Each year the Church chooses two main charities to support; one that is international and one that is slightly more local (be it national, regional or local). Although these are the main charities that the Church supports during the year, we also support some other charities with one-off events. This year (2020) the main charities we’re supporting are Carecent and Toilet Twinning. We also support other charities, such as Christian Aid, Junior Mission for All (JMA), and Cry in the Dark’s Christmas Shoebox Appeal. Every year we also do carol singing in the neighbourhood, collecting for a different charity.
Carecent is an ecumenical breakfast centre for all homeless, unemployed or disadvantaged members of our community, based at Central Methodist Church. In conjunction with other agencies, it aims to seek ways of moving people forward to an improved lifestyle. In order to achieve this, they provide food, clothing and fellowship in a clean and friendly environment. Their volunteer staff, which are from local churches, are always ready to listen and offer help and advice. A simple hot breakfast is served, mainly beans/spaghetti/tomatoes on toast, marmalade and jam, with tea or coffee together with porridge most days, cereals and if available slices of cold meats and other items as donated. Toiletries in small containers and decent second hand clothing are issued from their clothing store accessed by the recognised agencies of York. Carecent is open to all, regardless of background or gender, six mornings a week – Monday to Saturday from 8.30am to 10.45am. They are also open Bank Holidays and especially on Christmas Day for a midday festive meal for those who have no other place. The organisation depends entirely on donations – of food (mostly from local churches and also from schools at harvest time) clothing, toiletries, money and time.
Toilets save lives and bring health and happiness to people living in some of the poorest places on earth.
Toilets, Taps and Training – A Lifesaving Trio
We are flushing away poverty, one toilet at a time.
By donating £60 to twin your toilet, you help fund a project in a poor community that will enable families to build a basic toilet, have access to clean water and learn about hygiene – a vital combination that saves lives.
When you twin, we’ll send you a certificate to hang in your loo – showing a photograph of your overseas toilet twin and GPS coordinates so you can look up your twin’s location on Google Maps!
Where we work?
Sanitation projects vary, depending on the community’s needs. But they all help people access a decent toilet and clean water, and they always promote good hygiene.
We work in Bangladesh, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Pakistan, Zambia and many more countries.
Thank you to everybody who made a shoebox or contributed towards one. Our shoeboxes go to Cry in the Dark. They are a relatively small charity operating in Romania, with the vision to put Christian love and compassion into action by reaching out to children and young people of any race, creed or faith who are marginalised by poverty, sickness or disability. We will be repeating them later in the year, so please make sure you keep any old shoeboxes.
Thank you to everyone who came carol singing, or donated to us, we collected £136.92 in aid of ‘Action Aid’.