Christians Against Poverty Northern Ireland Client report 2019
Having got into debt as a teenager trying to help her family after her mum had a stroke, Patricia’s debts continued to grow. She kept her borrowing secret from everyone. When her husband found out, their relationship ended. Patricia felt constant anxiety, unable to concentrate and felt like she had failed her children. She saw no hope for the future until Wendy from CAP visited her.
Like Patricia, millions feel stuck in an inescapable cycle, facing mounting debts and relentless poverty coupled with seemingly insurmountable personal difficulties. The people we meet at CAP have not only disengaged from their creditors, but are often completely isolated. Going to bed hungry has become the new norm and many have no means to buy or repair essential household items.
In 2018, CAP helped someone like Patricia over 1,600 times in Northern Ireland (and 24,300 times across the UK), bringing stability and providing the tools and the self-belief needed to move forward.
Download the report to read more of Patricia’s story and the impact CAP’s Debt Help service, Job Clubs, Life Skills and Fresh Start groups are having in Northern Ireland.
Download our 2019 Client report