New group set up in Cirencester to help people with financial difficulties
10:24am Friday 18th October 2013 in News
A LIFELINE has been offered to people in Cirencester who are losing sleep over their financial difficulties.
A group of dedicated Christians from Cirencester Baptist Church have come together to offer a free course aimed at educating people on the importance of effective money management.
Mandy Fry, a volunteer with Christians Against Poverty (CAP) who is also chairman of Cirencester Foodbank, said: “What we’ve done has grown out of what I’ve seen at the Foodbank, a lot of people that were coming in needed help with their budgeting.
“I asked some of the other people at my church whether they wanted to train as money coaches and thankfully they did.”
CAP is a national scheme that has been running courses in towns and cities all over the country and the Cirencester branch has already seen fantastic results.
“One girl has managed to save herself £500 by coming along to the course and she hasn’t received any increase in her income,” said Mandy.
The courses are held over three sessions and touch upon everything from budgeting and saving to spending and debt help.
The course, which was started running in Cirencester in July, has been attended by people from all walks of life.
Mandy said: “We’ve had a real mixture of people from all different backgrounds come to the meetings. It’s not just for those on a low income.
“Whatever level of income you are on – the course can offer you something.”
The next course is being held on Wednesday, October 23 at the Parish Rooms in Gosditch Street.
Anyone wanting to come along needs to confirm their attendance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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