At St Joseph’s School we regularly support a number of charities. Please see below for our recent activities:
CHRISTMAS BOX APPEAL
Our Christmas Shoe Box Appeal 2018 helped spread joy to boys, girls and families in Bulgaria last year. With our contribution, the Foundation for Social Change and Inclusion (FSCI) received an amazing 11,006 boxes. With each box given, one more person in Bulgaria received a present, bringing so much joy. Your presents were distributed in poor rural schools, kindergartens, orphanages, Roma communities and isolated rural communities. Thank you to all the children and parents who took part and sent in a box. You can find out more about the charity’s work by visiting their website: www.fscinet.org.
CHILDREN IN NEED
On November 16th 2018, St Joseph’s joined in with the nation and supported Children in Need by asking our pupils to come into school on this day with anything yellow. Children were asked to enhance their school uniform with an additional yellow item of clothing to get into the spirit of Children in Need. Parents and children were very generous and donated on the day and we are pleased to say that we raised £102.85 for this worthwhile cause.
Every year we sell poppies in school to aid the work of the Royal British Legion and our Year 6 class take it in turns to sell poppies, friendship bracelets, rulers, wrist bands and reflectors to the rest of the school in their break times during the school day. As always we hold a small remembrance service with the children where we remember those who have died for their country and pray for peace. We are delighted to say that during November 2018 we raised £210.66 as a school which went towards the collective total of £35,240 in the area of Highcliffe.
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX APPEAL
Thank you to everyone who generously donated to our annual Christmas shoebox appeal. We are delighted to announce that in November 2018 we collected 57 shoeboxes which were presented by the children to the FSCI (Foundation for Social Change and Inclusion) when the charity arrived to take these boxes to countries such as Bulgaria and Romania. Thank you again to everyone who brought in a shoebox – it was appreciated by the children who receive them. You can find out more about the charity’s work by visiting their website: www.fscinet.org.
CAFOD is the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. We have a number of fund-raising events each year in support of CAFOD and promote their “World Gifts” at Christmas in our staff room and in our foyer. Have a look at the work they do on their websites:-
Hope Housing Training and Support was launched in 2009 to protect the vulnerable in Bournemouth. HOPE offers housing to homeless people in Bournemouth offering over 80 people safe and dry rooms with a shared kitchen, bathroom and garden. They also provide them with breakfast every morning. People end up living on the streets for many different reasons. Some may simply have lost their jobs and have no money, whilst others may not have had a very nice stable upbringing and have lost their way in life. At HOPE they look after these people and support them until they are ready to move into a home of their own. They help them with their reading and writing; they listen to them and make them feel better. They also help them to get a job when they are ready. Since the charity started in 2009 they have had 155 people come and stay with them. Over 56 have managed to get a job or are at college, and are now living in their own homes away from life on the streets. They try to raise enough money so that they can provide every homeless person that comes to their Centre with a starter pack of bed linen, a towel, a plate, a cup and a knife and fork. Most people come to HOPE with just the clothes they are wearing. We have had great responses from our parents to our regular appeals with providing donations of bedding, linen and other useful items to aid this worthwhile cause.
Christchurch Foodbank is located in the Old Chapel at St Joseph’s Church, 67 Purewell BH23 1EH. They are a partnership with Faithworks Wessex serving those people of Christchurch who find themselves in financial crisis and unable to buy food. Dry and tinned foods are donated by member church communities, schools, Rotary and Round Table clubs and several large retail stores. The Food Bank is manned by volunteers from the Churches and several others who wish to help those in need.
Food donations into the bank: Monday 10 – 12 pm
Distribution of food: Tuesday 10 am – 12 pm, Thursday 10 am – 1 pm, Friday 2 – 4 pm
Contact: by email:firstname.lastname@example.org
We are proud to say that our families at St Joseph’s School have regularly supported the ‘Operation Christmas Child’ charity by putting together gifts for a girl or boy in a shoebox. These are then sent just before Christmas as a gift of our love to a child in a developing or war-torn country. A small shoebox can have a big impact. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal. This small act plays a part in changing children’s lives all over the world in Jesus’ name through the power of a simple gift with Operation Christmas Child.