Churches launch new advice service

PUBLISHED: 20:00 09 June 2016

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A new advice service which aims to tackle debt and poverty is launching in Weston-super-Mare.

Churches across the town are setting up a Christians Against Poverty (CAP) branch, which will launch later this month.

Destiny Church will take the helm of the project with support from 18 other churches, which will share the costs of employing a centre manager.

The debt centre will provide counselling and offer home visits to work with people to help them become debt free. It will take referrals for home visits from agencies such as Weston Foodbank, housing associations and welfare charities.

CAP was first established in 1996 and there are about 290 CAP centres in the UK which help 2,500 families a year on average.

The first CAP debt centre will be held at Priory School in Queensway, Worle, at 3pm on June 26, with guest speaker Chris Brown, the director of services at CAP UK.

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