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Finaghy church launches debt counselling service

With personal debt in the UK now spiralling to £1.4 trillion, Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is overwhelmed with the numbers seeking the specialist debt counselling it offers.

CAP is an the award-winning charity which set up the centre in 2011 in partnership with City Church.

The centre, which is headed up by Jim Thompson, works with anyone from the local community, irrespective of background, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. It provides sustainable and practical solutions to debt, whilst helping with the negative side-effects, which can include relationship breakdown, extreme anxiety and even suicide attempts.

One client who approached the Belfast South & West CAP centre said: "I didn't know what to do or where to turn, everything was piling up around me. CAP helped me and now I'm happier - I'm glad I made the phone call."

Jim Thompson said: "Welcoming Isobel McAuley and Nan Hill is great news in that we're able to help many more local residents in South & West Belfast who are in real financial need because of debt.

"We aim to bring hope to those who are desperate and we know that there are many in the community yet to experience our free service, so I would urge anyone struggling with debt to contact me on 07858635221. Being in debt is nothing to be ashamed of and I know we can work together to provide a lasting solution."

For more information, visit www.capuk.org or to refer call free on 08003280006.

About Christians Against Poverty: CAP is a multi award-winning, home-grown debt counselling charity which is determined to reduce poverty in the North of Ireland caused by debt.

It partners its financial expertise with the care of the local church to offer free debt help and a solution to people through 233 centres throughout the UK.

Debt prevention is also something the charity is working hard to provide and it has partnered with more than a thousand churches to give free money management called the CAP Money Course.

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