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You can find links here about how to care safely for people in the community who are especially in need now.

For guidance on volunteering to support the vulnerable, please click here.

This webpage was updated 21 May 2021.

There is a national initiative to draw together and coordinate efforts from churches of many different denominations: yourneighbour.org

HTB have also developed a resource: loveyourneighbour

For more in depth resources, links and contacts, please do check the Compassionate Communities website.

Food Bank Support

The most recent guidance from Trussell Trust is here: https://www.trusselltrust.org/coronavirus-food-banks/

In 2020 the Trussell Trust stated that:

“food banks can legally continue operating and buildings that host food banks can continue to open for those sessions, provided we follow social distancing rules, because your work qualifies you as key workers ‘caring for the vulnerable’. 

However each local foodbank will need to decide whether they are in a position to open, so you’re urged to cotact your local foodbank to find out their arrangements.

The general need for foodbanks, across the Diocese is:

  • food donations
  • healthy volunteers
  • drivers with vehicles to do deliveries

A link is here to a list of foodbanks in the Diocese, how to get in touch and when/where to drop off food.


The Diocese of London has released guidance on the provision of homelessness support, following on from the instruction to close all places of worship. It can be found here

Our church runs a drop in centre for homeless people. How do we manage the current situation?

The latest government advice can be found here. Churches may remain open to offer this kind of provision and should follow any updates to government advice

Groundswell have produced Coronavirus advice and planning for people experiencing homelessness.

Housing Justice co-ordinate and support many of the church run night shelter circuits.

Financial Distress

Just Finance Foundation – Financial help hub, answering the most common questions and worries about what Coronavirus might mean financially for you, and where to get help.

Our Compassionate Communities team has also put together a Money Advice Toolkit for churches who want to help people in their parishes struggling with money in the wake of Covid 19: view the Compassionate Communities website.

Mental health

National charities are providing resources to help with your mental health at this time:



Together Network – this resource is full of useful advice on how to spot stress in our loved ones, and what to do when we are stressed.

The Church of England have produced a useful guide here about dealing with anxiety and fear, with prayer included.

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