Crawley Open House Summer Newsletter June 2020.
Worth Abbey Parish supports the food banks run by the Trussell Trust. 1 in 5 people in the UK live below the official poverty line meaning that for them life is a dally struggle. For many people a sudden crisis of redundancy, benefit delay or even an unexpected bill can mean going hungry.
The parish collects donations of non-perishable food for the Crawley SVP and the Haywards Heath foodbank. Donations can be left in the bin in the porch of the Parish Office or in the baskets which are put out before the 5.00pm Vigil Mass on Saturday and the 9.30am Sunday Mass.
In July 2021 Haywards Heath Food Bank sent the following message, “On behalf of the Haywards Heath Food Bank, I would like to thank you all so much for your generous and truly kind donations of food recently and your continued support. We are so grateful to you all at Worth Abbey. I am pleased to tell you that the weight of the food collected in your recent collection was 108 kgs, which is a fantastic amount. Thank you for supporting us in our work to give food to those who come upon difficult times. This year has been more challenging. Since April we have supported 404 families, a total of 1,332 people, which is why your support is very much appreciated.”
The Crawley Interfaith Network (CIFN) serves food to 25-30 homeless people every eight weeks at the Open House in Crawley. They would be delighted to have donations from Worth Abbey parishioners. They serve delicious curries and rice which are very popular. The next lunch is scheduled for 26th September 2021. If you would like to get involved please contact Ash on 07833252551 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Fr Paul on 01342 710313 or email@example.com
Outreach Peru is the development fund of Worth Abbey for Peru. It supports a range of health and social welfare projects in Lima and other parts of Peru.
St Vincent’s Community Shop, Broadfield, Crawley provides low cost goods and household items to disadvantaged individuals and families, offering a listening ear and, where appropriate, arranging visits to those most in need.
The shop now has a van available 2 days a week to collect donated items of furniture. Initially this is on a trial basis for 2 months. Anyone wishing to donate furniture should contact the Shop Manager, Maurizio, on 01293 517135.
If you would like to work as a volunteer in the shop, please enquire at 2, Pelham Place, Broadfield or phone 07500 484058 for an application form.