5th September marks International Day of Charity, so we wanted to highlight some of the charitable organisations that we have here in the centre. Sometimes it’s easy to forget there’s far more to our charity shops than meets the eye. Behind the smiling faces of the volunteers and bargains for pre-loved clothes and stock, there stands a great cause. Here are those at St George’s.
Marie Curie currently runs around 180 charity shops across the UK, which helps raise funds needed to care for the terminally ill. They provide frontline nursing and hospice care and a wealth of information and support for those dealing with bereavement. Last year, Marie Curie’s services helped more than 69,000 people living with a terminal illness and their families.
Pathways is a friendly day service for adults aged 19 and older diagnosed with a learning disability or autism. They offer social and educational sessions to help people make friends, learn new skills, and increase their confidence. Some activities take place in the centre and some in the community, such as woodwork, bowling, zumba, and more!
The YMCA is the oldest and largest youth charity in the world. The YMCA work to support young people in their communities. They focus on key areas of family & youth work, including health and well-being, housing, training and education, support and advice. They ultimately believe everyone should have a fair chance to discover who they are and what they can become.