Millions of people struggle with debt, whether it’s credit cards, loans, council tax, utility bills, or even court fines. It might be because they’ve lost their job, are struggling with a reduced income, or suffering an illness.
It’s important people get debt advice when they need it, so Caritas Westminster has committed to ensuring that as many people as possible in the Diocese of Westminster are aware they can seek help from StepChange if they are struggling with their finances.
Caritas has chosen StepChange for a number of reasons:
- They’re a trusted place for free, impartial and confidential debt advice
- The advice is tailored to your individual situation
- They offer practical help and support for as long as it’s needed
Debt is something that can affect anyone but can be particularly debilitating for the most vulnerable in our society. As part of Caritas’ mission to ensure that everyone lives a life of dignity and worth, we have acknowledged that debt is often seen as an insurmountable problem, which prevents people from fully engaging in community, family and parish life. Working with StepChange means showing people who are struggling with their finances that there is a way forward, there is no shame attached to seeking debt advice and Caritas and StepChange are there to accompany them. Caritas Director John Coleby said: ‘I am pleased that Caritas and StepChange will be working together to help people in the Diocese of Westminster access debt support. At Caritas we recognise that debt can be one of the reasons that people are trapped in poverty. This partnership is one of the ways we are seeking to change that.’
If you’re struggling with debt and need support, we recommend you get in touch with StepChange Debt Charity for free online debt advice or call their helpline on 0800 138 1111, which is open Monday – Friday (8am-8pm) and Saturday (8am-4pm)