A NEW free debt advice service for Wharfedale and Aireborough will launch in the new year.

Wharfedale and Aireborough Methodist Circuit working is teaming up with Bradford-based charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) to offer the service.

Rev Roger Smith, Methodist minister in Guiseley, said: "Christmas is a wonderful time of year in many ways but lots of people worry about how they’ll pay for it all.

"Out-of-control household debt is a problem all year round and that’s why we’re launching this new service."

CAP runs debt centres in partnership with local churches across the country.

The centres don't have a physical base but instead work by visiting people in their homes and providing high quality financial help and support, free of charge.

Rev Smith added "This amazing service is currently available in Bradford, Leeds and Harrogate but not in the area covered by our Circuit, which stretches from Addingham to Bramhope.

"Debt affects all communities which is why we’re working with CAP to fill this gap in provision.

"We’re currently advertising for a part-time manager to run this service alongside volunteers.

"Everyone will be fully trained to provide a high-quality service - please visit the circuit website for the latest information."

For more details visit https://www.wandamethodists.org.uk/ .