Churches Together In Leyland Groups
There are groups and activities for all age groups across the churches. Their diversity offers something for everyone. For details of individual church groups see the respective church website.
There are also opportunities to join groups and get involved in activities bringing together members of all the churches. From singing with the Churches Together One Voice choir to refurbishing tools or volunteering to help those in need, all these groups are waiting to welcome you.
Working closely with church communities, businesses and local supermarkets Leyland Foodbank provides temporary relief for the hungry in Leyland. It is open Monday to Thursday 10am –12noon, operating on a referral basis from the Parish Centre at St Mary’s Community Centre, Broadfield Drive.
For those in urgent need of food one off parcels are available.
Tools For Self Reliance
Tools for Self Reliance is a UK registered charity with the mandate of working with local organisations in developing countries to relieve poverty amongst the local population. It is a practical way to support local craftsmen in some of the poorest parts of the world.
Tool collection and refurbishment provides people in the UK with the opportunity to work together for the greater good. Today, there are hundreds of volunteers in Tools for Self Reliance groups all over the country refurbishing tools and sewing machines, and there are scores of others collecting them, raising money and publicising our work.
The local Tools for Self Reliance Group meets at the United Reformed Church on Thursday evenings from 7 until 9pm.
Anyone with tools or sewing machines to donate can bring them most Thursday evenings to the Quin Street entrance. Almost all tools and sewing machines are accepted, but please note that only those suitable to support current or future TfSR projects will go to Africa. Everything will be used one way or another.
We raise money by selling items not suitable for Africa, either locally, via TfSR headquarters or through specialist dealers. Items not fit for use will be stripped for spares or to be sold as scrap. Scrap metal sales provide income to pay for the transport of the several pallet loads per year that the Leyland group send to TfSR headquarters.
For more information about the local group or if you are interested in helping or need tools collecting, then please contact any of:
Chorley area – Alan Holding 01257 43270
Eccleston area – Dennis O’Connell 01257 451270
Leyland Area – John Mercer 01772 315755
Leyland area – Martin Smith 01772 452745
You can find more information about TfSR on their website.
CTL Furniture Scheme
This scheme offers practical help to those in the community who are most in need.
Collecting donated pre-loved furniture and distributing it to those in need.
Providing outreach to the community, the scheme is inclusive and non-stigmatising, supporting hundreds of people a year.
For donations or requests, please contact 01772 455955 on Tuesday mornings.
It is also providing a valuable environmental role by re-cycling the pre-loved furniture, preventing it from being sent to the local tip.
Run from St Mary’s Community Centre at St Mary’s Church, Broadfield Drive.
For donations or requests, please contact 01772 455955.
The van currently operates on Tuesday mornings.
One Voice Choir
A collection of singing voices from Churches Together in Leyland and Churches Together in Penwortham. Singing both church and secular music the choir sing for pleasure and put on fund raising concerts.
The ecumenical choir meets weekly. Following the sudden death of the Musical Director in February 2021 the choir are seeking a new musical director. Details of meeting times to be announced shortly.
For more information please use the ‘contact us’ form below.
Contact Teresa Smith on 01772 452745
Support in Leyland with Emergency Accommodation for Young People
SLEAP was set up by local people who were concerned about homeless young people in their community and the lack of services or help.
Since then, we have always strived to maintain a community approach to all we do.
Our model of accommodation provision is based on individuals and families across the community who are recruited, trained and supported to host and work with our young people.
Based in the Baptist Church, Leyland Lane.
Check out https://sleap.co.uk/ for more information and how to get involved.
St Vincent de Paul Society
Help For People In Need
St Vincent de Paul is an international Christian organisation, providing direct practical assistance to anyone in need. Our main aim is to offer people the hand of friendship through befriending visits. Here in Leyland we are an ecumenical group based at St Mary’s church.
We work alongside other organisations, including the Foodbank and the Furniture Scheme visiting anyone referred to us. All those we see are in need of support.
They may be people who are unwell, in debt, lonely, victims of Domestic Violence, newly divorced, newly unemployed, those with mental health problems or suffering from addictions.
For more information, donations or requests please contact St Mary’s Church on 01772 455955 on Tuesday mornings.