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Supporting individuals, households and projects
Are you in particular need? Or do you know someone who might benefit from practical help or limited financial support? Alongside other Shropshire organisations we want to be able to offer help and support where we can. We have a “Cost of Living” fund to support individuals, families and specific projects at church and across the local community.
Potential recipients of support from the “cost of living fund” will usually fit into one or more of the following categories:
We will usually seek to be meeting a short-term or interim financial need where there is apparently no other means of support. It is impossible to be comprehensive here, but this might include:
Needs that would normally not be met include, but are not limited to, the following:
We would not, under normal circumstances, consider repeated applications from the same household.
Approaches to a member of the Panel may be made by church members on their own behalf or on behalf of others, with appropriate permission. Approaches from the wider community can also be referred to any Panel member.
The Panel member will then complete a confidential “Trinity Churches Cost of Living Fund” form for review with at least one other Panel member. People in need will generally NOT be asked to complete any paperwork themselves. Forms and any accompanying documentation will be kept securely. The Panel member will look to consult the rest of the Panel within a week, both to inform them of the request and situation, as well as decide if further information is needed. Decisions will be made by a minimum of two Panel members once it is agreed that there is sufficient information to weight against the ‘eligible needs’ criteria outlined above.
The Panel will look to be non-judgmental, but may seek to refer applicants to other forms of support, eg Shropshire Council web directory (https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/cost-of-living-help/), Barnabas Food Bank, Community Money Advice at Barnabas etc.
In the majority of cases cash grants will not be made. Instead, depending on the need, there may be supermarket vouchers provided, or direct payment of an invoice made via BACS. No payments will be made from the panel members’ own money.