Charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) has announced there will be a new face at Alnwick’s debt-counselling centre.
John Knox is to lead the team, based at Alnwick Baptist Church, Lisburn Street, in the work to help people escape overwhelming personal debts.
Alnwick’s branch is one of 239 across the UK giving face-to-face help to some of Britain’s most desperate and isolated people, three in ten of whom describe themselves as suicidal.
The majority of people are trapped into debt by job loss, pay cuts, illness or relationship breakdown – times which are difficult enough without financial hardship.
John will visit people in their homes, bringing them hope and reassurance face-to-face with the award-winning non-judgemental service.
He recognises that although poverty is a global issue, he wants to be able to offer support to the people of Alnwick and surrounding area.
John said: “The great thing about CAP’s free service is that it is available to everyone – regardless of age, gender, faith or background.
“If you know things are out of control and you’re stressed, missing meals or sleep, give me a ring on 0800 328 0006.”
John takes over the role from Bill McDonald.
CAP is a charity determined to reduce hardship in the UK, with the help of local churches. It does this through its debt-counselling centres, a money education programme The CAP Money Course and CAP Job Clubs for unemployed people.