Causes & partnerships


Mary Ward Loreto Foundation (MWL) is a non-profit organization providing development programmes for vulnerable communities in Albania. The core values of Mary Ward Loreto are FREEDOM, JUSTICE and SINCERITY and are derived from the philosophy of Mary Ward, a 16th century English woman who was the Foundress of an international religious congregation. The focus of all of the work of Mary Ward Loreto is related to the work against human trafficking.

Zoё's Place Trust is a registered Charity providing palliative, respite and end of life care to babies and infants aged from birth to five years, suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. This care is provided in a caring, safe, home from home environment.


As part of the ‘Feast of Fun’ partnership we offer holiday activities with healthy food for children and their families facing challenges without sufficient resources, during the School Holiday periods. During the Covid Pandemic the needs of local families have increased, and regular food and activity packs are being delivered to the families at home throughout the year, also supported by the Parish and the SVP. We will resume holiday activities and a hot meal as well as day trips from the Cathedral as soon as possible.

Middlesbrough Catholic Fellowship is a voluntary non-denominational group offering social support and friendship to members who have varying degrees of disability. Members are able to socialise with friends and volunteer carers who offer support. Regular activities include social groups, a monthly mass celebrating the Eucharist in different Parishes across the diocese, and an annual residential holiday.

The ethos of the organization is that nobody in our community should have to face going hungry. The foodbank provides three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people in crisis who are referred for help.

Music for the Mind is an hour of fun and music for people living with dementia, their friends and carers. Trish McLean is providing an hour of music and fun each Wednesday at 11am accessed HERE .

Dementia Friendly services including a carol service are held at the Cathedral led by Mgr. Gerard.

Interplast (affiliated to ReSurge) is an international organization of Plastic Surgeons and associated professionals who provide free reconstructive surgery for underprivileged patients in the developing world.

Action by Christians Against Torture, Acat(UK), was formed in 1984 by the then British Council of Churches, with the active support of Amnesty International and Society of Friends, to raise awareness of the widespread use of torture and to work as Christians, for the abolition of torture worldwide by campaigning and prayer.

MAP offers welcome, practical support and social opportunities to those seeking asylum in Middlesbrough, and to refugees. We support their work by donating food, clothes and household goods and organizing walks and day trips combined with a hot meal for groups of refugees locally.