Poverty group marks anniversary

A charity in Lisburn is celebrating a year of helping residents escape the misery of personal debt.

Christians Against Poverty (CAP) launched the centre in April 2014, in partnership with many local churches in Lisburn Cathedral and has since helped lists of individuals and families in the community.

Centre manager, Paul Bailie and his team of support workers from churches throughout Lisburn have been giving a free, face-to-face service in the community, 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. It’s been a great privilege to help people to see a way forward during this first year.”

He added: “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. That is a great joy.”

The centre is part of a growing UK-wide network of churches trained to help tackle debt problems in partnership with CAP.

The service is free and available to all regardless of age, gender, faith or background.

He added: “I would urge anyone to contact me if they are concerned about personal debt.”

For more call 0800 328 0006 or visit www.capuk.org