Helping those struggling with debt
Church volunteer service has been offering advice, friendship and help
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.