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The Deacon’s Fund exists to care for financial needs of members of the church family experiencing hardship.
You can find out how the fund works and what it does here.
You can read more about the Biblical principles of the Deacon's Fund here.
Are you in need of help?
The Deacons Fund offers advice and emergency grants for church family members to cover essential costs. The enquiry form to get in touch for a chat is here.
Here are some additional sources of help and advice:
- The Government’s Money and Mental Health site has lots of simple online tools. We like their debt health check.
- Crosslight is a Christian debt advice service run out of Holy Trinity Brompton. They are offering phone appointments to help people who need help with money and budgeting in the crisis as well as a list of COVID19 resources
- The Money Advice Service has a useful Coronavirus Q&A about money and benefits, budgeting and saving tools and useful advice.
- Some families may need to have conversations with children about money. The Money Advice Service has a series of videos aimed at parents.
- Teenagers and young people under 25 can face particular challenges. One, secular site, that’s run by a charity and has a helpline and peer support is The Mix.
- Are you in crisis? Please don’t struggle alone. Talk to someone. If you need to, The Samaritans offer crisis support via their website or call 0116 123.
- Are you afraid, or being hurt by someone close to you? If so, we encourage you to seek help. The National Domestic Violence and Abuse Helpline is 0808 2000 247. It is free and open 24h a day; email@example.com. Men can contact MenKind 01823 334244, weekdays 10-4. Childline’s number is 0800 1111.
- If you are in immedate danger call 999.
Help Us Help Others
If you want to be able to help members of the church family who are struggling at the moment here are a few ideas:
- Talk to people you know, especially those in church who might be isolated, and ask how they are doing. People can struggle with loneliness and worry at least as much as practical things, and your listening will help them open up.
- If you know someone who might need help with money, you can refer them to the Deacons Fund for a chat. The enquiry form is here.
- You can also signpost people to sources of advice and help. We've listed them above. If you identify resources that you find helpful and would like to be added to this list, please get in touch with Susie Dye.
- If you have experience of living on a low income, or supporting people who are, and are interested in helping, let us know. We’re exploring recruiting peer supporters to get alongside people.
- Don’t be a solo superhero! Work with your church family. Please feel free to ask for help or advice. No human has all the answers, and we can all feel a little unsure at times. This is as true in charity and pastoral work – especially in a pandemic! – as anything.
Proverbs 22:2: “The rich and poor have this in common: The Lord made them both.”