Over the last few weeks I have been on the CAP Engage placement and I have absolutely loved it! It’s been amazing to see first-hand how well the Debt Help, CAP Job Clubs and CAP Release Groups work; to hear stories on a daily basis of lives changed, and to play a part in releasing people from debt and poverty. It’s impossible not to be swept up in the vision, to catch the passion that is the driving force of CAP’s ministries.
In the midst of the wellie-wearing, shower-hunting, CAP-representing madness of New Wine I managed to read Journeys of Hope, and was absolutely blown away. Give it a read. I love how CAP works in such personal and practical ways, and it brings me hope to see local churches getting practically involved in their communities, walking alongside the lonely, scared and vulnerable.
I’ve also been really struck by how everyday at Head Office orbits around prayer. We take time to pray for anyone and everyone: clients, supporters, staff and volunteers. What an incredible way to acknowledge Jesus as the cornerstone of all that CAP does.
My final highlight has been seeing how CAP takes celebration to a whole new level. Head Office is quite simply fun! At various points in the day a hubbub of noise will sweep across the room: harmonicas and a Mexican wave if someone has gone debt free, whistles if someone has got a job or reached a release group milestone! It is so good to take a moment from the task you’re working on to recapture the big picture, to mark significant moments in the lives of CAP clients.
So now I’m in my third week and am already dreading next Friday – I don’t want Engage to end! (Hopefully this will be a “see you again soon” rather than goodbye!) I’m planning on carrying CAP’s prayerful, celebratory culture with me as I take my next steps. And I’ve been reminded of how, when we put all of our energy and passion behind something, we are capable of bringing about amazing change.
If you’re looking for an inspiring work placement, where you are valued as an individual and get a chance to join in with CAP’s incredible work, then I would wholeheartedly recommend applying for Engage. What are you waiting for? Go go go!
Engage is a fantastic opportunity to use your Easter or Summer holiday to make a difference, learn some new skills and become part of the CAP family. Find out more about what the one month placement involves by clicking here.