Christians Against Poverty
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Despite outward appearances, a number of families in Buckingham are really struggling to get by on very low incomes. So starting this autumn, Buckingham Parish Church will be offering a local support service called Life Skills.
Developed by nationally-acclaimed charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP), Life Skills takes a holistic approach to financial education and helps disadvantaged people find new ways of living for a brighter future. There are now more than 120 Life Skills groups running across the UK, attended by around 800 people a year.
Life Skills empowers its members to improve and maintain both their financial and personal wellbeing. At its core, an eight-week course teaches practical skills and money management techniques in a hands-on way, such as how to shop for and cook healthy food on a budget, resisting temptation, and associated issues such as maintaining good relationships.
Not only will members build a budgeting system that works for them, they are encouraged to consider saving, to develop their decision-making skills and so gain in confidence. They’ll benefit from making new friends and will be given one-to-one support by CAP-trained volunteers from our church.
Nationally, course members report much higher levels of resilience and hope for the future, as well as improved mental health and self-worth. 50% say they are now able to sleep better, and just over half (53%) are enjoying their relationships more after attending CAP Life Skills.
All CAP's services are completely free and available to all, regardless of faith, age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation or background. But, as the name suggests, CAP has a strong Christian ethos and is openly evangelistic in its purpose. Our church is already supporting CAP financially through our Tithing and our MOG (Mission and Outreach) budget.
Brian and Ann Hubbard joined BPC last year having volunteered for CAP at their previous church. They will head up the Life Skills programme and are now seeking volunteer helpers from amongst our congregations. Do you have a passion for the disadvantaged? Do you feel called to follow Jesus’ teaching: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.” (Luke 4:18)? In particular, could you:
Demonstrate simple home-cooking recipes to a small group
Provide emotional support to one or two vulnerable adults;
Help to run some fun social activities
Commit to praying regularly, either individually or as a group
...or would you just like to find out more about Life Skills?
Please call or text 07458 604064 (dedicated confidential number) or email firstname.lastname@example.org