The work of the Brighton Light Trust is done by a small but dedicated team, some of whom are staff who work alongside many wonderful volunteers supporting and encouraging those we work with.

Neil Avard
Centre Manager

Neil has worked as a volunteer for the Brighton & Hove CAP Debt Centre for the last 10 years. Because of his background in Education his main focus has been running the award winning CAP Money programme in various locations across the city.

In May 2014 he qualified as a Debt Coach. Neil has a real heart for networking and has forged partnerships across the city, notably with our City Council whom are equally passionate about helping the vulnerable in our city.

“I was inspired to work with CAP when I went on a home visit and love the challenge of helping people to help themselves . Somebody once said that those who are happiest are those who help others and I think this is definitely true”.

Neil has a background in education ,a teacher for 35 years and has served at Holland Road in a variety of ministries since 1990.

BeckyBridgeBecky Atkins
Debt Coach

Becky  joined the Brighton and Hove CAP centre as a Debt Coach and loves the privilege of being able to help people struggling with debt.

“I really believe in the work that CAP do, bringing hope and a practical solution to people whose lives have been devastated by debt, and thought there was no way out. It is really exciting be a part of that team, going into people’s homes and offering them a fresh start. Seeing the look on someone’s face as they realise they can be free from the burden of debt is the reason I love being a Debt Coach”.

Becky is married to Luke, a doctor. They have been part of St Cuthmans in Whitehawk for the last 3 years since coming to Brighton from London.

TinaDonnellyTina Donnelly
Life Skills and Debt Coach

Tina started work as a volunteer with CAP around four years ago. Tina is currently finishing her training as a Debt Coach and will be fully qualified from August 2020

“Now I also support on clients visits and really believe that the Money Course works. I love when I see the real changes in peoples lives”.

Tina has a background in retail and management and works part time for a national supermarket chain.