Wisbech Church to help people overcome financial exploits

3:06 p.m. February 2, 2022

4:08 p.m. February 2, 2022

A church encourages people to overcome the fear of discussing their finances ahead of time to talk about February 4.

Wisbech Baptist and Centennial Church wants to help Fenland residents when it comes to talking about their money worries.

In partnership with Christians Against Poverty (CAP), the aim is to remove the stigma attached to talking about financial worries and the impact it can have on a person’s mental health.

The church has worked with CAP for 13 years running a free debt relief service.

Lin Stanton, head of the CAP Debt Center, said: “We see so many clients who, before contacting us, were exhausted trying to manage things on their own – often for years.

“It leads to many feeling isolated and alone, sometimes not seeing anyone else from week to week.

“This loneliness, and living with the constant anxiety of debt, can lead to depression and other serious mental health issues”

CAP client, J, highlighted the benefits of having someone to talk to.

“Robert (my debt coach) not only helped me with my debts, but in every way.

“Before, I had no one to talk to, but he listened.”

Another CAP client, R, added: “Debt made everything worse. I was anxious, depressed and sad at the same time.”

Since working with CAP, R feels so relieved. “It’s like someone took a big weight off my shoulders,” they said.

Lin added, “Our wonderful debt coaches see people face to face, listen without judgment, and encourage them to open up about their anxieties and worries, which can so often help them feel a tremendous sense of relief.

“Often talking about your struggles can be the first big step to solving some of the issues you’re facing and getting the help you need.”

Lin urges anyone who feels they are struggling to deal with debt and mental health issues to get in touch with CAP.

“Maybe start by telling someone you trust, like a family member or friend, and then asking for free debt help.

“We know that when people do this they often feel a real sense of relief and hope.”

Lin added, “Knowing that someone is by your side, helps you solve your problems, makes a huge difference.”

If you are struggling with debt and need help, contact CAP on 0800 328 0006 or visit capuk.org.

Jerry B. Hatch