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For Emma, a food hamper meant she could feed her children.

When you open the freezer and there's just ice, and you're thinking, "Can I scrape the peas out of the freezer drawer and use them to feed my kids?" The utter relief when CAP turned up on my doorstep with a food hamper, I can never be grateful enough. It restocked my cupboards with all the essentials but also Christmas pudding, crackers and books for the kids. So much care and thought had gone into it.

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Receiving the emergency food hamper gave me hope that there would be a better future.


What’s the hardest choice you’ve ever had to make? For Emma, it was the choice to feed cow’s milk to her tiny baby despite the health risks because she had no money to buy formula.

I tried to breastfeed to keep costs down but that didnt work, so I already felt like a failure. Then there was no baby milk. – Emma, mother of three

Emma was facing choices no parent should have to make. The frightening pressure of her debts contributed to the onset of post-natal depression which made Emma lock herself in her home.

It was the moment she knew there could be a future free from debt with CAP’s support.

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Meet the new family Emma found through CAP


CAP Debt Centre Manager

Now in her eighth year as the CAP Debt Centre Manager at Ross-on-Wye Baptist Church, Elaine has visited hundreds of families in need, bringing hope, a real solution to debt, and the good news of Jesus.

I was working at the time the role was advertised, but I felt God shake me and say, “That will be you!” Now, each time I visit a client, I know God has something in store for that person and that’s what motivates me.

The church is absolutely key. Everybody is involved in some way. We’re all working together to serve those in the community that need our help.’

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Maureen is a volunteer befriender for CAP, accompanying Elaine when visiting families in their homes. Like thousands of befrienders across the UK, Maureen helps provide friendship and community to some of the most isolated and marginalised people.

It’s incredible volunteering at our CAP Debt Centre! I’ve been on lots of visits with Elaine and it’s amazing to see people let strangers into their lives. Getting to know and supporting them is such a privilege. My husband and I do what we can to help clients practically, such as offering lifts to CAP Discovery Breaks.

Inspired to give up some of your own time to support CAP? Great! As well as volunteers, we’re always looking for people to help raise vital funds. Click below to discover how you can make a difference.  

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Emma is almost at the end of her journey out of debt, but the story isn’t over yet. Since working with CAP, she has become a volunteer befriender for CAP herself, meeting and supporting people in desperate situations like she once was. Now she’s bringing hope to others – you’ll see in the film that Emma and Missy are able to deliver an emergency food hamper to another person in need.

One client who Emma visited was Nicky, whose debt was so bad that she couldn’t afford food.

Emma would turn up with a food shop for me, and even for my pets as well. She has been a constant support. Having a befriender means that even though I’m now debt free, I still have Emma and I still have that support.

If, like Emma and Nicky, you need help with debt, call us on 0800 328 0006. CAP also provides services for people struggling with unemployment, addiction and low income – click below to find out more.

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Vincent is part of the church leadership team at Ross-on-Wye Baptist Church, which made the decision to open a CAP Debt Centre in 2010. Since then, they’ve brought hope to scores of families and seen new faces join their congregation too.

I think it’s easy for the church to become insular. CAP has broadened our horizons and helped us connect with our community. It’s helped us reach people that we weren’t reaching before. CAP is a great opportunity for people to serve and give their time to what the church is doing in our area.

Could your church bring hope to your community like Vincent and the team? Find out more about opening a CAP centre.

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