A DEBT advice service in the Forth Valley is continuing to offer support despite the challenges of the coronavirus lockdown.

Volunteers from Christians Against Poverty (CAP), based at Stirling Baptist Church but also being offered at the recently launched food larder in Tillicoultry, are offering practical help, support and encouragement.

The debt advice service has adapted to social distancing and government guidance, speaking to clients on the phone and delivering essential supplies where needed.

Fiona Welsh, debt centre manager, said: "Our buildings may be closed but the church is very active.

"The times we're in may have changed the way we offer our service but we're still here.

"We're offering practical support such as linking clients up with local foodbanks, arranging emergency shops and continuing to help clients with their paperwork and progressing them towards managing debt."

Volunteers are looking to make sure people who are locked into poverty have access to everyday essentials while also offering emotional and spiritual support.

In the Hillfoots, there is a community larder at the Tillicoultry Baptist Church Annex and debt advice through CAP is also being offered there.

The larder is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 2pm and 4pm.

Speaking of the service in the wider Forth Valley, Fiona added: "We've got people going above and beyond right now doing all sorts of things for our clients.

"They're creating activity packs, buying groceries and sending face masks and encouragement to anyone in need.

"Some clients have been alone and isolated for a long time, even before coronavirus, so our continuing contact is giving people a lifeline of support and hope."

Anyone struggling with debt can visit capuk.org or call 0800 328 0006.