Woodstock Methodist Church regularly supports charities through its "church project", a particular cause for which we both raise money and raise awareness, usually for a period of two years. These alternate between something overseas and something closer to home. Our current church project, adopted in May 2018, concerns two charities, Helen & Douglas House who provide hospice care for babies and children in Oxfordshire and surrounding counties, and All We Can (formerly Methodist Relief & Development). The latter is a project focusing on the Nsanje District in Southern Malawi, where in recent years severe droughts followed by floods have destroyed harvests leaving families suffering extreme hunger. Prior to that we were supporting two UK charities, Dogs for Good and the Oxford-based Asylum Welcome - we recently raised nearly £3000.
We support our charities both through fundraising, particularly by our donations for coffee following Sunday morning worship, and by raising awareness of the issues involved. We will be supporting our current charities until May 2020.
Helen & Douglas House
We provide hospice care for babies and children in Oxfordshire and surrounding counties
A home from home when you need it most
Helen & Douglas House helps local families cope with the challenges of looking after a terminally ill baby or child who will die prematurely.
Helen & Douglas House is a home from home for local terminally ill children and their families. We provide round-the-clock care in a warm, loving environment. We're a comforting cocoon filled with laughter, a peaceful place where families can create happy memories in their last days, weeks, months or years together.
Making the most of the time they have left together
It is a special place that feels like home from home, where families can make the most of their time together and create happy memories during their children's short lives. When a child dies, we are there to support the whole family at this really tragic time.
Based in Oxford, but supporting families from surrounding counties and as far as London, we care for terminally ill children at the hospice and through our outreach service. At Helen House, the world's first children’s hospice, we care for babies and children up to the age of 18.
Parents, brothers, sisters, and grandparents are all part of the Helen & Douglas House family. At the toughest time of their lives, we give families the time and space to enjoy the precious moments they have left with each other. In the midst of exhaustion and grief, we help them cope with their child's final days.
All We Can
Working in partnership with inspiring local organisations in the Nsanje region of Malawi.
Malawi is one of the most impoverished countries in the world. While making progress, having held five peaceful presidential elections since 1993 and achieved steady growth in GDP, around 50% of the population still live below the international poverty line. There are many problems in Malawi that have contributed to such a high poverty rate: An over-reliance on subsistence farming, steady population growth, and the impact of the HIV/Aids crisis.
All We Can is working in the southern-most regions of Malawi with local organisations committed to seeing long-term and transformative change in the communities they work in.