Christians Against Poverty
Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is a charity determined to lift people out of poverty, with the help of local churches. 'Tenpenny Villages,' with other churches in our area, opened a new debt centre in Clacton in April 2018. CAP’s service is unusual because clients are visited in their own home.
The service respects the whole person, knowing that often poor finances are due to a range of other problems, such as relationship breakdown, job loss or ill health. People in debt can feel isolated, feel they’ve failed as parents/partner etc, feel ashamed or 'stuck'. They might be hounded by creditors. There is a significant link with poor mental health; more than a third feel suicidal. CAP’s service is completely free to the client; there are no minimum repayment requirements and it does not matter how much debt someone has, or how low their income. It is available for everyone regardless of age, gender, faith or background.
'Befrienders' play a key role in supporting clients practically and emotionally, through friendship and personal support. St Mary's has several people in that role, and currently we donate financially too. If you are interested in helping as a befriender, or would like to know more about the service, please contact either Sue Jenkins at St Mary's (email), or our local CAP Debt Coach, Roni Dickeson (email) who will be very happy to provide any further information. .
CAP’s freephone number is 0800 328 0006 and the website is capuk.org.