Denton team offers more than food for thought in debt crisis.
Monday 23rd June 2014 17:00 Denton & Audenshaw News Posted by Anna Fletcher

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Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is a national charity with more than 200 centres across the UK, including one in Denton.

The organisation has been running for more than 17 years and has come to be highly respected within the financial industry providing free debt help and counselling in communities.

As food banks have become more and more prevalent around the country, CAP has also made connections with local Tameside food banks, putting them in touch with people who need more of their help.

Centre Manager Lisa said: “Each centre is based in a church and that church helps to fund their centre and the national service and my job is to go out and help families in Tameside.

“We’ve been operating for about seven years and I’ve been doing this for five years in October.

“We’re quite established, we get referrals from all over now just because we’ve been doing it for so long, but it’s a great job and I love it.”

The centre is based at the Carmel Christian Centre in Denton and according to Lisa they are always busy.

She said: “The recession has been around for as long as I’ve been working there and I’ve been busy right from the word go.

“I hit the ground running and I’m generally booked up three to four months in advance. It is really hard out there, families are struggling.

“I see four new clients on average a month and that’s just me, so then obviously you look at all the other organisations within Tameside that are helping people with debt and then you multiply that nationally, it’s a massive problem.

“People are really struggling, the welfare reforms and the cost of living combined is making it really hard for people.

“It’s hard getting yourself out of debt, but I would say it is even harder being in debt.”

PICTURED: MP Andrew Gwynne who has taken part in past campaigns to voice his concern about the increase of food banks.

More on this story in this week’s (19th june) Tameside Reporter out now.