Welcare is the practical expression of the churches of Southwark Diocese concern for families and children

A local charity, working with families in need through poverty, isolation, family breakdown or homelessness. Their aim is to help families with problems before they reach the stage of requiring Local Authority intervention. They provide practical support, such as toys, clothing and counselling, through volunteers and social workers. Our rep. is Rona Bingham.

Welcare House in Redhill is the parent and children centre for the work and is staffed by three social workers, secretarial staff and many volunteers. It offers service to all families in need regardless of race, gender, creed, marital status or disability.

Originally founded in 1894 as the Southwark Diocesan charity for socially excluded unmarried mothers, Welcare today provides support for needy families with children up to the age of 18 years old across South London and East Surrey.  St John’s supports the group situated in Redhill, where they help families in need throughout the area.  They run crèches, training for parents, playgroups etc.  The most important is the drop-in centre where families can come for help, for food, clothes, equipment, medical advice, help with form filling, help to find a place of safety, or a place to live.  No problem is too small or too big, the staff are trained, and social workers are on hand with volunteers helping out.

Caroline Kettlewell