The St Vincent de Paul Society (England & Wales) is part of an international Christian voluntary network dedicated to tackling poverty in all its forms by providing practical assistance to people in need. Our 10,000 members, motivated by their faith, visit vulnerable or isolated people across England and Wales and offer them friendship and practical support. The essence of our work is person-to-person contact and spending time with people is our greatest gift. Read more about the SVP on our website.

The SVP has an active Beckenham branch and can be reached for help if you are facing hardship – please call 07789 497 482 or EMAIL US. Throughout lockdown our volunteer members have been on the frontline locally (and across England and Wales) supporting people in desperate need with emergency food and essential household items through our “Knock and Drop service” and providing remote support to people who are lonely, isolated or bereaved.

However long it lasts, the impact of this pandemic will linger for many months, even years ahead. More people will face loneliness, poverty, bereavement, debt and the threat of homelessness. Our work will be more important than ever, to help them cope and to recover. The Beckenham branch plans to play an active roll in helping local people as we look to recover from the pandemic and build a better community for all of us.

Can we help you?

Help with housing issues

I don’t have anywhere to stay tonight 

I’m being threatened with eviction 

I’m living on the streets 


 

Help with social issues

I’m suffering domestic abuse 

I’m suffering loneliness and separation

I’m suffering from bereavement 

I need help with grocery shopping and other essentials 

I’m unemployed and need help with my CV / job search 

I’m a former prisoner and struggling to re-integrate into society 


 

Help with financial issues

  1. - I can't afford food

      Please see below a list of local foodbanks, some of which provide additional help and advice to those in need of it.

      Foodbanks in Beckenham and Bromley

      1          Bromley Borough Foodbank (Trussell Trust)

      Provides emergency 7-day food supplies for those dealing with a financial crisis. Their voucher scheme works with referrals via different agencies. They currently operating a delivery-only service Monday – Friday as the centres are closed at present.

      Voucher scheme – If you are not able to pay for food please contact Bromley Borough Foodbank on 0800 9 20 23 24 and they will direct you to the relevant agency to you. The agency will then complete a brief assessment of your needs to ensure you receive all the support available to you, whatever your situation. An e-voucher code will then be emailed directly to our centre where a food package will be scheduled for delivery.

      2          Anerley Team Ministry Foodbank

      Based at Christ Church Anerley, 197 Anerley Road, London, SE20 8ER. Open from 10am to 12noon on Wednesdays, primarily for residents in Penge, Anerley and Crystal Palace. Call 020 8778 7014.

      3          Citygate Church

      22 Rectory Road, Beckenham, BR3 1JA / Info@citygatechurch.co.uk / +44 20 8662 6850

      4          Hayes Community Foodbank

      Offers additional support in response to the current Covid-19 crisis. They deliver bags of food on Monday and Tuesday afternoons to anyone who has a child at either Hayes Primary School, Hayes Secondary School or St Mary’s Pre-School in Hayes, or who is a resident of Hayes. Families with children at the Hayes schools or pre-school will have received an email from the school, but if you require further information please contact the appropriate school office. Residents of Hayes who are not linked to the schools can email hayescommunityfoodbank@gmail.com and a form with a list of available items will be sent.

      Alternatively, you can call 020 8462 1373. Please note that there is no facility for items to be collected – it is delivery only.

      5          Living Well Bromley

      Living Well is located at Holy Trinity Church in Beckenham and offers a foodbank, a community lunch, mental health support, debt advice and help with addiction.

      Opening times: Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm.  Friday from 1pm to 2.30pm.  Saturday from 10.30am to 12noon

      There is also a Community Lunch (delivered as a take-away) every Friday from 1pm to 2.30pm. No referrals are needed. You can email hello@livingwell.life, call 020 8659 8991 or visit www.livingwell.life.

      6          Mottingham Foodbank

      Based at St Edward’s Church Hall and provides a range of food (including pet food), toiletries and other basics for residents of Mottingham and surrounding areas e.g. Downham, Coldharbour. You do not require a voucher or referral. You can collect or they can deliver. Foodbank telephone 07395 565984

      Opening times: Monday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 9.30am – 1pm.  Wednesday 6-7pm

      7          Community Fridge at Unity Church, Rye Crescent, BR5 4NH

      Provides fresh, free food donated by local shops for the community on or near the Ramsden Estate, Orpington.

      Opening times: Wednesday and Saturday from 9:30 am until food stocks are cleared (generally before 10am).
      To find out more, email neil@unitychurch.uk or visit www.unitychurch.uk

      8          Whitefoot & Downham Community Food + Project (wdcfplus)

      Provides emergency food relief support to local people, primarily for those in the Whitefoot and Downham area.
      Food packages every Thursday evening. For visitors who need food and advisory support, the project is open every Thursday evening from 7pm to 8.30pm. During the open times, visit Hope Church Downham, 480 Whitefoot Lane, Downham, BR1 5SF.

      You can call 020 8698 7945 or 07745 258 841, or email info@wdcfplus.org.uk. For more information visit www.facebook.com/wdcfplus.

      9          Christ Church Anerley, 197 Anerley Rd, London SE20 8ER, 020 8778 7014

      Email: admin@anerleyteamministry.org.uk

    • I can't afford an essential item of furniture / appliance
    • I can't afford items for my young children
    • I'm struggling with my utility bills
    • I need help with my Universal Credit claim

 

Help with health issues

I have special care needs and want to go on a pilgrimage 

I or someone I know is suffering from Dementia  

I or someone I know is suffering from severe mental health issues

 


I want to help

Contact us [details to be provided] if you would like to get involved. [Link to page listing some local organisations that need assistance]

Your donations continue to be appreciated, posted through the Presbytery door or online to: SVP (St Edmund of Canterbury – Beckenham), 60-60-04, A/C 46076190. (Please complete a gift-aid form: click here).


"The SVP gives powerful practical expression to Pope Francis' desire for the Church to be a Church for the poor."

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster