£3,000 has been donated to a Skegness church and charity in support of its work in helping people to clear their debts.
The donation to The Storehouse, in North Parade, has been made by the Nottingham Building Society’s Grants for Good scheme.
The Storehouse has been running a service to help people clear their debts since November after it became aware through its foodbank work of the scale of the issue in the area.
It runs the provision, which is free, in association with the Christians Against Poverty charity. Currently, it is operating at 94 per cent capacity - compared to a national average of 76 per cent.
The aim is not just to set clients on the right path, but help them along it as well, explained The Storehouse’s community manager Alan Bailey.
“We support them all the way through to being debt free,” he said. “If it takes two years we will support them for two years.”
Mr Bailey said Christians Against Poverty finds about a third of all clients have considered suicide and about five percent have attempted it.
He said such desperation is evident in Skegness too, speaking of a sense of hopelessness among some clients, a feeling that ‘there is no way out’.
Gail Dunn manages the centre that provides the debt advice service at The Storehouse. She said it sees a range of clients – young, old, families, with workers included among them.
Of receiving the £3,000, she said: “It’s absolutely brilliant because it helps us towards being able to run the centre.”
Anyone who thinks they may benefit from the scheme is asked to call Christians Against Poverty’s enquiries team on 0800 328 006 or visit a drop-in session at The Storehouse, held on Wednesday, from 10am-12pm,
MORE ON THE GRANTS FOR GOOD SCHEME
The £3,000 to The Storehouse forms part of £40,000 recently donated to a total of 16 charities and community groups across the East Midlands by the Nottingham Building Society.
The donations came through its Grants for Good scheme, part of the business’ Doing Good Together community programme. Sums varied from £1,000-£5,000.
David Marlow, chief executive of The Nottingham, said: “When we set up Doing Good Together back in 2011, we took inspiration from our founder Samuel Fox when deciding what work we wanted to support in our local communities.
“I am delighted to be awarding our 2016 funds to such worthwhile projects and believe that Samuel would be incredibly proud of this legacy.”