At St Joseph's children show our Christian Values of Compassion and Community through Charitable Giving.
The school council, made up of pupils, is involved in promoting and organising donations for a range of causes. The causes chosen reflect the children's desire to make a difference in the world and to help other children like themselves to have a better life. This is part of what it means to show Catholic Social Justice.
Pupils are invited to donate to those in our local community who are most in need through giving to the foodbank at St Anselm's and St Cecilia's Church, Holborn. We have a basket in the school lobby where donations of food and toiletries can be given at any time. In addition, the school council members wanted to do a little more, so each half term, one class takes the responsibility to bring in one item for the collection each. Your child will get a letter telling you about it and every donation is welcome. Just pop into the school office to donate, or send an item in with your child. The foodbank are always grateful for the donations that St Joseph's children give. Everyone needs a little help sometimes. If you and your family are ever in need, pop into the foodbank yourself and they will be happy to help.
We hold a monthly non-uniform day, where pupils can choose to wear their own clothes and bring in £1 for charity. The donations go to two charities. The first is PLAN international, a global children's charity working with girls and boys in some of the world's poorest communities, making sure that they have access to education, healthcare, clean water and the future opportunities they need to thrive. St Joseph's is pleased to sponsor two children directly through our regular donations: Zeddy, a little boy who lives in Kenya, Africa and Francisca, a girl who lives in Brazil, South America. The children get to know a little bit about the lives of these children and how they are helping them. We also support the New Ways charity, where the money goes to building and maintaining nurseries and schools in Turkana, Northern Kenya. The children who attend the schools and nurseries are given equipment, food and uniforms. The children know that their money is going to help make other children's lives a little better. If you would like to find out more visit: Plan-uk.org and Newways.org.uk.
Pupils at St Joseph's have also chosen the De Paul Society as the charity where their donations from their annual Movie Night go. The De Paul Society help homeless teenagers to have the basics to live with dignity and safety and find a path off the streets.
During Lent, the children bring home a small box and donate money, a little at a time, over the Lenten period. They know that they are following in Jesus' footsteps as they give to others. This money is given to the Catholic Children's Society. You can find out more about this society through: email@example.com. Their work is helping children and their families in London, England and the wider world. In the UK for example they help those who are in crisis, perhaps families who have been homeless and will support them to buy new furnishings or food to get started in their new homes.