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CAP launches new report in Parliament

calendar12 December 2016

CAP launches new report in Parliament

On Monday 12 December, CAP took to Parliament to launch its latest report alongside the Financial Inclusion Commission.

The freedom report looks at the outcomes of over 200 clients who have become debt free through Debt Management Plans (DMPs) and Debt Relief Orders (DROs) up to five years ago. The findings show the important role debt advice plays in building financial capability and resilience to ensure people feel in control of their finances and stay free of problem debt in the long-term.

Caroline Rookes CBE, Chief Executive of the Money Advice Services, said, ‘Christians Against Poverty embodies the combination of empathy and expertise that is essential to providing effective support to people with problem debt. This report spells out the impact that getting free, high-quality advice has on improving financial capability and avoiding debt problems recurring.

'The data collated in this report echoes the impact of debt advice services across the country in helping people to reduce their debts, take control of their finances and start planning for the future.’

The report was launched in the House of Commons with over 50 senior representatives from the credit and debt advice industries and MPs in attendance, including Caroline Rookes, Sian Williams, Commissioner and Head of National Services at Toynebee Hall, and George Kerevan MP for East Lothian.

The freedom report is available to read in full here.

CAP honoured with Decade of Pioneers Award at Collections & Customer Service Awards 2016

calendar25 November 2016

CAP honoured with Decade of Pioneers Award at Collections & Customer Service Awards 2016

On Thursday 24 November, CAP was honoured to attend the annual Collections & Customer Service Awards 2016 at The Midland Hotel in Manchester. CAP's Founder, John Kirkby, was in attendance and was one of five to scoop the Decade of Pioneers Award. The prize seeks to honour those who have made a difference in the Credit Industry over the past ten years through their work.

Dawn Stobart, CAP's Director of External Affairs, who also attended the awards ceremony, said, 'As CAP celebrates its 20th year, it is fitting to recognise the incredible contribution CAP’s Founder, John Kirkby, has made to tens of thousands of lives and the wider Credit Industry.

'We are delighted he has received one of just five Decade of Pioneers Awards. John’s pioneering influence has been clear to see since he founded CAP in 1996. His unfaltering enthusiasm and commitment to helping our clients is infectious and we are so pleased to see him honoured in this way.’

CAP wins Best Christian Organisation Website at Premier Digital Awards

calendar14 November 2016

CAP wins Best Christian Organisation Website at Premier Digital Awards

There was cause for celebration again this weekend after CAP won the title of Best Christian Organisation Website at the Premier Digital Awards 2016.

The awards ceremony, which this year took place on Saturday 12 November at The Brewery in London, aims to celebrate Christian engagement online, honouring organisations and individuals who have utilised platforms such as social media, blogs and websites to further their work and the Christian faith.

On winning the title, one of CAP's web developers, Chris Haldane, said: 'It's a real achievement to have won this award and so encouraging. The website connects us to so many people, from church to clients and supporters to creditors, to people who have never heard of us before. Our creative team works really hard to keep it clear and engaging.

'All of us at CAP are passionate about living for God, living for people and helping those in need - we're delighted the website is playing an effective part in that.'

The win comes at a great time for CAP's creative team following the recent launch of CAP Creative, an in-house service offering high quality, bespoke material including promotional films, live event filming and, indeed, web design. Click here to find out more.

To view the full list of Premier Digital Awards 2016 winners, click here.

Church celebrates helping 500 families in need

calendar31 October 2016

Church celebrates helping 500 families in need

A debt help centre in the Tees Valley is marking a decade of helping some of the poorest people in the area escape financial meltdown.

Tees Valley Community Church launched the centre in partnership with charity Christians Against Poverty in 2006 - well before the credit crunch that caused such widespread problems.

Centre manager Julie Parker and her team of support workers have been giving a unique, free, face-to-face service in the community, backed up by financial experts at CAP’s head office.

Last week, Julie carried out her 500th visit. It was to a single mum in need, accomplishing a decade of service that has seen homes saved from repossession, marriages saved from breakdown and lives saved from suicide.

'When I started I was given this Tees Valley area and I had this big map. It was daunting. I thought ‘How can we do this?’ Now, I don’t look at the enormity of it. I’d like to change the world and see the Tees Valley completely debt free but I take it one day at a time, one person at a time. Everyone’s story is different - that’s the exciting thing, and we help in any way we can.

'The church’s support has been amazing, they really care, and I know when I go to someone I am going to deliver a top quality service and you’re leaving people in safe hands.

The church marked the 10th anniversary last weekend with a special themed service and the founder of the charity, John Kirkby, speaking to the congregation.

“We have so much to celebrate. In a recent survey, more than a third of clients said they were seriously considering suicide before they were helped. That’s terribly sad but knowing we have helped so many of those and saved lives during the past ten years is wonderful.

'There are so many stories. One that stands out is this: I was asked to do a little talk, a chat about CAP, and what I didn’t know was, there was a lady in the crowd there planning her own suicide. She was facing eviction within days and hadn’t told her partner or anyone at all. I showed this film and she broke down and we were able to find out what was happening. We helped explain to her partner, went to court with her, quashed the eviction order, they kept their home and became regular members of our church and are now helping others.'

Huge congratulations from all of us at CAP to Julie and the team!


CAP shortlisted for three titles at Premier Digital Awards 2016

calendar27 October 2016

CAP shortlisted for three titles at Premier Digital Awards 2016

CAP has been shortlisted for three titles at the Premier Digital Awards 2016: Best Christian Organisation Website, Tweeter of the Year and Best Use of Video.

The Premier Digital Awards, which are hosted annually in London, aim to celebrate Christian engagement online, including categories for impressive social media, blogs and websites.

Click here to see the full list of finalists. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 12 November.

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