Chorley church helps banish debts

Helping with debt: Joan Geddes
Helping with debt: Joan Geddes
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Members of a Chorley church are holding sessions to help people struggling with debt to manage their money wisely.

The group belong to St James’ Church on Brooke Street in the town.

They are all trained to run the course which has been devised by the international charity Christians Against Local Poverty (CAP).

One of them, Joan Geddes said: “We are happy to deliver the course and would be pleased to talk to any organisation who knows people who might be interested.

“There are normally three sessions of one-and-a-half to two hours in length over three weeks and are free.

“Our next course runs for Monday, February 24, and March 3 and 10, at 1pm in St James’ Church.”

CAP is a multi-award winning, international charity that partners with local churches to help people with debts to become debt free.

It has more than 200 centres around the country.

The organisation was started by John Kirkby, of Bradford, in 1996.

He discovered people crippled by debt, parents who could not feed their children, families facing eviction and desperate people living in fear and without hope.

John used his expertise to negotiate with creditors, set up budgeting systems and offer a lifeline to those trapped in debt.

He recognised that people all over the country were struggling in the same way and began looking to replicate the work across the UK.

As yet, there is no CAP Centre in Chorley. The nearest is in Lostock Hall, run by the Calvary Christian Fellowship, which is focussed on helping the people of South Ribble.

The debt advice centre, run by manager Jill Jackson, has been operating since October 2008, offering a face-to-face free service.

Joan added: “We want to let people know that we can run the course for almost anyone, almost anywhere in Chorley.”

For more information, visit the CAP website at

Or give Joan a call on 01254 831522.