NEWTOWNABBEY’S church-based debt counselling charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) has celebrated the work of its volunteers with a special reception hosted by Mayor Billy Webb at Mossley Mill.
Brian Givans, local CAP Manager, has been helping people with their finances since the Newtownabbey and North Belfast centre opened two years ago in partnership with Carnmoney Presbyterian Church.
“We see every client in their own home and get to know their situation in detail. As well as the debt help which we provide I am accompanied on my home visit by a volunteer. The volunteer offers practical and friendship support during the long haul until the person becomes debt free. Since beginning the work in the Newtownabbey area in 2009 over 80 volunteers have joined with me on home visits and seen many lives being restored.”
He added: “We hope that if you’re nervous of asking for help, you’ll know that lots of other people are ringing us at the moment and that you’re not alone. However bad the problem looks, we can sort it out together.”
CAP helps everyone regardless of age, gender, faith or background.
According to the charity, clients from Northern Ireland owe, on average, £21,010 compared with an average annual income of £15,379.
For more information about the free debt counselling on offer from CAP, log on to www.capdebthelp.org or telephone 0800 328 0006.