A new Debt Centre will open in Suffolk from August. Working with Christians Against Poverty (CAP), the centre in Saxmundham is seeking members of Churches from across the rural location in East Suffolk to work with them as befrienders to support new clients.
The CAP Suffolk Coastal Rural Debt Centre will launch on 1st August and will cover IP postcode areas 12, 13 and 15 to 19. The Centre will be under the management of Kirsty Christmas, the Youth and Community worker for St John’s Church in Saxmundham. 40% of her full-time role is allocated to CAP. Kirsty is currently undergoing the final stage of her training at CAP HQ in Bradford.
Debt dependency is a hidden problem: there is more of it than you realise!
A CAP Rural Debt Centre is allocated up to two new cases a month, to ensure quality service and focus on a manageable number of clients. Becoming debt-free can often take 2 or more years and CAP and its Debt Centres support the household throughout this process.
Reaching out across local Churches in East Suffolk
Reverend Nic Stuchfield says, “This case load requires volunteers to act as befrienders to come alongside the clients (with Kirsty) and given the catchment area, we are keen to recruit befrienders from across the Churches of East Suffolk. So far, most volunteers are from within St John’s but we are very keen to reach out across the area. To act as a befriender requires a single session of training. We also seek prayer support – formally and informally and would love to hear from people interested in supporting us this way too.”
The first befriender training session will be on Thursday July 26th, from 7 till 9pm (Venue t.b.c.)
For more information on what is involved in running a CAP Centre or becoming a befriender, see our recent interview with Ipswich CAP Centre Manager Jayne Greene.