At St Joseph’s School we regularly support a number of charities. Please see below for our recent activities:
Christmas Box Appeal 2019
Thank you to everyone who donated a shoebox for the Christmas Box Appeal. We collected 58 shoeboxes which were presented to the FSCI (Foundation for Social Change and Inclusion) who took these boxes to countries such as Bulgaria and Romania. Thank you again to everyone who brought in a shoebox – it is appreciated by the children who receive them. You can find out more about the charity’s work by visiting their website: www.fscinet.org.
Children in Need
St Joseph’s joined in with the nation and supported Children in Need by asking our pupils to come into school on this day with anything yellow. Children were asked to enhance their school uniform with an additional yellow item of clothing to get into the spirit of Children in Need. Parents and children were very generous and donated on the day and we are pleased to say that we raised £102.85 for this worthwhile cause.
Every year we sell poppies in school to aid the work of the Royal British Legion and our Year 6 class take it in turns to sell poppies, friendship bracelets, rulers, wrist bands and reflectors to the rest of the school in their break times during the school day. As always we hold a small remembrance service with the children where we remember those who have died for their country and pray for peace. We are delighted to say that during November 2019 we raised £49.44.
CAFOD is the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. We have a number of fundraising events each year in support of CAFOD and promote their “World Gifts” at Christmas in our staff room and in our foyer. Have a look at the work they do on their websites:
Hope Housing Training and Support was launched in 2009 to protect the vulnerable in Bournemouth. HOPE offers housing to homeless people in Bournemouth offering over 80 people safe and dry rooms with a shared kitchen, bathroom and garden. They also provide them with breakfast every morning. Since the charity started in 2009 they have had 155 people come and stay with them. Over 56 have managed to get a job or are at college, and are now living in their own homes away from life on the streets. They try to raise enough money so that they can provide every homeless person that comes to their centre with a starter pack of bed linen, a towel, a plate, a cup and a knife and fork. Most people come to HOPE with just the clothes they are wearing. We have had great responses from our parents to our regular appeals with providing donations of bedding, linen and other useful items to aid this worthwhile cause. Please visit their website here.
Christchurch Food Bank
Christchurch Foodbank is located in the Old Chapel at St Joseph’s Church, 67 Purewell BH23 1EH. They are a partnership with Faithworks Wessex serving those people of Christchurch who find themselves in financial crisis and unable to buy food. Dry and tinned foods are donated by member church communities, schools, Rotary and Round Table clubs and several large retail stores. The Food Bank is manned by volunteers from the Churches and several others who wish to help those in need. Contact: by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please visit their website here.