Debt charity celebrates first birthday
6:50am Tuesday 5th November 2013 in NW
A CHARITY has celebrated a year of helping Leigh residents escape the misery of debt.
Christians Against Poverty (CAP) opened a centre on St Helens Road in November 2012 to offer free face-to-face advice to people struggling with debt.
With the backing of financial experts in CAP’s head office, the team has helped scores of people to manage their financial difficulties.
Centre manager Helen Bolton said: “We know this service is literally saving lives. Research shows around a third of clients are feeling suicidal when they first call for debt help. It’s been a great privilege to help people to see a way forward during this first year.
“We have already seen one client become debt free and many more are working steadily towards that position thanks to CAP’s award-winning approach.
“We go into people’s homes often when they are at their very lowest but then we get to see their hope restored as they discover there is a way out however bad it looks to them. That is a great joy.”
The centre is backed by Sports Village Church which runs regular money-management courses, known as The CAP Money Course.
One past delegate said: “For the first time I feel in control of my money, I have found ways of keeping out of my overdraft and I am looking forward to a Christmas that I have saved for rather than a January of dreading the credit card statement.”
CAP will be holding drop-in sessions on Monday afternoons from November 11 and for more information call 0800 328 0006 or visit www.capuk.org.
Sports Village Church leader Eric White says: “Providing financial help to local people during these difficult times has become a key part of the work of our church, and we hope to be able to expand our service in the next year, so even more families can access CAP’s help.”
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