Seek help for your debts
A free debt counselling service has recently launched in Islington to help residents deal with their money issues.
Kings Cross Church in Pentonville Road has joined forces with the UK charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) with the aim of helping at least 50 people this year who are struggling with debt.
Islington CAP Debt Centre Manager Dan Miles, pictured above with his team of volunteers, said: “Typically, debts can build up when a relationship breaks down, someone loses their job, or through bereavement – so often when people are least able to cope with a financial headache.”
He added that winter is often the toughest time of year for people in poverty, as cold weather forces families on the breadline to choose between eating, heating and paying off debts.
Dan Miles said: “The New Year is the time when we re-assess so many things in our lives and we’re encouraging anyone struggling with debt to come to us to work towards a debt-free 2017.
“We hope over the next few years to help hundreds of local people and families, regardless of their age, gender, faith or background, to put their debt nightmares behind them and start a new life.”
He said that he and his team visit every client in their own home, and while CAP does all the negotiating with creditors and sets up a repayment plan, local volunteers offer support to each person until they become debt free.
He added: “People who come to CAP for debt help take an average of one to three years to get in touch, which means they are suffering with worry and stress week after week. There’s many reasons for this, with shame and embarrassment being the most common, but one phone call is all it takes.”
The new Islington CAP Debt Centre is now open and taking clients. To seek help please call the freephone helpline on 0800 328 0006 or visit capuk.org