A BASINGSTOKE church is offering free help to people after partnering with an award-winning national debt counselling charity.

Gateway Church, based at Queen Mary's College, has joined forces with Christians Against Poverty (CAP) and aims to help people affected by debt by offering home visits.

Ben Martin, Basingstoke’s CAP debt centre manager, said: “Typically, debts can build up when a relationship breaks down, someone loses their job, or through bereavement – so often when people are least able to cope with a financial headache. That’s why we’re so excited to open a debt centre here in Basingstoke.

“We hope over the next few years to help hundreds of local people and families to put their debt nightmares behind them and start a new life. This help is offered to all - regardless of their age, gender, faith or background.”

The centre works with people until they are debt free as CAP’s head office specialists negotiate with creditors to create a budget and provide ongoing technical support.

Ben added: “If you know things are out of control and you’re stressed, missing meals or sleep, please give us a call and let us help you get your life back on track.”

For more information, go to capuk.org, call 0800 328 0006 or go to gatewaylife.co.uk/care.