Burntisland debt centre set to re-open next week after temporary closure
Burntisland Parish Church will re-open its Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Debt Centre next week on May 10 after a temporary closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.
CAP offers free debt help and advice which is available to people who live in the Burntisland and Kirkcaldy area.
The charity is committed to reducing poverty through debt counselling, money management, job clubs, life skills groups and support for people to break life controlling habits.
The combination of rising unemployment, reduced hours, illness and larger bills covering the period when so many people have been at home has created a situation where many people now have unmanageable debt.
As people emerge from lockdown the uncertain economic effects may impact people hard. However, for people living in postcode areas KY1, KY2 or KY3, there is a solution.
Pamela Henderson, Burntisland and Kirkcaldy CAP Debt Centre manager, said: “Although we’ve continued helping people out of debt throughout the pandemic, we know that many people have been in survival mode and it’s only as we come out of lockdown that they will start to seek help.
"We know from a survey carried out by ComRes that last year in Scotland 45 per cent of people didn’t know where to get debt help and that over 75 per cent of them were having sleepless nights over their debt.
“We want everyone to know that we’re here to give that help completely free of charge along with localised support, understanding and encouragement.
“The Debt Centre currently has plenty of appointments available so we’re urging people to get in contact as soon as possible to get help and get their lives back on track.
“There are a team of volunteers available, some of whom have been in debt themselves and are now out the other side, able to give a helping hand with practical solutions.”
Lisa, a previous CAP client, said: “Without CAP I think I would probably be dead as I wouldn’t have had money to buy food!
"Now, I’m going to uni knowing that I can finally afford it as well as feeling mentally better, I’m hoping to change people’s lives the way CAP has changed mine.”
If you would like more information please visit: https://capuk.org/ or alternatively to book an appointment call freephone: 0800 328 0006