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Cinnamon Connect Webinar: Counting the Cost of Coronavirus
With the right strategy, churches can help improve the outcome for those experiencing financial hardship right now. 

The financial challenges facing our communities are far more complex and overwhelming than we have ever experienced, but we believe the Church is well placed to respond. The number of people claiming unemployment benefit in the UK jumped by more than 856,000 in April, the first full month of the coronavirus lockdown.

Helplines have been inundated with queries from people who are confused about their options, including a growing number who find themselves unable to access government support schemes.

Demand for support is set to increase exponentially this summer as payment holidays and state-backed furlough schemes come to an end and redundancies increase.

Join our Cinnamon Connect Webinar where we’ll explore what churches can do to help those experiencing financial hardship now and in the months ahead.

On Thursday 4 June at 11 am Nick Amis, from Cinnamon Network will be talking to Jenny Herrera, Executive Director of Acts 435; Heather Keates, CEO of Community Money Advice; and Paula Stringer, CEO of CAP UK.

Nick, Jenny, Heather and Paula will be discussing:
- What financial challenges are people currently facing
- How are financial needs likely to change over the next few months
- What can churches do to support individuals and families
- What organisations and tools are available to help churches respond

Jun 4, 2020 11:00 AM in London

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Speakers

Heather Keates
CEO @Community Money Advice
Heather has spent over 20 years working in the field of debt advice. Having seen the need and no obvious solution, she set up a debt advice centre in her home church in 1997. Initially through word of mouth, a network of similar advice centres began to get established and there are now well over 150 debt advice centres in the CMA network. Heather continues to help at her local centre helping people to get free from debt and giving them hope for the future.
Jenny Herrera
Executive Director @Acts 435
Jenny Herrera is Executive Director of Acts 435 and has been involved in the charity since operations began in October 2009, developing and growing the charity organically through a network of local churches and charities to connect people who want to give with people who are in need. Jenny grew up in York, where the charity is based, and is a chartered accountant by profession. She is also on the leadership team of her local church which runs a foodbank and debt centre.
Paula Stringer
CEO @CAP UK
Paula joined CAP as the Executive Director in 2018 after leaving her role as Head of Production & Operations for BBC Sport and took on the role of CEO last November. Having been through their fair share of trials as a family, and after debt counselling saved her marriage, Paula is passionate about pairing her life experiences with her skills to make a difference to those who are struggling in poverty in the UK. She is also passionate about the church being God's hands and feet on the earth and wants to help inspire and equip them to reach those in need in their communities.