Job club, debt help, cafe, foodbank

 

Christians Against Poverty (CAP) are an organisation that helps local churches serve the community in projects that help bring people out of poverty.

Click here to download a brief leaflet with details of all four areas of CAP work in Pontypridd: Debt Advice, job Club and Release groups, Life Skills.

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We are part of local churches running CAP work, with a team of volunteers who understand life’s problems and can bring a message of hope.  For any of the groups, please phone us in Pontypridd on  07398902947 or you can also book into groups or make an appointment for debt help on freephone 0800 32800006 (or landline 01274 760839).

 

DEBT ADVICE

Our debt advice centre, currently supporting over 30 families with £600,00 to become debt free.  we will come to your home or meet in the community to help accompany you on a path to becoming debt free.  contact the centre manage, Lorraine on 07513930486

RELEASE GROUPS

Since 2015 we’ve been running a CAP Release Team that will be helping to support people out of addictive lifestyles.  For info on our group starting up in January contact St Catherine’s on 01443 492033

 

JOB CLUB

Anyone can join the club, people of all faiths or none, and the Job club offers:

* an 8 week course on confidence as a job seeker, including sessions on setting goals, gaining self-worth, interview practice.

* one to one coaching session for job seekers to have a supporting person listen to their needs and help them reflect on how they are progressing

* a community of folk who are looking for employment and can understand the issues surrounding this in today’s life.

Since we began in January 2015 we’ve had 125 people at the club and 22 are now in employment, others are volunteering or gaining skills to get full time employment, and we’d say that everyone who attended the course felt valued and encouraged.  We meet at 10am on Thursdays in the church cafe.  The current course is in progress, but if you would like to know more or help out, please contact  Peter on 07944056335.

Here is a visiting employer from Mitie spending time with the our Job Course clients sharing about the advantages of volunteering and work placements

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LIFE SKILL Since January 2017 we  started a Life Skills group that support people on low income get to grips with things of regular life that many might find harder to deal with – household budgeting, healthy eating, well-being, anger management, looking at bills..  The next course is held at Temple Baptist church in January, with more details from Liz in the parish office on 07398902947

 

MONEY COURSE

A three session course that helps you look after your money better and learn how to budget, spend and save well.   For info on our next group contact St Catherine’s on 01443 492033

 

Foodbank   

Pontypridd Foodbank distributes from St Catherine’s every week day from 3pm to 4pm.  Contact our office, 01443 492033 or visit the cafe staff for information on how to obtain a food parcel, or if you’d like to donate food or help as a volunteer with us.

 

Connect Community Cafe

Connect – the family friendly community hub, with toddler area, free wifi and use of computers, with great priced home-made food and ethically sourced drinks.

Our community cafe at St Cath’s is ready for the Autumn menu with plans for an update in the way it looks.

We currently have a waiting list for those volunteering as staff, but if you would like consider a role preparing food, baking, serving, with the admin…. then contact Tina the cafe manager.  Lots of people gain confidence and use us as a step into employment.  Her number is 07909608437

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We are open weekdays 12 noon to 3pm an don Fridays we open at 10am to 3pm.

 

Restore, Rebuild, Renew

We are starting up a new social enterprise in January 2018 to upcycle furniture and provide work experience for people seeking employment, needing a safe place to explore moves back into work and for people to learn new skills..  This is to operate out of St Luke’s Church, Cilfynydd and if you would like more information, please contact Liz on 07398902947