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
£721,000given to people in need
100%of requests posted met by donors in full
7,550people benefitted from Acts 435
* Launched nationally in July 2010, and growing organically
through the churches, progress to end April 2016
(see monthly stats).
A mum that has four children, two of which have a diagnoses of Autism. The boys share a bedroom and are in need of new beds ( they have outgrown their old ones). Mum has recently had her fourth child and is on a low income. She keeps a nice home and is a good Mum dealing everyday with the challenges of children with Autism. She would be very grateful if someone would be able to help her purchase new beds for the boys by donating £120 .
A mum with 11 year old son, changing to secondary school September and needs complete school uniform. Mum has mental health issues and after 5 years of living in the present house she has received an Eviction notice as the landlord wants to sell the property. Income tight with moving cost. £120 would buy a complete school uniform including shoes. This would alleviate anxieties and give this young lad the opportunity to start school the same as other students.
A young boy of 9 who has just been diagnosed with Autism would be very grateful to have a new bed as would his brother who is 7. This young lad suffers with incontinence due to his medical condition and needs a new mattress and bed. His younger brother often has to go without to meet his brother's needs and it would be nice if he is recognised as well. £120 requested to buy bunk beds. The brothers have to deal with a lot as their mother suffers with agoraphobia and is unable to leave the house.
A young family who have recently been evicted from private rented accommodation as landlord sold the property has been moved in to Social housing . The flat is very basic even though they have their own furniture there is no floor covering. One of the children is two and walking around the flat is both dangerous and slippery. £100 towards floor covering/carpet would be very appreciated. Due to already tight budget and cost of move they cannot afford to do this themselves.
MS is an ex-offender who has been helped with an Acts 435 donation for rent. He is being helped with his debt issues by Christians Against Poverty and is also being helped pastorally by a church support project. However he still quite traumatised and needs help to buy food and pay for gas and electricity.
D has been working with Christians Against Poverty (CAP) on a debt repayment program for 2 years. Single mum of one daughter - on limited benefits income and been unable to get work due to mental health issues - family pet cat has absess on tooth and vets bill will be £200 to remove. Can get together £80, but needs help with £120 if debt repayment to continue. She is now beginning to volunteer with CAP to help others and so this help would be a great encouragement to her.
Received £120 through Acts 435.
£120 needed for tent, camping cooker and bike
From Hastings - 56 years old
Single man who was sharing a flat. Lost the flat share as lessee wanted to be on his own, and then lost his job as a bricklayer as he was off work for 3 months following operation for tennis elbow. Homeless & sleeping in local park- he has a sleeping bag but little else and has made a make shift shelter in woodland. Needs a lightweight tent, cooker and a second hand bike to get around on- £120 will provide all. Trying to stay away from the groups of homeless alcoholics and drug addicts in the town centre.
Received £120 through Acts 435.
£120 needed for beds for children
From Leicester - 34 years old
This single mum was bringing up her three children alone and they have just been made homeless. Their landlord wanted to sell the house and evicted them at such short notice. They have been in a homeless shelter which is obviously very upsetting for mum and the children. They have no other relatives or friends who are able to help. They have a new house but have been sleeping on blankets on the floor. This is no way to live. Please can you help them buy beds/mattresses and restore their dignity.
Received £120 through Acts 435.
£100 needed for Food and essentials for self and children
From London - 40 years old
S has been suffering domestic abuse by her husband for the last 12 years and she and her children are being placed in refuge for their safety. S has no money of her own as her husband claims and keeps all the family benefits. She will be able to make a claim in her own right once she reaches refuge but Universal Credit takes a few weeks to release funds. S needs help to support herself and her children with food and necessities until she is in receipt of benefits.
Received £100 through Acts 435.
£110 needed for fridge
From Leicester - 43 years old
This 43 year old gentleman is struggling to set up a new home after his marriage broke down. He came to the UK from the Congo a few years back and has been employed in various low paid positions since then. He became homeless when his marriage ended but he was determined to maintain his job as a cleaner. He has now moved into a council flat but has no way of purchasing expensive white goods. He is in need of a fridge for which your donations would be most appreciated.
This single lady is a carer at a local nursing home on minimum wage. She has been suffering from an undiagnosed illness for months, which is causing severe pain in her joints. Financial pressure forces her to try to work a couple of shifts a week, but she is really struggling with her health. She hadn't had a washing machine since August 2015 and had been trying to do all her washing by hand, but when every movement is so painful it was far too much for her to bear.
Acts 435 donors stepped in and provided £120 for a good quality second hand washing machine, which now stands proudly in her kitchen. She was utterly amazed to receive it so quickly and what a big difference it has made to her life. She still has severe pain in her joints and is still finding it difficult to move around, although things are a little better- I am sure not having to struggle so much with hand washing everything has contributed towards the improvement in her condition. Thank you so much for your care and concern.
Missing out on a school trip.
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.