We support a number of charities through Parish Action. A number of them are local and are always looking for volunteers and for the ones that aren’t there are great fundraising opportunities through us.
The Charities we Support through Parish Action:
Please click on the “Giving” tab on the top bar for further information on our charities and fundraising.
Christian Aid is a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.
We work globally for profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality. We are part of a wider movement for social justice.
We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes.
All Saints’ Contact: T.B.C.
St Mary’s Contact: Alexis Chapman at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Formerly Wandsworth Women’s Aid, Hestia has been supporting women and children fleeing from domestic violence for over 37 years. They manage three refuge houses in Wandsworth employing six full time and two part time staff, and they provide a comprehensive programme of support for the residents and their children. Hestia has a turnover of about £400k and there are opportunities to volunteer to help renovate, decorate and improve their houses and gardens. If you are interested in volunteering at one of the refuges, or would like to donate good quality clothes and toys, please see contacts below:
All Saints Contact:
Kate Innes at: email@example.com
St Mary’s Contact: T.B.C.
Home Start Wandsworth
Home Start Wandsworth – is a local charity which supports 28 families at present all of whom are facing a difficult period of time because of illness, disability, bereavement or social isolation. Each family receives a volunteer visitor once a week to help support the family. It has many volunteering opportunities either working directly with a family or supporting those that do. It has a turnover of about £35k.
Bishops Lent Appeal
From Bishop Christopher: The theme for the 2016 Lent Call is ‘Caring for the Whole Person’. We have selected projects from the Holy Land, some of which will be visited by the pilgrims on the Diocesan Pilgrimage which takes place during Lent 2016. We have also included projects from Zimbabwe and this Diocese which seek to look at caring for the whole person, including education, healthcare and employment. Alongside our giving is also a call to prayer for these projects and the needs they address. The projects we are assisting this year are listed overleaf to help you, and the communities you lead and serve, frame your use of the Lent Call during this holy season.
All Saints’ Contact: T.B.C.
St Mary’s Contact: T.B.C.
Sponsor a Child to go to school in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Vulindlela Guardians is run by volunteers in Bulawayo and is supported by our parish and Rotary Worldwide. We pay school fees for children who have nobody to pay for their education. Our feeding scheme means that the children will not go to school with empty tummies while food is scarce in Zimbabwe.
Vulindlela Guardians – Sponsor a Child Appeal
Our parish has raised money for hundreds of Aids orphans to go to school in Bulawayo over the past 9 years. These are children who have one or no parents living and who cannot afford school fees. They come together at the Vulindlela Centre in Bulawayo where social worker, Patricia Tshabalala provides a place for them to do homework and use the small library. With the drought in recent years there is widespread hunger in Matabeleland, so last year we introduced a feeding scheme, whereby the children are given ePap, a nutritional, easy-to-prepare porridge by volunteers at the centre. This has been a great success.
Ang Dales from our Parish went to Bulawayo in April and met Patricia and children – she was touched and inspired by Patricia’s dedication and the wonderful community spirit . Before their meal, the children joined hands in a big circle to say their prayer of thanks, and to sing together.
Patricia gave Ang a letter to everyone in the parish, saying ‘Thank you for the love, care and support you give to the children and all of us, giving hope and strength to go on. May the good Lord bless you!’
School fees for a child for a year are £90 and it costs £50 to feed a child for a year on Epap. Every little helps! To donate, click on this link:
For further information please contact Ang Dales at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Chantry Westwell at email@example.com
Formerly known as West London Churches Homeless Concern, Glassdoor relieves poverty among street homeless people in West London by providing accommodation, advice and support. Each winter since 1999, churches of different denominations in West London have provided the venues for our night shelter. Many other churches provide financial and in-kind support
As London’s largest emergency winter night shelter, Glass Door provides a safe, warm place to sleep for 70 to 100 men and women a night in partnership with churches across Hammersmith, Fulham, Kensington, Chelsea, Barnes and Putney. Homeless guests also have access advice, food, showers and laundry facilities from drop-in day centres. Every night 2 churches open their doors to 35 homeless people, they are given dinner and a warm space in which to sleep.
The night shelter at St Mary’s Church opens on 7th November 2016 and it will be running every Monday for 23 weeks through to Easter. Glass Door not only saves lives by providing refuge from the cold, we also help our guests build more stable futures.
For more information go to: www.glassdoor.org.uk
Contact: Clemancy Gordon-Martin at: firstname.lastname@example.org