Mass Intentions and Rotas.

 

After Mass Tidy Up

 

We are looking for a small team of volunteers to help tidy up after Mass. This includes putting away the hymn books, Mass cards, kneelers and making sure the Church is neat and tidy for its next service.  If you would like to assist in anyway or join a rota, please see Fr Nicholas. 

Prayers for the Sick

 

Please continue to pray for the sick of our Parish and those that have asked for your prayers. If you know of anyone that would like a mention in our bidding prayers, please let Father, the Deacons or the Parish Office know.

Weekly Mass Readings

 

Can now be found here! Weekly Readings

 

Prayer to St Anthony

 

Saint Anthony, perfect imitator of Jesus, who received from God the special power of restoring lost things, grant that I may find {mention your petition} which has been lost. As least restore to me peace and tranquillity of mind, the loss of which has afflicted me even more than my material loss. To this favour I ask another of you: that I may always remain in possession of the true good that is God. Let me rather lose all things than lose God, my supreme good. Let me never suffer the loss of my greatest treasure, eternal life with God. Amen.

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