Christians Against Poverty
Christians Against Poverty (CAP) was started in 1996 by John Kirkby.
After his own personal experience of debt, he believed that God was calling him to sacrifice his career in finance and use his knowledge of the industry to help the poor, and in particular those whose lives were crippled by debt. Beginning with a small donation, John began to work locally with parents who couldn’t feed their children, people facing eviction and others living in fear caused by debt. He used his expertise to negotiate with creditors, set up budgeting systems and offer a lifeline.
Realising the need for such support across the country, he began to replicate this work across the UK by partnering with churches and training debt counsellors. Since then, CAP has grown rapidly. There are now 301 CAP Debt Centres across the country with over 16,000 people helped each year. CAP provide debt counselling through home visits and offer personal support to people as they journey to become debt free.
In recent years, CAP has expanded its services to tackle the causes of debt and poverty. CAP Job Clubs help people into employment, CAP Release Groups help people get control of their addictions and CAP Life skills equips people to live well on low incomes.
John Kirby writes, ‘I am overwhelmed by what God has done. To see thousands of lives changed every year is truly wonderful... Jesus met people’s needs with love, compassion and practical help. Our desire is simply to do the same.’
For more information on how to be involved or to access help with debt, see the board at the back of church or visit the website: www.capuk.org