With the help of one or two guest speakers, we will facilitate a conversation on a topic of interest to you, before opening the floor for each of you to share any stories, best-practices, or challenges you’ve faced. It’s an opportunity for each of you to share what you’ve learnt with others, and to glean wisdom and ideas from each other as you learn about what other members around the country are up to.
You’re likely facing many of the same challenges; why not see if anyone else has a solution!
As we recover from the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic and attempt to address the stark inequalities that the pandemic highlighted, another crisis has emerged – the rise in the cost of living – and it is already impacting upon the most vulnerable people. Energy costs are increasing, and the price of food is soaring, a situation dubbed by some politicians as a “cost of living tsunami”.
Food banks around the country have already reported a huge increase in demand and the crisis will likely see a rise in mental health issues associated with financial difficulty.
However, faith groups around the country are supporting their local communities in many ways, such as providing food and signposting those in need to services that can help them, in addition to providing a safe space for people to be able to talk about their circumstances.
How is your faith setting responding to the cost of living crisis? What are the challenges linked to this? How can faith groups be supported to provide assistance to local communities?
Join the Coffee House to share how your faith setting is supporting local people or get tips on how you can help those in need in your area.