Acts 435 is a revolutionary website that allows people to give
money directly to others. Managed through a network of churches and local charities,
our goal is to get 100% of your donations quickly to those in need.
Acts 435 is a fantastic initiative which puts people who are in
need in touch with those that can help. It is a very simple idea
but a very exciting one! I am proud that the Church is taking
practical steps to help those facing practical difficulties.
Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York
Donors have the assurance that every penny of what they give
will go directly to the individual they have chosen to help
Acts 435 looks just wonderful and I am thrilled that some of the Vineyard churches have so bought in. We are a pretty missional lot and people are grateful to be helped to give in radical and effective ways like this. I wish to commend Acts 435 for providing such an imaginative service to the givers as well as the receivers!
Eleanor Mumford, Co-founder of the Vineyard Churches in UK and Ireland
£705,000given to people in need
95%of requests posted met by donors in full
7,380people benefitted from Acts 435
* Launched nationally in July 2010, and growing organically
through the churches, progress to end March 2016
(see monthly stats).
A young couple have been rehoused in County Durham after being made homeless in Nottingham. They arrived with a few bags of clothes and bedding but have no appliances and have no family in the area to support. E's partner K is expecting and feeling unwell and I am worried they are not eating properly. I have found them a second hand microwave and we provide them with a hot meal once a week as well as fresh produce. We would like to help them get a second hand cooker and fridge with your help.
The applicant has been without work for for 1 year and 9 months now; he just had a baby and cant afford to buy essential items. He's looking to purchase a baby bed, pram and car seat. He has been looking for work desperately but has not been able to find a job. He has gone to different charities for help through the health visitor referral but they haven't been able to assist him. Any donations will help get a baby bed and pram, and any thing left will go towards a car seat.
VLH is a recovering addict who has been homeless and in prison. He has lost his family, friends and children due to a history of addictions. He has now joined a Christian support group and needs help to purchase a gym pass to improve his physical and mental health.
P and K are new clients to Citizens Advice having found themselves struggling after K lost his job. The couple are now living on P's income which is quite low, they struggled for some time before realising that they may be entitled to benefits. They were initially reluctant to ask for assistance but admitted they had both deferred quite urgent dental work for over 18 months as they could not afford the minimum NHS contribution, causing both of them some pain and discomfort.
This young woman has recently separated from her husband and is struggling to cope on the low wages that she earns as a part-time care assistant. During the marriage any credit was taken out in her name and she now has debts totalling £8000 which she cannot afford to repay. She has sought debt advice and a DRO has been recommended as her best option. As she cannot afford the £90 fee, I would be very grateful if you could help her to make a fresh start.
Received £90 through Acts 435.
£100 needed for a bunk bed
From Wellingborough - 37 years old
This poor lady ran away from domestic violence after years of physical, mental and financial abuse. She has two children and is now living in an empty flat with nothing, not even beds for them to sleep on. Her ex-partner took out £8000-£10,000 worth of debt in her name and she is working with a money advisor to repay. She has such little hope left and has noone to turn to. She feels anxious about her children sleeping on the floor & whilst beds won't solve all her problems it would be a start.
Received £100 through Acts 435.
£120 needed for a single bed
From Leicester - 39 years old
This client suffers from depression and has psychotic symptoms due to a history of drug and alcohol misuse. His support worker visited his home as there were concerns about the state of his property and it was found that he has been living in very poor conditions. He has been sleeping on a chair, so is in need of a bed but he cannot afford to buy one from his Employment and Support Allowance. Therefore, any assistance that you may be able to offer will be very much appreciated.
Received £120 through Acts 435.
£100 needed for Children's clothing and footwear
From Pickering - 67 years old
John is retired and caring for his wife who has severe abdominal pain (which is managed with Morphine). They have a 15 year old daughter who is desperate for clothing and footwear, but after day-to-day living costs and bills; and a very low income they have no money. Any donations would be gratefully received. Thank you.
Received £100 through Acts 435.
£120 needed for Replacing stolen bicycle
From Peterborough - 38 years old
Chris relies on his bike to get around. This week his bike was stolen and he is devastated. He is already depressed and losing his bike has made him feel worse.
Lisa paid the deposit for her son to go on a school trip to London. It would be his first time travelling outside of Yorkshire. Having had other unexpected bills coming in and problems with her benefits it looked as if her son would not be able to go with his school on the trip. With the help of Acts 435 the money was raised for him to join the trip and not be left out.
A long term problem, a quick solution!
I couldn't believe how quickly this request was met! It was amazing to be able to ring Ian and tell him the money was there and we could process the Debt Relief Order immediately. It was all done yesterday and he is now finally able to move on. His girlfriend is mega grateful because at long last he can stop talking about the utility company that has been causing so many problems and hopefully his stress levels will now decrease making the epilepsy more manageable, meaning he can get back into work and life will get easier for them all. Thank you so so much for you contribution to improving this family's well-being.
More than just shoes
The impact on this family goes way beyond the provision of supplying new shoes. The fact that they were able to go out together to shop for new shoes was a huge step for them. The father had been hospitalised after a mental breakdown. Bills had accumulated and they could not see a way forward which would allow the children to attend nursery properly dressed. Mum had searched charity shops but could not find anything suitable in their size. With the money from an Acts435 grant, a trip to town together and being able to go to a normal shop and choose was a new experience for them. It boosted his self confidence and put a lightness in their steps. They feel that they have begun a new phase in their lives and it started with 2 pairs of new shoes and 2 pairs of wellington boots.
Heartbroken but so grateful
I just couldn't believe the fast response to this request. I am absolutely overwhelmed by the kindness of Acts 435 donors. When I told my client on the phone, the line went quiet and I thought she had gone but then I heard quiet sobbing. She genuinely didn't think she would get to see her terminally ill mother to say her goodbyes and wanted me to tell you that words will never express the gratitude she is feeling. A huge thank-you to the donors, this gift will have a life-long effect.
The gift of independence
What a delight it was, to take this lady a new battery for the mobility scooter that she has been unable to use. She said she hadn't been able to go to the shops herself for the last 4 years due to her disability. She feels a lot happier, as she can now meet people in the street and doesn't feel quite so isolated. She would like to say thank you and that she is overwhelmed with your generosity. This has made such a difference to her life.