Information on charities will be published here.  Please contact Steve for more information.

Steve Carrivick,  Dunscar Fold, Hawkesdene Lane, Shaftesbury Dorset SP7 8NU  Mobile: 07887988123     Email: 

press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom

Caritas Plymouth would like to fund events in Autumn 2022 to raise awareness of climate change in our parishes, schools and communities. We want to encourage people to pledge to taking a few actions – however small – to help us to protect our common home. Events could take place during the Season of Creation (1 September – 4 October) – but this is not essential. All events must take place by mid December 2022.

We can offer grants of up to £500 to cover the costs of the venue, refreshments, guest speakers etc.   You can find out more information and resources for the Season of Creation here  Any questions please call 01364 645421.

If anyone would like to organise a parish event which needs financial support, please contact Fr. Francis so that the parish can make an application to Caritas Plymouth.

An Archbishop and a Sister from the Middle East issued a stark warning to UK Parliamentarians that Christians in the region are still suffering persecution.

Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, Iraq, and Sister Annie Demerjian of Aleppo, Syria, described the precarious position of Christians in the region. Archbishop Warda said: “There are still people being persecuted because of their faith and thankfully Aid to the Church in Need didn’t accept the political correctness and said, ‘Yes, Christians are being persecuted’.”The Chaldean Catholic Archbishop went on to thank ACN for the schools the charity has helped build, saying that investment in education for Iraqi Christians has helped fight the genocide undertaken by Daesh (ISIS).


He said: “If our children lose their schools, that’s the genocide, wiping out the past, the present and the future. So we hold to the future. Thank you to ACN for being the voice for the persecuted Christians.”Sister Annie, who has ministered to suffering Christians in Syria since the start of the civil war in 2011, said that the faithful are now struggling more than during the war.She said: “Now the situation is worse than during the time of war and as our nuncio Cardinal Zenari said, 90 percent of the population is under the poverty line. “We are heading for a humanitarian disaster and yet the world is not listening and is not hearing. The media is not hearing about Syria, it is not interested anymore.”

The latest newsletter of Caritas Plymouth is available online by clicking on this link:

Poverty Challenge: See, Judge, Act. Following the pandemic, many household now also face new hardships as prices rise. Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN), the Catholic agency addressing poverty and injustice in England and Wales, has released a free new booklet to increase awareness of Catholic Social Teaching on poverty, and to inform local responses. Please take a moment to read and encourage groups and individuals to engage with it. Download from

Catholic Children's Society (Plymouth).  The Catholic Children's Society is a child welfare agency covering the Diocese of Plymouth.

We provide: * Individual grants and bursaries for families and children in need and * Parenting courses in school and community settings.  DECLUTTER and Donate: We need your unwanted goods for recycling:

Small things make a big difference: Please give us:

Any stamps – used or unused (leave a paper border around used stamps), First Day Covers Coins and Banknotes – any and all, old and new, from ANYWHERE in the world, obsolete or otherwise. Precious Metals – including broken jewellery, old trophies, gold, silver etc. Costume jewellery is accepted too. Medals and Badges, Old Keys and Locks, Metals – metal toys, metal household ornaments and cutlery. Watches – Quartz or wind-up, Jewellery, mobile phones, inkjet cartridges.

CCSP have provided an Orange Box for collecting goods for recycling which is situated in the side chapel at Our Lady's Church in Marnhull. Our first batch of items will be collected at the beginning of May so please hand in unwanted items as soon as possible.

Parishioners at St Benedict's church in Gillingham are requested to hand any items to Annette Lyons who will bring them to Marnhull. For further information contact Steve Carrivick on: mobile: 07887988123

In 2021, the number of Essential Grant applications the Catholic Children’s Society Plymouth received rose by a staggering 95 to 314 and we envisage this number continuing to rise in 2022 as more and more families are struggling to pay for the basic essentials of life for their children.  

It’s hard to believe that there are children who do not have properly fitted shoes to wear to school every day and whose parents are unable to buy the correct school uniform.  Since the start of this academic year, we have purchased 18 sets of school uniform to help children of all faiths and none to have the correct uniform that fits, which improves their self esteem and their ability to learn.

This summer, we are asking people to ‘Walk a Mile in Their Shoes’ by undertaking a sponsored walk of one mile, wearing something different on their feet, perhaps slippers, flippers or any other whacky idea to help raise money.

Please consider helping us in this way to raise much needed funds, as many of our traditional fundraising events still remain cancelled. Sponsorship forms downloaded from our website: or calling 01364 645420, or emailing

Other news on the Catholic Children's Society Plymouth can be found here...


Bishop Mark gives this advice regarding support for the people in Ukraine:

“We have all been touched by people’s generosity in wanting to respond to the situation in Ukraine.  To make sure we reach those most in need, we have been advised that generosity is best expressed through donations of money rather than goods.  Caritas agencies in Ukraine and neighbouring counties have all confirmed financial support is the most helpful form of donation.  This enables them to focus on assessing what is needed and gives them the resources to do this most efficiently.   You can donate via CAFOD:  Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal | CAFOD “  Please also see more advice here if you are thinking of welcoming refugees into your home.

CAFOD Update

Our parish has sent £1,858.61 to CAFOD this week (March 26).  Thank you for your tremendous support of the CAFOD Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal and Lent Fast Day Appeal to help in the relief of hunger and poverty.  CAFOD is supporting it's partners:

  • Caritas SPES, a charity of the Religious Mission of the Roman Catholic Church in Ukraine, is helping children and families to reach safe locations. They are also distributing humanitarian aid in their centres across the country and to people who have fled to the borders.

  • Caritas Poland, Caritas Romania and Caritas Moldova are all supporting people who have fled Ukraine and are in need of food, water, shelter and means to continue their journeys to safety

Your donations have an immediate effect in supporting the millions of families who have been forced to flee their homes.

Steve Carrivick,  Dunscar Fold, Hawkesdene Lane, Shaftesbury Dorset SP7 8NU

Mobile: 07887988123     Email:

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) teamed up with Open Doors to present a panel event on a topic of great importance to both charities: the persecution of women and girls from religious minorities.

In case you missed it please listen to the recording of the event held on Tuesday 8th March 2022, International Women’s Day. Alongside first-hand accounts from survivors of sexual violence and forced conversion, the event unpacks further research into persecution of women from religious minorities and provides policy asks for the UK government.

BBC journalist Emily Buchanan chaired a discussion with 3 panellists. Listen to the first-hand accounts from survivors of sexual violence and forced conversion. The event outlines research on the topic and proposes policy asks for the UK government. We hope you will enjoy watching this collaborative event.  Watch here...


If you feel you'd like to help people closer to home, there is always The Pantry....The number of people it helps climbs every day in the difficult financial climate we are living in.

The Passage -

A homeless charity is founded on the teachings of St Vincent de Paul. The Passage’s work,often finding that our caring, hands-on approach to supporting those in greatest need rings true with their beliefs.

The pandemic fundamentally changed how The Passage helps those who are homeless. They continued to run frontline services and adapted quickly to move hundreds of people into temporary hotel accommodation. This gave the charity a unique opportunity to address their clients’ needs and help them find safe routes off the streets.

However, there is now a new group of people at immediate risk of becoming street homeless due to the economic crisis. The Passage is committed to preventing people from sleeping out; even one night can have a devastating effect and make recovery and resettlement much more difficult.

The Passage offers a wide range of services, all year round, to meet the needs of homeless and vulnerable people. Our aim is to help people to address the issues that have contributed to them becoming homeless, and to enable them to move on to live safe, happy and fulfilling lives. From 30 November for 1 week the government will double all donations to The Passage.

Please support The Passage and make a donation. Visit   The website will direct you to a link to The Big Give.

Trussell Trust Christmas Box Appeal


A lot of love was invested in this parish activity: assembling the right mix of gifts, obtaining the empty shoe boxes, sorting items appropriate for the age and sex of each recipient and the wrapping and labelling of each box.

Annette hopes that our parish support for this project will gather momentum in future.

St Vincent de Paul
St Vincent de Paul
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
Let The Children Live!
Let The Children Live!
press to zoom
Apostleship of the Sea
Apostleship of the Sea
press to zoom
Dorcas Sewing Group
Dorcas Sewing Group
press to zoom

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.


A Contemplative Community

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 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.