My name is Ruth Hobbs and I am the centre manager and debt coach for the Gosport Christians Against Poverty (CAP) centre.
As a CAP debt coach I visit clients in their homes, collect the relevant financial information and relay it to head office.
Our caseworkers produce a budget for the client, contact their creditors and negotiate affordable repayments.
These are paid through a CAP account into which clients pay on a regular basis.
We support our clients until they are debt-free.
Some of the best bits of my job are seeing the relief and surprise on people’s faces when they understand the help we are able to offer them and knowing that they are keeping to their budgets and seeing their debts reduce.
Our centre is linked with Alverstoke Evangelical Church, Brockhurst Baptist Church and Logos and Waterside Community Churches.
Our service is nationwide and completely free and we will help anyone regardless of age, gender, faith or background.
My role includes liaising with a number of individuals and agencies, training volunteers, keeping our supporters updated, visiting clients and planning social events.
We have a great team of support workers and a community links co-ordinator, Wendy Bygrave.
Christianity is about more than attending church on Sundays: it should influence my whole life.
Working for the CAP gives me the opportunity to put my Christian faith into practice and to demonstrate God’s love by helping people in practical ways.
We offer a professional but friendly and non-judgemental service to people who are struggling with debt.
Call 0800 328 0006 to book.