Help for those in Debt!

Christians Against Poverty (CAP) works for and through the local church. St Andrew’s Church, with the help of other Churches across Darlington has setup a CAP Debt Centre.

There are many cases of financial difficulty in our town. County Durham Community Foundation (CDCF) reported that in 2017 over 20% of the Darlington population were classed as over-indebted, and the official statistics from the Money and Pensions Service 2019 Report highlights that there have been at least 100 cases of unmet demand for face-to-face advice over the last 12 month period.

A CAP Debt Centre offers face-to-face advice and support to make huge progress in roads into this.

While the project has a Christian ethos, the focus of the work is giving people practical support with getting out of debt, and will give support to anyone, regardless of religion, ethnicity or sexuality.

The Boathouse Cafe

The Boathouse Cafe is located in St. Andrew's Church Hall and is open every Wednesday, except in the week after Christmas.

Open from 9:00am until 12:00noon.

Come along for a cooked breakfast or just for morning elevenses. A wide range of food is available including bacon butties, coffee, breakfast and a chat.

St. Andrew's church is very pleased to have been associated with the Scout & Guide Associations for many years.

The groups operate on a Friday evening and they participate in Sunday morning Parade Services from time to time, particularly on Remembrance Sunday in November.

We are an emergency food resource for people who are unable to feed themselves or their families due to financial difficulties or crisis.

St Andrew's Food Bank exists to help put food on the tables of those in desperate need. We operate as a food bank from our church hall every Thursday 1.30-2.30pm and offer bags of food, and also a warm welcome and a friendly face. Donations to the food bank are always gratefully received. (See Latest News for information about holiday closures and where you can make a donation.)

St. Andrew's is very happy to be associated with Darlington Credit Union. This is a charity which helps people with loans and savings in a safe way.

Low interest rates means that folks don't get into the horrendous problems that can face people who take loans from pay day lenders. The loans come from the deposits that members of the scheme make into their individual accounts.

St.Andrew's Toddlers and Carers Groups

ABC is a group for:
Adults – mums, dads, grandparents, and other adults responsible for caring for children
Babies – from birth
Children – toddlers and children up to just before they start at school
Well actually ABC is currently two separate groups, one meeting on a Monday morning, and the other on Wednesday afternoons. Both meet in St Andrew’s Church Hall in termtime.