Social Outreach

We are based in East Brighton, which is an area with a lot of social need, our parish including the estates of Moulsecoomb, Bevendean, Hollingdean, Coldean and Whitehawk. Through the parish and our work with students and young adults, we are committed to serving the local community and being involved in building a more compassionate and humane social environment. 

Our outreach work focuses on children and families through the Overflow Project; the elderly, isolated or under-supported through Light-Bulb; supporting teenagers, especially through our work at Cardinal Newman Catholic School; and supporting parish projects such as the Night Shelter. We are also involved in building community and sharing the Gospel through our friendship and support of the Bevy Cooperative pub in Moulsecoomb. 


Bringing the joy of the Gospel to children so they can live the fullness of life! Run by young adults and students, Overflow enables young people to share the faith with other young people, through regular activity days which include playing games, music and drama, crafts, and friendship. 


A team offering practical, manual support for those who may be isolated and without adequate help within the local community. The members may provide help by changing light bulbs, helping clear a garden, cleaning or shopping, fixing & mending things, as well as offering more specialist skills where possible. 


Sharing the freedom and life of the Gospel with young people! Pastoral care of students at Cardinal Newman School, events such as The Friday Thing, mission into primary schools, events around the Diocese, and a teenage retreat programme at Worth Abbey. 


Working with other Christians living in the estates of Moulsecoomb, Bevendean and Coldean to find creative ways to share the message of Jesus in the local community, and to serve the needs of the estates in practical ways.


Our parish works together with churches across the city to provide food and accommodation for people who are sleeping rough, during the coldest months of the year. St Joseph’s offers shelter on Tuesday nights, January-March.