Causes & Partners  

‘Every person is created by God, loved and saved in Jesus Christ, and fulfils himself by creating a network of multiple relationships of love, justice and solidarity with other persons while he goes about his various activities in the world. Human activity, when it aims at promoting the integral dignity and vocation of the person, the quality of living conditions and the meeting in solidarity of peoples and nations, is in accordance with the plan of God’.

Social Compendium of the Church, 35

Supported Causes Include

Padre Pio Rehab Centre

Ahotokurom, Ghana

The Centre is in an area of extreme poverty. Families live in mud huts or concrete buildings, sleeping on the floor, usually in one room with no electricity or water supply.

Outreach work focuses on achieving the best possible outcome for each of the twenty children who have moved into the community, ensuring they are closely integrated into their family and community. Work to prepare them for successful independent living within Ghanaian culture has been ongoing for two years.

Food Parcels for Local Families

We provide meals and activities during school holidays in the Cathedral Hall for families whose children are receiving free school meals.

During the Covid lockdowns, we started to deliver parcels of food to their homes. We helped around 30 families initially, but the number has gradually increased. We are currently delivering substantial food parcels to over 96 families. We aim to ensure that families have healthy and nutritious food available and deliver seven times a year during each school holiday.

The Local families supported live in the most deprived areas of the United Kingdom, and around 90% are in receipt of free school meals.

It is heartbreaking to hear of the many challenges and struggles the families face, some now choosing between eating or heating. We also receive urgent messages from families without food or money to buy any. 100% of funds for the food parcels are spent on food; we have no overheads.


In December 1987, the first 25 Christmas hampers were delivered, and that was just the start.

The Christmas Hamper Campaign grew year on year, receiving nominations from social services teams, schools and other local charities, and what began as a once-a-year appeal has now developed into a year-round support mechanism which focuses on the most disadvantaged in society.

We now organise Holiday Hunger Campaigns. We also respond to Crisis Requests, enabling families to receive support with beds, bedding, wardrobes, drawers, small electrical items, household items and food.

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Interplast UK

Interplast (affiliated with ReSurge) is an international organization of Plastic Surgeons and associated professionals who provide free reconstructive surgery for underprivileged patients in the developing world. 

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Music for the Mind

Music for the Mind is an hour of fun and music for people living with dementia, their friends and carers. Trish McLean is providing an hour of music and fun every 2nd Monday of the Month at 2pm. 

Dementia-friendly services, including a carol service, are held at the Cathedral and led by clergy.

Middlesbrough Foodbank

The ethos of the organization is that nobody in our community should have to face going hungry. The foodbank provides three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people in crisis who are referred for help.

Coulby Newham Eco Shop

Eco shops prevent surplus good food from the food industry from going to landfill. They ensure this in-date, quality food is offered to the local community at a much-reduced cost, thus helping those struggling to get food on the table.

Anyone can come to the Eco shop and buy ten items for £2 as well as other good food at much-reduced prices. We operate on a no-profit basis. You are welcome to call in for a cup of tea and have a look.

Open- Tuesday 2-4pm 

The Coppice Community Centre

The Coppice

Coulby Newham



The Methodist Asylum Project

MAP offers welcome, practical support and social opportunities to refugees and refugees seeking asylum in Middlesbrough. We support their work by donating food, clothes, and household goods and organizing walks and day trips with hot meals for groups of refugees locally.

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Action by

Christians Against Torture

Formed in 1984 by the then British Council of Churches, with the active support of Amnesty International and the Society of Friends, to raise awareness of the widespread use of torture and to work as Christians for the abolition of torture worldwide through campaigning and prayer.Click here for more.

The Fellowship

Middlesbrough Catholic Fellowship is a voluntary, non-denominational group offering social support and friendship to members who have varying degrees of disability. Members are able to socialise with friends and volunteer carers who offer support. Regular activities include social groups, a monthly mass celebrating the Eucharist in different Parishes across the diocese, and an annual residential holiday.

Feast of Fun

As part of the ‘Feast of Fun’ partnership, we offer holiday activities with healthy food for children and their families facing challenges without sufficient resources during the School Holiday periods. We offer day trips to Danby through the summer and other local activities such as activities, food in the Cathedral Hall, and food demonstrations.

The food parcel deliveries during school holidays are still needed for between 90 and 100 families but are now provided by the parish community and funding applications.

Human Trafficing

Their mission is to eradicate Human Trafficking, based on the vision of Mary Ward, which inspires people to reach their full potential.

Our core values of FREEDOM, JUSTICE and TRUTH underpin it. MWL will be known, in the local situation, for giving hope through strong advocacy and operational excellence.

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