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New CAP Centre in Heart of Capital Gives Hope for Struggling Families

As we head into the winter months, when fuel bills rise and Christmas costs start to stack up, one Central London church is taking action to help those stuck in poverty and debt.

Westminster Chapel, in Buckingham Gate, has partnered with the charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP)  to bring its award-winning service to the area, today announcing that it will open a debt counselling centre in the heart of the Capital, meaning that many stuck in the debt-trap now have the chance to go debt-free.

The new branch will join two other busy centres in the locality helping people in Oval and Camden.

Westminster Chapel centre manager Andy Mehigan 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 congregation has been working hard to open a CAP centre to help get people back on track.”

CAP offers a uniquely in-depth, caring service to people with unmanageable 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.

Andy added: “Typically, debts can build up when a relationships break 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 the care of our church with the financial expertise of CAP’s head office in Bradford.”

Notes for Journalists

Contact: Get in touch directly with Andy. He’s on 020 7834 1731 (ext.233) and works Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays OR call National PR Manager Marianne Clough on 01274 761924

Christians Against Poverty is determined to reduce hardship in the UK, through the local Church. It does this through 280 debt centres, a money education programme and CAP Job Clubs for the unemployed. All the services are given freely regardless of age, gender, faith or background.