Christians Against Poverty (CAP)

Christians Against Poverty (CAP)

With a small donation and big faith, John Kirkby started Christians Against Poverty in 1996. He believed God was calling him to sacrifice his career in finance and use his knowledge of the industry to help the poor.

Since then, CAP has rapidly grown its debt centre network and expanded its services to tackle the causes of debt and poverty too. As well as CAP Debt Help, they now help people step into employment through CAP Job Clubs, help people get control of their habitual dependencies through Fresh Start and a brand new service, CAP Life Skills, to equip people to live well on a low income. Their vision is to bring freedom and good news to the poor in every community through a nationwide network of CAP projects.

Christians Against Poverty (CAP) started providing a free Debt Help Service in Alton five years ago. It is managed by Mark Rumsby and his team of volunteers from the Harvest Church. Marike Fichardt is the new community Links Coordinator at Alton CAP and is keen to raise the profile of CAP

For some people, Lockdown has meant they spend more time and money on a life-controlling habit such as smoking, gambling, over-eating, internet addiction, online shopping,  drinking, or taking drugs.  Fresh Start helps you tackle such a habit.  It’s an 8-week course based on principles from the Bible and the 12-steps-of-recovery process, backed by 1-to-1 coaching and a support group of others wanting to tackle their dependencies.  It’s free and completely confidential.  For more information, see

A new Fresh Start course will begin on Monday 12th April 2021, 7:30 – 9:00 pm at the Alton Maltings Centre.  Arrangements comply with Covid rules.  If you, or anyone you know, would like to try the Fresh Start course, contact Mark Rumsby on 07769 030913 or email .

Anyone struggling with unmanageable debt should call 0800 328 0006, or visit, for more information. Click here to see their latest newsletter