A GROUP of local churches are offering free help to hundreds of local people after partnering with an award-winning national debt counselling charity.

The Wharfedale and Aireborough Methodist Church Circuit has joined forces with Christians Against Poverty (CAP) and aims to help 30 people this year by offering home visits for people affected by debt.

Samantha Burnley, Wharfedale and Aireborough CAP Debt Centre Manager, said: “Typically, debts can build up when a relationship breaks down, someone loses their job, or through bereavement – so often when people feel least able to cope with finances.

“Sometimes it’s persistent low income, which can feel very lonely. That’s why we’re so excited to open a debt centre here in Wharfedale and Aireborough to offer people that extra level of support.

“We hope over the next few years to help countless local people and families when they most need it, bring their finances back under control and show them that their community cares.”

She added that every client is visited in their own home, with the debt centre working with each person until they become debt free.

Meanwhile CAP’s head office specialists negotiate with creditors, create a budget and provide ongoing technical support.

Samantha Burnley said: “If you know things are out of control and you’re stressed, missing meals or sleep, please give us a call and let us help you get your life back on track.”

Find out more about CAP at capuk.org or call 0800 328 0006

Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is a UK charity determined to reduce UK poverty delivering debt counselling, money management, job clubs and support for people breaking addictions.

CAP is committed to its services being available to all individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

CAP only work through the church (more than 600 of them). Find out more at https://capuk.org/about-us