Covenant with the Poor

Our Covenant with the Poor was first established at Pentecost 1998.

'We, the community of the Parish of St William, will seek to pursue a number of commitments in order to share in Christ's mission "to bring Good News to the poor", as we look forward to the Millennium and a celebration of 2,000 years since the birth of Christ. These commitments are a response to need and require that we give of our time and share our resources, in the spirit of the Jubilee, which in Biblical tradition, is a time of sharing and restoration. Our Covenant demands our prayer and will be reflected in the life of the Parish through worship and liturgical celebration.'

  • Our Covenant with the Poor is here.

  • A brief outline of charities we have supported this year is here.

  • Our Charitable Giving Guidelines are here.

Additional Giving

The Parish sets aside 5% of offertory income or £5,000, whichever is the greater, to meet needs related to poverty. Parishioners are encouraged to propose charities, in line with our charitable giving guidelines, to receive funding from the 5%.


Annually at a Parish Meeting.

The distribution of the 5%/£5,000 is also decided upon.


Annually on World Day of the Poor (since 2017).

Local Needs

    • ASSIST

    • Grace Food Bank

    • SVP

    • Soup Run

    • StopGap

    • St William's Lunch Club

    • Hallam Caring Service

    • St Wilfrid's Centre

    • Church Action on Poverty

    • Hallam Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission

World Needs

    • CAFOD

    • Fairtrade

    • Friends of the Holy Land

    • Missio

    • Shared Interest

    • Christmas Shoebox Scheme

    • Pax Christi