PEOPLE struggling with debt will have a new place to turn to later this month.
With many Huddersfield residents suffering the misery of crushing debts, a new counselling service is about to launch in a bid to solve their financial nightmares.
The Christians Against Poverty Centre is set to open at New North Road Baptist Church in Huddersfield Town Centre on November 16.
The charity will offer free expertise from a host of trained volunteers.
Centre manage Yvette Robinson said the centre was launching amid one of the worst levels of personal debt in history.
"There’s a desperate need in the local community to help people who are struggling with their finances.
"This is an in-depth service. There are other organisations, but none of them are as in-depth as the service we will provide – and it’s free."
Ms Robinson said all it took was a phone call and then clients would receive a visit from their own debt advisor.
CAP would then liaise with organisations the individual owed money to and organise a payment schedule.
She added: "A lot of people are losing their jobs and are threatened with the loss of their homes.
"There was a false sense of security. We find that people are still thinking they have a job for life, but those days are gone."
The service is open to all, regardless of religious belief, and aims to get clients debt-free within four years.
A CAP Account is a simple bank account and advisors will use clients’ money to pay priority debts first and improve budgeting.
Matt Barlow, UK CEO of Christians Against Poverty, said: "We are thrilled to open our latest centre in Huddersfield as the UK continues to battle against the increasing tide of personal debt.
"We aim to bring hope and a free practical solution to the problem of debt while helping individuals through the often traumatic consequences which can include divorce, going hungry and even attempted suicide.
"Yvette Robinson will be a fantastic asset to us as a charity as we seek to help even more people across the UK and we have every confidence that the local community in Huddersfield will soon feel the benefits of having a CAP centre on their doorstep."
CAP was founded in 1996 in Bradford by John Kirkby in response to the tremendous poverty he saw in his home city.
To contact the CAP centre ring 0800 328 0006 or visit www.capuk.org