King's Lynn churches launch new debt centre
From this month people stuck in the debt trap can access free help thanks to three local churches partnering with Christians Against Poverty to open a debt counselling centre in King's Lynn.
King's Lynn Baptist Church, Church in the Woottons, and King's Lynn Evangelical Church have partnered with charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) to bring its award-winning service to the area.
New Debt Centre Manager Emily Hart said: “The Church has always been about offering hope and we're really pleased to be able to give a tried-and-tested route out of debt alongside other great free debt advice in the area like Citizens Advice.”
“There is a lot in the Bible about looking after the poorest. In our society, a lot of poverty is debt-related so our congregations have been working hard to open a CAP centre to help get people back on track.”
Christians Against Poverty have reported that 96% of clients who worked with CAP to become debt free managed to remain debt free. CAP offers people a uniquely in-depth, caring service to people with spiralling personal debt regardless of their age, gender, faith or background. Every client is visited in their own home, the charity does all the negotiating with creditors and local volunteers offer support to each person face-to-face until the day they are debt free.
Statistics show that one in three callers seeking debt help are feeling suicidal but find huge relief through the non-judgemental service that treats every person as an individual.
Emily added: “Typically, debts can build up when a relationship breaks down, or someone loses their job, or through bereavement – so often when people are least able to cope with a financial headache. We’re just so pleased to be able to partner with the financial expertise of CAP’s head office in Bradford.”
People with unmanageable debt seeking help should visit www.capuk.org or call 0800 328 0006
Local churches who wish to invite Emily Hart to speak to their congregations about the service can contact Kings Lynn Baptist Church on 01553 763015 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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