Hundreds to benefit from free local church debt help

Hundreds of local people are set to benefit from free debt help after six local churches decided to partner with an award-winning UK debt counselling charity.

Kay Street Baptist Church, St. Mary's, Rawtenstall & St. Paul's Constable Lee; Trinity Baptist Church Bacup, Rossendale Methodist Circuit, Helmshore Christian Fellowship and Goodshaw Baptist Church have joined forces with Christians Against Poverty (CAP).

They aim to help 48 people and families across the Rossendale Valley over the next twelve months by offering home visits for those affected by debt problems.

Jane Morris, Rossendale’s 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 are least able to cope with a financial headache. That’s why we’re so excited to open a debt centre here in Rossendale.

“We hope over the next few years to help countless local people and families, regardless of their age, gender, faith or background, to put their debt nightmares behind them and start a new life.”

Every client is visited in their own home to give them the privacy and dignity that they need, who CAP’s head office does all the negotiating with creditors, while local volunteers offer support to each person until they become debt free.

Jane has worked in community development and urban regeneration across the North West for 20 years. Working for both a local authority, housing association and in the charity sector, Jane has witnessed significant poverty and disadvantage in the areas she has worked and knows how crippling debt issues can be. She was motivated to work for CAP after working for a Bolton charity where clients were referred into the debt centres in Bolton and received life transforming help. 

If you need help with your debts and to book an appointment with Jane call CAP free on
0800 328 0006 or visit