CHARITIES & GROUPS
Information on charities will be published here shortly. Please contact Steve (contact below) for more information.
Caritas Plymouth held a Dorset Deanery meeting on Wednesday 26 August 2020
We support the network of social action charities and parishes within the Plymouth Diocese, working in partnership with them to help poor, vulnerable and marginalised people.
The network will provide mutual support, strategic direction, and added value. It will also develop social action projects which address local needs or unite parishes for the common good of society. Creating opportunities for discussion both at Diocesan level but also at more local level to share good practice and generate new ideas. There are opportunities to do more to support children and families working with schools to provide parish projects also supporting elderly and vulnerable adults.
Coming together online would enable people to connect across the Diocese much more easily. More local events (Virtual Zoom sub-groups) would be beneficial for developing concrete actions but cross-Diocesan events also have value in sharing ideas and best practice. Parts of Dorset can feel cut off and excluded from the rest of the Diocese and opportunities to come together online can be really helpful. We need to strengthen our communication and engagement approaches to ensure we have a GDPR compliant way of contacting everyone. There are huge challenges ahead with the potential impact on mental health of the current crisis and the impact on local services. There are opportunities to develop projects such as an environmental project in a parish which would give people an opportunity to improve wellbeing.
Maureen and Steve Carrivick would like to gather together a list of charitable activities supported by members of the parish.
Please would you email us with details at: firstname.lastname@example.org which would help understand work already going on and enable future cooperation with Caritas.
Steve Carrivick, Dunscar Fold, Hawkesdene Lane, Shaftesbury Dorset SP7 8NU
Mobile: 07887988123 Email: email@example.com
The St Vincent de Paul Society (or as it is often known - the SVP) is an international Christian voluntary organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing practical assistance to those in need – irrespective of ideology, faith, ethnicity, age or gender.
The Society is a lay organisation initially formed in Paris in 1833 by Blessed Frédéric Ozanam and his companions, and active in England & Wales since 1844. Placed under the Patronage of St Vincent de Paul, it is inspired by his thinking and works. It seeks, in the spirit of justice and charity, to help those who are suffering poverty in whatever form.
The local work of the SVP includes visiting the housebound, those in the prison, fund food and other assistance to the homeless, and organising the food collections of the Gillingham Food Bank.
Email our local chair, Patrick Roche, or tel: 01258-820205 for more information.
The Comunità dei Figli di Dio (CFD, Community of the Sons and Daughters of God) is a religious order, monastic in character, and includes monks, religious and lay people, but its members live in the wider community. The comunità is committed to a contemplative life, with particular devotion to the reverent celebration of the Mass, fidelity to the teachings of the Church, prayer (including the Divine Office), and study of the Bible and the Early Fathers of the Church. Unlike other monastic communities, its members are mainly lay people but includes priests as well. The comunità commit themselves to attending weekly prayer meetings, monthly one-day retreats, and an annual week of spiritual exercises.
The process of Beatification for Don Barsotti, founder of CFD is underway.
Peter Wardley is the local group leader. His email is:
"Missio exists because 40% of the worldwide Catholic Church is too poor to support itself. Missio plays a crucial role supporting the local Church overseas and sharing the light of Christ by training priests, building churches and combating injustice, disease, poverty and exploitation in 157 countries."
MISSIO is the Pope's official charity for overseas mission. We share the hope of the Gospel where there is turmoil, poverty and uncertainty in the world, and where the Church is new, young or poor. Missio empowers local people to form and sustain communities of faith and trains future leaders so that the vital work of the Church in the world can take place.
Heather Johnson is the Sturminster area contact (01258 820205) Maggie Foster is the Marnhull area contact (01258 821239)
Let The Children Live! is a charity that works in Colombia with children from the streets and shanty-towns of the city of Medellín. These children were once called ‘the disposable ones’ and they are at high social risk from the violence that they experience in the streets.
Most of the danger in the shanty-towns comes from the many gangs that control them. Let The Children Live! is at present working with 500 very vulnerable boys and girls in this city. For most of them it is their last hope. Their ages range from six-year-olds to teenagers and they are often unloved and unwanted; even beaten, robbed, raped and sometimes murdered. By the rest of the world they are either unknown or forgotten.
LTCL! aims to safeguard the lives of these children from the poverty and violence of the streets, and to make their lives worth living by giving them love, education and a future.
To date, as a parish we have contributed over £118,000 to Let The Children Live! Our parish contact is Anna Richards (contact details to follow).
AOS provides practical and pastoral care to all seafarers, regardless of nationality, belief or race. Our port chaplains and volunteer ship visitors welcome seafarers, offer welfare services and advice, practical help, care and friendship. The Apostleship of the Sea in Great Britain is part of an international network known to the maritime world as Stella Maris. working in more than 250 ports around the world. Pope Francis is it’s patron.
90% of world trade is transported by ship. However the life of a modern seafarer can be dangerous and lonely. They may spend up to a year at a time away from home, separated from their family and loved ones and often working in harsh conditions.
Both ashore and afloat the emphasis is on the welfare of the crew who work long and demanding hours, and go for months at a time without the sacraments.
Rob Vitali is AOS Parish Contact and can be reached on 01258 821303
DORCAS SEWING GROUP
Dorcas is an example of a woman who lived what she believed. She didn’t just talk about helping those in need; she made it a part of her life, and because of that she was deeply loved by those around her. She used her God-given talent of sewing to do God’s will. Read about her in Acts 9 : 36 - 42
Heather Johnson is the Dorcas contatct and invites anyone who is 'crafty,' to join or if you are just on your own and would like to come along for a cup of tea and a natter please pop in. 01258 472392 for further details.