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An open letter to the Prime Minister

calendar06 April 2020

An open letter to the Prime Minister

The Rt Hon. Boris Johnson MP
Prime Minister 
10 Downing Street

6 April 2020

Dear Prime Minister,

We would like to start by thanking you for all you are doing to lead this nation through this unprecedented situation and for the incredible efforts you have made to keep us in touch with your plans.

Our world is in the thick of a crisis like no other; our families, our society, our economy are being challenged in previously unimaginable ways.  

Thankfully, this country has a resource which is used to stepping up, supporting and finding solutions. This resource is the Church: a body of people who know all about compassionately supporting people in their communities and inspiring others to do the same. 

Working hard alongside the churches are a myriad of Christian charities who exist to equip and support the Church as they look after those around them. Right now, in the most difficult of times, we are doing what Jesus told us to do: to love our neighbour.

The Church is an unequalled army of highly motivated and experienced volunteers, on the ground in every city, town and village. Equipped by the charities we represent, we see them:

  • Help people manage their money and deal with personal debt 
  • Inform and support those needing government help
  • Deliver food parcels to vulnerable people
  • Ensure children in poverty are prioritised
  • Reach those who are not online and ensure they are cared for
  • Help people stay healthy and positive, especially those with poor mental health
  • Connect those who want to give and volunteer with those in need
  • Bring hope and address loneliness at a very local level
  • Assist in safeguarding some of society's most vulnerable children
  • Send support to and stand in solidarity with communities living in extreme poverty around the world. 

We know that a future economic downturn will mean that our care will be needed more than ever. The challenge is seeing our income plummet at the same time as circumstances dictate we step up, which diminishes our ability to support local churches in doing what they do best. 

We appreciate the ways the Chancellor has helped families and businesses in this time of crisis and urgently ask that the same support may be found for the vital work of the charitable sector and the Church, as we continue to do all we can.

Yours sincerely,

Amanda Bindon and Mike Royal, Cinnamon Network
Amanda Khozi Mukwashi, Christian Aid
Andy Hawthorne, The Message Trust
Catherine Healey, ACET International
Eustace Constance, Ascension Trust
Heather Keates, Community Money Advice
Henrietta Blyth, Open Doors UK & Ireland
Justin Humphreys, Thirtyone:eight
Karina Martin, Welcome Churches
Kat Osborn, Safe Families
Mark Heasman, Christian Camping International
Mark Sheard, World Vision
Martin Charlesworth, Jubilee+
Patrick Regan, Kintsugi Hope
Paula Stringer, Christians Against Poverty UK
Peter Lynas, Evangelical Alliance
Roger Sutton, Gather Network
Stewart McCulloch, Stewardship
Tim Morfin, Transforming Lives for Good
Tom Jackson, Resurgo

The Rt Hon. Rishi Sunak MP
The Rt Hon. Oliver Dowden CBE MP


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Host a Flipping Marvellous Pancake Party this Shrove Tuesday

calendar14 January 2020

Host a Flipping Marvellous Pancake Party this Shrove Tuesday

The Flipping Marvellous Pancake Party is back for a third year! Last year was a huge success, resulting in over £18,000 raised to see families across the UK released from the grip of poverty.

We’d love to see as many people as possible hosting a Pancake Party on or around Shrove Tuesday (25 February). These events are designed to be fun and relaxed but, as last year showed, they can have an enormous impact. Every pancake tucked into helps to bring freedom and hope to those most in need. Funds raised will enable local churches to continue their truly life-changing work, in partnership with CAP.

Those interested in hosting a Pancake Party are invited to tailor their event as necessary. Campaign Manager Naomi Dunn says, 'Whether you choose to bring people in the community together in your church hall, have a get-together with a few friends in your living room, or host a breaktime brunch in your office kitchen, your Pancake Party could be the recipe to a family’s future looking bright again.'

Find out more and order your free Pancake Party pack today.

Get to know our new UK CEO, Paula

calendar06 November 2019

Get to know our new UK CEO, Paula

Former Head of Production for BBC Sport, Paula Stringer, has been at CAP for a year as Executive Director. From this week, she's our new UK CEO! In this in-depth interview, we learn more about her story, her faith and why CAP's mission is especially close to her heart.

Goodbye Matt, hello Paula!

calendar05 November 2019

Goodbye Matt, hello Paula!

Matt Barlow, CEO - UK and International, is set to leave CAP next year after more than 20 years of fighting poverty and debt in the UK.

He is moving on to become the leader of the church he attends with his family in Bradford.

Paula Stringer, who joined as Executive Director a year ago from a senior role at the BBC, has stepped into his shoes as UK CEO. 

Chair of Directors, Roger Hattam, said the Trustees were unanimous that Paula was perfectly placed to take CAP’s vision into the future.

Watch the video below to find out more.

CAP speaks up for change at political party conferences

calendar01 October 2019

CAP speaks up for change at political party conferences

Over the past couple of weeks CAP's External Affairs team has been at the Labour and Conservative party conferences. Between them, they’ve represented CAP at 24 meetings and events, connecting with others working to tackle UK poverty. Rachel Gregory, CAP’s Social Policy Manager said:

‘While it’s been an interesting and turbulent time politically, there are lots of vital issues that we cannot take our sights off. We’ve attended events about food poverty, financial inclusion, bailiff regulation, Universal Credit and loneliness to name a few. My favourite quote from this week came from Alison Garnham, CEO of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), who said, "Poverty is policy responsive, if we do the right things it goes down". That’s why, while the conferences are over for another year, we will continue to speak out to see the changes needed.’

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