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
£818,000given to people in need
97%of requests posted met by donors in full
8,515people benefitted from Acts 435
* Launched nationally in July 2010, and growing organically
through the churches, progress to end September 2016
(see monthly stats).
DS is a Czech citizen who has no identity documents and without documents he cannot obtain work. He has been helped with an Acts 435 donation to travel from Oldham to London to start the application process. However has to visit the Czech Embassy again and therefore needs further help. HE and his wife and being given pastoral support by the Ark christian project.
client has recently separated from his wife (In the last couple of years).. He found himself in debt, and is working with Christians Against Poverty on a repayment plan over 3 years. . He has been very depressed and also physically ill. (Pneumonia). For the last year he has been living in supported accommodation, but is now in the process of moving on and needs to buy some essentials for the new accommodation. He is working 16 hours a week on the minimum wage and has a very,very small pension.
N is currently struggling on benefits, took his clothes to be washed, he returned home in a taxi, forgot to take the washing from the back of the taxi boot, when inquired with the taxi firm advised nothing left in the boot. Most of N winter clothes were in the pile of washing, any assistance helping to N replace lost items would be much appreciated.
N is currently struggling on benefits, his washing machine stopped working a few weeks ago has been travelling to the launderette and family members in the winter weather to have clothes washed, he recently lost most of his winter clothing this week due to leaving washing in the back of a taxi, there has been no trace, N would appreciate any assistance to purchase a new washing machine.
This couple are really struggling at the moment not only with their finances but also with their health. M has learning difficulties and G is very ill with COPD he has had strokes and heart attacks. M has to care for G and her two boys which is stressful but is mostly struggling to keep on top of her bills and putting food on the table. A grant from acts would enable church to provide M with food and cleaning packs which will ease a lot of the stress she is going through at the moment.
This 19 year old single mother with two young children is struggling to get by on a benefit income. Recently the cot bed for her one year old broke and she is not in a financial position to replace it. He has a travel cot, but this is too small for him and he doesn't settle at night. She wants to provide a decent environment for her children to grow up in, but she doesn't have the excess funds to replace the cot. £100 would cover the cost of this item and help the young family enormously.
Received £100 through Acts 435.
£100 needed for Food and bills
From Peterborough - 35 years old
Michelle works from home but her contract has run out for this year. She needs help to survive until the New Year when she is able to work again. Please would you help to bridge the gap. Thank you
Received £100 through Acts 435.
£80 needed for Shoes & Clothes
From Leeds - 19 years old
Paul is working with Christians Against Poverty to sort out his finances. He is on a very tight budget & is trying to buy food & maintain his gas & electricity. He desperately needs shoes & some clothes. He has appointments to attend next week & he can't afford to buy these essentials. A donation would help him to buy shoes & some clothes so that he could be properly attired for his appointments.
Received £80 through Acts 435.
£45 needed for food for family without benifits
From Shildon - 28 years old
This family is without benefits as they didn't receive renewal form, so had to reclaim. They have asked church if we can help them with a food pack which will help them over next couple of weeks while waiting for benefits to be sorted. Please can you help.
Received £45 through Acts 435.
£100 needed for Cot
From Leicester - 31 years old
This couple and their child, of Pakistani origin, recently left National Asylum Seeker Service accommodation. After residing in a hostel they have now been offered a council property. At the moment, they are only receiving child benefit (£20.70 per week) and an application has been made for other benefits. The property has a cooker and a washing machine and a local charity has provided a double bed. They need a cot for the baby and some bedding. £100 would be invaluable to them.
When I started volunteering with DASH (Destitute Asylum Seekers in Huddersfield) I was unsure what I could offer seeing I had no ESOL skills. When I was asked to work with Acts 435 for Dash I was thrilled to be of use, but especially when I understood how the organisation works. The idea that folks with nothing could have specific needs met by others whom they had never met, seemed a wonderful but simple way of bringing people together.
For the Dash folks it is really an unlooked-for Godsend. I have two stories.
When I first met Zanab, an elderly Somali woman with no family locally, she was living in a small room. I was asked to sit with her and help her when she was moved across town to a completely new area. She was so grateful for my presence. I found her to be a warm, friendly woman with humour, always saying thank you for everything she received. When I became an advocate, I immediately thought of her. She had no winter coat and walks for miles around a cold Yorkshire town. I explained that unknown people may be willing to give her money to buy a winter coat. She found it hard to believe, saying Thank you! Thank you! I then explained that it might not happen but she nevertheless carried on saying thank you. I was amazed how quickly people gave the money. It cheered me up at the end of a difficult day.
So we went shopping for a coat. What fun. She was like a child in a candy factory. Wanting to try on this coat, that coat, all coats. It was such a special thing for someone who never goes shopping for new anything. She is a large lady and so the choice was limited but she found something that she really liked. It had ‘fur’ round the collar and she kept nuzzling into it and pulling the coat around her. Her smile was from here to infinity! Thank you! Thank you! I like! Lovely lovely! S warm! Thank you, thank you! Then she wanted to go immediately to Dash foregoing a cuppa so she could show her friends there. What joy, what help to keep her warm, what a demonstration of love for a stranger.
The second story is about an Eritrean man who has wife and 3 children. He is not allowed to live with them or support them. Asylum seekers must not work while waiting for Home Office approval to remain. In his culture it is unheard of. A man always works to support his family. But, despite all the difficulties, his loss of status as a father, he remains dignified, hopeful and patient. Last summer his 6 year old son asked him to take them on holiday. Obviously he could not do that but he started trying to find ways to take him out for the day. Nothing came up. When I met him it struck me how very hard it is not to be able to treat your child (especially as my great joy is treating my grandchildren). A day at a museum, educational as well as family time, seemed very little but meant a huge amount. His son is interested in science and planes. And so I hesitantly suggested you might be willing to fund such a day for him. He found it hard to believe. Again I told him it might not happen as was unsure whether folks would see it as meeting a need in the face of so many other needs. Nothing happened immediately and we both settled down to be patient. The news came through when we least expected it. It was wonderful. It meant so much to Benyam an encouraged many others. And so they went to the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. They went on the train and had a wonderful time exploring together as a family, like so many other families at half term. Being ordinary at times seems impossible, but you gave him the opportunity to do just that.
For myself, I have found the generosity and love behind these gifts that allow ordinary people to do things we can easily take for granted, has given me a new lease of ‘faith life’ after a difficult period. Thank you for the joy you have given to Benyam, Zanab and me.
B is so grateful for the washing machine she gave me a big hug and said to give it to you. She said "I cannot get over that people I don't even know want to help me"
You have made this lady's life so much easier and it has brought her great joy. Thank you.
thank you for making my day
Rob said 'I think this is spot on and i appreciate it. It's been one of the things that has put a smile on my face. When I'm cooking my christmas dinner I shall think of all the people who helped it happen."
Oh my, a replacement oven will mean I can prepare meals again for my son (and his friends). My mum has been great but now I can provide for my family again. Thank you.
Help with Food
One of our Church volunteers found out that a young man in the Church was struggling to buy food even though he has two jobs and lives alone. He asked our Acts 435 advocate Dave Key at Open Door Church Peterborough if he could help in anyway. Dave was able to find out more details and then put in a request for £60 to help with this urgent situation. £60 was given to the Church Volunteer who took the young man food shopping straight away. They returned to his home and filled his cupboards and fridge with food which was more than enough to help him until his next pay day. The request was posted and met in full within two weeks by generous donations. Thank you for helping us to support him in his time of need.