At St Joseph’s School we regularly support a number of charities.
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.