St Mary's supports a wide range of charities and causes, local, national and international. We do this through special events and activities as well as direct donations from our members and church funds
Christian Aid has a vision – an end to global poverty. It was set up as the overseas development agency of the British Council of Churches to tackle the causes of poverty and injustice and aims to give poor people across the world, regardless of faith, race or nationality, the tools to improve their own lives. Christian Aid don’t impose projects from the outside or give money directly to governments, but work with locally based organisations who understand what people actually need. They currently work with 507 such partners in 47 countries around the world, meaning that they can give support and help where it is most effective.
St Mary’s has always been a keen supporter of Christian Aid. We support their annual Lent campaigns and regularly hold ‘red bucket’ collections for emergency appeals. Each May during Christian Aid Week we collect door-to-door throughout our parish, generally raising over £2,000.
Street Pastors is an inter-denominational Church response to urban problems, engaging with people on the streets to care, listen and dialogue.
It was pioneered in London in January 2003 by Rev Les Isaac, Director of the Ascension Trust, and has seen some remarkable results, including drops in crime in areas where teams have been working. There are now some 9000 trained volunteers in around 250 teams around the United Kingdom.
Founded in 1991, Peterborough Streets, formerly known as St Theresa's, caters for the needs of the homeless, the poor and the socially excluded adults in the City of Peterborough.
They aim to help their clients to access the support they require to improve their ability and confidence to build a stable future by providing a number of services via their Day Centre.
The New Haven provides accommodation for homeless men and women aged seventeen and above. It offers ‘direct access’ short term accommodation for up to seventeen homeless people and is open seven days a week.
Dedicated staff are on hand to assist residents in a variety of ways, including helping each person to find a more permanent home.
Peterborough Food Bank
How a Food Bank works: Schools, churches, businesses and individuals donate non-perishable, in-date food to the foodbank. All food given out by foodbanks is donated. Care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, CAB and police identify people in crisis and issue them with a foodbank voucher.
Foodbank clients bring their voucher to a foodbank centre where it can be redeemed for three days emergency food. St Mary's contributed £500 to help with the start up of the food bank in Peterborough.
Papworth Trust is a leading disability charity. Their mission is to support disabled people to have equality, choice and independence in their lives.
Their work includes: Providing a range of high quality services for disabled and disadvantaged people. Providing advice for disabled people and their families and carers through our Information Centre. Campaigning for changes that disabled people want.
The main object of the Rudolf Fund is to “Make Christmas Special for Special Children” by providing festive outings either domestic or foreign, organising Christmas parties, providing presents and donations of a non-financial nature.
They have fund raising events each year to send special children to Disneyland, Paris to enjoy the magical combination of Christmas, Children & Disney.
Sue Ryder is a national charity providing health and social care services in local communities. They are passionate about giving people incredible care in the way they want.
It is dedicated to helping people get the best from life. Specialising in palliative care, neurological care and homecare. Providing expertise where people need it, maximising and supporting their choices and independence.
The Children's Society is a leading national charity, driven by the belief that every child deserves a good childhood.
They provide vital help and understanding for those forgotten children who face the greatest danger, discrimination or disadvantage in their daily lives; children who are unable to find the support they need anywhere else.
Shine is a community of 75,000 individuals, families, friends, and professionals, sharing achievements, challenges and information on living with hydrocephalus, and/or spina bifida, and related issues.
They provide specialist support from before birth and throughout the life of anyone living with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus, as well as to parents, families, carers and professional health and social care staff.
Every single day, around 16 people decide to end their own life across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Samaritans believe that by providing a space for people to explore their feelings, they can help them find a way forward.
They’ve been talking to people about difficult feelings since 1953. In that time they’ve learned a lot about what really helps. They can help people explore their options, understand problems better, or just show them that someone is always prepared to care.