Year 10 students from St Thomas Aquinas School chose Sophia House as their local Lenten charity.

We wanted to support a women’s charity to continue a theme started by Year 10 girls and their tutors raising awareness about our red box scheme - giving toiletries to the students who need them so they can continue to attend school at all times.

We hope our cheque for £254 and the donations of women’s products send a message to the refugee women at Sophia House of our compassion and service.

Teresa Clements, from Father Hudson's Care, kindly came to give an assembly at the beginning of Lent and followed this up at the end of term by coming in especially to collect the donations and to receive the cheque. Thank you for your support.

Meghan Cochrane 10 TE

Sophia House offers a welcoming and supportive home for female refugees who are at risk of becoming homeless.

It offers rooms in shared accommodation to women who have recently been notified of their right to asylum in the UK. It offers a safe, welcoming place to live, as well as support with their first housing tenancy, as they settle into their new lives in the UK.

Opened in September 2018, Sophia House can accommodate three women at a time.

The mission of Sophia House is inspired by the Catholic ethos of the founding partners to walk in solidarity with newcomers who seek sanctuary in the UK.

Sophia House is upheld by its founding partners: the sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd; Our Lady and St Brigid’s Catholic Parish and Father Hudson’s Care.