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 ”


Flavio Gracias awarded the British Empire Medal in the King’s Birthday Honours List

We are thrilled to announce that our Chair of Trustees, Flavio Gracias, has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the King’s Birthday Honours List. This accolade celebrates his outstanding contributions to the community in Ealing.

The INDIAN HIGH COMMISSION, in the Aldwych, celebrates State Foundation Day

The INDIAN HIGH COMMISSION, in the Aldwych, celebrates State Foundation Day The Indian High Commission hosted State Foundation Day on Friday 3 May 2024 of the following five Indian States: GOA, GUJRAT, MAHARATSTRA, ODISHA and SIKKIM. The Goan Association (UK) were invited to this event and organised the Goan presentation which consisted of: A performance [...]

Goan flavours showcased at Indian Mission’s Christmas event

Traditional Goan savouries, snacks and sweets were presented at the High Commission of India’s annual Christmas reception in Central London on December 12.

Latest Appeal …

Hi, my name is Joe and I am fundraising for Melwyn Noronha who met with an accident in 2012 in India and was hit by a truck and has severely damaged his skull, nasal palate. He is currently visually impaired for the rest of his life and is deaf in his left year and needs the money to do another facial reconstructive surgery so that he can taste food and smell and eat like a normal human being. Its been 12 years and funds are very hard to come by, i just came to know of his plight after speaking to friends and his wife and found out about him. I earnestly plead of all you good citizens out there...


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.