Covid-19 Community Outreach

In times of crisis the call goes out for our community to be there for each other and to work together to support the most vulnerable.   

One of the key messages of Hope is unity.

So let’s ensure we co-ordinate with each other and existing agencies at work locally to:

  • share our skills and resources,
  • to add our support to existing initiatives,
  • to learn from each other so that we can spot the real gaps in where we may be able to help, and  
  • be a blessing in our communities, for the common good.   

So whether you’re a big church or a small one, think about who you can make partnerships with your,  'people of peace', who you can work together and alongside, to build relationships with each other so that no-one in need of help is abandoned in these challenging times.  

Community engagement ideas – Consider your local context

With many churches getting on board with supporting the vulnerable and isolated at this time, it's not only important to think creatively about what you can do, but also what can be done safely, manageable and with current Government public health advice in mind.

The Community Engagement and Social Action Team, in line with National Church of England Safeguarding and COVID-19 guidance, have compiled a range of ideas and resources for churches to use, as they seek to support the vulnerable isolated in their communities.

Guidance and safeguarding

In this time of crisis and constantly developing situations, best safeguarding practice is still paramount. We are updating advice regularly but please view the following resources to help you undertake your community outreach safely:

 

Get in touch

As your Diocesan Community Engagement and Social Action Team, we want to hear about what you’re doing and we’re here to help and support you, so please do keep in contact and be assured that your efforts will be a real blessing in your communities.

If you need any further assistance, please get in touch with the Community Engagement and Social Action Team:

Caroline Clarke - Community Engagement and Social Action Lead

Keith Berry - Community Engagement Adviser - Tonbridge Archdeaconry




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