Help­ing those strug­gling with debt

Church vol­un­teer ser­vice has been of­fer­ing ad­vice, friend­ship and help

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

The con­gre­ga­tions of Em­manuel Church in Che­sham and King’s Church in Amer­sham run a debt cen­tre in part­ner­ship with the char­ity Chris­tians Against Poverty (CAP).

They find that poor men­tal health of­ten runs hand-in-hand with fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties and, in this Men­tal Health Aware­ness Week, run­ning May 16 to 22, the Che­sham and Amer­sham cen­tre is high­light­ing that debt help and friend­ship are avail­able lo­cally.

Che­sham and Amer­sham CAP Debt Cen­tre man­ager Nigel Gor­don said: “If you’ve no money but you’re get­ting con­stant de­mands, threat­en­ing letters and phone calls, it’s very stress­ful.

“There’s the fear of los­ing your home, the worry of not be­ing a good par­ent, re­la­tion­ships feel­ing the pres­sure. It’s not sur­pris­ing that a quar­ter of our clients de­scribe them­selves as hav­ing poor men­tal health.

“How­ever, it also goes the other way. Debt can also be a by-prod­uct of an on-go­ing con­di­tion.

“It’s much harder to be work­ing and earn­ing if you’re suf­fer­ing from a men­tal health is­sue and there­fore, you’re more likely to be strug­gling with day-to-day costs.”

The free ser­vice from CAP has won sev­eral na­tional awards and the char­ity is re­garded as an in­dus­try leader for help­ing the most vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple with a uniquely in-depth ser­vice.

CAP is also rec­om­mended fre­quently by tele­vi­sion’s Money Sav­ing Expert Martin Lewis.

Mr Gor­don added: “The point is, if you’re feel­ing low and fi­nan­cial prob­lems are part of that, we want to hear from you. CAP’s sys­tem is great for peo­ple who are strug­gling be­cause we come to see you in your home, CAP’s staff at the head­quar­ters in Brad­ford ne­go­ti­ate with all your cred­i­tors and we or­gan­ise all the pa­per­work. It’s also ab­so­lutely free and for every­one what­ever their age, gen­der, faith or back­ground.

“Clients in a re­cent sur­vey 94 per cent de­scribed the ser­vice as ‘a great help’ or even ‘life trans­form­ing’ so we hope peo­ple will give us a ring and book in for us to come and see them.”

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.ca­puk.org or call 0800 328 0006.

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