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.’
There was cause for celebration again this weekend after CAP won the title of Best Christian Organisation Website at the Premier Digital Awards 2016.
The awards ceremony, which this year took place on Saturday 12 November at The Brewery in London, aims to celebrate Christian engagement online, honouring organisations and individuals who have utilised platforms such as social media, blogs and websites to further their work and the Christian faith.
On winning the title, one of CAP's web developers, Chris Haldane, said: 'It's a real achievement to have won this award and so encouraging. The website connects us to so many people, from church to clients and supporters to creditors, to people who have never heard of us before. Our creative team works really hard to keep it clear and engaging.
'All of us at CAP are passionate about living for God, living for people and helping those in need - we're delighted the website is playing an effective part in that.'
The win comes at a great time for CAP's creative team following the recent launch of CAP Creative, an in-house service offering high quality, bespoke material including promotional films, live event filming and, indeed, web design. Click here to find out more.
To view the full list of Premier Digital Awards 2016 winners, click here.
A debt help centre in the Tees Valley is marking a decade of helping some of the poorest people in the area escape financial meltdown.
Tees Valley Community Church launched the centre in partnership with charity Christians Against Poverty in 2006 - well before the credit crunch that caused such widespread problems.
Centre manager Julie Parker and her team of support workers have been giving a unique, free, face-to-face service in the community, backed up by financial experts at CAP’s head office.
Last week, Julie carried out her 500th visit. It was to a single mum in need, accomplishing a decade of service that has seen homes saved from repossession, marriages saved from breakdown and lives saved from suicide.
'When I started I was given this Tees Valley area and I had this big map. It was daunting. I thought ‘How can we do this?’ Now, I don’t look at the enormity of it. I’d like to change the world and see the Tees Valley completely debt free but I take it one day at a time, one person at a time. Everyone’s story is different - that’s the exciting thing, and we help in any way we can.
'The church’s support has been amazing, they really care, and I know when I go to someone I am going to deliver a top quality service and you’re leaving people in safe hands.
The church marked the 10th anniversary last weekend with a special themed service and the founder of the charity, John Kirkby, speaking to the congregation.
“We have so much to celebrate. In a recent survey, more than a third of clients said they were seriously considering suicide before they were helped. That’s terribly sad but knowing we have helped so many of those and saved lives during the past ten years is wonderful.
'There are so many stories. One that stands out is this: I was asked to do a little talk, a chat about CAP, and what I didn’t know was, there was a lady in the crowd there planning her own suicide. She was facing eviction within days and hadn’t told her partner or anyone at all. I showed this film and she broke down and we were able to find out what was happening. We helped explain to her partner, went to court with her, quashed the eviction order, they kept their home and became regular members of our church and are now helping others.'
Huge congratulations from all of us at CAP to Julie and the team!
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.’
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