Church of England Diocese of Coventry St. Mary Magdalen Coventry

Chapelfields Community Fund

Are you experiencing debt? Are you one of the many who have been furloughed, or lost your job and income? Or one of the small businesses in our area that have been forced to close? We know that the coronavirus pandemic has had a tragic effect on people in our communities – with serious health and economic consequences. Here are two projects that might be able to help.

We’re excited that CAP (Christians Against Poverty) have reopened their new client enquiry line. We are pleased to, once again, have a dedicated debt specialist from CAP working in the Earlsdon, Hearsall and Chapelfields area one day a week. Supported by a number of churches in the area, including Earlsdon Methodist, Hearsall Baptist, St Barbara’s, and St. Mary Magdalen, Ian Burton from Coventry CAP Debt Centre is available to advise those struggling to help themselves become debt free. If you are aware of friends or neighbours who need support with debt and/or money management, you can contact the national CAP office (freefone number: 0800 328 0006). Or, for a much quicker local response, please email or ring the Reverend Dwayne Engh (vicar at St Mary Magdalen Church) at [email protected] or 02476 672976. All contact is confidential.

We understand that many people are encountering unique difficulties brought on by the coronavirus pandemic at this present time. Because of that, we are also very pleased to announce the launch of the Chapelfields Community Fund, which has been set up to try to meet the needs of those in the Chapelfields parish who are most disadvantaged. The fund aims to pro-actively support local residents at risk of social and/or financial exclusion, who have very limited or no other means of financial support. Although it may continue indefinitely, the fund’s initial intent is to address those in need because of the coronavirus pandemic or the likely economic recession that will follow.

Established by St Mary Magdalen Church in Chapelfields, we are pleased that other organisations including ECHO, Hearsall Academy and All Souls Roman Catholic Church have indicated interest in supporting us. However, we recognise that we currently have limited funds and a very limited reach – and would therefore love it if other businesses or organisations might be willing to join us in serving the community.

Want to help out? Want to donate to the fund? Do you or someone you know need help? Contact us by ringing the Reverend Dwayne Engh (the Vicar at St Mary Magdalen Church) at 02476 672976 or email [email protected]