Supported organisations

Each year, St Peter’s donates over 10% of our annual income from Donations and Legacies to mission giving. We provide continuing support for chosen local organisations, especially those linked with St Peter’s, as well as supporting charities whose focus is on social justice, helping the poor and marginalised.

The following charities were supported in 2018. Contact the St Peter’s Link person (if named) for more information about the work of an individual organisation.  In other cases, contact a member of the Mission Giving Committee.

Local organisations

Asylum Welcome(AW) Oxford (Registered charity number 1092265) – AW plays many roles. Every unaccompanied child arriving in Oxfordshire is referred to AW which currently looks after over 100. Its food bank had nearly 1000 visits last year. Advice and practical help on a wide range of topics is provided.People are taught so they can be more independent. Detainees in Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre are visited and AW works closely with lawyers to support access to rights. AW also supports refugee voices nationally,  advocating for better asylum policies. This is achieved by around 120 volunteers, a small team of staff and trustees, and the support of the local community. Church link person Pauline Main

Blue Skye Thinking (Registered charity number 1158021) –  a charity supporting research and treatment of childhood brain tumours,  looking after the well-being of the children and their families so that all diagnosed will have a better chance of survival and a better quality of life during and post-treatment. Run by volunteers, donations go directly to the forefront of research, treatment and well-being projects. Five-year old Skye died in August 2014 from the effects of the treatment he received after battling a brain tumour for a year. Since then, his parents, Sally and Andrew, have campaigned to raise money for this charity. Church link person Diana Pemberton-Piggott

Fairplay Oxford – a network across Cutteslowe, Summertown, Waterways and Wolvercote bringing together  voluntary organisations and groups, including churches, who work in different ways to combat social justice issues. It aims to exchange information, provide encouragement and support for one another’s activities, share resources, arrange joint events and act together. 2018 has seen a concerted campaign to raise awareness of climate justice. Church link: Diana Clews

NOAAH (North Oxford Action Against Homelessness) – a local action group providing practical support and advocacy for locally homeless people. This may include help with cleaning, finding accommodation, raising awareness, financial support for heating or rent, and mentoring. Chair of NOAAH and link Diana Clews

Oxford Street Pastors (Registered charity number 1155694) – operating on a Friday night in Oxford city centre, the Street Pastors work with those who are vulnerable and require practical help or a listening ear. They are local church volunteers who have undergone specialist training in drug and alcohol awareness, youth culture, mental health issues, conflict resolution and listening skills. Each undergoes DBS checks before training. They work alongside the police to help prevent crime by diffusing potentially-violent situations or helping to calm already-violent incidents.

Oxford Winter Night Shelter (Registered charity number 1175750 ) provides emergency night shelter  for 20 rough sleepers in central Oxford churches. In addition the homeless are given a warm welcome, a hot drink and snacks on arrival and breakfast the following morning. This operates in January, February and March.

 

Wolvercote Young People’s Club (Registered charity number 1149132) – Growing up should be fun, but it can also be a tough and confusing time for many young people, especially with the pressure to try new things. WYPC aims is to support young people through these challenges, providing hands-on support, advice, guidance and help through difficult times, providing a safe and fun environment for socialising and learning.

Home-Start Oxford– (Registered charity number 1108612) befriends some of the most vulnerable and marginalised families in the city. It is committed to promoting the welfare of families with at least one child under five years of age. Volunteers offer befriending support, practical and emotional advice in the homes of families who are having difficulties managing parenting for a variety of different reasons.
Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (Registered charity number 290112) Truly international in its leadership, fully inter-denominational in its reach, and deeply evangelical from its roots to its mission, OCMS brings together members of the worldwide church under one roof to research, reflect and respond to challenges faced across cultures and in the varying economic, social and political contexts in which Christians worship and witness.

National organisations

Children’s Society  (Register charity number 221124) – helping change children’s stories and working towards a country where all children are free from disadvantage. Trusted for over a century to drive change locally and nationally and provide support where it’s needed most, the Children’s Society bases its vital work on the experiences of every child helped and the solid evidence gathered. They work directly with the most disadvantaged children through an extensive network of frontline services, and supported by an army of volunteers, tackling child poverty and neglect head on, helping families trapped in debt, child runaways and young carers, and stopping child sexual exploitation. Brave in actions, they uncover desperate situations, expose injustice and address hard truths to improve children’s lives. Church link: Beth Knowles

International organisations

Anti-slavery International (ASI) (Registered charity number 1049160) – Founded in 1839, ASI is the oldest international human rights organisation in the world. It is committed to global elimination of all forms of slavery. At least 12 million men, women and children around the world are slaves. ASI raises public awareness, pressurising governments and international bodies to develop and implement antislavery policies, and working with partner organisations to research causes and solutions to slavery. Church link person Diana Clews

Christian Aid  (Registered charity number 1105851) – a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty. Working globally for profound change eradicating the causes of poverty, they strive to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality. They are part of a wider movement for social justice, providing urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes. Church link person Paul Valentin

Mission Aviation Fellowship (Registered charity number 1064598): founded by Christian pilots in 1945, uses small aircraft to reach isolated areas of the world, taking support, medical aid, practical help and the Gospel for those who want to hear. It works with over 1,000 other organisations to enable them to reach remote areas.

Open Doors  (Registered charity number 1125684) –  an international ministry serving persecuted Christians and churches worldwide by supplying Bibles, leadership training, literacy programmes, livelihood support and advocacy services. They seek to mobilise the church in the UK & Ireland to serve Christians living under religious persecution. Church link person Diana Clews

Papua New Guinea Church Partnership (Registered charity number 249446) –  a voluntary association of Anglican Communion church members which, since the early 1900’s,  have supported the Anglican Church in Papua New Guinea, in prayer, by sending staff and by raising money. Jo Coney

Shelter Box: (Registered charity number 1096479) Its purpose is to provide emergency shelter to families who have lost their home to disaster, enabling them to rebuild their lives. ShelterBox teams work with disaster-hit families around the world, offering emergency shelter and other essential items to support them in rebuilding their lives. HilaryButchers

Standing Voice (Registered charity number 1151250) – promotes the social inclusion and wellbeing of people with albinism in Tanzania. Albinism is a rare, non-contagious, recessive genetic condition that limits the body’s ability to process melanin, reducing or eliminating pigmentation in the skin, eyes and hair. One in 1,400, more than tenfold the global rate, are affected in parts of Tanzania. Standing Voice designs and delivers health, education, advocacy and community programmes, reaching thousands of people with albinism across Tanzania on a structured, regular basis.  Church link person Caroline Harding

United Society Partners in the Gospel (Registered charity number 234518) – a church-based charity working in direct partnership with Anglican Churches around the world. Motivated by their Christian faith and inspired by the gospel, they share God’s love through practical action, and see lives transformed. They work according to the culture and context of church partners. Programmes are run by local churches embedded in the communities they serve. Handouts create dependency so they promote change from within by supporting local skills development and community empowerment. Their work with other Christian programme partners, predominantly Anglican, and other faith communities is for the benefit of all people, regardless of ethnicity, gender or sexuality.