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Christians Against Poverty

CAP - Christians Against Poverty LogoChristians Against Poverty is a charity passionate about releasing people in our nation from a life sentence of debt, poverty and their causes. Working with the Church they bring good news, hope and freedom.

CAP aims to show God's love in action by providing sustainable poverty relief through debt counselling, employment support and help to overcome life controlling dependencies. The charity's unique, hands on approach empowers people to help themselves out of poverty and be released from the fear, oppression and worry generated by overwhelming debt and poverty.

The charity operates through a growing network of UK Debt Centres, Job Clubs and Release Groups, all opened in partnership with a local church. They also run a free money management course, the CAP Money Course, to enable people to get to grips with their finances before they fall into debt.

When John Kirkby first set up CAP, all he had was a £10 donation. From his small bedroom in Bradford, God has now grown CAP to be an international ministry helping thousands of people every year.

John and Lizzie Kirkby (CAP UK)
John and Lizzie Kirkby (CAP UK)

CAP’s vision is to have 1,000 poverty relieving services available through local churches across the UK by 2021.

All CAP services are opened in partnership with a local church so that people are able to experience and respond to the love of Jesus.

A partnership with CAP provides the professional tools to reach your community. In turn, your church provides those who are interested with the welcome and support needed to learn more about the God who loves them.

Visit to find out more about the various church partnership options.

For more information about CAP, order a copy of John Kirkby's book, "Nevertheless", from

CAP has trained over fifty Churches in Wales to run the CAP Money course.

There are seventeen CAP Debt Centres in Wales, as well as a growing number of Job Clubs and Release Groups. To find a service near you, simply put your postcode into

CAP Debt Centres in Wales include:

  • Aberkenfig - run in partnership with Community Church Aberkenfig
  • Bridgend - run in partnership with Brackla Tabernacle Church
  • Caernarfon - run in partnership with Caernarfon Pentecostal Church.
  • Cardiff East run in partnership with Cardiff Vineyard
  • Cardiff South - run in partnership with The Bay Church
  • Chepstow and District - run in partnership with Chepstow Methodist Church
  • Eastern Carmarthenshire - run in partnership with the East Carmarthenshire Churches Group
  • Merthyr Tydfil - run in partnership with Hope Christian Centre.
  • Newport - run in partnership with Emmanuel Evangelical Church
  • Pembrokeshire South - run in partnership with Milford Haven Christian Fellowship
  • Pontypridd - run in partnership with St Catherine's Church
  • Port Talbot - run in partnership with Bethel Community Church
  • Rhymney Valley - run in partnership with St Gwladys Church
  • Risca - run in partnership with Agapé Community Church and Moriah Baptist Church, with Bethesda Baptist Church, Rogerstone
  • Swansea - run in partnership with Bethany, Waterfront And Gendros Churches Together
  • Torfaen - run in partnership with Hill City Church
  • Wrexham - run in partnership with Wrexham Community Church.

In addition, there are centres close to Wales at:

  • Hereford - run in partnership with Challenge Community Church, and
  • Ross-on-Wye - run in partnership with Ross-on-Wye Baptist Church.

CAP Job Clubs in Wales are currently running in:

  • Penarth - run in partnership with Tabernacle Baptist Church,
  • Presteigne – run in partnership with Presteigne Baptist Church
  • Pontypridd - run in partnership with St Catherine's Church
  • Port Talbot – run in partnership with Bethel Community Church
  • Rhondda - run in partnership with Acts Community Church

CAP Release Groups running in Wales are:

  • Pontypridd - run in partnership with St Catherine's Church
  • Risca - run in partnership with Agape Community Church Ty Sign

CAP reckons it need around 20 more Debt Centres in Wales for National Coverage including: Caerphilly East, Caerphilly West, Vale of Glamorgan, Llanelli, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire East, Ceredigion, Llandrindod Wells, Brecon, Newtown, Denbigh, Conwy, Anglesey, Flintshire, Cynon Valley.

They also need around 35 more Job Clubs and Release Groups and Life Skills for National Coverage and hope to achieve all of this by 2021.

This information is correct as of 21.04.16

CAP Debt Help and CAP Jobs Clubs projects are recognised by the Cinnamon network, and churches starting one of these projects in Wales may be eligible for a Cinnamon micro-grant of up to £2,000 – see


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