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300 people have found paid work through CAP Job Clubs!

calendar12 March 2015

Since launching just two years ago, CAP Job Clubs has seen a staggering 300 people find paid employment. That's 300 lives lifted from the misery of unemployment, and given fresh hope and a future.

With the average person out of work for over two years, CAP Job Clubs is reaching people whose confidence and self-worth has been destroyed. We offer practical skills training as well as a supportive community of people in similar situations, because facing long-term unemployment can also be incredibly isolating.

Christine is just one of those 300 people who found work through her local CAP Job Club after being made redundant from the company she’d worked 14 years for.

She said: ‘It was quite a shock. I had no idea what to do about getting a new job or where to go. The Job Centre referred me to a CAP Job Club. Everyone was so friendly and ready to help; it built my confidence up again. When you’re unemployed, your confidence goes and you feel worthless. I’d lost all of my sense of being, then I got a job and it was brilliant! I felt so relieved, like I’ve been given another chance and a fresh start.’

To find out more about CAP Job Clubs, click here.

Prime Minister learns more about the work of CAP

calendar27 February 2015

Prime Minister learns more about the work of CAP

Keen to publicise his new church debt centre, a rector arranged to meet with his local MP – who happened to be David Cameron.

The Chipping Norton Benefice where the Reverend James Kennedy serves is within the Prime Minister’s constituency of Witney in Oxfordshire.

The pair later had 15 minutes together where he explained that Chipping Norton was one of 18 church debt centres that CAP is opening in March to help some of the very poorest families in the UK.

The Rev Kennedy said: 'It was a good meeting in which we were able to raise his awareness of CAP’s work generally as well as locally, and to pray with him. He also said he’d ask someone in his policy team to be in touch.'

David Cameron later wrote thanking him for taking the time to see him. He said: 'I welcome the important role that organisations like Christians Against Poverty (CAP) play in our community. CAP has an impressive record of helping people to get debt free and stay debt free.

'From the minute people approach CAP, they are guided and supported through every big financial decision so that they can pay off their debts and plan for a better future.'

Sunday Times Best Companies Awards

calendar26 February 2015

Sunday Times Best Companies Awards

We’re over the moon to announce that, once again, we’ve been named as one of the UK's best places to work!

We scooped 2nd place in the 'Sunday Times Best 100 Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For 2015'. Matt Barlow and John Kirkby won the 'Best Leader Award', with unbeaten scores of 97% for running the organisation on sound morals and 94% for having a plan that staff believe in.

We really pray this awards honours God. CAP, a Christian charity, has always been in the top three in each of the six years we have entered, making us the highest performer in the list.

Click here to read our profile on the Best Companies website.

Poverty is pivotal for the Christian vote

calendar20 February 2015

Poverty is pivotal for the Christian vote

Poverty looks set to be a major issue among Christian voters at this year's General Election, a new survey has revealed. With nearly a quarter of Christians (24%) still undecided which way they will vote, the majority were certain that poverty and inequality were the most important issues facing the UK. The 'Faith in Politics?' survey carried out by the Evangelical Alliance asked over 2,000 Christians from 79 denominations what would sway their vote in May.

  • Evangelicals think poverty and inequality are the most important issue facing the UK today (32% selected this, compared to just 4% of the general public)
  • 61% say policies that are likely to make a positive difference to the poorest people in the UK are important to them and will affect their vote

Our Chief Executive, Matt Barlow said, 'This shows the depth of feeling Christians have towards the plight of the poorest. Now is the time for politicians to sit up and take note that the estimated two million evangelical Christians in the UK say the needs of the poorest need to be addressed – and the party who do this might well get their vote.'

Dr Dave Landrum, Advocacy Director at the Evangelical Alliance, said, 'The issues that concern evangelicals are quite different from the issues that concern the general public. Evangelicals care far more about poverty. With around two million across the UK, this is a section of society that politicians cannot ignore.'

Find out how your church could get involved with the battle against UK poverty

Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP visits local CAP Debt Centre

calendar22 January 2015

Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP visits local CAP Debt Centre

Today we were pleased to welcome a special visitor at one of our local CAP Debt Centres in Birmingham.

Here is Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP with our External Relations Manager, Helen Webb, taking time out of his busy schedule to learn more about our work and to hear stories from some of the people we've helped.

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