A new debt counselling service has been launched by a collaboration of local Brixton local churches aimed at helping people stuck in the debt trap.
‘Churches Together Brixton and Stockwell’ have partnered with charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) to bring its award-winning service to the area.
Debt centre manager Jon Taylor 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 available from the Brixton Advice centre.
“We’ve always had a passion to help the poorest in Brixton. This is why we launched the foodbank and why the same people have been working hard to open a CAP centre to help get people back on track.”
CAP offers an in-depth, caring service to people with spiralling personal 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.
Jon added: “Typically, debts can build up when a relationship breaks 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 offer this life-changing service to people in Brixton”
The centre was launched in February with a celebration at the Brixon library, and is now open to receive clients.
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