CAPWest Hallam Methodist Church and Elim Christian Centre, supported by Ilkeston Methodist Church, have joined forces with Christians Against Poverty (CAP) to provide their debt counselling services across the Ilkeston and Heanor areas. The organisation works through local Churches in such a way that people can respond to the love of Jesus. It seeks to influence government policy and is recommended by Martin Lewis on his website ‘money saving expert’.
A CAP Debt Centre is not a place but a process. People telephone CAP on a free 0800 number requesting help. The local debt centre manager with a befriender visits the enquirer in the privacy of their own home and collects all the financial information. Emergency help may be provided. On receipt of all details CAP analyse the problems, recommend a way forward and seek the client’s agreement. A befriender will offer support to the client until they become debt free.
Ian Robertson a member of our congregation who has been appointed as Debt Coach and Centre Manager says:
“Typically, debts can build up when a relationship breaks down, someone loses their job, or through bereavement-so often when people are least able to cope with a financial headache. We hope over the next few years to help countless local people and families, regardless of their age, gender, faith or background, to put their debt nightmares behind them and start a new life. At the same time through our support we make it clear that we are sharing the love of Jesus with them”
If you hear of anyone living in the DE7 and DE75 postcode areas who has a problem with debt simply encourage them to call 0800 328 0006.