Beyond Ourselves

‘Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute.
Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.’
(Proverbs 31: 8–9)

Part of our mission as a church is to help support those who are marginalised or who live in poverty. We actively encourage volunteering and allocate funds to international, national and local charities. The congregation has chosen to focus on poverty and the environment as areas for special action. We hope you might feel inspired to get involved with these.


  • opportunities for homelessness volunteering in Winchester, with Winchester Churches Nightshelter and the Trinity Centre
  • fund-raising for refugees


  • using the framework of the environmental charity A Rocha to get better at caring for God’s creation; this involves taking small, achievable steps towards becoming an eco church, and we are pleased to have earned the Bronze Award so far

Some of the main charities the parish currently gives to:

Through Church Mission Society we support a young family in southeast Asia, working online offering English and Korean lessons.

Christian Aid works globally for profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality.

WaterHarvest helps vulnerable, remote communities in India and parts of Africa catch and store rainwater, so they don’t have to drink dirty water.

Church Urban Fund tackles poverty in England by informing, inspiring, resourcing and supporting churches as they work to build community.

Trinity Winchester provides life-changing opportunities for people who are homeless or suffering from social deprivation.

Winchester Churches Nightshelter (working name, The Winchester Beacon) provides high-quality accommodation and food, a safe and caring temporary home and specialist support to enable people to rebuild their lives and escape homelessness for good.

All charities aided in 2020

Barnabas Fund supports Christian minorities in the world suffering as a consequence of their faith.

Bible Society is a global mission encouraging reading of the Bible and making it available to people of minority languages and cultures.

Church Mission Society works to bring hope to people made vulnerable by unjust systems or difficult circumstances.

Embrace the Middle East improves the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged people, regardless of their faith or nationality.

Feed the Minds works with some of the world’s most disadvantaged people to improve their literacy skills.

Leprosy Mission provides treatment, rehabilitation and general health care.

Mission to Seafarers provides help and support in over 260 ports worldwide.

USPG (United Society – Partners in the Gospel) works in direct partnership with Anglican churches around the world helping those in greatest need.

WaterHarvest helps vulnerable, remote communities in India and parts of Africa catch and store rainwater, so they don’t have to drink dirty water; their work improves crop irrigation and promotes land regeneration in semi-arid areas.

Church Urban Fund works to tackle poverty and transform the lives of the most marginalised in our country.

Boaz Project is a horticultural facility providing a therapeutic work community for adults with learning disabilities.

Churches Together in Winchester supports refugee charities: Médecins sans Frontières, Firefly International, Aid to the Church in Need and a British Red Cross project, Hampshire Young Refugees Together.

Friends of the Family Winchester supports vulnerable families in finding solutions to their problems.

Minstead Training Trust offers residential and day care with training in work, life and social skills to adults with learning disabilities.

The Olive Branch is a counselling service for people living in Winchester and the surrounding area.

Spurgeons uses mentoring programmes to improve the lives of children and families affected by having a parent in prison.

Street Pastors, Winchester are a group of church members who work on the streets helping those in need at night.

Trinity Winchester addresses the effects of homelessness and vulnerability through specialist practical and emotional support.

Winchester Action on the Climate Crisis (WinACC) works to cut the carbon footprint of Winchester district.

Winchester Basics Bank provides emergency food and clothes to individuals and families in need.

Winchester Churches Nightshelter (working name, The Winchester Beacon) is open 365 days a year and offers accommodation, food and vital support services to homeless people in Hampshire.

Winchester City Centre Chaplaincy are a group of people who build friendships, listen and support people in their place of work.