CAP & FOODBANK
Churches Together in Market Drayton
Churches Together in Market Drayton has a well established Foodbank and Christians Against Poverty (CAP) centre, offering many services such as debt relief and life skills.
The foodbank is supported by the Trussell Trust and serves the wider Market Drayton area, supported by many local people, churches and organisations.
Each year about 1,000 people in crisis are helped with the gift of three days food on receipt of a Foodbank Voucher given out by 40 referral agencies throughout North Shropshire.
There are approximately 30 active volunteers who help keep the Foodbank running and available twice a week, Tuesdays and Fridays. Food donations are crucial to the process and a number of locations across the town and surrounding areas including the churches, Festival Drayton Centre, Sainsburys and Morrisons have permanent drop off points. The foodbanks keeps a regularly updated list of what is needed on the Trussell Trust website here, and through that link you can also find out more about the Foodbank and how you might be able to help.
If you are in crisis, please call 01743 280019 to speak to Market Drayton Outreach (Shropshire) Citizens Advice Bureau who are a referral partner and will be able to issue you with a foodbank voucher if necessary.
Christians Against Poverty offer free, confidential debt help to anyone who is concerned about the amount of money they owe. The Debt Centre in Market Drayton has been running for 7 years and has helped many people in the area to become debt free.
There are many different reasons for people getting into debt and there are extra pressures on people at the moment with concerns over job security, the increase in the cost of living and changes in benefits and this can add to people’s worries about their finances. Being in debt can cause people to feel embarrassed, isolated and even suicidal, and many bury their heads in the sand and hope the problems will go away. It is so important to seek help and the local Debt Centre can offer assistance in a supportive way. All of the services offered are free, confidential and available to everyone of any faith or none.
The charity also run three free courses locally.
- The Money Course – this is a three week course aimed at helping people get organised with their finances and covers subjects such as setting a budget, how to save and ways of dealing with debts. Over 10,000 people a year do this course nationally and many of them are not in debt. You can look at it as a kind of MOT for your money! The course is available to anyone and is free, fun and very practical.
- Steps to Employment Course – this covers subjects such as discovering your strengths, writing CVs and interview skills and is run in a fun way over a free lunch.
- Life Skills – another course run over a free lunch which covers things like saving energy, shopping and cooking on a budget, staying healthy and how to keep healthy relationships.
If you are interested in finding out more about the services we offer or if you are interested in getting involved or supporting our work, please contact Carolyn.
Or you can call our Freephone debt helpline on 0800 328 0006
MDMC Loving, Caring and Serving in the name of Jesus