Care & Support

CAP Debt Help

CAP is an absolutely free service for anyone struggling to get out of debt. If you are feeling weighed down by debt, our friendly team will be happy to meet with you in your home, over the phone or at Central Hall. We offer a listening ear, alongside real solutions to your debt.

Christians Against Poverty or CAP is an award winning national debt counselling charity. It works with a network of local churches and the Edinburgh branch is based at Central. CAP offers hope and a solution to absolutely anyone in debt, open to all faiths and none. Our service is unique, in depth and absolutely free.

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Soul Food

Soul Food offers a free, hot meal to anyone who needs it. If you are, for any reason, struggling to put food on the table, you are invited to join us each Friday between 5.30 and 6.30, where you’ll be provided with a delicious main course and dessert, along with tea and coffee.

After offering a grab-and-go service since July 2020, we are delighted to now be serving a sit-down meal at Central Hall. Soul Food’s ethos is dedicated to offering ‘more than a meal’, and inviting guests into the building aligns with our desire to offer community, hospitality and friendship along with fulfilling a basic need for food.

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If you are struggling with an issue or life event that just won’t go away, then it may be helpful to access our Central Counselling Service. We offer an affordable, donation-based service, where you will be matched with a trained counsellor after an initial consultation.

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The Central Cafe is open at Central Hall on Mondays 10am-4pm and is for everyone. Drinks are free, the cakes and soup are delicious and you will always be welcome. Feel free to come alone or with others, to chat with our team or to just be.

For more information, or to volunteer at the cafe, please contact Matt at [email protected]

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Pastoral Care

Alongside our care ministries, we also have a Pastoral Support Team. If you have a pastoral need that you feel requires additional support, then please contact the Pastoral Care Team and they will then direct you accordingly. Support we offer may include connecting you with a Pastoral Buddy, or providing practical support such as collecting prescriptions or delivering meals.

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Run in partnership with Edinburgh City Mission, the Clothes Bank provides emergency clothing for those most in need. A straight-forward online referral form allows local agencies and practitioners to refer people who need to access the Clothes Bank service.

For more information and to access the referral form, see Edinburgh City Mission’s website.

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