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.
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.”
Christians Against Poverty has won cross-party praise in the House on Commons for its positive contribution to society.
A debate held on May 5 centred on the ‘contribution of faith organisations to the voluntary sector in local communities’ during which CAP was commended on account of its work with people struggling with debt, unemployment and addictions.
Conservative MP Fiona Bruce named CAP as she paid tribute to Christian not-for-profit organisations for the invaluable role they play in community outreach, saying: ‘Political parties will come and go in terms of their authority in our communities, but the churches will be there, enduring this century as they did last century and centuries before that, and that is why it is so important that we support them in the way that we do.’
Other Christian organisations which were praised by MPs included those working with the homeless, victims of trafficking and elderly people.
Conservative MP Simon Burns described faith groups as unsung heroes of society while
Labour MP Stephen Timms, spoke of a ‘new movement of faith-based social activism’ making a ‘growing and immensely positive contribution to society.’
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