Debt and Financial Wellbeing

This page collects together all the conversations, events and projects to do with debt and financial wellbeing.


Parish of Brentford Clothes Repair Café

14 December 2023 by Sarah Salisbury

Sarah Salisbury shares her experience of founding and running the Brentford Clothes Repair Café, how it has impacted their church community, and how it relates to their Eco Church journey.

Mercy and Justice: Universal Credit Training for Kings Cross Church

07 February 2023 by Pattie Gercke

Kings X Church talk to us about their recent volunteer training on Universal Credit, organised by the Compassionate Communities Team. How it covered both practical support, and the design of the system as a social justice issue. Resources are now available for other church communities.

Tackling the Cost of Living Crisis: Domestic Abuse

20 September 2022 by Bekah Legg

Bekah Legg, CEO of Restored, helps us to consider the impact of the cost of living crisis on those experiencing domestic abuse and how we as churches can support survivors.

Tackling the Cost of Living Crisis: Acts 435

12 September 2022 by Revd Alice Smith

Mother Alice Smith, vicar at St John the Evangelist, Brownswood Park, describes how Acts 435 has helped her to provide practical help to her parishioners.

Tackling the Cost of Living Crisis: Food Pantries

05 September 2022 by Elizabeth Welch

Elizabeth Welch is involved in the “Your Local pantry” set up in Westbourne Park Baptist church - a longer term alternative to foodbanks for those on low incomes who are struggling with food insecurity.

Doing good in the City together

14 September 2021 by Revd Nick Mottershead

In 2019, Revd Nick Mottershead set up “The Hygiene Bank - Square Mile” in response to the rising issue of hygiene poverty in London. Not wanting to stop there, he is also encouraging corporate partners to upcycle their redundant resources through the “GenerosCity” initiative.

No Ordinary Time, No Ordinary Response

17 June 2020 by Tim Thorlby

Tim Thorlby, who runs the first church-founded cleaning company to pay workers a Living Wage, asks how we might rebuild a society post Covid-19 that’s better for our key workers

Being Good News to those struggling with money

23 April 2020 by Right Rev Dr Joanne Woolway Grenfell by Alison Tsang

a 25 minute video with Bishop Joanne Grenfell and Alison Tsang, Capital Mass, talking about how churches can respond in this time of financial struggles for many

Listening to God, serving people’s needs

03 February 2020 by Alison Tsang

At St Pauls Hounslow West, listening to God and their community has meant they have grown an extraordinary “ordinary” community cafe, to meet the needs of the parish they serve. Here is the story of it.

Being Brave: Helping church talk about money issues

05 November 2019 by Alison Tsang

When a team from the Hackney Parish came to a session on how they could respond to Universal Credt, it ended up meaning they took a very brave step: Talking about money with the whole congregation- on a Sunday morning!


Renew Wellbeing - Information Afternoon

Thursday 09 November 2023, 1:00PM - 3:00PM

2 hour informal information session with Ruth Rice.

Find out more about setting up a simple wellbeing space in your church and meet others already renewing wellbeing. And have a cuppa and cake!

Full details for this event.

Cost of Living Lunch & Learn 5: Accessing Fast Financial Help - Acts 435

Tuesday 20th June 2023, 1-2pm

Discovering how churches can access fast financial help for those in hardship through the Acts 435 charity.

Full details for this event.

Cost of Living Lunch & Learn 4: Spotting the Signs of Modern Slavery

Tuesday 16th May 2023, 1-2pm

Raising awareness of modern slavery and human trafficking, and exploring how to detect the signs in foodbanks and warm spaces.

Full details for this event.

Cost of Living Lunch & Learn 3: Resources to tackle Hygiene Poverty in our City

Tuesday 18th April 2023

Exploring hygiene poverty in London, and how church communities can get involved in helping to bring an end to hygiene poverty.

Full details for this event.

Cost of Living Lunch & Learn 2: The Future of Foodbanks

Tuesday 21st March 2023

A discussion around the sustainability of foodbanks, possible alternatives and the potential for community building. Ending with Q&A.

Full details for this event.

Cost of Living Lunch & Learn 1: Funding for Churches

Tuesday 21st February 2023

A simple guide to grants available to churches in relation to the cost of living crisis, including for warm spaces. Ending with Q&A.

Full details for this event.

Universal Credit Training Evening

Monday 28th November 2022, 7.00-9.30pm

An evening training event for anyone in a Diocese of London church community looking to understand more about how you can support Universal Credit applications.

Full details for this event.

Living Wage Information Event for Churches

Thursday 17th November 2022, 12.30-1.30pm

Join us for a 1 hour “lunch and learn” on all you need to know about the Real Living Wage!

Full details for this event.

Warm Welcome Launch

Wednesday 28th September, 7.30-8.30pm

If you’re considering opening up your church/building as a ‘warm space’ this winter, do join our friends at the Warm Welcome Campaign for their launch event to hear more about the campaign and to hear stories about what organisations across the country are planning.

Full details for this event.

Virtual Coffee mornings for those helping people with money and debt

Weekly on Thursdays, 10am-11am

A weekly coffee and catch up for anyone who offers help to people around money and debt to people in their communities. A place to chat, network and just have a breather. Drop in whenever you can! Zoom Link here

Full details for this event.

Energy “Switch Day” Training for churches

Wednesday 27th January

An hour zoom meeting to find out more about running “Energy Switch Days” in your church. A simple way to help people save money &transfer to renewable energy tariff; it also helps your church!

This event is hosted by The Fair Energy Campaign, with Citizens UK, Tearfund & Compassionate Communities.

Full details for this event.

COVID-19: Responding to the Debt Tsunami….SESSION 8 Emergency Funds for those in Need

Wed 7th October 6pm-7pm

Find out how to become an “Acts 435” church so you can give to anyone who’s in desperate financial need

Full details for this event.

COVID-19: Responding to the Debt Tsunami…SESSION 7 Navigating Universal Credit

Tuesday 6th October, 11am-12pm

How the church can help people apply for Universal Credit and support those navigating the benefit system

Full details for this event.

COVID-19: Responding to the Debt Tsunami…SESSION 6 Helping People Save

Thursday 1st October, 2pm-3pm

Setting up local savings clubs as part of church life, connecting with your local credit union and encouraging a culture of saving

Full details for this event.

COVID-19: Responding to the Debt Tsunami… SESSION 5 Avoiding Loan Sharks

Tuesday 29th September, 8pm-9pm

How church can raise awareness of illegal lending and what you can do about it

Full details for this event.

Covid-19: Responding to the Debt Tsunami … SESSION 4 Debt and Money Advice

Thursday 24th September, 11am-12pm

Exploring how your church or deanery could offer free debt and money advice at a time when so many are in financial crisis

Full details for this event.

Covid 19: Responding to the Debt Tsunami… SESSION 3 Managing Money

Tuesday 22nd September, 8pm-9pm

how to run budgeting training & money courses in your church & community

Full details for this event.

Covid 19: Responding to the Debt Tsunami … SESSION 2 What the Bible says about money

Thursday 17th September, 6pm-7pm

Join us for a talk from Right Rev Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington on what the bible has to say about how we manage our money, individually and collectively as a society; followed by group discussion

Full details for this event.

Covid 19: Responding to the Debt Tsunami… SESSION 1 Why talk about money?

Wed 16th September, 11am-12pm

Exploring how church can foster a culture of talking about money, and the link between money and our mental health

Full details for this event.

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