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New Debt Centre Manager in Market Drayton

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A local debt charity is encouraging people to seek help for their finances after what has been a difficult couple of years.

Carolyn Lawrence, is the new Market Drayton Debt Centre manager for the charity, Christians Against Poverty, who offer free debt help to anyone who is concerned about the amount of money they owe. The Debt Centre has been running in Market Drayton for 7 years and has helped many people in the area to become debt free.

Carolyn explained that there are many different reasons for people getting into debt and the Covid pandemic has created extra problems for many.

She says, ‘There are extra pressures on people at the moment with concerns over job security, rising cost of living and changes in benefits and this can add to people’s worries about their finances. Being in debt can cause people to feel embarrassed, isolated and even suicidal, and many bury their heads in the sand and hope the problems will go away. It is so important to seek help and we can offer assistance in a supportive way.’

The charity also run several courses, one of which is a money course aimed at helping people get organised with their finances and covers subjects such as setting a budget, how to save and ways of dealing with debts.

Carolyn says, ‘Over 10,000 people a year do this course nationally and many of them are not in debt. You can look at it as a kind of MOT for your money! The course is available to anyone and is free, fun and very practical. The important thing to remember is that no financial problem is insurmountable and there is always hope. You are not alone and help is available to anyone who needs it.’

Other support available includes a Job Club to support those seeking employment and a Life Skills course to learn things like cooking on a budget. All the courses are free, relaxed and aimed to be fun.

If anyone wants to seek help with debt they can call free phone 0800 328 0006 or contact Carolyn on 07494 272 388 for more information about any of our courses. To find out more about the charity go to www.capuk.org

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