Campaign to beat debt in Houghton

Jennie McDougall, Manager of the Houghton Centre of Christians Against Poverty, on the first anniversary of the charity.
Jennie McDougall, Manager of the Houghton Centre of Christians Against Poverty, on the first anniversary of the charity.
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A CHARITY launched to help householders escape the misery of debt has celebrated its first anniversary.

Christians Against Poverty (CAP), which is run from the Bethany Christian Centre in Houghton, has worked with people of all ages across the community over the past 12 months.

Centre manager Jemma McDougall and her support team offer free, face-to-face support sessions, backed up by financial experts at CAP’s head office.

“We know this service is literally saving lives, as research shows around a third of clients are feeling suicidal when they first call for debt help,” she said.

“It’s been a great privilege to help people to see a way forward during this first year.”

CAP, which now has 160 centres around the UK, is a charity which partners its financial know-how with the care of the local church.

“We go into people’s homes often when they are at their very lowest, but then we get to see their hope restored as they discover there is a way out, however bad it looks to them,” said Jemma. “That is a great joy.”

Jemma said CAP “helps residents to help themselves out of poverty” and releases them from the fear, oppression and worry generated by overwhelming debts.

Support is available to people of all faiths and none.

“I would urge anyone in the local community to contact me if they are concerned about personal debt,” said Jemma.

l For more about CAP, call 0800 328 0006 or visit www.capuk.org.