Need for volunteers at CAP King’s Lynn Debt Centre
The Manager of the CAP King’s Lynn Debt Centre has issued a passionate appeal for more volunteers to join her team in order to work with the growing number of people seeking help because of debt.
Emily Hart, the Manager of the Christians Against Poverty (CAP) King’s Lynn Debt Centre has issued a heartfelt appeal for more volunteers to help her and her team meet a growing demand from people suffering under the weight of debt.
Emily said: “Over the last 10 months we have had so many people come to the Debt Centre who are in desperate need of our help. The downside is that they have had to wait two to three months for their appointment – that’s how long our waiting list has been.
“I really do not like it that people who call get disheartened that they have to wait two or three months for their first appointment – these are people who have got enforcement agents banging on their door for money. I really want to be able to meet people in their need when they call up – it would be great to see their first appointment happen within a couple of weeks to a month.”
Emily continued: “This is poverty that is happening here in King's Lynn. Sometimes it is hard to believe it can be happening down the road from where we live, but it is!”
To meet this increased need Emily is appealing for more volunteers, as well as people to pray that the service accesses more funding.
The Debt Centre has a range of short-term and long-term voluntary opportunities that would contribute to relieving poverty in King’s Lynn, as follows:
When the team at the CAP King's Lynn Debt Centre are able to help people, lives have been radically transformed enabling some families to become debt-free.
A Volunteer Manager for the Life Skills Course (approximately 6-8 hours a week). This is an 8-week course that equips those on a low income to budget and manage life’s pressures.
Befriending CAP clients at the monthly CAP Lounge events on the third Friday of the month.
Marshaling, facepainting or providing first aid at the Sponsored Charity Walk event at Sandringham on Saturday, July 21.
Emily said: “It’s really great that people are reaching out to us for help. Not only do we provide that financial help, those tools to help people become debt free but we also offer that emotional support on their journey out of debt. And we offer that prayer in every appointment and we share Jesus whenever the opportunity arrives. And that is so key to be able to see people’s lives transformed.
"So many people have said to me ‘I can’t believe that things just seem to be going right since you stepped into our lives. And that’s not because of me, it’s not because of Christians Against Poverty – its because of God. God has got his hands on these people’s lives.”
If you are able to volunteer with the CAP King’s Lynn Debt Centre team please call Emily on 07495017364 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.