In all our work in the area of helping people with their money: the church is NOT meant to be an expert!
Instead, our roles are to act as companions and friends, and to point those we walk with in the direction of life and help.
One of the key things we can do as churches is just to know where to signpost people for more help.
Below are a range of links of places you may find useful to signpost, if you are journeying with somone struggling with money.
As well as the links below, we would really recommend finding out what is on offer locally in your parish, borough and deanery, and build relationships with those who are providing such services. A warm signposting with a friendly name and personal recommendation can make the difference between someone seeking help and not.
FACE to face Money & Debt Advice
Phone and online debt advice
You should NEVER pay for debt advice: it is always available free and is impartial!
BENEFITS ADVICE & CALCULATORS
A simple app and website helping the vulnerable and those who find themselves homeless with their next meal
Trussell Trust Find a Foodbank
A National searchable map of where all the Trussell Trust foodbanks can be found
LEGAL, HOUSING, IMMIGRATION ADVICE
Law centres across london
A list of law centres offering free or low cost legal advice, including around housing and immigration
Charity supporting asylum seekers, refugees and victims of human trafficking and modern slavery.
Haringey Migrant Support Centre
Haringey Migrant Support Centre provides weekly drop-in services for migrants with free immigration advice, advice and signposting services on welfare and health issues. They welcome people from all migrant groups, regardless of their specific immigration status
Islington Law Centre
Providing high quality, specialist legal advice and assistance to low-income individuals and families in the borough
West London Welcome
West London Welcome is a drop-in community centre for refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and other locals living in West London
Ealing Law Centre
An award winning law centre providing specialist legal advice and representation to our local community
HELP WITH BUDGETING
The CAP Money Course is a money management course that teaches people budgeting skills and a simple, cash-based system. There are courses held online
THE MONEY COURSE
Resources to equip guests with the budgeting skills and tools they need to take control of their money both practically and emotionally. Currently running online sessions
MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS
Free listening service for anyone who needs to talk. No judgement. No pressure. Here for anyone who needs someone. Call 116 123
Loan Shark Support
Acts 435 is an online giving charity, connecting those who want to give with those who are in need, through a network of local churches and charities. Check out if you have an Acts 435 centre near you, or consider becoming one!
TURN 2 US
Grants search function to find out what you might be eligible for - several thousand local grant funds listed