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Posted on 17th September, 2015 by Lincoln Against Poverty
People looking for help with managing their money can get support from the charity Christians Against Poverty, which has a branch in the city.
The organisation is one of a number supporting the Helping Hand campaign that promotes budgeting, money management and benefits support under the banner of ‘Sometimes we all need a helping hand’. The project is being run as part of the Lincoln Anti-Poverty Strategy – led by City of Lincoln Council and a number of partners from across the city.
Christians Against Poverty can arrange home visits and their trained debt counsellors will help people work out a realistic budget that prioritises essential bills while negotiating affordable payments with each creditor. In most cases a CAP Plan will be set up.
The charity can also help people in severe debt by talking through their options and helping them to fill out the necessary paperwork.
Simon Hoare, from Christians Against Poverty, said: “Being in debt is not something we find easy to talk about and sadly many people live under the burden of it in silence.
“Debt can affect all areas of your life – it can affect your health and your relationships – but it doesn’t have to be that way. There is always help and a solution and we are determined to support anyone who contacts us in a caring and confidential way.”
Helping Hand campaign materials are being promoted in each GP Surgery in Lincoln, along with Lincolnshire Co-operative Pharmacies, and Lloyds Pharmacy.
If you need advice and support on money, benefits, debt, or savings, please contact one of the organisations below who may be able to help.
• For benefits and debt advice contact the Money Advice Service at City of Lincoln Council on 01522 873382, or Citizens Advice Bureau on 03444 111 444
• For debt and budgeting advice contact Christians Against Poverty on 0800 328 0006
• For budgeting and savings support contact Lincolnshire Credit Union on 01522 873550.
• For signposting to general help and advice contact Lincs2Advice on 0300 303 8789.
For more information about the campaign please visit www.lincolnagainstpoverty.co.uk/helping-hands