Heartsease Community Money Advice Centre

Published on: 21 December 2022

The article in the Autumn PCC News implied that the work being done in the Heartsease Benefice was connected to CAP (Christians Against Poverty). This was incorrect. The Heartsease Community Money Advice Centre is affiliated to Community Money Advice (CMA).

CMA (like CAP) exists to support churches and other Christian organisations in providing regulated debt advice to those who need it in their communities.

The main CMA model relies on locally trained debt advisers (CMA provides the training) who manage all aspects of a client’s problems. A variation on this is the idea of a “satellite” centre which might be established in another church but relies on the main centre for its permission to operate and its compliance with the regulations issued by the Financial Conduct Authority.

CMA also offers the alternative model of a “Connect” centre. In this case the local volunteers are trained (by CMA) as Money Mentors to record and assess a client’s situation, but the actual formal debt advice is provided by trained advisers at a central CMA Hub.

As the only Anglican church in the Diocese affiliated to CMA the Heartsease Community Money Advice Centre would be pleased to discuss options for providing debt advice to any other church that wishes to extend its ministry in this way.

More information can be obtained from the CMA website www.communitymoneyadvice.com or by contacting David or Deborah Lechmere at urnegfrnfrpznprager@bhgybbx.pbz, 07765 739987

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