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CAP (Christians Against Poverty)

St Mark’s are in partnership with the national money charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) in two ways- we run a debt centre serving local people struggling with debt and the CAP Money Course, giving people guidance on managing their money.

Our CAP Debt Centre opened in April 2013 and since then has helped more than 100 people in their journey out of debt. The team is led by our debt centre manager, John Thompson and he is supported by a team of volunteers.

The service is for anyone, not just Christians and is completely free. John and his team are given referrals from CAP to help people who have found themselves in debt. The clients receive home visits, advice on budgeting, a solution to their situation, a listening ear and prayer.

If you or someone you know is in debt, contact CAP for a referral to our CAP team.

The CAP Money Course is a revolutionary FREE money management course that teaches budgeting skills through a simple cash-based system.

Our team of volunteers are passionate about serving the local community by running the CAP programme at St. Mark’s Church, Kennington. All CAP coaches have been trained and use the CAP money management course and so can really provide good help and assistance to delegates when we help them balance their budgets during the course.

The course is a revolutionary money management course that teaches budgeting skills through a simple cash-based system. Irrespective of the size of a person’s income, the CAP Money Course provides the tools needed to successfully navigate people through their finances and put money in its rightful place. It helps attendees budget, save and spend wisely.
The CAP Money Course is a DVD-based course that will teach:
1. How to build a budget – This is the cornerstone of managing money well. The session includes advice on how to increase your income and how to cut costs.
2. The CAP Money system – This system will help to simplify money and make it understandable It operates using three accounts for money: a regular payments account, a cash account and a savings account.
3. To use cash instead of cards – Living on cash and getting away from cards means attendees know exactly where they are and helps them to spend less money.
Each attendee gets a workbook and secure personal access to a budget calculator to enter their individual numbers into. An additional benefit of the course is that, attendees with unmanageable debt can refer themselves to a the CAP debt management team, in the form of an internet based counselling service called CAP Money Plus, again at no cost.