The Pastoral Committee of our parish, under the patronage of St. Vincent de Paul, met last week to choose our designated charity for this coming Advent season. The decision was far from easy as we had a shortlist of four excellent charities. All of which were deserving causes and all of which passed the litmus test we have in this parish of ensuring the money raised actually helps recipients and doesn’t just prop up the charity industry.

Providence Row are a London based charity who seek to help the homeless and vulnerable by offering an integrated service of crisis support, advice, recovery and learning and training programmes. The aim is to ensure that people who are often excluded from mainstream services gain the support and opportunities they need to create a safe, healthy and sustainable life away from the streets.

Providence Row is based in East London where they run a resource centre for those sleeping rough. A venue where breakfast, showers and access to IT is provided. They also seek to ensure access is given to mental health services to help damaged people find a way back into the community. Please give generously. A donation box will be situated within the Sacred Heart chapel throughout the Advent season.

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