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:
Thrive is a small national charity with one of its two main bases at Battersea Park. It uses gardening projects to help disabled people and stroke victims to develop skills, recover, meet friends and enjoy gardening. It has 900 gardening projects around the country, including at Bishop’s Park. It has many opportunities for volunteers to help garden with or without groups of Thrive’s clients. It has a turnover of £1.5m.
Wandsworth Women’s Aid has been supporting women and children fleeing from domestic violence for over 36 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. WWA has a turnover of about £400k and there are opportunities to volunteer to help renovate, decorate and improve their houses and gardens.
All Saints Contact:
Claire Watts at email@example.com
St Mary’s Contact:
Phoebe Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Spires is one of the largest centres in South London for providing food and practical support for homeless people.
All Saints Contact:
Andy Stewart at email@example.com
St Mary’s contact:
Leo Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Through the generosity of members of the parish over the past 6 years, we have paid the school fees for over 500 HIV Orphans to attend primary school in Bulawayo every year. These children have lost one or both parents in the Aids epidemic and are often cared for by relatives who simply do not have the funds to pay additional school fees. Last year our Parish raised over £8,000 for the Vulindlela Guardians, all of which went directly to the orphans as the Vulindlela Guardians have no administration costs.
We are fortunate to have excellent links with the Vulindlela Guardians, Chantry Westwell, recently visited their centre in Bulawayo. “Patricia Tshabalala and almost 200 children turned out to thank us at the Vulindlela Centre. The children greeted us with a big banner they had made and gave us gifts, including woven bowls for both churches, which we will present on Vulindlela Sunday, 18th May. They entertained us with songs and speeches, and we met a young man who is now a teacher, who was educated thanks to Vulindlela Guardians.”
Unfortunately this year, the Vulindlela Guardians are facing their toughest year ever. School fees have been increased by 75%, placing extreme pressure on the charity’s finances. For each child supported by the Vulindlela Guardians, it costs £80 to cover school fees, school uniform and one nourishing meal each week throughout the school year. If you are able to support the Vulindlela Guardians this year, please click here and make a donation on the Parish Action mydonate page.
West London Churches Homeless Concern 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
The night shelter at St Mary’s Church opens on 9th January 2012 and it will be running every Monday for 12 weeks. The Project is part of the West London Churches Homeless Concern (WLCHC) initiative to provide shelter for rough sleepers. Every night 2 churches open their doors to 35 homeless people, they are given dinner and a warm space in which to sleep. For more information go to www.wlchc.org/
Contact : Clemancy Gordon-Martin at email@example.com