Local churches announce they will partner with award-winning charity
Church congregations are so concerned with the financial hardships of their local communities they have partnered with a charity to offer debt counselling.
Members of local churches wanted to better serve people living with the pressure of debt and got in touch with UK debt counselling charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP). After much fundraising, they plan to offer the new, free service from September 2020.
The last five years have seen a recent increase for CAP’s debt counselling services across Scotland. CAP Strathearn will serve to bridge the gap across Central Scotland, adding to CAP’s other Debt Centres based in Aberfeldy, Perth, Stirling and Tillycoultry.
Andrew Philip, Crieff Parish Church Minister, acknowledges: “Debt stress can be so destructive. It affects family relationships, health and can be very isolating. “As a compassionate community, we wanted to provide people with a route out of debt and CAP is distinct because it does that in partnership with the church. “Sometimes people feel they have made mistakes but very often they’ve been driven into debt by suffering from job loss, relationship breakdown or coping with illness in the family or a bereavement – situations that are often difficult, emotional and have a
“We’re now in the process of putting a dedicated Debt Centre Manager and key members of the local churches through training with CAP to offer a tried-and-tested professional service which will see people escape that debt trap and get their lives back on track.”
CAP has around 300 church-based debt help centres across the UK offering a free service which has until now involved three home visits.
Due to COVID-19, the usual face to face debt counselling service has been
temporarily replaced with telephone based appointments.
TV’s Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis has described CAP as unsurpassed” in its in-depth service which encourages and supports each household to repay what they owe – or go through an insolvency – until the day they are debt free.