Free help for residents struggling with debts

A stack of pound coins.
A stack of pound coins.

People struggling with overwhelming debt are set to get free help from a new Doncaster charity.

Growing debt counselling charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) has partnered with Doncaster Methodist Circuit (in conjunction with the One Heart One Voice churches network) to bring its in-depth service to the area.

Doncaster is one of 15 places opening a centre this month - rare good news for the UK amid continuing economic difficulties and the latest centre will join three others in the region helping people in Barnsley, Rotherham and Dearne Valley.

Doncaster centre manager Gary Stephens 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.

Reverend Ian Rutherford of the Doncaster Methodist Circuit said “There is a lot in the Bible about looking after the poorest. In our society, a lot of poverty is debt-related so our churches have been working hard to open a CAP centre to help get people back on track.”

CAP offers people a uniquely 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.

Gary 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 partner the care of our churches with the financial expertise of CAP’s head office in Bradford.”

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