Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is a national debt counselling charity. CAP works with local churches offering hope and a solution to anyone in debt through its unique, in–depth service.
At a local level there are three main ways in which churches can respond to the problem of personal debt in their parish or community.
A first and inexpensive step is to run CAP Money, a simple money management course that can be used within the church or as a community outreach tool. There are now several people in the diocese trained to deliver CAP Money.
Another option is to run a CAP Job Club which supports the unemployed in your community and helps to prepare them for work.
CAP has a network of debt counselling centres throughout the UK and you can find those in NI through the CAP website here. The parishes of Magheralin & Dollingstown and Shankill lead the Lurgan Centre. The Belfast Central Centre is based in Willowfield and Christ Church Primacy leads the Bangor Centre
Working in partnership with CAP to open a centre empowers these churches with:
- A professional debt counselling service offered free of charge to people in your community (find out more about the service here)
- A chance for church members to be empowered to serve the community
- An individual or team trained by CAP, working as volunteers or paid staff to set up and run the centre
Bishop Harold has endorsed CAP and its groundbreaking, award winning work.
The rectors of the above churches would be happy to speak with you about their experience of CAP but in the first instance please contact:
NI Area Manager