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Trained volunteers offer to help Halton families cope with spiralling debt
FREE, practical help is being offered to Runcorn families facing spiralling debt.
Trained volunteer debt counsellors have been visiting people in their own homes, since March, showing them how to budget.
Christians Against Poverty, a national charity launched 17 years ago, has had a team working at The Foundry Church in Widnes for several years.
Mum-of-three Theresa Worrall, aged 45, is the volunteer centre manager at Hope Corner Community Church in Runcorn.
She said: “People in debt feel out of control, causing them stress.
“We show them how to live within their means. We sit with them and go through all their money coming in, their bills and arrears.
“We make sure they have a roof over their head, food on the table, clothing and ensure all their basic needs are met.
“Our head office contacts all their creditors and sets up reasonable payment plans. We take that burden off them.
“We are with them every step of the way until they are debt free.”
She said people in debt have no need to feel ashamed or embarrassed.
American-born Theresa, a former children’s pastor, from Halton Village, said: “There is no situation we haven’t seen before. We are non-judgemental and will help people of any race, gender or religion.
“It is not easy and could take up to a year but so long as they are willing to work with us, we will teach them how to live on a budget.”
A separate free three-week course in money management starts at 7pm on Wednesday, Octoner 23, at Hope Corner Community Church, 70 Clifton Road, Runcorn WA7 4TD. To book call 07914 672579.
To seek debt counselling in Runcorn or Widnes, call 0800 328 0006 or visit capdebthelp.org
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