The debt counselling service is offered to Cologne’s citizens who find themselves in a difficult psycho-social situation and state of emergency that threatens their existence. If the focus is initially on securing their livelihood, the next step is to settle existing debts. The aim is to create conditions for those affected to allow them an independent and responsible life in terms of how they manage their household budget, taking available resources into account.
As well as measures to secure their livelihood and to settle debts, factors such as trust, time and individual factors are particularly important. During the advisory process, the advisor also acts as helper, mediator or “advocate”, if required. The service is created to be complete and needs-based and tailored. The consultancy includes clarification of objective circumstances, i.e. appraisal of legal and financial situation and a reasonable assessment of individual aspects.
Following the initial contact, the advisory process is broken down into two phases, a clearing phase and a constructive advisory phase. The personal and financial situation of the person seeking counselling is recorded in the clearing phase; initial steps are introduced to secure the livelihood. Concepts are devised and implemented with the parties concerned during the advisory phase, which aim for a long-term rehabilitation and stabilisation of the personal situation.
The service we offer consists of determining the excessive debt and life situation, personal and social counselling in terms of the individual debt situation.
- Assistance to maintain a livelihood
- Household and budget counselling
- Advice during the rehabilitation process
- Advice and support during insolvency proceedings
- Debt counselling for the elderly
- Support with official matters
- Psycho-social support
- Act as mediator for further support offered by the SKM network and other services
- Online counselling
Angebote des SKM Köln
SKM Köln –
Sozialdienst Katholischer Männer e.V.
Große Telegraphenstraße 31
Tel: +49(0)221 2074-0
Fax: +49(0)221 2074-165