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Breaking news – Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Job Club Press Release

One of The Work Club’s partners Christians Against Proverty released this  Press Statement today

CAP LAUNCHES NEW MINISTRY FOR UNEMPLOYED A charity is set to start a new service to help people gain employment after research showed almost a third of its debt clients were out of work. CAP Job Clubs, launched on March 6 at Westminster before a crowd of MPs, is a new resource for churches from debt counselling organisation Christians Against Poverty. The aim is to equip congregations to train jobless people to become more ready for work and, through employment, tackle hardship faced by the whole household.

CAP’s founder and international director John Kirkby said: “Our evidence – and that of other debt agencies – shows a clear correlation between poverty, debt and unemployment. It’s very tough to escape this web of hardship and it can feel very isolating. “The point is, everyone needs to feel useful. Human beings are hardwired to live for a purpose so unemployment punishes people both financially and emotionally. “The good news is, the local church is perfectly placed to both spot those in need and offer support and practical skills which will help restore their self esteem and be better placed to achieve work.”

Job Clubs will take three strands: one-to-one coaching, an eightweek course and social time with other people in a similar situation. The course will help people to identify their strengths; learn how to communicate them in a CV; relate to an employer effectively; look for work and interview well. CAP’s 17 years of award-winning debt counselling, and money management courses, have been delivered via a network of churches from every denomination and CAP Job Clubs will be no different. “Already, we’ve had a great response from churches who want to help and encourage the unemployed. Around 30 congregations have signed up to learn how to run a CAP Job Club and we’re keen to hear from more.”

• To find out more see capuk • To contact the CAP Job Clubs team call 01274 761950

SIDEBAR: The link between debt, unemployment and poverty: Unemployment in the UK is currently running at around just under eight per cent but among CAP’s clients, it is more like 29 per cent who receive unemployment benefits. Other debt counselling agencies confirm the link. Step Change (formerly CCCS) said their clients claiming job seekers allowance owed on average £15,412 to five different creditors. A recent report from the Department for Work and Pensions shows that families in arrears are reluctant to return to work as creditors are less likely to be understanding if the clients income improves. Save the Children say: “Work significantly reduces the risk of severe child poverty. Only six per cent of children in families where at least one parent works are in severe poverty compared with 43 per cent of children in workless households.”

The British Medical Journal has reported that in Edinburgh attempted suicide among men was ten times higher among the unemployed. Those out of work for more than 12 months were shown to be significantly more at risk.

Contact: For further information contact National PR Manager Marianne Clough on 01274 761924. About Christians Against Poverty: CAP is a multi award-winning, homegrown debt counselling charity which is determined to reduce poverty in the UK caused by debt. It partners its financial expertise with the care of the local church to offer free debt help and a solution to people through 218 centres. Debt prevention is also something the charity is working hard to provide and it has partnered with more than a thousand churches to give free money management called the CAP Money Course. CAP helps everyone regardless of age, gender, faith or background. The fast-growing charity intends to have a debt-counselling CAP centre in 500 towns and cities across the UK in the forthcoming years.

 

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