Free training for faith leaders to help tackle poverty


The call has been put out to faith leaders across Hackney to help tackle poverty in the borough.

The Hackney Faith Community Network is organising a free training course, open to all faith leaders in Hackney. Participants will be trained on how to help people dealing with issues like problem debt, and given information on how to make referrals to services that can help.

Alongside information on tackling debt, faith leaders will also receive up-to-date information on the latest changes to welfare benefits and on what to do if a member of their congregation is made homeless or has housing problems. Guidance will also be given on where Hackney residents can sign up to employment schemes, adult learning and care services.

The free training course will give faith leaders the tools to help members of their congregation receive the services they need and access advice that can help them with issues such as debt and homelessness.

Cllr Sade Etti, Chair of the Faith Community Network wanted to encourage leaders of all faiths to sign up, she said: “Faith leaders play a key role in our community. The training will make them stronger and more effective in supporting and signposting their members to deal with welfare, debt and housing issues.”

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To book a place please e-mail Rachel.salmon@hackney.gov.uk, or call 0208 356 7732 by Thursday 23 March.