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Free book for you!

calendar11 April 2014

Free book for you!

Want to know more about the life-transforming work of Christians Against Poverty?​ Get your hands on a free copy of 'Nevertheless'.

Journey through John Kirkby's personal diary extracts as he shares the excitement and struggles of surrendering everything to a faithful God. This adventure of faith, often testing John to the limits, is a tangible demonstration of a God who is passionate about empowering his Church to be the answer for those who are poor and broken.

'Just finished "Nevertheless". One of the best books I've ever read! A true story of how God can use one man for greatness. From high flyer to almost bankrupt; salvation then pioneer of an international charity! Thank you John Kirkby for being so real and honest. Your story and vision of CAP to work with the local church, reaching the poor and oppressed is truly inspirational. Had me crying through most the book! It's with that "nevertheless faith" that we can all believe the impossible and watch God move!'
- Megan Bunce, CAP Supporter

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Ex PM opens CAP Café

calendar06 February 2014

Ex PM opens CAP Café

Today Gordon Brown MP officially opened a local church's CAP café in Kirkcaldy.

Run by CAP Centre Manager Pat Hanson, the Whytescauseway Baptist Church café acts as a drop-in for CAP clients and local residents to receive subsidised hot meals, and practical help with their paperwork. There is also the opportunity for people to find out more about Christians Against Poverty and how to access free CAP Debt Help.

Also at the launch event was Cllr. Judy Hamilton, Cllr. George Kay and several CAP clients. After declaring the official opening of the café, Rt Hon Mr Brown thanked the CAP clients for sharing their personal stories of struggles with debt, and gave his best wishes to the church's initiative for their CAP clients.

The café will be open every Thursday from 11.30am to 2pm at Whytescauseway Baptist Church, Kirkcaldy.

Jane overcomes the odds to walk ten miles

calendar21 January 2014

Jane overcomes the odds to walk ten miles

When our clients make it across the 'debt free finish line', they feel elated, free and often want to find a way to express their gratefulness. When Jane Stock from York went debt free in November 2013, she decided to say thank you in a way that would cost her. But the cost would be physical, not financial.

Jane, who uses a walking frame, decided to complete a ten mile sponsored walk around her neighbourhood. Supported by church friends, she set out on her inspiring adventure, with her walking frame decorated with balloons and ribbons (all in CAP green, naturally!). Six and a half hours after she set out, an exhausted but proud Jane made it over the finish line.

As well as asking for donations from families in the houses on her route, Jane also raised money amongst her church congregation. So far, she has raised £1,028 – incredible! If you would like to give Jane's total a boost, call our Supporter Relations team on 01274 760761 (don't forget to mention Jane's sponsored walk when you call!).

If Jane can walk ten miles, what could you do?

Week without. What could you live without?

Name your challenge. Run, walk, swim, cycle

Busiest ever start to the year

calendar14 January 2014

Busiest ever start to the year

The quantity of people calling for help with their debts during the first full working week of the New Year has broken all records here at CAP. Our helpline, which books new clients in for a home visit, has seen the number of inquiries rocket by 40 per cent on last year.

We don't expect the rush to end here though – statistically, the second Monday in February is our busiest day. Helen Webb heads up our helpline team, ensuring that those who call us find care and reassurance on the other end of the phone:

'This is our busiest ever start to the New Year without a doubt. People seem to have been waiting until Christmas was out of the way and the kids are back at school to tackle an awful lot of stress. More than a third of the people ringing say they feel suicidal – you hear that real desperation in their voices. However, when people call us, we know things will get better for them. It's our privilege to say that in 17 years, we've never seen a problem we can't handle.' 

A joint response to the FCA consultation on payday lending

calendar09 December 2013

A joint response to the FCA consultation on payday lending

As well as submitting our own response to the Financial Conduct Authority's consultation into payday lending regulations, we are proud to have added our name to a small coalition organised by Church Action on Poverty.

Along with five other representatives of the Church in the UK, Church Action on Poverty have sent a letter to Martin Wheatley, Chief Executive of the FCA, outlining our plea for specific regulations to be enforced. It is our hope, along with the others involved, that we can make a difference by speaking up for those who have no voice and are falling victim to the payday lending practices in our country.

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