In the Community

In the Community

St Mary’s In the Community

St Mary’s Supporting Those in Need

St Mary’s has a small Parish Support Fund which makes hardship grants to local people up to £250. You must live in the Parish of Battersea or have been recommended to us by our community partners in Westbridge School, Somerset Nursery, Caius House or the Katherine Low Settlement.

More details from the Vicar.

Away Giving

St Mary’s supports local, national and international charities covering issues including justice, development, mental and physical health, the elderly and children. All of the charities are nominated by members of the congregation. To date we have have supported over 80 charities.

We have recently reviewed our Away Giving and have decided to give approximately £2500 per year to three charities, split between one focus charity and two others. On our annual Away Giving Sunday, a speaker from the focus charity gives a presentation at the 11am service. At Evensong a representative from St Mary’s addresses the congregation. There is an article in St Mary’s News and a display at the back of the church giving more information about each of the charity’s work.

Please download the Away Giving Grid as a PDF file here

2014

In 2014 we have given a total of £2500 to the following charities.

* Focus Charity: £1500 – Kids Company (kidsco.org.uk)

  provides practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children

  1. * Charity 2: £500 – Cardinal Hume Centre

                                                             (cardinalhumecentre.org.uk)

  helps homeless young people and families in the Westminster area by providing income, housing, education and legal advice

*   Charity 3: £500 – Impact Foundation (impact.org.uk)

  an international programme aimed at preventing and treating needless disability

2013

In 2013 we have given a total of £2500 to the following charities.

£1,500 to our focus charity:
Jigsaw4u – supporting children and young children who have suffered grief, trauma and loss in South West London (www.jigsaw4u.org.uk)

and £500 each to
S.T.O.R.M – helping single mothers in the local Battersea community (www.stormempowerment.com)

and

Freeset and Sari Bari – helping women to escape the sex trade industry in India by providing employment and support (www.freesetglobal.com / www.saribari.com)

2012

In Summer 2012 we have given a total of £2500 to the following charities.

£1,500 to our focus charity:
Brain Tumour Trust – the leading UK charity committed to fighting brain tumours and supporting those affected by them (www.braintumouruk.org.uk).

and £500 each to
Projeto Ancora – supporting disadvantaged street children and their families in Sao Paolo, Brazil (www.projetoancora.org.br)

and Randall Close Centre – Leonard Cheshire provides innovative services to disabled people all over the country, and the Randall Close Centre in Battersea is a place where disabled people can meet, learn new skills and be assisted to go on outings to interesting and fun places (www.lcdisablity.org)

In Spring 2012 we have given a total of £2,500 to the following charities.

£1,500 to our focus charity:
Love North Korean Children – Feeding hungry children in North Korea

and £500 each to
Southern Africa Church Development Trust – Providing schools, health programmes and food

The Michael Varah Memorial Fund – Giving opportunities that rebuild lives

2011

In Autumn 2011 we have given a total of £2,500 to the following charities.

£1,500 to our focus charity:
Rethink Mental Illness – Challenging attitudes, changing lives (See their website:
www.rethink.org)

and £500 each to
Families Together – Information and Support for the families of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.

The Wandsworth Children’s Fund – Direct help to meet the needs of children and young people in the borough of Wandsworth

In Summer 2011 we have given a total of £2,500 to the following charities.

£1,500 to our focus charity:
The Bayswater Families Centre – This charity supports some of the most vulnerable and excluded children in society and their families.

and £500 each to
The Camphill Village Trust – who run truly inspirational homes in various parts of the country, offering a community life and opportunities for people with learning difficulties, mental health problems and other needs.

War Child – this charity endeavours to protect children living in the world’s most dangerous war zones.