As many still feel the financial squeeze, the Causeway Coast branch of a debt counselling charity is taking on extra staff to bring more free help to those in need.
From this week, the centre based at Causeway Coast Vineyard church will be welcoming a new debt coach to their team resulting in more appointment slots for people suffering from out-of-control debts.
The centre, which opened in 2010, has seen a steady growth in the number of people getting in touch as word has spread of CAP’s uniquely in-depth, caring and face-to-face help.
Typically most clients get in touch after personal recommendation while others are referred by family centres, housing associations and council offices. Clients’ creditors are contacted by CAP, a workable budget is set for the household and the charity continues to give support and encouragement until the client is debt free.
Centre Manager for the Causeway Coast branch David Kelly said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming debt coach Dorothy McKergan onto the team at such a crucial time.
“We have been booked up months in advance as we continue to cope with the fall-out from the economic downturn. This will mean we have many more appointments available each week and be able to see and help more people, more quickly.”
The most common cause of debt is a change in circumstance, for example job loss, relationship breakdown, accident or illness in the family.
• For more about CAP see www.capuk.org or call 0800 328 0006