Little Saint Mary’s Church, Cambridge

Social Responsibility

My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and truth — 1 John 3.17-18

The parish's Social Responsibility Group meets regularly to pray and to organise support for the various charities and projects that the parish assists, including lunches for sufferers from dementia and their carers, and the provision of supper, company and a bed for the night for the homeless in winter. The projects we support, both financially and with personal involvement, include:

  • Cambridge Central Aid Society helps vulnerable local individuals and famiies in crisis with small grants for basic necessities like food, clothing and household equipment.  It relies on the generosity of the local community for its funding, and welcomes donations.
  • Cambridge Churches Homeless Project (Hope Cambridge) offers emergency accommodation and hot suppers to homeless people during the winter months from December to February. Volunteers are needed for a number of activities, and training is given each November to cover the approaching season. Donations towards the cost of hospitality are welcome.
  • Cambridge City Foodbank helps local people in crisis, offering three-day emergency food packs and other kinds of support and advice. Donations of food or money are welcomed; the website lists foods that are currently needed.
  • Camtrust is a local charity specialising in lifelong learning for adults with disabilities or learning difficulties.  It works to encourage independence and social interaction.  Committed volunteers and donations are welcome.
  • The Friends of Fulbourn Hospital support the care, welfare and recovery of sufferes from mental illlness, including the Forum Lunch Club which meets monthly at LSM (usually on the second Tuesday in each month) for the benefit of older people who have mental health problems or may be experiencing isolation; Volunteers cook for our visitors, entertain them and share a meal.
  • Jimmy's Nightshelter provides full-time emergency accommodation and supported housing for people in Cambridge who would otherwise be homeless or vulnerably housed.  It relies on the support of volunteers and donors to fund these services.
  • The Medaille Trust provides safe homes and support for all victims of human trafficking. Donations and voluntary help are welcomed
  • The Whitworth Trust supports vulnerable homeless women and abuse victims in Cambridge, including those resident at Whitworth House, a hostel for ages 16-25. If you would like to know more please contact Ruth Jackson Ravenscroft.

Please contact Mary Ward for more information on any of these activities.