Hastings charity’s three years of helping debt-ridden

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A church-based charity is celebrating three years of helping people from personal debt.

In May 2013, members of seven Hastings and St Leonards churches decided they wanted to do more to help the community and partnered with UK debt counselling charity, Christians Against Poverty (CAP) to open a local branch.

The team has helped more than 200 families and individuals by offering a free, face-to-face service.

Centre manager, Nick Warren said: “We have been in a lot of homes during these three years and learned about some very sad situations. Debt can be so destructive, making people feel so desperate, scared to go out or even open the curtains.

“Relationships come under a lot of stress and people worry about keeping their home and providing for their families.

“However, we’ve also seen that however terrible something appears, there is always a solution and the benefit of the way CAP works is that it is really thorough, taking someone step by step to becoming debt free.”

Common reasons for debt include low income, relationship breakdown, joblessness, problems with benefits, illness or bereavement.

CAP is a charity whose aim is to reduce hardship in the UK, with the help of churches. It does this through 290 debt counselling centres, money management courses, job clubs, work to tackle addictions and more.

Its service is available to everyone regardless of age, gender, faith or background.

To find out more, visit www.capuk.org or call 0800 328 0006.

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