January / February - Certitude

Certitude is a social care provider in Bromley, supporting people with learning disabilities to live rich, happy lives. Our work is as rich and varied as the people we support and it’s our aim that people’s lives are as dynamic and enriching as possible, that the people we support are as happy as they can be. But what does that actually look like?

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In 2010 a pair of scientists at the University of Rochester in America embarked on a project to establishing exactly that: what, in the 21st Century, whoever and wherever you are, makes us a happy human. It turns out to be three things.

Autonomy. being in control; writing your own script and having your voice heard.

To make a contribution, to have a skill. To be good at something and for that to be useful to society. To be connected to other people; your social life; Feeling a bond; to be understood and loved by your community.

That’s it. This is the road map to happiness. It sounds simple, but laid out onto complicated lives, these roads bend and morph, their coordinates shifting to fit our lives and our circumstances: how does a person who doesn’t communicate using words exercise a sense of autonomy? How does a person with profound and complex needs stay connected, and to whom? How, ultimately, does Certitude support people to be happy?

Technology has utterly transformed the world and its digital tendrils extend into almost every aspect of our lives. Nowhere is the potential greater than in supporting people with profound and complex learning disabilities.

Touch screen technology is supporting people to communicate as never before. We use apps to support people to tell us what they want to have for lunch, what they’d like to do today. People select icons on screen to select ‘sandwich’ or ‘soup’, or ‘cinema’ or ‘swimming’. Once established, we can push these communication channels further, addressing bigger and bigger questions: What’s important to you? What are your hopes for the future? Where do you want to live? We use assistive technology to give people a voice, supporting them to take control.

When we think about connectivity in the 21st century, social media plays a fundamental role in establishing our persona. Our online presence is a huge part of who we are in 2017 and it’s completely under our control, that’s a really powerful idea, a platform on which to project your persona, to say ‘Hello world, this is me’.

Cuts in social care funding have hit the sector hard. We don’t want to compromise on quality and those added value things like assistive tech that genuinely transform peoples’ lives. Our partnerships with places such as St Giles mean that we can provide assistive technology throughout Bromley, supporting people with learning disabilities to feel a greater sense of control, more connected and more able to contribute, and ultimately, to feel happier.

Our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone at St Giles for your support. We couldn’t do it without you.

Sam Mason
Community Fundraiser, Certitude

Charities for 2018:

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

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

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



Charity Film Night:
"A Fish Called Wanda"

Tuesday 20th February
8.15pm St Giles Centre

A 1988 British-American heist comedy film directed by Charles Crichton (his final film) and written by John Cleese. It stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline and Michael Palin as a gang of diamond thieves who double-cross one another to find stolen diamonds hidden by the gang leader. His barrister (Cleese) becomes a central figure as femme fatale Wanda (Curtis) uses him to locate the loot.  

The film was released to positive reviews and was nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, winning Best Supporting Actor for Kline. Cleese and Palin won BAFTA Awards for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for their performances

Charity Film Night:
Victoria and Abdul.

Tuesday 20th March
8.15pm St Giles Centre

This is a 2017 British biographical comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears and written by Lee Hall. The film is based on the book of same name by Shrabani Basu, about the real-life relationship between Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and her Indian Muslim servant Abdul Karim. An unofficial sequel to the 1997 film Mrs Brown, it stars Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Michael Gambon, Eddie Izzard, Tim Pigott-Smith and Adeel Akhtar.

The film had its world premiere at the 74th Venice Film Festival, and was theatrically released on 15 September 2017 in the United Kingdom and 22 September 2017 in the United States. It has grossed over $65 million worldwide.  The film was nominated for Best Costume Design and Best Makeup and Hairstyling at the 90th Academy Awards, and Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy (for Dench) at the 75th Golden Globe Awards.