December - Welcare in Bromley

Welcare in Bromley is a family-focused charity dedicated to helping children and families overcome challenges and build towards a better future.

Located within St Barnabas Church in the Crays, the centre provides a wide range of services for families throughout the borough. The Bromley centre offers support for families with a child aged 8 to 13 years old. Toys and Gifts from the Toy Service at 10am on 2nd December will be passed on to Welcare for distribution. They would be pleased to receive any gift vouchers as these are much appreciated by the older children.

Thank you in advance. Services at our Bromley Centre include:

• Individual and family sessions which build on family strengths and encourage independence
• Direct in-home family work
• MySpace – Welcare’s tailored programme to support children who have witnessed domestic abuse
• Parent Support Group
• Volunteer family helpers who support parents in the home
• Volunteer mentor programmes for children
• Practical support, such as donations of children’s clothing or furniture on a case-by-case basis
• Signposting and advice
• Advocacy
• Application for grants directly for families we are working with, such as for first time holidays .

Money Raised 2017:

Month Charity
Jan/Feb The Maypole Project £354
March Water Aid £1,436
April/May Christian Aid* £900
(May/June The Parish Fete £3,500)
Jul/Aug Medicins Sans Frontiere £521
September The Stroke Association £349
October Poverty and Hope £610
November Crisis £1,004
December ABCD - Action around Bethlehem Children with Disability ** £1,646
Total (excl. Parish Fete) £6,820
  (Total in 2016 £6,149)

* excludes street collections £373

** Toys and Gifts from the Toy Service went to Welcare in Bromley.

Charities to be supported 2019

This is the provisional list of charities to be supported in 2019. The list is subject to PCC. approval.

Month Charity
Jan / Feb ZANE - Zimbabwe A National Emergencu
March Guide Dogs for the Blind
April / May Christian Aid
(May / June The Parish Fete)
July / August Friends of St. Giles
September The Cystic Fibrosis Trust
October Poverty and Hope
November CRISIS
December Welcare in Bromley

Many thanks to all who have agreed to sponsor one of this year’s charities.  

Helen Roberts

About Charity in Focus

In matters of faith and religion talk can be easy.  The bible teaches us that if we cannot love the brother or sister who we can see how can we love God who we cannot. At St. Giles we seek to put love into action by supporting a range of charities and good causes.  

There is obviously a tremendous amount of need in our own country and across the world with many charities seeking our support. During the course of the year a number of designated charity is supported by our community.  Funds are raised in various ways including Coffee Mornings, Cake Sales, donations and sponsored events. 

There are specific charities which are supported each year on a regular basis,  the remaining months are available for parishioners to choose a charity whose aims and objectives are close to their heart. If you would like to sponsor a charity, or any further information,  then please contact our co-ordinator:

Helen Roberts 01689 851267

Charities for 2018:

Month Charity
Jan / Feb Certitude
March MIND
April / May Christian Aid
(May / June The Parish Fete)
July / August London City Mission /
Church Mission Society
September Friends of St. Giles
October Poverty and Hope
November CRISIS
December Welcare in Bromley
If you would like any information about the Charity in Focus scheme, do please get in touch with our co-ordinator:

Helen Roberts 01689 851267



Charity Film Night:
The Shop around the Corner

Monday 17th December 8.00 for 8.15pm  in St. Giles Centre,

The Shop Around the Corner is a 1940 American romantic comedy film produced and directed by Ernst Lubitsch and starring Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart and Frank Morgan. The screenplay was written by Samson Raphaelson based on the 1937 Hungarian play Parfumerie by Miklós László.

Eschewing regional politics in the years leading up to World War II, the film is about two employees at a leathergoods shop in Budapest who can barely stand each other, not realizing they are falling in love as anonymous correspondents through their letters.  

The Shop Around the Corner is ranked #28 on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Passions, and is listed in Time's All-Time 100 Movies. In 1999, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant. The supporting cast included Joseph Schildkraut, Sara Haden, Felix Bressart, and William Tracy.