Debt Counselling Centre Celebrates Four Years
A church-based charity is celebrating four years of rescuing local people from personal debt – a free service literally saving lives.
In October 2010, members of Northfield Community Church decided they wanted to do more to help the local community and partnered with UK debt counselling charity Christians AgainstPoverty (CAP) to open a local branch.
Now the team have helped countless despairing local families and individuals by offering a free, face-to-face and caring service,which gives both hope and a solution.
Centre manager Lynda Cooper said: “We have been in a lot of homes during these four years and learned about some very sad situations. Debt can be so destructive, making people feel so desperate, scared to go out or even open the curtains.
“Relationships come under a lot of stress and people worry about keeping their home and providing for their families.
“However, we’ve also seen that however terrible something appears, there is always a solution and the benefit of the way CAP works is that it is really thorough, taking someone step by step to becoming debt free.”
Common reasons for debt include low income, relationship breakdown, joblessness, problems with benefits, illness or bereavement.
CAP’s service is available to everyone regardless of age, gender, faith or background.