Outreach and Homelessness
Throughout the year we support several charities and react to emergency appeals wherever possible. We raise a considerable amount every year for Christian Aid and The Children’s Society and collect food for the Enfield Food Bank. We are always looking for new people to get involved in fundraising and we are very happy to pass on donations to these charities. We are hosting a fundraiser 29 December 2019, 4pm at the church - do come along.
Enfield Food Bank
“The foodbank was there when we really needed it, it was an absolute lifeline.”
We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we support the North Enfield Food Bank which provides three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis. the Food Bank is part of a nationwide network organised by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.
The Children's Society
The Children's Society is a Church of England based charity which supports children facing life’s harshest challenges. Child poverty continues to be a huge problem even in a rich city like London. Astoundingly, 3.7 million children officially live in poverty in the United Kingdom. The work of the Children’s Society through direct help, lobbying and in partnership with other agencies can make a real difference to the lives of the neediest children in our society.
Every year at Christmas we hive out Christingle boxes for people to put donations in over Advent. At the Christingle Service every child will receive a Christingle, a symbol of Christ the Light of the World bringing hope to those in darkness, as a way of saying thank you for money raised for the Children’s Society.
Macmillan Coffee Mornings
Macmillan are a very well known charity with millions of supporters, professionals, volunteers, campaigners and people affected by cancer. Their mission is to make sure there’s always someone there for those affected by cancer and to give the support in many ways. Each year we host a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan to which all are welcome but we are also always on the look out for cake bakers and waiters!
Winter Night Shelter
The Enfield Churches Winter Night Shelter Project is under the umbrella of the charity, “All People All Places”. It is a church based ‘rolling shelter’ run by volunteers providing food, shelter, warmth and friendship overnight during the winter months for up to 12 guests.
The shelter starts on 3 January and ends on 20 March 2018. Visit our news blog to find out more.
Volunteers and donations are needed for the shelter, so if you think you can help please speak to our coordinator Chris Binns or contact us below for further details.
For many years St Andrew’s has supported Christian Aid which works with people and communities around the world of all faiths and none to end poverty and injustice. There is a "Christian Aid Week" each year in May during which we collect donations in ASDA and at Southgate Underground Station, but also many of us take part in "Circle the City" a wonderful sponsored trail around many of the City of London's finest churches. The biggest event is the annual inter-church rounders match as we take on our neighbouring parishes and eat a lot of cake!
The Poppy Appeal
Each year we hold a Remembrance Day Service on the Sunday closest to the 11th November (The commemoration of the end of the First World War). Running up to this special day we support the work of the Royal British Legion in their annual Poppy Appeal. Paper poppies are distributed and donations taken to continue to incredible work the Legion do to support individuals and their families who have served in or are serving in the military.
Members of the public wear the paper poppy on their chest as a symbol of Remembrance: to remember the fallen Service men and women killed in conflict.
Once a month we host Age Aware's foot clinic. Held on a Friday and offering professional chiropody for older individuals by NHS trained staff, Age Aware costs only £14.50 an appointment and come with a cup of tea and a friendly chat. For more information see our magazine or call the parish office.
As well as the charity we regularly support we also encourage concerts and events at St Andrew's (like the sponsored Zumbathon pictured opposite) for all sorts of good causes. Over the last couple of years we have supported The Nightingale in Enfield, Dementia Club UK, two local appeals for children who needed special treatments and give free space to the local Rotary Branch. If you are looking to put on an event for a legitimate charity or appeal then we would love to hear from you!
St Andrew’s would like to thank its partners who supported the winter night shelter in 2016:
Sainsbury’s Winchmore Hill for their generous donation.
Christ Church Southgate for their kind donation and volunteers
St Thomas for volunteers and cake!
St Andrew’s School
Marks and Spencer Southgate for a kind donation.
Kervan Sofrasi Restaurant, Southgate for cooking for the shelter.
All People All Places has produced a new Volunteer Handbook which you can download here.