Due to the current economic climate, it is estimated that as many as seven million people in the UK are at risk of getting into problem debt. Many people don't realise how serious, and stressful, the situation can become if it isn’t kept under control.

Local ​debt ​advice ​centres

There are a number of Debt advice centres linked to or run by churches within the geographical area of the diocese:

  • Aldershot – Christians against Poverty run in conjunction with The Kings Church.
  • Woking - Christians Against Poverty run in conjunction with Christchurch.
  • North West Surrey – Debtscape run in conjunction with the beacon Church Runnymede, The Coign Church Woking and the Shepperton Community Church, all members of the New Frontiers family of churches.
  • Guildford - Christians Against Poverty run in conjunction with a group of local churches

National resources

The Church of England have produced some extremely helpful resources which can be found on the Church of England website and include:

  • Specially written prayers
  • An easy-to-use interactive spreadsheet for planning a household budget
  • Debt ministry: How your church can help people in debt, how to teach on debt issues, a Powerpoint presentation of common sense advice, and links to organisations that help to set up local debt advice centres.

Also, Churches Together in Britain and Ireland have made available for download in a variety of formats much of the material from the conference Poverty, Debt & the Financial Crisis

For more information or support please contact:

TonyOakdenWeb Tony Oakden

Church and Community Adviser

01483 790325