For our students, it is important that they not only spend time on their academic work, but that they also take time to put themselves at the service of our local community through fundraising, volunteering and outreach work.
One of the way students do this is through fundraising for charity. This year, we have linked each Academic Hall to a local charity, which students have opportunities to raise money for throughout the year:
Bakhita House: Human trafficking is a ‘crime against humanity’, and it is happening right here in London. Caritas Bakhita House offers emergency support for victims of human trafficking, providing them with the safety and support they need to begin the process of recovery and rehabilitation.
The Cardinal Hume Centre: The Cardinal Hume Centre enables people to gain the skills they need to overcome poverty and homelessness.
The Grenfell Foundation: The Grenfell Foundation was set up at the request of some survivors and bereaved families of the Grenfell Tower fire. They provide independent support to the former residents of Grenfell Tower, their families, dependents, and the local community.
The Catholic Children’s Society: The Catholic Children’s Society supports disadvantaged children and families across London, Hertfordshire and the South East. They work with individuals of all faiths and none. Their sole aim is to help those in greatest need.
Age UK Kensington and Chelsea: Age UK Kensington & Chelsea is an independent, local charity working at the heart of the community to make sure that older people’s voices are heard, their needs are met and their independence is supported.
Volunteering & Outreach
As well as fundraising opportunities, we encourage our students to engage in local outreach and community projects. For instance, every Thursday there is the opportunity to spend time serving a local foodbank at the Dalgarno Trust, or handing out teas and coffees to the homeless at the Bay20 Community Centre in Ladbroke Grove.
There are also opportunities to donate items for the foodbank throughout the year. At Christmas, we donated over 20 bags of essential supplies and Christmas treats to both Bay20 and the Dalgarno Trust, which were given out on Christmas Eve.
St Charles himself had a great zeal for charity, helping those with a need greater than his own. That charitable spirit has permeated the long history of charity at our college and continues to drive the Chaplaincy today.