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About us

Two females with their arms around each other and laughing, walking along a canal.

Even after that first visit, I felt free. If I hadn’t worked with CAP, I don’t know where I’d be now. 

Holly, now debt free and loving life 
We are Christians Against Poverty – it’s great to meet you. 

Poverty is so much more than going without. It’s so much more than lacking materially. Poverty destroys lives. It robs people of joy, hope and opportunities. It tears families apart, isolates those most in need of support, and leads many to believe there is no way out. Before seeking help, 1 in 2 of our clients had considered or attempted suicide.

Here at CAP, we won’t settle for that. 

Our vision is to see transformed lives, thriving churches and an end to UK poverty.

What we do

Through a team of hundreds of dedicated staff members based in all four UK nations, and hundreds of incredible churches delivering our services, people in desperate need are discovering life-changing freedom and hope every day.

Since 1996, we’ve seen tens of thousands of families and individuals break free from debt and poverty. And as the impact of the cost of living crisis is felt in households across the UK, we know there is much more to be done.

Find out more about who we are, and why we do what we do.

We provide free professional debt help, job clubs, life skills groups and money education in the heart of communities like yours. All our services are delivered face-to-face through local churches, which means you’ll receive both the practical and emotional support you need on your journey.

We couldn’t do what we do without a network of incredible supporters who share our heart to see lives transformed, thriving churches and an end to UK poverty. Find out how you can get involved and make a difference.

By delivering CAP’s services, hundreds of churches have become thriving beacons of hope in their communities. Find out more about partnering with CAP and how we can share the truth about UK poverty with your congregation.

The CAP story

John Kirkby started Christians Against Poverty in 1996. He believed God was calling him to sacrifice his career in finance and use his knowledge of the industry to help those in need. 

Learn how the CAP journey began.

CAP around the world


CAP Australia

Since 2000, CAP Oz has been changing lives. Today, it’s Australia’s largest free to your door’ debt management charity, with centres right across the country dedicated to lifting people out of poverty.


New Zealand

CAP New Zealand

CAP New Zealand was launched in 2008. With a network of CAP centres run through local churches, the charity is proud to be tackling debt and poverty, two of the country’s biggest social issues.


CAP Canada

Since launching in 2013, CAP Canada has been working hard to provide hope and support for those struggling with debt and poverty across the country. They began delivering CAP Job Clubs in 2016 with fantastic results.


CAP America

The USA is the most recent country where CAP has begun working. Launched in 2019, CAP America focuses on delivering debt help and money coaching.


Ruth holding a sign that reads 'There is so much need. I'm at my limit.'
Ruth, Co-Debt Centre Manager

We urgently need your support to reach every person in poverty.

Ruth holding a sign that reads 'There is so much need. I'm at my limit.'