Cel­e­brat­ing five years of help­ing folk get out of their debt prob­lems

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS -

CHRIS­TIANS Against Poverty will be cel­e­brat­ing five years since the Chel­tenham Debt Centre opened next month.

CAP of­fers sev­eral dif­fer­ent ser­vices: in Chel­tenham cur­rently only their debt coun­selling and money man­age­ment ser­vices are avail­able.

CAP works through a net­work of about 300 lo­cal of­fices that ex­ist in part­ner­ship with a lo­cal Churches.

The Chel­tenham Debt Centre is sup­ported by a con­sor­tium of 10 churches is led by C3 Church.

In­di­vid­u­als, of­ten in des­per­ate sit­u­a­tions, seek the as­sis­tance of the char­ity, hav­ing been sign­posted by a wide va­ri­ety of or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing the Job Centre, NHS Mental Health staff, and the Food Banks.

Clients give au­thor­ity to the CAP staff to ne­go­ti­ate with cred­i­tors, and the char­ity will then or­gan­ise the clients’ fi­nances with the ob­jec­tive of mak­ing them debt free within five years.

The case­worker will cre­ate a sus­tain­able bud­get for clients, pri­ori­tis­ing ba­sic liv­ing needs and of­fer­ing cred­i­tors fair, af­ford­able pro-rata pay­ments as far as this is pos­si­ble.

As a part of the ser­vice, for which there is no charge, CAP also pro­vide close-in sup­port us­ing volunteers from as­so­ci­ated churches, to help clients bring their life back on track.

In five years, the Chel­tenham Centre has re­ceived more than 200 in­quiries, rep­re­sent­ing 270 adults and 110 chil­dren.

The birth­day cel­e­bra­tion on June 16, will be ad­dressed by CAP’S chief ex­ec­u­tive Matt Bar­low,, Alex Chalk MP and coun­cil­lor Roger Why­born, who have been very sup­port­ive of the char­ity’s work in the area.

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