Christians Against Poverty

Christians Against Poverty

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Christian debt support is now available in Bury thanks to Bury Christians Against Poverty (CAP).

The new service is offering free, face-to-face debt counselling to all, regardless of age, background, ethnicity or faith. The CAP Debt Coaches visit people in their homes, negotiate with creditors on the client’s behalf and support people until they are debt free.

The first CAP was set up by John Kirkby over in Bradford in 1996, when he felt called by God to use his knowledge of the financial industry to help the poor. There are now over 300 Debt Centres across the UK.

The work of CAP is highly respected and is recommended by TV’s Money Saving Expert, Martin Lewis.

Do you need help?

Gordon Clark is the Bury Debt Centre Manager. To get in touch:

  1. Dial the free helpline number on 0800 328 0006
  2. Visit the website

Bury Churches Together, of which St John with St Mark’s is part, is supporting Bury CAP. Nigel Thompson, from Bury Churches Together, said: “If you know things are out of control and you’re stressed, missing meals or sleep, please give CAP a call and let them help you get your life back on track.”

Can you help?

There’s a lot to do and Gordon is looking for more people to join his support team. Could you help him with any of the following roles?

  • Accompany Gordon on client visits as a ‘Befriender’
  • Help with ongoing publicity or become a local church rep for Bury CAP
  • Join the CAP prayer support team or help with fund raising activities

If you think you can help, then please phone Gordon on 07341 270238 or e-mail

Thank you!

[The governance of Christians Against Poverty is locally managed by The Bury Project, Charity number 1183543, The Manna House, Irwell Street, Bury, BL9 0HE. For affordable lunches, offered by churches in Bury, please click through to this post]


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