Charitable giving: at home

As well as paying for the upkeep of St Mary’s, approximately 20% of all income received is donated to charities and special projects both in the UK and overseas. These charities are usually nominated by members of the parish who have a special interest in their work.

To find out more about our how you can contribute please visit our Charitable giving section.

Here are some of the local and national charities we have recently supported:

  • Action for Children: Formerly called the National Children's Home (NCH), the Methodist Church’s support of this charity continued when it joined with the Anglican Church at St Mary’s. Each year we raise money for this leading children's charity through our Carol Service and home boxes. The children, young people and families it works with face difficulties such as injustice, deprivation, inequality, disability and abuse. For more information please contact Christine Butler on 01923 778001.

  • ASCEND is based in the heart of South Oxhey, an area nationally recognised as a regeneration district with social deprivation issues. As a community based charity, ASCEND’s work is all about moving people forward, challenging their perceived barriers to education and training; providing people with more choice and control over their lives.

  • Church Housing Trust is a charity dedicated to the rehabilitation and resettlement of homeless people. The ultimate goal is to help homeless people regain their independence and resettle in the community, by supporting residents in over 60 projects including hostels, move-on housing, foyers, day centres, winter shelters, women’s refuges and mother and baby projects.

  • The Children’s Society: One of our most popular services at St Mary’s is Christingle which is held in December, during which we raise money for The Children’s Society. The Children’s Society works with and for children to help them deal with life’s harshest challenges and face the future with confidence. In particular, The Children’s Society is focusing on children at risk on the streets, children in trouble with the law, disabled children and young refugees.

  • Herts Young Homeless Group was established in 1998 to improve provision and support for young homeless people in Hertfordshire. Its main objective is to enable young people to secure and maintain appropriate accommodation through prevention, crisis intervention and resettlement.

  • The Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre is the cancer support and information centre based at the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in Northwood. The focus of the LJMC is the Drop-in centre where patients and their relatives will find a safe haven where they can ask questions and seek answers about all aspects of cancer and its treatments. Further support is offered through the counselling and complementary therapy services. The LJMC receives approximately 42,000 requests for help each year and makes no charge for its services.

  • Michael Sobell Hospice is the specialist palliative care unit within the grounds of Mount Vernon Hospital in Northwood. The staff at Michael Sobell house aim to ensure that all patients who are facing a life-threatening disease receive the best possible care to enhance their quality of life. They also aim to promote the patient’s physical and psychological comfort, respecting their dignity and individuality. The team involves and supports the patient and their carers to help them meet their emotional, social, physical and spiritual needs.

  • New Bridge helps prisoners keep in touch with the outside world and prepare themselves to re-join it.
  • Nine Lives is a Hertfordshire-based charity that collects, refurbishes and distributes quality household goods at subsidised prices to people identified as most in need by other local charities and agencies. They also provide training and work placements for people with learning disabilities and mental ill-health.
  • Street Angels is a Christian Enterprise under the management of Watford Town Centre Chaplaincy. It provides a team of Christians to care for the young people using the night clubs and entertainment sector of Watford on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Watford Sheltered Workshop Ltd is a registered charity which provides meaningful employment to people with disabilities. It currently employs 24 people who work full-time Monday to Friday in a sheltered environment. The team carry out various types of work. Recent jobs have included library servicing, labelling and packaging (including heat sealing), and assembling mechanical and electrical equipment.

  • Watford and Three Rivers Refugee Project offers practical and emotional support in West Hertfordshire to asylum-seekers and refugees, many of whom are destitute and homeless. Its mission is to help provide access to the advice and services needed, often providing long-term support until statutory services are in place.
  • Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre is a fully contained residential centre in Bedfordshire housing adult women and adult family groups awaiting immigration clearance. 

  • Harvest Giving: Harvest Festival is a time when parishioners donate groceries and household goods which are distributed to needy people in the area. Some of the items go to a chosen charity, while the rest are distributed to local people.

Charitable Giving: at home


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Last updated: August 20, 2019


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