In the Community
Members of St Mary's are actively involved in supporting the work of various community enterprises, providing both financial and practical assistance wherever possible.
CODS Youth Action Group
CODS was set up in 2009 at the request of Surrey Police to host diversionary activities for young people aged 11-17. There is currently a youth membership of over 80 youngsters. Throughout the last year various regular activities have been set up, some seasonal and other one-off special events. Examples of the activities on offer include:-
Quiz and Bingo Nights at Cobham's Costa where the young people can have a drink and a snack together with an activity for which they can win prizes
Regular Football Training at local pitches and recently Fitness Training at a local gym with Chelsea FC Foundation
An Only Girls Allowed group held last summer with jewellery making, cookery and craft.
Fishing Courses to teach young people fishing skills and river safety before giving them annual fishing membership to Cobham Court Angling Club.
These events aim to show young people that their community cares about each one of them, encourage them to work together by demonstrating the value of team work, build self confidence and learn new skills. CODS is tremendously grateful to its volunteers and supporters without whose help it would not be possible to provide the activities on offer.
Oasis is a Cobham-based charity which was set up in 1996 to offer support and help to disadvantaged families, working with families where the children's circumstances are often symptomatic of years of unresolved issues for the parents and the family unit as a whole.
The services and facilities provided by Oasis combine to bring stability and hope to their clients and they include:
A "drop-in" centre for long-term preventative and supportive service to children, their families and carers.
A family support and "emergency" crisis intervention 24-hour service working directly with families and individuals every day of the year.
Direct counselling and guidance from a range of professional disciplines on a one-to-one basis.
The Family Centre, which is run by experienced and trained professionals, currently open three times per week for 51 weeks per year, welcoming older children during the school holidays.
Oasis are continually grateful to their supporters and volunteers, without whom their work would not be possible.
Cobham Care is an organisation which exists to help elderly members of the community who are without transport to keep appointments at the local health centre, hospitals or clinic. It was set up on the 1970s by a group of health visitors and funded originally by all the local churches. Several members of St Mary's congregation are voluntary drivers for Cobham Care or are past drivers who have now retired from driving either through age or infirmity. New volunteers are always welcome. Drivers are contacted each week to see if they are available but there is no need to commit to be available to drive on a regular basis. All requests for transport come through Cobham Health Centre, via the clinic co-ordinator, and are vetted to make sure the passengers have no other help available. Drivers can claim their petrol expenses, which are funded by donations given by passengers.
Meals on Wheels
New volunteers are always welcome to the Meals on Wheels service. Contact Cobham Day Centre (01932 867601) for more information about how you can help.
WASPS (Widowed and Single People) is a monthly lunch club specifically aimed at people who live alone and who wish to have the opportunity to get together and enjoy fellowship and conversation.
WASPS has been thriving for well over fifteen years and in that time has helped many people from St Mary's and the wider Stoke D'Abernon community.
2013 saw the introduction of a monthly Parish Lunch which takes place in our church hall on the third Thursday of each month from 12.30pm and offers the opportunity for an informal light lunch and some pleasant company. Members of the congregation are actively encouraged to bring friends along to share fellowship with us. The cost is £2.00 per head.