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Global Partnerships & Charities

A central part of Jesuit education is to form men and women to be generous in the service of others. Following the example of Jesus Christ, a special concern for those who are marginalised in society is inculcated in our students. This concern for others is expressed on different levels, most immediately through the school’s charitable activities.

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE AND CHARITY

The College continues to raise awareness and funds for a number of charitable organisations. Below are some of the charities we have supported and worked with:

CAFOD - the official aid and development agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. Across the world they work with local Church partners in poor communities, standing side by side with them to end poverty and injustice and working together for a safe, sustainable and peaceful world, so that everyone can live life to the full.  As well as raising over £1000 for CAFOD each year, a group of 6th Form students train as CAFOD Ambassadors, as part of their Young Leadership Programme. Throughout the year, young leaders receive training on different leadership skills such as planning, influencing others, communication, time management.  They use these skills to engage younger students in issues of social justice, human dignity and caring for our common home. Through assemblies, pupil-led worship, fundraising and campaign actions, they encourage the whole school community to put their faith into action and live out the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.

Some recent CAFOD Campaigns have been:

Eyes of the World - Climate Crisis and COP 26

Walk for Water

At the start of the pandemic we partnered with Exodus Youth Worx, an Enfield based charity, to provide our vulnerable families with food parcels, which were delivered fortnightly by a group of volunteers made up of staff, parents and governors. During Advent 2020 students were challenged by Exodus Youth Worx to make Christmas Hampers full of food and other goodies, 25 were distributed to local families in time for Christmas.

Enfield Foodbank - Students, staff and parents generously donate much needed food items throughout the year helping the most vulnerable in our community. We now have a permanent donation point in school for regular donations.   https://northenfield.foodbank.org.uk/

Catholic Chilldren's Society - Founded in 1859 the Catholic Children’s Society is one of the oldest charities supporting disadvantaged children and families in the UK.  During Advent 2020 we donated £1600 to their Crisis Fund, which provides immediate financial support for families facing a crisis in their lives.  Parish Priests and Headteachers can apply to this fund on behalf of a family and they will respond within 24 hours. This support can make a huge difference to families in desperate situations when they have nowhere else to turn. https://www.cathchild.org.uk/

Jesuit Missions is the international office of the Jesuits in Britain. It exists to support Jesuit works with poor and marginalised people around the world.  We do this by promoting social justice, building bridges between communities and accompanying those working on the missions. The College campaigned with Jesuit Missions for the release of Fr Stan Swamy, who was an 84 year old Jesuit priest wrongfully imprisoned in India. During April 2021 students wrote birthday cards for Fr Stan which were delivered to the Indian High Commission. Sadly, Fr Stan died in July. We are currently working with JM to raise awareness in the College community about COP 26 and the climate crisis. https://jesuitmissions.org.uk

SVP (St Vincent de Paul Society) is part of an international Christian voluntary network dedicated to tackling poverty in all its forms by providing practical assistance to people in need. The College community raised £900 for the SVP to purchase 'Vinnie Packs' for the homeless - on the streets, in night shelters, drop in centres and hostels during the winter months. Each pack contains a thermal hat, thermal gloves , two pairs of thermal socks, toothpaste, a toothbrush, a pen and information sheet to try and provide a little more warmth and let the recipient know that someone cares about them. https://www.svp.org.uk/