We operate a Crisis Fund which provides immediate financial support for families facing a crisis in their lives. Parish Priests and Headteachers can apply to this fund on behalf of a family and we will respond within 24 hours. This support can make a huge difference to families in desperate situations when they have nowhere else to turn.
“It really will make the biggest difference to both mum and daughter who have never asked for anything”
Fiona Letts, Assistant Headteacher/SENCO, St. Teresa’s Catholic School, Herts
Why this is needed
Many families find themselves in traumatic situations completely outside of their control. One diagnosis/fire/redundancy/death can cause their whole world to unravel. Without appropriate support these families can face serious hardship and find themselves in a downward spiral.
“I have spoken to mum who broke down in tears – I think you have restored her faith in humankind… you have really helped to make a difference to one of my families today”
David O’Farrell, Headteacher, St Bernadette’s Primary, Harrow
How we help
Our Crisis Fund provides immediate financial support for families where a relatively small amount of one-off funding can make a lasting difference. Examples of families we have helped include:
- A seven year old girl was sleeping huddled in blankets with her younger sister on the floor because the family were destitute. We helped the family buy bunk beds, mattresses and bedding ensuring these two young children now have a comfortable and warm place to sleep.
- Two teenage girls lost their mother in a traffic accident. The school reported that the siblings were “finding coping with both grief and organising their mother’s funeral with no money unbearable”. As they were both in full time education they didn’t qualify for any statutory assistance. The Crisis Fund enabled these siblings to hold a basic funeral and bury their mother with dignity.
- A mother and her three young children fled domestic violence and needed help getting a deposit to rent a new flat. Our Crisis Fund provided the family with the immediate one-off support they needed to have a safe place to call home.
“The family have been through such a difficult time and I know that your donation will go a long way to helping them get back on their feet. Thank you”
Tracy Lane, Deputy Head of School, Christ the King Catholic Primary School, Haringey
Where we operate
We have designated crisis funds operating throughout Westminster Diocese, Arundel & Brighton Diocese and Southwark Archdiocese. We are grateful to individuals, parishes and schools who generously donate to our Crisis Fund and enable us to reach out so many families in their time of need.
“Your swift response and willingness to help is amazing. It will make such a difference to this family in this dreadfully difficult time”
Sarah Bonar, Assistant Head, Sacred Heart Catholic School, Southwark