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 ”


Happy New Year 2023

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Annual General Meeting – 2022 Trustees Report for the Financial Year ended 31 December 2021 INTRODUCTION The Goan Welfare Society (GWS) was founded in March 1983, to provide limited assistance to the community living in the UK. When the original Trustees passed away, responsibility for the Charity was handed over to the G.O.A. (UK) in […]

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Latest Appeal …

  • Help With Training As An Arts Counsellor (2)
    Dear Friends We pray that all our members & supporters had a blessed Christmas, followed by a Peaceful New Year, and hope you will not mind me appealing to your generosity again. You may recall that we made an appeal on behalf of Michelle Rodrigues in order to help her with the cost of university fees for further education as she was returning to the work place as a counsellor. Michelle suffered from a long-term health condition and decided to attend the School of Art & Therapy to qualify as a Transpersonal Arts Counsellor, She was prompted to start this course to retrain for work as she feels that she is well suited to gain employment as a counsellor. Personal details about Michelle are available on this video: https://youtu.be/ZfWk_5Ewxx8 Our first appeal in November 2021 raised £880.00 and together with £2,430.00 from our own funds, we contributed £3,310.00 towards the cost of the first year of her degree course. See extract of an email we received from Michelle Rodrigues after her first year at the university:
    “I am delighted to report that I have now successfully completed my first year of the three-year training, thanks to the support of you all! I will be starting my placement alongside my second year of training in September, and it promises to be another intense year of learning, growth and personal development”.
    Fortunately, Michelle was able to self-finance her university fees & other costs for her second year and is now seeking support for her final year of her degree course. If you wish to help, then donations can be made direct to our bank account: Goan Welfare Society UK HSBC Bank, Sort Code: 40-22-30 Account No. 01435981 (Reference: Michelle). Please email us for an acknowledgement Cash or cheque donations may be handed to any Trustee of the GWS (Flavio Gracias, Paul De Mendonca, Norma Menezes-Rahim & Rosy De Souza). You can also make donations by “PayPal” through our website: www.goanwelfaresocietyuk.com; May I convey my sincere thanks for your support and our best wishes to all for a happy & healthy 2003 but please do take special care, given the rising rate of Covid-19 infections. God bless & keep safe FLAVIO GRACIAS Chair of Trustees  


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.