Pick up the phone and make the first step to a debt-free future
Published on: 28 Feb 2016
THE DOWNEND branch of a UK charity which helps people struggling with debt say they are busier than ever.
Debt charity workers at Christians Against Poverty is still hearing from thousands of people in desperate circumstances.
Jane White, manager of the charity’s Bristol North East Centre based in Christ Church Downend, said getting in touch with CAP could be the first step towards a debt-free future.
“Most of our clients have been struggling with problem debt for more than three years by the time they get in touch with us,” she said.
“So what we’re seeing now reflects a snapshot of how things were several years ago. The main thing is, people are finding a way forward in a situation that can seem overwhelming.”
It has been a busy start to the year for CAP with 24 per cent more calls for help in January 2016 compared with January 2015. So far this year, more than 3,000 people have telephoned for help.
Every person who calls from the local area receives a visit to their home from Jane and a member of her team.
All the person’s paperwork, overdue bills and letters about arrears are then sent to CAP’s head office where each one is answered and negotiations with creditors started.
“Many people really struggle through these first months of the year and commonly people feel they should be able to sort out debt problems on their own, which is lonely and frightening,” said Jane.
“If you’re unable to sleep at night, worrying about money for food or receiving too many calls from people wanting money, we are here for you. Give us a call.”
Find out more at capuk.org or call 0800 328 0006.
Christians Against Poverty is a UK charity with 290 church-based debt centres helping people become debt free.
Services are free to everyone regardless of age, gender, faith or background.