Outreach and charitable support

Outreach at Lion Walk Church is about raising awareness of human need and supporting community projects worldwide. We regularly support projects in our local community and across the world, with funds raised from our lunchtime concerts and from donations from members.

We have been able to undertake fewer activities recently due to Covid-19, but we have continued to support many charities financially. Under normal circumstances, we collect for the Christian Aid door-to-door collections during Christian Aid Week, and through the period of Harvest Thanksgiving, we normally gather in donations for the local Soup Run, and also run a fund-raising Christmas Tree Festival and Christmas services. In 2021, despite the difficulties caused by the pandemic, we raised a total of £8996.75 for Commitment for Life, for Christian Aid partners’ work in Bangladesh. We also raised £885.97 at our Christmas Services: this was shared between the Colchester Night Shelter, and Next Chapter.

We normally support one ‘focus charity’ for a one-year period, and then we also donate smaller sums of money to other charities, with a particular focus on those based in our own community or smaller charities. Our 2020 focus charity was Acorn Village, and our current one, which started in May 2021, is The Friends of St Joseph’s School for the Hearing Impaired, Makeni, Sierra Leone.

Charities supported in June 2022 (total £2000)
Charities supported in January/February 2022 (total £3000)
Charities supported in November/December 2021 (total £2000)
Charities supported in September 2021 (total £1800)

The Friends of St Joseph’s School for the Hearing Impaired
Education Support
UNHCR  emergency support for refugees in Afghanistan and neighbouring countries
Refugee Council  support for refugees when they have reached the UK
Refugee Action Colchester  support specifically for refugees in the Colchester area
Community 360 
RNIB Reading Services 
SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity
Alzheimers Society
Railway Children
Carers First Essex


Details of charities supported in May 2021, to a total of £2500.

 The Friends of St Joseph’s School for the Hearing Impaired

Grassroots  (Colchester and Tendring Community Trust)
Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) – coronavirus relief in India
Womankind Worldwide
Benin Christian Support
Mamie Martin Fund – education in North Malawi
Freedom from Torture
CBM UK – The Overseas Disability Charity
UNICEF donation for International Covid Vaccines

Essex and Herts Air Ambulance 
East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) 
St Helena Hospice 
The Rob George Foundation 

Here are details of charities supported in February 2021, to a total of £900

Trussell Trust
Seven Rivers Cheshire Home,  Great Bromley
Excellent Development 
Colchester and Ipswich Hospitals Charity Covid-19 Staff Wellbeing Appeal
Beacon House
Essex and Herts Air Ambulance

Charities supported in November/December 2020, to a total of £900

Friends of St. Joseph’s School, Sierra Leone
Combat Stress
St Helena Hospice
Alcohol Change UK
Next Chapter 

Charities supported in September 2020 to a total of £600:
Amnesty International (donated in memory of Stephen Broadhurst)
Essex Carers Support  
Five Talents
Freedom from Torture
Suffolk Refugee Support (donated in memory of Stephen Broadhurst)
Tree Aid 
UNCHR (UN Refugee Agency)

Charities supported in May 2020, to a total of £1450

Acorn Village

Colchester Food Bank 

UNHCR – The UN Refugee Agency 

Sue Ryder

Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation 

The Rob George Foundation 

Friends of St Joseph’s School, Sierra Leone

Concern Worldwide

Charities supported in February 2020, to a total of £1000

Acorn Village


Malawi Association for Christian Support (MACS)

Citizens Advice Colchester

Anne Robson Trust (Butterfly Volunteers)


Donations made in December 2019, to a total of £1400.

Acorn Village

Catherine Bullen Foundation


Jubilee Debt Campaign

Marie Curie

Practical Action

Bible Society

Freedom from Torture


Donations made in March-September 2019:


Haven Project

Carers Trust

Homestart Colchester (Focus Charity 2018-19)

Integration through Language 

DEC Cyclone Idai Appeal

Tools for Self-Reliance

Colchester Gateway

The Eagle’s Nest Worship Centre, Kabula

Donations made in December 2018:

Benin Christian Support

Colchester Korban Project

Mercy Ships

Mines Advisory Group (MAG)

Practical Action

Refugee Council 

Send a Cow

Suffolk Refugee Support Group

Tools with a Mission

UNHCR (The UN Refugee Agency)

Donations made in September 2018

Homestart Colchester 

Stepping Stones Play and Learn

New Bridge Foundation

Mzimkhulu Trust

Young Dementia UK


Felsted Aid for Deprived Children (UK-Aid) 

Donations made in May 2018

Samaritans of Colchester, Tendring and Suffolk Borders (Lion Walk Focus Charity)

Child Health International 

Grapevine Essex 

The Suffolk Law Centre 

Trinity Homeless Project (Trinity Methodist Church, Clacton)

Donations made in February 2018

Samaritans of Colchester, Tendring and Suffolk Borders (Lion Walk Focus Charity)

Praxis Community Projects 

Emmaus UK – Colchester branch

Iceni Ipswich

The Haven Project

Donations made in December 2017

Samaritans of Colchester, Tendring and Suffolk Borders (Lion Walk Focus Charity)

Christian Aid Rohingya Appeal


Global Justice Now

Crisis at Christmas

Book Aid


Amnesty International – we have having regular presence at their conferences and support activities, such as card signing around Christmas-time.