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Kick Start: three months on

calendar19 October 2020

Kick Start: three months on

Earlier this year we launched Kick Start, a free gift from Christians Against Poverty to the UK Church. Kick Start is designed to equip you and your church with the tools needed to provide practical support in your community and help people find their footing in a mid- and post-pandemic world.

We’ve been blown away by the passion and enthusiasm churches have shown for Kick Start. In less than three months over 750 people have signed up, the resources have been downloaded more than 1,500 times and the session videos played 4,300 times! Thank you to everyone who has engaged with Kick Start, for the amazing way you continue to bring practical support hand-in-hand with the love of Jesus to your community.

If you know of people in your community, who are struggling with living costs, unemployment, or the emotional impact of COVID-19, why not encourage your church leaders to run Kick Start? 

Sign up for free to access all 9 bitesize sessions of empowering content to help people move forward in life, even in these difficult times.

Access Kick Start today

There’s still time to host your own CAP Sunday service!

calendar13 October 2020

There’s still time to host your own CAP Sunday service!

A massive thank you to every single church that's hosted a CAP Sunday service so far this year. Whether you've been hosting CAP Sunday services for years or this was your first time, there really is nothing quite like celebrating how churches across the UK are bringing hope to those trapped in poverty, addiction and unemployment.

This year alone CAP has helped hundreds of individuals become debt free, through local churches just like yours. Many more have been released from habitual dependencies or learnt how to budget, including people in your community.

By hosting a CAP Sunday service, you can inspire your church to get join the fight against UK poverty and help bring the hope of Jesus to people in your community.

It's not too late to join us by running your own CAP Sunday service.

Enquire today and we'll equip you with everything you need to make your CAP Sunday service top-notch.

Join us for An evening with CAP & friends

calendar09 September 2020

Join us for An evening with CAP & friends

Christians Against Poverty have teamed up with none other than Milton Jones and Rend Collective to bring you a night filled with laughter, worship and celebration! We’ll be telling you about our work with churches around the UK and also how you can get involved. And, of course, we’ll be having lots of fun! As Paula, our CEO, says, ‘At CAP, fun and celebration are very much key parts of what we do. And that’s important because we deal with some really serious issues.’

Join us from the comfort of your own home, with your drinks and snacks at the ready! We’d love to see as many of you there as possible. 

Use this link to join in the fun! Why not make the most of it and share it with your friends and family via Zoom?

Is anyone listening?

calendar30 April 2020

Is anyone listening?

Our brand new client report, Is anyone listening? is now available to download.

Debt left Jude feeling alone and unheard. Having suffered a stroke which left her with cognitive impairment, and going through a relationship breakdown shortly after, her finances began to spiral. Unable to get her head around what she owed, Jude started to dread the postman. She couldn't face her debt situation and started to hide the letters. 

Sadly, Jude’s story is not a one-off case. Thousands of people across the UK are struggling in problem debt, battling with other difficulties such as ill health, relationship breakdown or job loss.  

Yet in 2019, CAP helped 22,778 adults and children (inclusive of those interacting with more than one CAP service) to change their story. We celebrated with over two thousand households who became debt free and helped many more along the journey. 

Download Is anyone listening? now to hear the rest of Jude's inspiring story and discover the true impact of CAP’s Debt Help service, Life Skills groups, Job Clubs and Fresh Start groups across the UK.

An open letter to the First Minister of Scotland

calendar16 April 2020

An open letter to the First Minister of Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon MSP
First Minister of Scotland
The Scottish Government
St Andrew’s House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH3 3DG

16th April 2020

Dear First Minister (cc Cabinet Secretary Communities, Cabinet Secretary Finance)

We are writing to you as leaders of Scottish Christian charities to offer our support to you and stand with the Scottish Government at this time.

Our organisations and networks across Scotland are used to stepping up and finding solutions, creating community, and inspiring and resourcing people to act compassionately. Right now, in the most difficult of times, we are doing what Jesus told us to do: to love our neighbour. We very much appreciated your Easter message at the weekend acknowledging some of this work.

The Church has an army of highly motivated and experienced volunteers, on the ground in our cities, towns and villages. Equipped by our charities they are currently:

  • Helping communities manage their money and deal with personal debt 
  • Informing and supporting those needing government help
  • Delivering food parcels to vulnerable people
  • Ensuring children in poverty are prioritised
  • Supporting people in recovery from addictions  
  • Positively intervening in homelessness and rough sleeping 
  • Building communities and supporting families 
  • Providing befriending and support to prison leavers  
  • Reaching those who are not online and ensure they are cared for
  • Helping people stay healthy and positive, especially those with poor mental health
  • Connecting those who want to give and volunteer with those in need
  • Bringing hope and addressing loneliness at a very local level

We are working locally in communities across Scotland and we stand ready to work strategically in partnership with the Scottish Government and agencies at every level to ensure the best possible national response at this time. Please let us know how we can best work with the Scottish Government to direct our specialist resources and volunteer networks to most effective use.

We also recognise that we will need to increasingly work together in the coming months as the country begins to face the reality of a significant economic downturn, when charities and the Church will be more needed than ever. We ourselves will not be immune to this downturn and anticipate reductions in our own income, as across the whole charity sector.

We are committed for the long haul, but with this changing landscape we will also need the Scottish Government to stand with us in the coming months – not for our own sake but for those we serve – to ensure this valuable work can meet the growing need of the coming months and years. We are grateful for the steps the Scottish Government has already taken to support the sector and we look forward to positive engagement over the coming months as we work together for the benefit of Scotland.

Thank you for your leadership and be assured of our prayers for you and the Scottish Government at this time.

Yours sincerely,

Fred Drummond, Director, Evangelical Alliance Scotland, Chair, Serve Scotland
Emma Jackson, National Director, Christians Against Poverty, Scotland
Alasdair Bennett, CEO, Bethany Christian Trust
Charles Maatz, CEO, Glasgow City Mission
Duncan Cuthill, CEO, Edinburgh City Mission
James Campbell, CEO, Blythswood Care
Jo Mcilwaine, Scotland Programmes Leader, TLG
Diane McWilliams, Scotland Advisor, Cinnamon Network
Graeme McMeekin, Scottish Director, Tearfund Scotland
Dez Johnston, Scottish Director, Alpha Scotland
Jennifer Cornfield, Director, Soul Food Edinburgh
Viv Dickenson, CEO, CrossReach

For press enquiries relating to this letter, please visit our press and PR page here

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