Christians Against Poverty — Coventry
We are passionate about releasing people from a life sentence of poverty, debt, unemployment and addiction. Working with the church we bring good news, hope and freedom to people in the UK.
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What we offer in Coventry:
The Coventry CAP Debt Centre is one of over 300 debt centres in the UK. As a part of HOPE Coventry, we support people across our city who are struggling to help themselves to become debt free. This project reopened in March 2015 with Ian Burton at the helm. In that time, we have supported 175 families, of which 22 have became completely debt free and 13 are currently on a debt management plan. In December 2017, because of such high demand and after raising funds, Linda Henry joined the team as a second Debt Coach alongside Ian. She is working with two new families every month. We are looking to take on a third Debt Coach (finances permitting) as we still have a 3 month waiting list.
At CAP we serve people with more than just debt management. Nearly all our clients have other issues in their lives which have often lead to the debt. So we help people to access benefits, we point them to other agencies (e.g. addiction support, foodbanks) and we are a listening ear. We help in practical ways e.g. opening and sorting post, accompanying a client to court and helping a client to declutter and clean her house, so she can move away from someone who is abusing her. Our heart is to help all our clients in whatever ways are appropriate for them, whatever their background. As Christians our heart is to also share the love of Christ, with actions and with words.
We also run the CAP Money Courses in a number of churches across the city. For more information, contact Nick Darlington (firstname.lastname@example.org). Whether you feel pretty organised or whether it’s like a lucky dip every time you try to withdraw cash from your bank account, the CAP Money Course will help you take complete control of your finances. There are a number of churches that would love to run a CAP Money course (2 or 3 weeks) at your location. All course materials supplied, no charge.
How you can get involved:
We are building a group of people to pray for the work across our city. Without this we might as well pack up and go home now, as we desperately need God to lead this centre and to touch the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in Coventry. We will let you have specific people and situations to pray for, so that you can be a significant part of what is happening. We also meet twice a year to share stories, to encourage one another and to pray together.
We need people to get involved in our team working across Coventry in different ways. This could involve visiting and supporting clients with our debt coach, helping with small maintenance or gardening work or helping in other practical ways e.g. taking emergency food parcels or sending birthday cards. For other ways to help, get in touch with us.
We would love churches to give £25 or £50 per month so that we can continue out work. Every debt centre pays CAP a minimum of £300 a month to cover part of the costs of the central office in Bradford (CAP estimates their costs are about three times this figure).
To get in touch, please contact Ian on email@example.com or 07941 361 771.