Church-based debt charity backed by MLAs

South Antrim MLAs Danny Kinahan and Paul Girvan were among those who attended the launch of CAP's National Office for Northern Ireland at Parliament Buildings, Stormont recently.
South Antrim MLAs Danny Kinahan and Paul Girvan were among those who attended the launch of CAP's National Office for Northern Ireland at Parliament Buildings, Stormont recently.

SOUTH Antrim MLA Danny Kinahan helped host a special event at Stormont recently to mark the official launch of Christians Against Poverty’s new National Office for Northern Ireland.

Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is a UK-based international charity dedicated to helping people reclaim their lives from the curse of debt. It has been reported that twice as many families in Northern Ireland experience poverty than in the rest of the UK, and according to CAP, 40 per cent of the people they have helped had considered or even attempted suicide before coming to them for help.

At Carnmoney Presbyterian Church, CAP Centre Manager Brian Givans and his team are trained to help everyone struggling to deal with debt - regardless of their religion or beliefs. Already the CAP team has helped dozens of families across Newtownabbey and north Belfast who have been finding life tough during the current economic downturn.

“I have great affection for this organisation because they tackle this sensitive issue with a light touch. In these awful economic times a small missed payment or a stroke of bad fortune can spiral to become a source of enormous anxiety,” Mr Kinahan commented.

“CAP do amazing work on the practical side, but they also relieve the burden of worry. I would urge everyone who feels under pressure in this way to consider getting in touch by booking an initial appointment on 0800 328 0006,” he added.