Little Saint Mary’s Church, Cambridge

Social Responsibility

Social & Global Responsibility and Justice Group

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

"Nicht ein homo religiosus, sondern ein Mensch schlechthin ist der Christ, wie Jesus Mensch war, voller Zucht, in der die Erkenntnis des Todes und der Auferstehung immer gegenwärtig ist."
(The Christian is not a religious person, but simply a person, just as Jesus was, full of a discipline in which the recognition of death and resurrection is ever present.) — Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in a letter to his friend Eberhard Bethge written on 21st July 1944 from his prison cell

Read Who is my Neighbour?, our Social & Global Responsibility & Justice Group Newsletter.

LSM'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 cost-of-living crisis has driven more millions of people into fuel poverty, with many forced to choose between food and warmth.

To help those most affected, we have registered LSM as a Warm Welcome space to provide a free, warm, welcoming and safe place for people struggling to stay warm in winter. 

The projects we support, both financially and with personal involvement, include:

  • Cambridge Aid 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; this site lists items 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.
  • Jimmy's 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, precariously-housed young women in Cambridge, including the residents at Whitworth House, a hostel for ages 16-25.

Further information on all the above is available from Mary Ward (01223 369846).