THE NEW manager of a Worcester debt charity has said she was inspired to take on the role after witnessing the heartbreaking hardship facing thousands of foodbank clients.
Fiona Jones has taken the reins at Christian Against Poverty’s debt counselling centre, which is based at All Saints Church on Deansway.
The charity has helped more than 100 people escape overwhelming personal debts since 2012 – the same year Worcester Foodbank opened its doors to provide a lifeline to those living in food poverty.
“I’ve been helping out at foodbank for the last couple of years and I’ve seen how devastating debt can be for people, particularly when they have young children,” Fiona said.
“I used to work in financial services and was frustrated at how little I could do to really help people who were in difficulty. Now that I have joined CAP I am looking forward to making a real difference with people here in Worcester.”
CAP’s free services are available to everyone, regardless of age, gender, faith or background.
Fiona and her team offer home visits to some of Worcester’s most desperate and isolated people, supporting them until they become debt free.
“It’s heartbreaking because the majority of people are trapped into debt by job loss, pay cuts, illness or relationship breakdown – times that are difficult enough, without financial hardship,” she added.
Vist www.capuk.org or call 0800 328 0006 for more information.