The parish of St Peter’s currently supports four main charities: Reaching the Unreached, Chestnut Tree House, The St Thomas Fund for the Homeless and CAFOD. Fundraising is achieved through social events, concerts, a 200 club and collections.
Reaching the Unreached
Reaching the Unreached is a registered UK charity, begun in 1978 by a small group of friends of Brother James Kimpton, who were inspired by his dedicated approach to the relief of poverty and neglect among the people at the very bottom of the chain of exploitation and despair.
It is still run by a small group of trustees, including several who have lived and worked in India and have known Brother James – and the work going on in and around G.Kallupatti – for many years.
There is a small UK office, located in a home and run on a part-time basis by an administrator and an assistant. This reflects the continuing objective of keeping costs to a minimum, so that as much as possible of every donation RTU receives can be used to support the work in India. In practice, Gift Aid and bank interest covers all UK costs – and contributes more to the funds that can be regularly sent to RTU in India.
Using your spare room to change a life
Sussex Nightstop provides a safety net for young people who are at risk of homelessness, providing emergency accommodation in the homes of volunteers. We are affiliated with DePaul UK and work alongside the YMCA Downslink group and social services. Sussex Nightstop provides emergency accommodation for 16-25 year olds. We train and support members of the local community who have a spare room to offer to a young person. Our aim is to catch these young people before they begin rough sleeping and get involved in the many dangers associated with street homelessness. These young people can stay with us for a night or up to a few weeks while their longer term housing situation is addressed.
St Thomas Fund for the Homeless
The St Thomas Fund is a local residential substance misuse rehabilitation project. Its aim is to support people in managing their lives without illicit drugs and alcohol through a group work programme and one-to-one support. In undertaking the programme residents attempt to bring positive change to their lives.
CAFOD is the official Catholic aid agency for England and Wales.
We work with partners across the world, wherever the need is greatest, to bring hope, compassion and solidarity to poor communities, standing side by side with them to end poverty and injustice. We work with people of all faiths and none.
We work with more than 500 partners overseas, and with partners in the UK – all working to reduce poverty. Inspired by Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching, and the experiences and hopes of people living in poverty, CAFOD works for a safe, sustainable and peaceful world.