Church Action on Poverty

Church Action on Poverty (CAP) is a national ecumenical Christian social justice charity, committed to tackling poverty in the UK. Established in 1982 the charity now work in partnership with churches and with people in poverty to find solutions to poverty - locally, nationally and globally.


Poverty and Homelessness Action Week

CAP initiated the annual Poverty Action Sunday which, from 2008 to 2014, was expanded into the Poverty and Homelessness Action Week. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing financial burden of subsidising Action Week, it has been decided that this year's Action Week was the last for the time being.  Nevertheless, CAP is proud of the progress achieved during the seven-year run of Action Week, notably:

Linking homelessness with poverty and raising their public profile

Engaging grassroots churches and community organisations

Demonstrating successful partnership working

Opening hearts and minds to people experiencing exclusion through these issues.

All this was achieved on a shoestring. The partner organisations (CAP, Housing Justice and Scottish Churches Housing Action) have decided that they will now each focus on their own fundraising. Relationships remain strong, and they will work jointly whenever appropriate.

CAP thank all who have been with them on their journey, and invite all their friends and supporters to continue standing with them in their shared vision of justice for people on the edges of society. In 2015, Homelessness Sunday will be on 18 January, and Poverty Action Sunday on 15 February. CAP hopes that as many Action Week supporters as possible will take part in both.


Other CAP projects

  • The Living Ghosts campaign, highlighting the destitution of asylum seekers
  • Contributing to the Debt on our Doorstep campaign against loan sharks and extortionate lending practices such as payday loans.
  • Pioneering participatory budgeting and the first use of sustainable livelihoods analysis in the developed world though its Thrive project. These two projects highlight CAP's role in bringing international development concepts to bear in finding solutions to socioeconomic problems in the UK.

For further details about Church Action on Poverty, look at their website HERE.