Raising awareness of debt in Larne

A meeting of the Tuesday Group took place at Larne Methodist Church recently. Pictured are Rev. Tommy Stevenson, Wendy Davison,guest speaker from Christians Against Poverty,Patricia McNeill, Jan McKay and William Rutherford. INLT 17-206-AM

A meeting of the Tuesday Group took place at Larne Methodist Church recently. Pictured are Rev. Tommy Stevenson, Wendy Davison,guest speaker from Christians Against Poverty,Patricia McNeill, Jan McKay and William Rutherford. INLT 17-206-AM

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The Tuesday Group welcomed a speaker from Christians Against Poverty (CAP) to a meeting at Larne Methodist Church Hall recently.

The meeting was chaired by Patricia McNeill who welcomed everyone.

After an opening prayer from Rev. Tommy Stevenson,speaker Wendy Davison was introduced.

Wendy told the group that CAP was launched Larne in June 2014. It is a debt counselling service which receives inquiries from those who self-refer.

She explained that the aim of this free service is to assist anyone who is in debt and to help them manage their money, learn new life skills and become more independent.

A new initiative called “group release” is being introduced by CAP to help those with underlying problems such as dependency on alcohol, drugs, and gambling which may prevent them from breaking free from their debt problems.

CAP is a Christian based organisation and offers prayer to all clients.

To date, Wendy has assisted 20 clients, with 14 being helped currently.

A CAP money course, which is free, is starting on Wednesday April 29, at First Larne Presbyterian Church, for three evening sessions.

It is primarily aimed at engaged and newly-wed couples to help them budget and handle their money effectively.

Patricia thanked Wendy for her very informative talk.

The next meeting of the Tuesday Group will take place on May 19, in Larne Methodist Church Hall, commencing with refreshments at 10.30am.

John Madden, principal, of Roddensvale School will be speaking on the subject of “Disability Awareness”.

All are most welcome to attend.

Meanwhile, the Tuesday Group is preparing for a trip to Armagh on Tuesday June 23.

Any member who wishes to participate in this outing should return their forms and payment before or at the next Tuesday Group meeting.

CAP can be contacted at www.capdebthelp.org or by ringing 0800 328 0006.