We asked our friends at CAP (Christians Against Poverty) how we can support each other through this storm and what actions we can take. Here is their advice.
It’s a scary time for families on a low income and many are falling into debt. CAP is seeing a big increase in demand for our free debt help, plus thousands of people are attending our free budgeting courses and job clubs.
The cost of living crisis is impacting us all, but it’s impacting some more than others. You may be wondering what action you can take to help those struggling. You may be tightening your belt and looking to budget more effectively. Sadly, you may be wondering how you will afford the next meal for your children or avoid falling into further debt.
Heart to help
If you want to play your part in helping people in need right now, have a chat with your church leader and find out how you can support local activities. Consider supporting a food bank.
You could financially support the work of a charity tackling poverty. CAP’s work to help people across the UK out of debt is only made possible because of our amazing supporters who give what they can each month. They help thousands of people to break free from poverty every year.
Even during the current crisis we are seeing hope restored, lives being transformed, and many experiencing the love of Jesus. Pray for your friends, neighbours and anyone struggling. Why not arrange to meet with your friends and pray together?
Whatever action you feel able to take, just remember, what you do matters. God sees your heart and all your good works.
Tightening your belt
Maybe you need to tighten your belt to avoid falling into financial difficulty. Check out our CAP money tips opposite to get started.
From debt to hope
You may have fallen into serious debt and feel hopeless. You don’t need to feel ashamed about it. Millions of people are struggling right now, so you are certainly not alone.
Whether you lost your job, have a disability, you’re a carer, you had a relationship break up, you have been diagnosed with a serious illness or you just don’t have enough income to cover your essentials, there is always hope.
No matter how you got into debt, if you make the call to CAP you won’t be judged in any way. Our debt experts will help you find the best solution.
CAP provided six pointers for weathering the cost of living crisis, which you can read below. If you find yourself really struggling in debt contact a free debt help charity, such as CAP. Call the helpline on 0800 328 0006 or visit capuk.org.