Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is a Christian charity founded in Bradford, West Yorkshire by John Kirkby in 1996. It is a national organisation specialising in debt counselling for people in financial difficulty, including those in need of bankruptcy or insolvency. It also provides Job Clubs for those seeking employment and Fresh Start Courses for people looking to overcome addictions and dependencies. It works with the local church to support people through their journey of debt and seeks to offer them emotional and spiritual support along the way, through linking them into local church communities where appropriate. Currently 10 people become debt free and 3 people become Christians each day through CAP’s support.
Malvern Branch Started 2019!
We are very excited to announce that a Malvern Branch of CAP has started and opened a Debt Centre in April 2019. This is a joint Churches Together in Malvern initiative, lead by St Andrew’s (as CAP insist that there is lead church). On Sunday 20th January 2019 there was a Churches Together in Malvern Unity Service at which Chris Mesley and Denise Ditchburn were commissioned to be the Manager of the Malvern CAP Debt Centre and Debt Coach respectively.
The picture above shows the commissioning taking place, with from left to right:
- Dave Christmas (previously CAP Debt Centre manager in Worcester)
- Chris Mesley (Malvern CAP Debt Centre Manager)
- Dave Bruce (Rector of The Chase Team in Malvern – St Andrew’s, All Saints & St Mary’s)
- Dan Bennett (Chair of Churches Together in Malvern)
- Denise Ditchburn (Malvern CAP Debt Coach)
You can watch or listen to Dave Christmas’ excellent address on our website under sermons by clicking here.
You can also watch Chris Mesley’s great talk on CAP Malvern and the plans for Debt Centre on YouTube by clicking here.
Two leaflets have been produced to provide more information regarding CAP Malvern and how you can help. These are shown alongside and PDF copies of each can be downloaded by clicking ion the relevant image.
The leaflets are:
◊ A guide to CAP Malvern, how it works and ways in which you can help.
◊ A form to complete to say how you are willing to offer to help to CAP Malvern.
The January 2019 update on the progress of Malvern CAP for Churches (including how you can get involved) can be found here as a PDF file: CAP Malvern – Information for Churches Jan 2019
CAP have been featured on a BBC2 documentary called ‘The Debt Saviours.’ You can watch it on iPlayer here.
And the post-screening live link from CAP Bradford where they discuss the programme can be found here