APF Boxes


Collecting for overseas missions


Members of the congregation may request a Red Box in which  they can  put  any spare small change - or larger amounts -to support mission dioceses on their way to self sufficiency. Periodically, a parish promoter will visit to collect the contents. The funds are transferred to the central account of the Association for the Propagation of the Faith, or APF, and are then sent directly to local bishops according to their needs.


Red Box donations are made regularly in over 200,000 Catholic homes in England and Wales.  


Contact:  Leave a message for Damien Tierney at St Dunstan's Presbytery on 0121 444 1386 

CAFOD - Catholic Agency for Overseas Development


CAFOD is the official Catholic aid agency for England and Wales. In more than 40 countries across the world, it brings hope, compassion and solidarity to poor communities, standing side by side with them to end poverty and injustice. The parish Justice and Peace group gives support to the charity by helping with the twice yearly Family Fast Day collections.  

The CAFOD /Traidcraft products are are usually available on the last Sunday of the month after the 10am Mass in the Social Centre.


Contact: Miriam Wilcher on 0121 444 3568 or miriamwilcher@btinternet.com


Christian Aid


Christian Aid is an ecumenical international development agency. Some of our parishioners used to work with our local churches in a house to house collection in May. Now we join with them in various fund raising events.


Contact: John van Lierop by email  j.vanlierop@btinternet.com




Traidcraft was established in 1979 as a Christian response to poverty.  It combines a trading company with a development charity.  It helps many small communities by buying their products at fairly traded prices and advising them so they can improve their products. This enables them to improve their communities by digging new wells for clean water, sending their children to school, or diversifying their crops so their economy is more sustainable.

Contact: Miriam Wilcher on 0121 444 3568  or miriamwilcher@btinternet.com 

Jane Smith Education Fund


The Fund supports the work of the Ursuline Sisters of Tildonk and is helping to provide a clean water supply to St Ursula’s High School, Dhekiajulip in Assam, Northern India.


Contact: John van Lierop by email  j.vanlierop@btinternet.com  

The Asha Deep Project


Asha Deep is situated in the Diocese of Bijnor in India.  It has several different homes grouped together for children of different needs: a home for the physically disabled, one for the blind, one for those with learning difficulties etc.  There is also a school for them and for mainstream children.  All those who are able are taught a skill so that they will not be a burden to their families.  There is much misunderstanding and prejudice among local people about disabilities.  The Project aims are to reduce this prejudice through education and to demonstrate how these children are “differently abled”.   After an appeal by Bishop Gratian an informal group was set up to support the project with regular standing orders, occasional donations and by sponsoring a child.

Contact: Miriam Wilcher on 0121 444 3568  or miriamwilcher@btinternet.com


Latika Roy Foundation


The Foundation, based in India, works with children and adults with disability. We believe when we plan for the most vulnerable, the world works better for everyone. As a Resource Centre for People with Special Needs, providing early intervention, education, training and awareness, we work to empower the most vulnerable to re-create the world so that they are a vital part of it. We challenge injustice and demonstrate what inclusion means.


Contact: Brian Rai on 0121 2464896

Sabeel and the Holy Land Group


Each Thursday in Jerusalem at 12.00 noon Christians meet for prayer. They call themselves Sabeel which is an Arabic word meaning the Way or a spring of living water. It is a group of all denominations, committed to pray and work for peace with justice in Palestine and Israel. They invite people from all over the world to pray with them using prayers sent out each week via the internet. They call it a Wave of Prayer. The premise is that in their respective time zones people around the world will pray together at 12 noon on Thursday in solidarity with Sabeel Jerusalem and with friends of Sabeel worldwide to create a Wave of Prayer.  To find out more, please go to www.friendsofsabeel.org.uk 


At St Dunstan's we are involved in action to raise awareness of the plight of Palestinians and support the group of Palestinian Christians who produced the Kairos Document to help in their fight against oppression and occupation. The Holy Land Group generally meets on the first Monday of each month at the house of a member.   We now have a stall at Kings Heath Farmer's market to raise awareness about the problems for both Palestinian people and the ordinary Israelis and sell their goods.


Contact: Gill Myall on 0121 443 5198