Homelessness Support Group

The parish partnership with Sanctuary 21 began this week with the first of our group of volunteers supporting the preparation and service of food at the Salvation Army premises on Tuesday and Thursday. Members of the group will be serving there until Students who regularly serve return from their break. After that we will fill in as necessary until the summer break and will gradually extend our involvement. Our volunteers have found the work busy but manageable and enjoyable. Other activities that are being developed include supporting diversionary projects aimed at involving the guests of the Salvation Army in the production of community meals and gardening. There is currently a shortage of gardening equipment to run this project effectively. If anyone has any surplus gardening tools in good condition which they are willing to donate please contact the Parish Secretary and we will arrange collection.

We are also aiming to make up some essential kit for homeless people but need your help. Do you have any of the following items at home that are in good condition but you don’t need any more?

  • Backpacks

  • Sleeping bags

  • Jogging bottoms

  • Tee shirts / socks / underwear

  • Shoes (especially sizes 7/8)

  • Coats

  • Toiletries (especially deodorant)

Please leave any items you are able to donate at the back of either church, clearly marked ‘Homeless Support’ and they will be collected and delivered to Sanctuary 21. Thank you.

About Us 

The parish of the Durham Martyrs incorporates the Catholic churches of Our Lady of Mercy and St Godric, St Bede and St Joseph in Durham City. We are part of the Finchale Partnership and based within the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.

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St. Bede,

St Godric's RC Primary School, Carrhouse Drive,


DH1 5LZ 

Our Lady of Mercy

and St Godric

Castle Chare

St Joseph

Mill Lane

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