Money Help Toolkit
From a resource by CapitalMass now rebranding as Compassionate Communities
Compassionate Communities have created a resource bank to help churches respond to those struggling financially in their community.
The Covid-19 Pandemic has affected us all, but for many it has meant being plunged into financial difficulty with no warning. With more uncertainty ahead, many in our communities are finding themselves in very tough financial situations.
Job losses are set to increase, and more and more people accessing benefits for the first time: since March there’s already been a doubling of applications for Universal Credit. Many who already were struggling on low income are finding it even harder.
As the Church we can offer hope in the form of practical responses to love our neighbours and that is why the Money Help Toolkit has been put together - a wide range of responses that your parish or community might consider.
The toolkit consists of information and guidance on how to take action:
how to start conversations about money in your church and community
running budgeting workshops online and offering people help with managing their money
setting up free debt and money advice
helping with those struggling to apply for Universal Credit and navigating the benefit system
simple ideas to encourage people to save including setting up saving circles in church
tackling those who lend money illegally and raising awareness of loan sharks
offering small emergency funds for people in financial crisis in partnership with Acts 435
And there’s a bonus theology session: a conversation with the Bishop of Kensington, Right Revd Graham Tomlin, on why it is churches should be thinking about money as part of our discipleship and witness.
In September and October 2020, Compassionate Communities ran a series of trainings and events “Covid 19: Responding to the Debt Tsunami”. Over eight sessions they explored, with the help of expert guests and parishes on the ground, how we as church can help and support those in our midst who are struggling with money in the wake of Covid-19.
Those conversations were recorded, and you can watch them on their website along with a wealth of resources and links mentioned in each session, giving you more information. There are also contacts of organisations who can help you.
Access the Toolkit here.
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