Welcare in Bromley

Welcare is an organisation which works with children and families across South London and East Surrey. Parents and Carers are helped to use their strengths and skills to nurture happy and confident children.

The services are tailored to the real needs of the communities in which the organisation works, providing practical help and support to families. This empowers families to rebuild their lives and access opportunities to ensure their children have a happy, confident childhood and future.

The vision is of a world where every child and family is respected, included and resilient, and able to overcome challenges in life. Welcare is proud of its Christian heritage and identity and derive its values from Anglican origins.

Our Bromley centre is located in St Barnabas Church in Cray Valley which enables us to serve children and their families in the most disadvantaged area of Bromley. We travel to visit families in their own homes and are committed to supporting families throughout the whole borough of Bromley. Over the last year our staff team of Barbara Wilson and Catherine O’Garro and volunteers have facilitated the Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities Parenting course from the Cotmandene Children’s Centre and our MySpace domestic abuse treatment and recovery programme from the Parish School in Central Bromley – we are grateful to all our community partners for allowing us to use their venues.

Our core service is the intensive one-one support to 75 Individual families and this is where we blend the professional expertise of our social work staff with ongoing support from a team of volunteers. In the last year we have worked in close partnership with the Bromley Children’s Project to ensure that our services complement each other and are targeted at supporting those who need our help the most. We have also welcomed new volunteer mentors who are supporting children who we have worked with.

We are fortunate to be wonderfully supported by our Parish Representatives who harness the support of the local church community and support us through the annual Toy Service to provide Christmas gifts and supermarket vouchers for families in need. The supermarket vouchers can be distributed by our staff throughout the year and enable parents to buy fresh food, cleaning materials and other essentials. 

Welcare in Bromley have informed all churches that sadly there will be no toy distribution this year due to shortage of staff. However, vouchers would be very welcome for the purchase of toys and children's clothes.

Welcare is a registered Christian charity supporting parents with children aged 0-19 years. They help vulnerable families where there is economic hardship, family breakdown and child neglect. Vouchers will be passed on to Welcare, and help to ensure that children from many families will be able to have a more enjoyable Christmas.

Charities to be supported 2020

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 The Primrose Trust
September Friends of St. Giles
October Poverty and Hope
November CRISIS
December The Maypole Project

This is the provisional list of charities to be supported in 2020 subject to PCC approval. Many thanks to all who have agreed to sponsor one of this year’s charities.

Charities being supported 2019

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.  

Eddie Roberts

See below for totals raised for charity 2018

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 charities are 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 any information about the Charity in Focus scheme, do please get in touch with us.

Eddie Roberts, 01689 851267

Money Raised 2018

Month Charity
Jan/Feb Certitude £277
March MIND £388
April/May Christian Aid* £1,710
(May/June The Parish Fete £3,329)
Jul/Aug London City Mission /
Church Mission Society
September Friends of St. Giles £415
October Poverty and Hope £587
November Crisis £693
December Welcare in Bromley £1,232
Total (excl. Parish Fete) £6,171
  (Total in 2017 £6,820)

* * excludes street collections


Charity Film Night
Lover Come Back

Wednesday 15th January 8pm
St. Giles Centre

Lover Come Back is a 1961 Eastmancolor romantic comedy released by Universal Pictures and directed by Delbert Mann. The film stars Doris Day and Rock Hudson in their second film together. The supporting cast includes Tony Randall, Edie Adams, Ann B. Davis, and Donna Douglas.  

This is the second of three movies in which Day, Hudson and Randall starred together, the other two being Pillow Talk (1959) and Send Me No Flowers (1964).  
The story is similar to Pillow Talk in that it includes mistaken identity as a key plot device. Although not as well known as Pillow Talk, the script by Stanley Shapiro and Paul Henning earned an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay.