A NEW DEBT COUNSELLING CENTRE SET TO OPEN IN LEWISHAM
Local church announces it 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 Grace Church Brockley, amongst others, 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 late November.
Grace Church Brockley Pastor, Ray Brown, said: “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’ve 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 financial impact.
“We’re now in the process of putting a dedicated Debt Centre Manager and key members of our church through training with CAP to offer a face-to-face, tried-and-tested professional service which will see people escape that debt trap and get their lives back on track. Initially, the service will be phone based to adhere to Government social distancing guidelines.”
CAP has around 300 church-based debt help centres across the UK offering a free service.
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.