King’s Lynn CAP Centre expands as clients go debt-free
The CAP King’s Lynn Debt Centre has been running in partnership with Churches Together in Kings Lynn for 19 months and having given debt help to 48 households with six clients becoming debt free, the project has plans to expand.
The King’s Lynn Debt Centre is a partnership between Christians Against Poverty (CAP) and Churches Together in King’s Lynn with the aim of providing help to anyone who feels weighed down by debt.
After 19 months of operating Emily Hart, Project Manager for the Debt Centre (pictured) is able to point to significant success.
Emily said: “We have managed to be a place of refuge for 48 households since opening in April 2016. We now have a total of six clients who have gone debt free. This is a huge achievement for them; making a commitment to stay on track with their budget, to overcome previous spending habits, addictions, and mental health problems that have either led to being in debt, or have come about due to debt.
Emily explains some of the actions that she and her team have taken to help these clients in different ways.
She said: “For some it is going to Foodbank and getting emergency food parcels because they are scared to leave their home. For others it is making phone calls to utility companies for weeks on end until they come and fix their meter so they can have electricity.
“It might be buying a pair of school shoes for a child of a single parent, going for coffee with someone, sitting in a bank whilst a client opens a bank account that they thought they were not entitled to, and for the majority a simple offer of prayer brings hope into their life.”
In August five of the Debt Centre's clients attended a free Discovery Break ran by the National CAP team at Letton Hall in West Norfolk with a very positive response to the Gospel message.
In January King's Lynn Debt Centre plans to run a CAP Lounge, a monthly drop in where people can come for a chat and a bite to eat. Emily explains the need for this social meet up: “For many struggling with debt they do not know who to talk to, or how people will react. They will begin to isolate themselves and feel alone.”
In order to offer more and to run the CAP Lounge on a weekly basis Emily is looking to enlarge her team of volunteers and would ask people to pray about whether they can commit to take on a role.
Opportunities to help include visiting clients alongside the Project Manager, arranging client days out and events, and fundraising. Emily is also appealing for volunteers to join a ‘Blessing team’. She explains: “We need people who can write birthday cards, bake cakes, do some gardening, or handy jobs when needed.”
If you are interested in any of these voluntary opportunities or would like to find out more please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAP Kings Lynn Debt Centre, c/o Kings Lynn Baptist Church, Wisbech Road, Kings Lynn, PE30 3TU