St Helen's Church Charitable Giving
Charitable giving is an integral part of the fabric and mission of St Helen's.
In 2022-3 we are supporting:
Abingdon food bank, providing three days' nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis. Part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.
Barnabas Fund, a UK based charity supporting persecuted Christians. It funds projects supporting persecuted Christians in 34 countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe as well as encouraging prayer, raising awareness and contesting injustice.
The International Refugee Trust has been supporting work with refugees since 1989. It works with partners in Syria, South Sudan, Uganda and Jordan improving health care and helping people to become self-supporting.
The Dorothy Springer Trust is providing employment skills for the disabled in Sierra Leone. Peter Penfold is the patron of the UK charity and visits Sierra Leone regularly. The charity is run in Freetown by Dr Abdulai (Abs) Dumbuya, who visited St Helen's in 2015.
Be Free Young Carers is the only local charity providing help and support for young carers aged from 8 to 18 who experience unsettling life changes, and coping with the effects of an illness, disability or addiction on the person they care for. BFYC is working with around 200 young carers in the Abingdon area. The Charity gives emotional support and befriending, social activities with trips out, training - such as first aid, relaxation and cookery and a discounted young carers leisure card.
TrinityLearning is a Christian charity working to improve the quality of emotional and spiritual life in schools in the Abingdon area. It aims to relieve the pressures on busy schools through specially tailored activities, including practical help for school leaders and workshops for pupils and staff.