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Mark Cowley wins Insolvency Manager of the Year at Tri Awards 2016

calendar20 October 2016

Mark Cowley wins Insolvency Manager of the Year at Tri Awards 2016

CAP has scooped another national award – this time for our Insolvency team.

Mark Cowley, who heads up our dedicated staff in this area, won the title of Insolvency Manager of the Year in the TRI Awards 2016 (formerly known as the Insolvency & Rescue Awards).

Mark was honoured, alongside members of CAP’s dedicated insolvency team, at a glittering ceremony at the Hilton Park Hotel in London, thanks to support from a judging panel of industry experts.

He said, ‘We’re so excited and encouraged to have won this award.

‘It’s great to see the hard work of all the team at Christians Against Poverty being recognised, including our efforts to find and provide the best solution for our clients to get out of debt.

‘We’re also so pleased the consultation work we have been doing within the wider insolvency sector has been noted, which helps improve things beyond just our own client base.

‘It really is wonderful to know that we have been able to help and support so many people who would otherwise have been trapped in unmanageable debt, and we are so encouraged by this acknowledgement of our efforts from the insolvency industry.’

See the full list of winners here.

CAP grows again - new centres revealed

calendar07 October 2016

CAP grows again - new centres revealed

FORTY-THREE communities across the UK will be able to be helped by Christians Against Poverty’s services thanks to a huge week of training at CAP HQ.
Partner churches from a range of traditions have sent key members of their congregations to become managers of CAP debt centres, job clubs and run release groups and life skills courses.

We have 11 new debt centres opening across the UK. In East Anglia, communities in Ely and Great Yarmouth Nelson will now be able to get help from us. Eastleigh Central will be opening in the South East and in the East Midlands, there will be debt centres in Newark Magnus and Spalding St John’s. Scotland sees Greenock and Inverclyde join the network. In the North West, Barrow-in-Furness Parkside will open. The latest training sees CAP debt centres opening in four new locations in the Capital: London Holloway, Slough Central, London Fulham Reach and Croydon Shirley.

CAP Job Clubs are seeing a huge expansion too with 13 more clubs opening. Carrickfergus and Bangor South are both set to launch in Northern Ireland. Scotland adds three more areas Aberdeen South, Stewarton and Dunfermline Fife. In the East of England, Norwich Mancroft gets a CAP Job Club and in the South West, Bristol Bishopsworth and Tiverton Lowman join the network. In Leicestershire, Ashby de la Zouch is opening and in Lancashire, Blackpool Talbot. Guildford Christchurch is the name of the new CAP Job Club in Surrey and Glamorganshire, Wales is opening one in Cardiff St Martin’s . Purley will also now get a CAP Job Club.

CAP Release Groups to help people fight addictions will be running in eight new locations: Oldbury Old Warley, in the West Midlands, Bradford Central in West Yorkshire, Ballymena in Country Antrim in NI, Stirling Central in Scotland, Ashby de la Zouch in Leicestershire, Truro Chacewater and Kenwyn in Cornwall, Reading East in Berkshire and Winchester St Bartholomew in Hampshire.

CAP Life Skills, helping people make good decisions and live well on a budget, are to take place in Braintree Central, Woking Kingfield and Westfield in Surrey, Pontypridd Town in South Wales, Leicester Abbey and Belper Central in the East Midlands, Oldham St James and Bolton Halliwell in Greater Manchester, Mount Merrion and Banbridge in Northern Ireland and Bradford West Bowling in West Yorkshire.

We know the need in our communities is great but we hope you feel, as we do, that the Church is learning and stretching to meet those needs – thanks to your support. You can magify all our efforts by talking about us if you live in one of the above areas; praying for us; referring people to us and by donating to keep CAP growing.  For all you are doing – THANK YOU!


Singer song-writer releases single for CAP

calendar12 September 2016

Singer song-writer releases single for CAP

Philippa Hanna has written and released a new single to celebrate the charity's 20th birthday.


You are Love is informed by the personal experience of debt faced by the artist some years ago and how strength from God helped her fight feelings of anxiety and eventually become financially secure.

Philippa said: “I wrote this song to be an anthem to empower us as Christians to go out into the dark places and turn people’s lives around.

“I know that debt can affect anybody. Years ago, I owed £6,000 and was receiving letters from collectors. You feel powerless and afraid. I experienced anxiety and depression with it and it’s hard to find work to pay off your debts when you can’t face an interview without having a panic attack.

“It was my faith that helped me to put my life back together. When I started getting to know Jesus, I began to think differently. I felt his grace and unfailing love for me and I knew I could have a new life and a new start. With some help, I was able to pay it all back and now I’m debt free.

“There’s a line in the song that says ‘You’re the answer’. And Jesus really was the answer for me.

“Another of my favourite lyrics is: ‘Your love keeps moving the mountains and your love keeps calming the waves.’

“I wanted to keep coming back to that in a place of worship. I want this song to say whatever the situation is, God can still move that mountain. That’s what CAP does, it takes families who can’t afford to eat, and gives them back their future.”

You are Love is available to download from September 11 on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. All profits go to Christians Against Poverty.

Download here

Important message regarding your data

calendar03 August 2016

Important message regarding your data

On 1 August 2016 we identified some suspicious activity on our computer systems that presents a potential security risk for those whose data is held by Christians Against Poverty.

Our investigations show that some, but not all, of our systems were compromised the previous week. As soon as we identified this we called in IT security experts who confirmed that although our servers and systems were well protected, we have been subjected to a sophisticated, illegal, external attack.

Unfortunately, this means that details belonging to supporters and clients (both current and former) may have been accessed. These details could include names, addresses, email, phone and bank account numbers/sort codes. I’m really disappointed that this has happened, but I want to reassure you that we are taking all possible steps to ensure the ongoing security of our systems.

We are in the process of contacting all affected people and have set up a web page to answer many common questions. We also have a dedicated email address and phone line for anyone with further queries or concerns.

If you are affected by this incident you can find out more at

Matt Barlow
Chief Executive

New partnership aims to help disabled people with debts

calendar24 June 2016

New partnership aims to help disabled people with debts

The UK’s leading disability employment specialist, Remploy, has just teamed up with debt counselling charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) to launch a new service to help people in financial hardship.

The partnership means those who find themselves struggling with debt problems will be offered the opportunity to receive free support from the award-winning charity that has won plaudits from, among others, TV’s Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis.

Michael Bishop, who is Remploy’s Strategic Engagement Director, said: “More than a quarter of families with a disabled person are in poverty so we know that both finances and employment are huge issues.

“We are delighted to be partnering with CAP, which offers free, face-to-face debt help through a series of home visits, meaning that the service is particularly accessible.”

Since 2010, Remploy has found more than 100,000 jobs in mainstream employment for people with a range of physical, sensory and learning disabilities, mental health conditions and other disadvantages.

Chief Executive of CAP Matt Barlow added: “It’s great to see our two organisations come together with our shared vision for transforming lives.

“Our own research shows that we’re already helping thousands of people with physical disabilities, mental health problems and learning disabilities every year.

“Our hope is that a recommendation from Remploy will help others feel confident in coming to us and finding the support they need.”

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