New debt counselling centre to open in Lisburn

Local people struggling with overwhelming debt are set to get free help from an acclaimed charity opening a new centre in Lisburn.

Growing debt counselling charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) has partnered with Lisburn churches to bring its in-depth service to the area.

Lisburn is one of 15 places opening a centre this month – rare good news for the UK amid continuing economic difficulties and the latest centre will join one other in the province helping people in Enniskillen.

Lisburn centre manager Paul Bailie said: “The church has always been about offering hope and we’re really pleased to be able to give a tried-and-tested route out of debt alongside other great free advice in the area like Citizens Advice.

“There is a lot in the Bible about looking after the poorest. In our society, a lot of poverty is debt-related so our congregations have been working hard to open a CAP centre to help get people back on track.”

CAP offers people a uniquely in-depth, caring service to people with spiralling personal debt regardless of their age, gender, faith or background. Every client is visited in their own home, the charity does all the negotiating with creditors and local volunteers offer support to each person face-to-face until the day they are debt free.

Paul added: “Typically, debts can build up when a relationship breaks down, or someone loses their job, or through bereavement – so often people are least able to cope with a financial headache. We’re just so pleased to be able to partner the care of Lisburn churches with the financial expertise of CAP’s head office in Bradford.”

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