Coventry


"Volunteers from churches in Coventry have risen magnificently to the challenges presented by COVID-19 and the resulting lock down. Their love for neighbours has touched every corner of the city."

(The Revd Greg Smith - Coventry Coordinator)

What's happening?

Updated on 30th April 2020:

  • Many churches across the city are working extremely hard to ensure emergency food, via food hubs and food banks, is supplied to the poorest and most vulnerable in our communities. Most communities now have access to a food hub or food bank, or very soon will have.
  • On Wednesday 29th April, St. Laurence's Church in Longford opened their 'Hope Hub' which will serve local communities. The Hope Hub is providing emergency food parcels, emotional support, and a safe place. Read the full story here.
  • All churches in Coventry should be in touch with their local ward coordinators to offer whatever assistance they are able.
  • Mental health issues exacerbated by the lockdown are causing increasing concern. The Diocese of Coventry and partners are currently drawing up protocols aimed at supporting churches wishing to set up telephone support systems for local community members. Questions being addressed include: recognising when somone needs professional support, knowing what other agencies and services are available, and considering the unique role of prayer in supporting our communities at this time.

How do I get involved?

If you would like to volunteer to help others, in your local neighbourhood or across the city, do consider volunteering for a church-run project, including:

Good Neighbours Coventry -

  • For more information, visit the website of HOPE Coventry.
  • To sign up, complete the volunteering form.

5 Doors Down -

To volunteer with a Food Bank, visit the website of Coventry Foodbank.

There is an urgent plea from Coventry City Council for access to the church's amazing bank of volunteers. The best way of facilitating this process is for church leaders/project coordinators to complete the following questionnaire from the Bishop’s Office at your earliest convenience.

Where can I get help?

If you or a neighbour/friend/family member is in need of support (e.g. delivery of food), please explore Coventry City Council's interactive map to see and contact the community groups offering services suitable to you in your area.

For other forms of support, please visit our 'Well-being' page.

Who do I contact?

If you have any questions, please contact the Coventry Coordinator, the Revd Greg Smith, at gregsmith31760@tiscali.co.uk