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Free debt centre opens in Newbury to face ‘isolating’ impact of rising costs

Churches have partnered with Christians Against Poverty (CAP) to reopen a free debt centre in Newbury to support people struggling with their finances.

The Newbury branch is one of 270 across the UK, giving face-to-face help to some of the country’s most desperate and isolated people – a third of whom describe themselves as suicidal.

St Nic’s Church is running the free debt centre to help people escape overwhelming personal debts
St Nic’s Church is running the free debt centre to help people escape overwhelming personal debts

The rector at Newbury’s St Nicolas Church, Will Hunter Smart, said: “All the rising costs are making life really challenging for a lot of people, with many struggling to afford the basics and stay out of debt and poverty.

“People can find themselves in unmanageable debt for many different reasons including ill health, job loss, bereavement, relationship breakdown, or just being on a low income while costs continue to remain high.

“It affects family relationships, health and can be very isolating.

“We want to provide practical action to help people in Newbury and the surrounding areas who have been impacted by the cost-of-living crisis.”

Colin Cunningham has taken on the role of debt centre manager and is leading the team, sponsored by churches across Newbury.

He said: “We know how much this service is needed right now in our area and we’re looking forward to offering free, face-to-face support to people who would like some help to become debt free.

“Being in debt is often very challenging, but getting help as early as possible can make a big difference.

“Christians Against Poverty has a professional team of experts ready to work with you to find the best route out of debt.

“We want everyone in our area to know that our free debt help service is here for people from all faiths and none, and it’s completely free.”

Find out more about the services CAP

If you’re struggling with your finances, you can find out more about the services CAP offers by visiting https://capuk.org/get-help or calling 0800 328 0006.

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