Debt service celebrates its anniversary

A DEBT counselling centre has marked its first year helping people deal with financial trouble.

IPSWICH: A debt counselling centre has marked its first year helping people deal with financial trouble.

Established last year in response to the acute financial needs of people in the town, the dedicated centre has already helped 18 families who were struggling to repay their debts.

The specialist Christians Against Poverty (CAP) counselling centre at Living Water community shop, in Dickens Road, was set up to provide practical debt solutions to ease the pressure of mounting personal debt.

Working alongside Triangle Church, the centre's team of dedicated support workers are there to offer residents direct access to the support and advice necessary to get out of debt.

Tracey Jackson, who was helped by the Ipswich CAP centre, said: “I got into debt through over-spending. It was my way of coping with my depression. However, I soon started to get letters and phone calls from creditors wanting money that I just didn't have.

“I got in contact with CAP and Liz came out to see me. She didn't judge me for getting myself into debt, but was supportive and said that CAP would be able to help me. It was such a weight off my mind. I can't wait for May this year when I'm going to be debt free!”

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Liz Webber, centre manager, said: “I'm delighted that our centre has been able to help so many people in its inaugural year. However, we're aware that so many more in the local community still live under the shadow of debt and I would urge anyone in need to contact me if they are at all worried about their financial situation.

“Our specialist advice is completely free and we work with anyone, whether they're Christian or not, so please call.”

For more information, visit www.capuk.org or call 0800 328 0006.