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Debt service

16 January 2015

THEIR new charity shop to support people in debt has been so successful during its first year that they can now set up a debt-counselling service. The Storehouse Community Shop, in Aberkenfig, Llandaff diocese, is a joint project involving eight churches and chapels in the town.

The aim, the Priest-in-Charge of Aberkenfig, the Revd Stephen Pare, says, was "to provide a service for the community while at the same time raising money to set up a debt centre, which we are delighted to have achieved". The shop sells good-quality secondhand clothes, books, bric-a-brac, and CDs. They employ a manager and deputy manager part-time, and there are about 20 volunteers from the various churches.

It was opened by the Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, seen here with the manager, Karen Homans, and the Methodist minister, the Revd Chris Gray. The money goes to local charities as well as to the Christians Against Poverty debt centre.

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