A free local debt help service is hosting a celebration event to mark its first year of helping families and individuals in Henley to sort out their finances, and is aiming to help many more in the future.
You are invited to the One Year On event which will be taking place on Wednesday 6 September at 6:30pm at the D:two Centre, 55-57 Market Place, Henley. (Just up from the town hall) starting with some refreshments.
Last year, Henley Citizens Advice and Nomad Youth & Community Project identified a real need locally for free professional debt help as many people in the area are facing extreme financial pressure due to the cost of living crisis.
Many are also facing additional challenges such as mental and physical health issues, job loss, relationship breakdowns and bereavements. All these aspects can have a significant impact on a person’s finances.
In response, Henley on Thames churches teamed up to open a local Christians Against Poverty (CAP) debt centre to offer people in Henley free, expert debt help.
The churches also run a CAP Life Skills group to help families learn to live well on a budget and avoid falling into debt and are starting a Job Club to help individuals back into employment.
Henley’s Debt Centre Manager and former GB Olympic rower, Debbie Bruwer is looking forward to the One Year On celebration, she commented, “When we launched our Debt Centre in Henley we knew there was a need in our area, but we’ve just been blown away by how much we are needed.
“Many of the people we’ve helped were really struggling when we first met them, and it’s amazing to see the hope and confidence restored in their lives again now.
“For me, I love working as the Henley Debt Centre Manager. It’s really challenging to see people in serious debt, often at their lowest point, but then we get to see that burden taken away as we support them on their road to becoming debt free. That is a great joy!
“We are looking forward to celebrating the progress all of our clients have made over the last year at our One Year On event and hope you can join us to find out more.”
If you’d like to attend and haven’t already received an invitation, please contact Joanna Malton at: firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01491 577414.
Debbie is urging local people to contact her if they are struggling in debt, she added, “We know it can be really hard for people to seek help but the sooner you seek help, the sooner we help you towards a solution.”
“We want to encourage anyone who is struggling even if it feels small, to contact us so we can work with you to help you out of debt.
“As a group of churches, we are determined to continue working together to help local people with their finances and tackle poverty here in Henley!”