"Parenting is the single biggest factor affecting children's wellbeing"
A gift in your will can help future generations of children be happier, more secure and great parents to their own children.
We aim to give children the best chance in life by supporting their parents to be the best parent they can be. We believe every child deserves to have a happy, secure childhood, no matter what the circumstances of their birth were. A secure childhood helps children to be the best parents to their own children.
We work directly with the most disadvantaged parents and children. We provide practical, emotional and therapeutic support needed by each family, which is different in every case.
St Michael’s believes everyone has the capacity for change. This belief, together with the skills and tenacity of our staff, can help families with the most entrenched difficulties to change. We understand that this is a complex process and may take a long time.
We believe that children are members of a family unit, even where parents are separated. We consider extended members of the family network in our work, with children’s safety and welfare at the heart of everything we do.
We want parents to be able to care for their child’s security and wellbeing, and encourage them to develop into independent, socially active and economically independent adults.
Without our support, a child may be at risk of neglect or abuse from parents. Others may underachieve throughout their lives, lacking the emotional and practical skills that make them healthy, sociable and employable. They may not understand what it takes to be a good parent and will be in danger of repeating the cycle with their own children.
We've been supporting local families since 1903. As times have changed, so have we, but the safeguarding and nurturing of children remains at the heart of everything we do. By leaving a gift to St Michael's in your will, you'll help work to continue.
You don't need to have a huge estate to make a big difference. Your gift could transform lives for a whole family, and break the cycle of poverty that could otherwise be passed down to children and grandchildren.
To have a free, confidential and no-obligation chat, contact us and we will call you direct at a time of your choosing.
Or you can download our Will Writing Workbook to help you plan before visiting your solicitor. You can also download a sample Codicil below, to help you in your planning as well as a confidential Pledge form.
Why I’ve remembered St Michael’s in my Will
Penny Alford, St Michael's Trustee 2007-2016
I’ve been involved with St Michael’s for many years, both as a Trustee and friend.
I’ve seen how they help so many children and vulnerable families and the compassionate and skilled way they guide parents through difficult times. In addition to their highly professional Residential Assessments, the support for young parents in Lambeth and their work with young fathers is both innovative and exceptional.
The charity constantly grows and develops, meeting new needs and situations in society as they arise. My respect and affection for them is immense and it is for these reasons that I have left them a legacy in my Will. I believe a legacy looks back and also forward to St Michael’s continuing story.
Why you should make a Will
Your Will tells everyone what should happen to your money, possessions and property—your estate — after you die. If you don't leave a Will, the law decides how your estate is divided up – and this might not be what you wanted. In your Will, you also decide who administers your affairs after your death.
When making or changing your Will, we recommend you seek professional advice from someone qualified such as a solicitor, accountant or bank manager.
Changing your Will
If you already have a Will, it can sometimes be changed without having to re-write the entire document by writing a codicil. We recommend you talk to a professional advisor about this. A sample codicil can be downloaded below.
A gift to a charity
A gift to charity is free of inheritance tax and there may be additional tax benefits which a professional advisor should explain to you.
Leaving a gift to St Michael’s Fellowship
We understand that looking after your own family and loved ones is your priority. If, after providing for them, you would like to leave a gift to St Michael’s Fellowship, we would be so very grateful.
A solicitor or other professional advisor will help you with the wording of your gift. Our workbook Leaving a Gift in Your Will has been written to help you prepare for your visit and can be downloaded below. .
Please email or phone 020 8835 9570 if you need further information.