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CAP joins forces with The Trussell Trust to help more people in crisis

calendar15 February 2017

CAP joins forces with The Trussell Trust to help more people in crisis

CAP is joining forces with the UK's largest provider of foodbanks, The Trussell Trust, to bring sustained help to people in crisis.

The Trussell Trust already works with debt advice agency Community Money Advice (CMA), and this agreement with CAP provides further opportunity to seek long-term solutions for families. This means foodbanks in a range of communities, serving people with a range of needs, can offer even more help to get people out of crisis.

Debt and low income are among the most common causes of hunger in the UK, according to The Trussell Trust. Around one in twelve referrals are due to debt, but this does not take into account debts arising as a result of benefits issues, which continue to be the most likely reason a person is referred to a Trussell Trust foodbank.

A CAP survey of 1,200 debt clients showed 93% were able to feed their family following debt counselling advice from the charity, a fact that shows long-term support can make a lasting difference.

Adrian Curtis, Foodbank Network Director for The Trussell Trust said, 'We know that thousands of families are going hungry every year because of issues like debt - that’s why foodbanks in our network offer support beyond emergency food, signposting to local agencies to help people tackle the roots of their crisis. We know that people who visit foodbanks often have a range of complex needs and we’re delighted to now be formally linked with CAP, as well as CMA, to ensure these most vulnerable people get the invaluable support these charities can offer. This new agreement means it will be even more easy for people with debt, unemployment, or budgeting problems to find a more positive future.”

Matt Barlow, Chief Executive of CAP said, 'Every person crippled by grinding poverty deserves us to be working together to find solutions and that is why today marks a huge step forward for the most vulnerable in the UK. Many of our partner churches are already helping their communities by running a Trussell Trust foodbank alongside a CAP centre so there’s a natural crossover and makes total sense for our organisations to now be formally linked.

'We are looking forward to seeing foodbanks and CAP centres around the UK working together to provide hope and solutions to help people stay out of crisis.'

Seen us on Songs of Praise?

calendar08 January 2017

Seen us on Songs of Praise?

The latest episode of Songs of Praise, 'Escaping debt', aired on BBC One on Sunday 8 January and featured a couple from Kent, Naomi and Perry, who told the story of how debt turned their world upside down.

Several years ago, Naomi and Perry found themselves struggling to pay the bills on their low income. Perry was working several part-time jobs but was unable to find permanent employment, and the money they had coming in simply wasn’t enough. They could afford very little food, just managing to scrape together enough to feed themselves and their baby.

Having turned to credit cards, store cards and loan sharks to try and stay above water, Naomi and Perry found themselves with around £20,000 in debt. The family was in turmoil, arguing and rarely leaving the house. They felt alone and isolated, with seemingly no end in sight.

Once Naomi and Perry got in touch with CAP, the pressure on their shoulders began to lessen and they could finally see a light at the end of the tunnel. They were stunned by the love and care they received from their local CAP Debt Coach and the caseworkers at CAP's head office. Through working with CAP they learned how to budget and better manage their money, and in 2013 they went debt free through a Debt Relief Order!

Now their lives are completely different – they focus more on saving rather than relying on credit and their house is generally a happier place to live. They regularly attend church and Naomi has even taken on the challenge of leading the worship group!

Does Naomi and Perry’s story sound all too familiar to you? If you need our help to sort out your debts, just click here or call us on 0800 328 0006. It’s free to call and our service is available to everyone, regardless of age, gender, faith and background.

CAP has over 600 services across the UK currently, but there are still many areas which aren’t covered and people we are simply unable to reach. We need more churches to open CAP services to ensure we can help everyone who needs it – by 2021, we hope to have 1,000 UK services open! So if you think your church could partner with CAP, help the poor in your local community, and join a movement that's actively fighting poverty across the UK, then click right here to find out more.

CAP features on BBC’s Songs of Praise

calendar05 January 2017

CAP features on BBC’s Songs of Praise

CAP features on a money special of BBC One's Songs of Praise broadcast this coming Sunday, 8 January. The episode sees hosts Josie D'Arby and Claire McCollum meeting people whose faith has helped them to get through the turmoil caused by debt.

One such couple are the incredible Naomi and Perry, former CAP clients from Kent whose lives were turned upside down when they fell into debt several years ago.

Songs of Praise airs at 1:15pm on BBC One - set a reminder, spread the word to your friends and family, and tune in!

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.’

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