” There’s Always Hope”
Kathryn Ford, Area Manager for CAP in the South West of England gave an uplifting and informative talk to the 19th Annual Open Evening of The Listening Place on September 5th at Salisbury Methodist Church. Describing the work of CAP (Christians Against Poverty) Kathryn was able to give statistics which demonstrated their success in helping people manage their money and their debts more effectively both nationally and here, in Salisbury.
A person who had been helped by CAP locally attended the meeting and spoke movingly of her journey to become debt free. She described how, working alongside her, CAP had helped her maximise her income and put together a money management plan. Her faith had been deepened by the experience.
Kathryn described the hopelessness and despair of people finding themselves in debt and the effect of debt on their, and their family’s mental health. Often single people, they became isolated and ashamed and often took a long time to ask for help. She encouraged those in need of help to reach out to CAP. They would be listened to, not judged and confidentiality ensured.
Whilst celebrating their own deep Christian faith in action, Kathryn emphasized that CAP helped all comers, whatever their faith, gender or race. They were always there to help and advise.
In conclusion, Kathryn spoke of CAP’s wider mission to influence government on issues related to poverty, such as the national minimum wage.
A wide range of questions from the audience highlighted the growing incidence of income not meeting basic bills and the need for a voice to bring those in poverty to the attention of government.
Kathryn was thanked for her inspiring talk and presented with a basket of Fair Trade goodies by the Manager of The Listening Place.