Personal debt support marks first anniversary

Jacquie Shaw of the NMRN

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THIS month a charity helping to tackle personal debt marks its first anniversary.

The Gosport branch of Christians Against Poverty (CAP) opened in May last year and has since worked with local churches to help individuals and families get to grips with debt.

It works with Alverstoke Evangelical Church, Brockhurst Baptist Church, and both Waterside and Logos Community Churches in Gosport.

Centre manager Ruth Hobbs and her team give free advice in person.

The team are supported by finance experts at CAP’s head office.

Ms Hobbs said there was much to celebrate about the group’s anniversary.

‘Around a third of clients say they were seriously considering suicide before they called for help, so we know we are literally saving lives,’ she said.

‘We go into people’s homes and see them at their very lowest but then we get to see their hope and dignity restored and that is a great joy.

‘I would urge anyone in the local community to contact me if they are concerned about personal debt.’

Call CAP on 0800 328 0006 for more.