Find out what we're doing to support our local communities and how you can get involved
St Christopher’s has a commitment to exploring new ways of working with our surrounding communities to support them around death, dying and loss, and our Community Action work forms a big part of that.
Community Action is a way of working with communities to explore mutual aid, peer support and ways of promoting wellbeing and access to health services. We also work with the public to encourage discussion, explore common responses to and share ways of dealing with death, dying and loss.
We seek to allocate resources and expertise to the places and communities that need it most. Community Action also works with existing community projects such as Good Gym and London Rainbow to explore new ways of sustaining wellbeing.
We want to make sure that everybody knows as much as possible about ways of maintaining health and wellbeing, knowing when to seek out health services, and knowing how they can help deal with difficult experiences around death, dying and loss.
If you have any questions, would like to make a donation or volunteer your time, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our fantastic Community Aiders help those who are isolated by delivering food parcels, care packages, art packs, puzzles and much more, as well as offering support through regular phone calls.
We are looking for more people to become Community Aiders and hold introductory sessions every two weeks for anyone who is interested. Please email us at email@example.com if you would like to find out more.
If you would like to propose an idea or get involved in one of our community initiatives then we have some existing projects that you might be interested in.
These projects include:
Death, dying and loss
During Covid-19, we understand that now more than ever we are experiencing different kinds of losses in our lives, and we want to provide a safe and supportive place where people can discuss their experiences and thoughts.
For this reason, we are running our usual death and bereavement cafés online and we are running three sessions a week:
Bereavement Café – Every Monday, 5-6.30pm
Our Bereavement Café aims to help people support one another and tell their story of bereavement, whether it be Covid-19 related or not.
Death Café – Every Wednesday, 2.30-4pm
Our Death Café is often a light-hearted way of discussing something that is perceived as taboo – death, and gives us a way of normalising it.
The untold stories of loss – Every Friday, 7-9pm
This session aims to help you share your experiences of loss of any kind during Covid-19. We often have someone who might start off by telling a story to start the discussion. Recent examples include a teacher who has experienced the loss of teaching children in classrooms.
All sessions are facilitated in a non-judgemental and friendly space and are open to anyone living in the catchment area of Bromley, Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark.