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June's News from the Diocese

10 June 2018

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Suffolk Coastal Rural Debt Centre nears launch - Volunteer sign-up meeting: Tuesday 12 June 7.00pm. St John’s Church Saxmundham, 35 Church Hill, Saxmundham IP17 1ES
The Christians Against Poverty Rural Debt Centre is now nearing launch. Funding is in place for the training of the Debt Centre Manager, Kirsty Christmas, as well as a year’s support payment to the national CAP Charity, and training commences next month. The centre, which will operate out of St John’s Church in Saxmundham, will cover a large swathe of the Suffolk Coast from Woodbridge to Southwold and as far inland as Framlingham.  The team has been partnering with churches throughout the area to raise volunteers who can help by prayer and by walking alongside debt-stressed clients. The Revd Nic Stuchfield has been co-leading the Project and said “the response that we have received from funders and from church members and leaders across the area has been phenomenal. It really feels like this initiative is knocking at an open door of support, especially against the background of the rollout of Universal Credit in our region.” Kirsty Christmas added that “It’s vitally important that we have a wide geographical spread of volunteers as CAP analysis suggests that having local support is crucial to client trust and evangelistic effectiveness. The time has now come for volunteers to sign up!"
 For further details, please contact Kirsty by email at