Churches train to help give debt advice

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A SOUTHSEA congregation is so concerned with the financial worries of its community, that it has decided to partner with a charity to offer debt counselling.

Members of Kings Church, in Elm Grove, Southsea, want to help people with cash woe.

So members of the church – along with King’s Church, in Sandown, Isle of Wight – have got in touch with UK debt counselling charity Christians Against Poverty and plan to offer the free service from November.

Church leader Gareth Benton said: ‘Money worries are among the worst because often people feel they are to blame for their debts getting out of control and so they struggle on rather than seeking help.

‘This can make people feel very isolated, giving them sleepless nights and making them fearful of the phone and post.’

The churches are in the process of putting key members of their establishments to go through CAP training, once achieved they will be able to offer a face-to-face service.