Debt help in the Dearne

FREE help for people struggling with overwhelming debt in the Dearne is to be made available.

Growing debt counselling charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) has partnered with Gateway Church, Barnsley to bring its in-depth service to the area.

The service will extend across the Dearne to places such as Thurnscoe that recently lost its outreach Citizens Advice Bureau service.

Barnsley CAP centre manager Jonathan Tweedle said: “The Church has always been about offering hope and we’re really pleased to be able to give a tried-and-tested route out of debt.”

Every client is visited in their own home, then the charity does all the negotiating with creditors and local volunteers offer face-to-face support until the day they are debt free.

Jonathan added: “Debts can happen when a relationship breaks down, or someone loses their job, or through bereavement – so often when people are least able to cope with a financial headache.” The charity has 200 centres around the UK currently supporting £73m of secondary debts for its clients regardless of income, age, gender, background or faith. A launch event will take place on June 10 at Oakwell Football Stadium.