The Goan Welfare Society (GWS) was founded in March 1983 to provide limited assistance to Goans living in the UK. 

The responsibility for the Charity was handed over to the Goan Association (UK) when the original Trustees had passed away and in October 2004, it was re-constituted with Trustees appointed by the Board of Directors. However, as required by the Charity Commission, the Charity operates as an autonomous body with its own membership and raising its own funds. Read our Mission statement

Over the past few years, the welfare work has shown a considerable demand due to the increasing number of Goans arriving in the UK and also with the ageing community needing more assistance. This has put pressure on the Charity because of a lack of resources and more importantly, because more volunteers are desperately needed – as the saying goes

“ The Harvest is Big, but the Labourers are Few ”


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Latest Appeal …

  • Maria Sylvia Cardoso

    In conjunction with the GOAN CHAPLAINCY (London)

    December 2020


    Dear friends

    I am appealing to your generosity, as we are trying to raise funds to help with the cost of the funeral of Maria Sylvia Cardoso, who passed away unexpectedly on 1 March 2021 at Hillingdon Hospital. Maria leaves behind a widower, who hails from Cuncolim, and two children. Our target is to raise £4,386.00 to defray the cost of the burial arrangements.

    As with our previous appeals, we are hoping for a generous response from the Community at large but particularly, from the villagers of Cuncolim. If you feel inclined to help, then please send your donations by cheque to the above address made payable to the Goan Welfare Society UK. If you are a taxpayer, please endorse your cheque on the back “gift aid” and give us your address.

    Cash or cheque donations may be handed to any Trustee of the GWS (Flavio Gracias, Paul De Mendonca, Norma Menezes-Rahim, Alfred Rebello & Rosy De Souza) or to Fr Patrick De Souza, the Goan Chaplain or Jose Mendès in Southall/Hayes. If you use “online” banking, then you can pay direct into the GWS account (see details below). You can also make donations by “PayPal” through our website: www.goanwelfaresocietyuk.com.

    May I convey my sincere thanks for your help and our best wishes to all for a peaceful Easter, despite the difficulties brought about by the dreadful Corona virus.

    God bless & keep safe

    Chair of Trustees      (email: flavio.gracias@aol.com)

    p.s.   Alternatively, pay direct into the Goan Welfare Society bank account held at:
    HSBC Bank, Sort Code: 40-22-30 Account No.  01435981
    (reference: your full name).  Please let us know for an acknowledgement.



Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

You should only leave your home for very limited purposes:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home
  • These reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
  • It is advisable that all who are in the older age group and who have not had the vaccine, to acquire a Pulse oximeter. The device measures oxygen absorption in the blood by placing a finger in the device. Normal level readings should be above 92%. If the level is persistently below 90%, then the individual should call 111 or proceed to A & E. This is one of the best ways to determine a lack of oxygen in the blood which could be a sign of a lung infection. Please go to A&E if you experience a sudden increase in breathlessness, you’re so breathless that you’re unable to say short sentences when resting, you cough up blood, you’ve fainted or feel very drowsy.Please use the Oximeter to measure your oxygen absorption each night before you go to bed. See these links:
  • https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-55733527
  • https://icmcovid19.org/clinical-management/primary-care/pulse-oximeter/

For further information see the NHS.UK website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

West London:

Ealing Hospital on: 020 8869 2113

Northwick Park, St Mark’s & Central Middlesex Hospitals:  Kindly leave a voicemail including patient’s name, religion and the ward if known. Sunday – Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm. Phone: 020 8967 5130
Alternatively, request a member of Staff to contact a chaplain
or e-mail: LNWH-tr.chaplaincy@nhs.net
The Hospital Chaplain used to have access to the list of patients on a ward. That is no longer the case and either the person themselves or family or friends must let the Chaplain know if you would like a visit or Communion

South-West London:

St George’s Hospital, Tooting:
Contact the Goan Chaplain, Fr Patrick De Souza,  on:  07342 267878 (email: patrickdsouza2008@gmail.com)

General:   Ask the Patient Advice & Liaison Service (PALS) at the hospital to contact the Catholic Hospital Chaplain, giving the full name & ward of the patient.