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.

Food Bank

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 St Mary’s Community Centre, Broadfield Drive, Leyland PR25 1PD

For those in urgent need of food one off parcels are available. If you are in need of food, please come along and our volunteers will help you.

They will give you food and discuss getting a referral if you are going to need further support.

We would like to thank all the generous people, organisations and businesses that regularly support the Food Bank with their donations.

The Food Bank Team

New Tesco Collections Trolley

If you donate at Tesco, then please put your food donations for our foodbank in this trolley. (No Leyland foodbanks current purchase food from FareShare and so no food placed in the adjacent FareShare trolley benefits anyone locally.)



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:

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 by collecting donated pre-loved furniture and distributing it to them.

Providing outreach to the community, the scheme is inclusive and non-stigmatising, supporting hundreds of people a year. It also provides a valuable environmental role by re-cycling pre-loved furniture, preventing it from being sent to the local tip.

The scheme is run from St Mary’s Community Centre, Broadfield Drive, Leyland PR25 1PD

For donations or requests, please contact 01772 455955.

The van currently operates on Tuesday mornings.

Thank you so much for your past, present and future support.

How The Scheme Works

All furniture and electrical items are provided FREE OF CHARGE.

The scheme manager, delivery operatives and electrical equipment PAT testers are all volunteers who give their time freely. The nature of the scheme means that it cannot provide an “on demand” service.

Ordering & Delivery Process

  1. Kind people donate items for reuse
  2. Donated items are kept in a small store (not a showroom) at St Mary’s Community Centre
  3. Requests are taken from members of the public for specific items they need
  4. These requests are then matched against availability by the scheme manager and scheduled for delivery if available in accordance with “waiting list” priority
  5. The delivery time from receiving a request to delivery could be between 1 and 6 weeks depending on the type of items requested and their availability


The Furniture Scheme has no income BUT does have fuel, maintenance and insurance expenses to fund to keep the scheme operational. Voluntary donations of up to £20 per delivery are requested from people who have received furniture to enable the scheme to keep providing this valuable service to South Ribble residents.

Scope of Operations

Here is an outline, but not an exhaustive list of the type of items that the scheme collects from donors and redistributes to new homes. Unfortunately, the furniture scheme cannot accept large items like 3 seater settees and big wardrobes or display cabinets. If in doubt about an item you wish to donate, the furniture scheme manager will provide you with guidance – thank you.


Single, double and king size with or without mattress. Folding beds & Bunk beds


Static & recliner lounge chairs, 2 seater sofas, small suites


Chests of Drawers, Sideboards, Small wardrobes, nest of tables, coffee tables, TV tables


WHITE GOODS  NB please donate in working order only. All electrical goods are PAT tested before distribution to new homes.

Fridges, fridge freezers, washing machines, dryers, microwave cookers, kettles, toasters etc


Utensils, Pots, pans, plates, cups, bowls

Microwave cookers, kettles, toasters etc. NB please donate in working order only. All electrical goods are PAT tested before distribution to new homes.


TVs, radios, CD players etc

Note that the scheme cannot accept hard wired electrical items such as hobs, ovens, cookers, etc. The scheme does not accept any gas appliances.

One Voice Choir

A collection of singing voices from Churches Together in Leyland. Singing both church and secular music, the choir sing for pleasure and put on fund raising concerts.

The ecumenical choir meets weekly under the direction of their musical director – Julie Wolverson. The choir practices every Wednesday (September to July) from 7 to 9pm in St. Mary’s Community Centre, Broadfield Drive, Leyland PR25 1PD

For more information, please use the ‘contact us’ form below, or phone Teresa Smith on 01772 452745

Associated Groups


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 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. We do this whilst offering 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.