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New help with household budgeting

The newly-established Inverness Christians Against Poverty Centre with centre manager Gordy Mackay and his team are offering help to all members of the public and local churches to manage their money and tackle any debt issues.
 

first published 31/01/2011

UPDATE: January 2013:
Gordy Mackay writes (17/01/13):
 
I just wanted to let you know that at the end of last year I accepted the call from Abbeyhill Baptist Church in Edinburgh to become their pastor.  I have now officially finished my CAP role at CCC before heading down to Edinburgh mid Feb for my induction on 23rd Feb.

But good news, the Inverness CAP Centre will continue to run under the very capable oversight of Allan Dunbar, an elder at CCC.  He will be your local contact from now on. He will monitor the cap@culduthelchristiancentre.org e-mail address which is registered for CT updates. His phone number, should you need, it is 07761 283905.


Gordy Mackay and Dave Kendall of CAP
DSCF8612 IN the course of 2010, work to establish a Christians Against Poverty centre in Inverness came to fruition. Now, on January 24 – dubbed 'the most depessing day of the year' – the Centre is in full operation under local centre manager Mr. Gordy Mackay.

Gordy who studied accountancy is part of the team at Culduthel Christian Centre which is working with other churches in the area to bring help on money management issues to all who may appreciate assistance in the handling of home and personal finance.

CAP Money courses

Mr. Mackay stresses that the short-duration 3-session courses which CAP run are 'for everyone, whether or not debt is an issue.'  He continued by pointing out: We all have financial pressures in our lives, so we need to balance income against expenditure. The sessions are designed to be a resource to anyone and everyone who wants to get a better grasp of handling their finances.”  The courses have been running for some time and therre is no charge for the courses.

For CAP Money courses contact 07538 463 701
or e-mail: cap@culduthelchristiancentre.org
See also Cap Money website

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Blue Monday and Debt Counselling

Misery is expected to peak on Monday, as 24 January has been pinpointed as the worst day of the year when the Christmas-period spending hits home along with the realisation that the new year doesn't automatically make problems of the previous year dissappear.

A debt counselling facility is part of the service offered at the CAP Centre in Inverness. It is organised through the CAP HQ in Bradford and is delivered through a combination of local contact and the CAP head office team.

The telephone number for debt counselling - 0800 328 0006

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At the official launch of the new Inverness Centre, Christians Together and Thistle Channel TV interviewed Gordy and national centre manager Dave Kendal from CAP HQ in Bradford.
 Debt and Money Management - Inverness CAP Centre with Gordy Mackay 

The background to the establishing of the CAP Centre is covered in an earlier report which gives further details of the facilities and help which are available.

 For futher information on all of the above visit:

Christians Against Poverty web site.

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Christians Together / Thistle Channel, 19/05/2011

Feedback:
Gordy Mackay (Guest) 25/01/2011 10:42
To coincide with "Blue Monday" we are running CAP Money next on 10, 17 and 24 February from 7:30-9pm at Culduthel Christian Centre.
For further information: 07538 463701 or e-mail: cap@culduthelchristiancentre.org
Gordy Mackay (Guest) 19/05/2011 12:32
The CAP Money Course will run again at Culduthel Christian Centre on 16, 23 and 30 June from 7:30-9pm. This is a free resource to help you keep on top of your finances.
For further information please e-mail Gordy (cap@culduthelchristiancentre.org) or see the CAP Money website (www.capmoney.org)
Editor 21/09/2011 15:46
A Christian organisation has had to leave a national charity in order to preserve its own integrity after the charity forbade it to pray with people with debt problems.
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Christians Against Poverty (CAP) decided to give up its membership of an umbrella group representing thousands of advice workers after the latter declared that “promotion of faith... [was] incompatible with membership”. With 870 member organisations, AdviceUK describes itself as being “in a unique position to influence Government departments and other bodies” and says it “provides a voice to funders and supporters”.

CAP has been a member of AdviceUK for six years and says it has never made prayer a condition of its free service.

In a statement, CAP said:

"While CAP is committed to providing impartial help and advice to all members of society, as an expression of our care for clients we do offer to pray with people."

In discussions around ethos and purpose, AdviceUK made it clear that they saw any form of promotion of faith to be incompatible with membership criteria.

In order to protect the integrity of both organisations, it was amicably agreed that CAP would not continue to be an AdviceUK member.

Advice UK has defended its policy, saying that “Advisers must not offer or impose their values”. Chief Executive Steve Johnson described the offer of prayer by CAP as an “emotional fee”; when asked to explain what he meant, Mr Johnson replied that CAP was effectively expecting clients to “pay” for their advice by agreeing to pray with the counsellors.

But a spokeswoman for CAP said:

"We help people in debt regardless of age, gender, faith or background. In our most recent questionnaire of more than 1,000 clients, 88 per cent said that prayer was appreciated or OK."

She said CAP’s counselling service would be unaffected by AdviceUK’s decision.

The controversy follows a series of similar cases involving Christians, including family doctor Dr Richard Scott, who was reprimanded for talking to a patient about God and nurse Caroline Petrie, who was suspended without pay for offering to pray for a patient.

See report - http://tinyurl.com/62u3n2p
Jenny 21/09/2011 16:17
"Advice UK has defended its policy, saying that “Advisers must not offer or impose their values”..."
I hope they'll be sure to enforce that across the board. It's not as if any human being is without values of some sort.
Editor 17/01/2013 13:23
GORDY MACKAY MOVING TO EDINBURGH

Gordy Mackay who has pioneered the work of help agency Christians Against Poverty in Inverness (via his home church of Culduthel Christian Centre) has accepted a call to pastor a church in Edinburgh.

Gordy has written:

"I just wanted to let you know that at the end of last year I accepted the call from Abbeyhill Baptist Church in Edinburgh to become their pastor. I have now officially finished my CAP role at CCC before heading down to Edinburgh mid Feb for my induction on 23rd Feb.

But good news, the Inverness CAP Centre will continue to run under the very capable oversight of Allan Dunbar, an elder at CCC. He will be your local contact from now on. He will monitor the cap@culduthelchristiancentre.org e-mail address which is registered for CT updates. His phone number, should you need, it is 07761 283905."

While sorry to lose Gordy and his wife we rejoice in this next step in his ministry.

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