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
£754,000given to people in need
100%of requests posted met by donors in full
7,899people benefitted from Acts 435
* Launched nationally in July 2010, and growing organically
through the churches, progress to end June 2016
(see monthly stats).
This 22 year old woman with two children and a partner originate from Latvia. They have done agency work in the past but are unable to do so now because the car has broken down and they cannot afford to pay for repairs. She and her partner are on a low income and have no cooker. A local charity has agreed to supply her with this item. She is having problems with neighbours because the garden is overgrown. She is asking for help with the cost of a lawn mower and strimmer.
'O' is in need of a car desperately to fulfil work commitments. He works as a support worker with people with learning disabilities in the community. The balance of the payment to be obtained by the Grace of God (credit union probably). Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
A lady with 2 teenage children has suffered physical and verbal abuse and harassment. Her furniture has been damaged in the attack. The lady has now moved to another area of Middlesbrough and has replaced some of the items damaged but not all of them, she and her family would be so grateful if Acts 435 could help them.
This is to help a family facing financial hardship who have been affected by changes from the welfare reform and switch to universal credit. They are faced with large debts which will take 5 years to repay. One family member works 32 hours a week and has to support the partner who is unable to work at present, a young child and teenage son in education. This grant will help them pay costs towards current utility bills and shopping for food to cook.
CR has recently moved with his partner from shared accommodation into their own home.
She has a muscle wasting condition which results in her frequently soiling her clothes. This in turn is adversely affecting her mental health. They desperately need a washing machine to help with providing clean clothes.
Cherry is a young woman with two small ill children, she has just left a partner who had been controlling, she was frequently left without money, struggled to buy clothes & nappies for the children. There is now going to be some weeks before her benefit will be paid. There is limited financial support from her family, but her parents would like Cherry and children to join them in a caravan for a short holiday. Her children have never had a holiday, we are looking for help to buy train tickets.
Received £100 through Acts 435.
£100 needed for Days out or a little holiday for refugee family
From York - 30 years old
Matthew, Sammy and their 3 little boys aged 1,5 and 8 are refugees and although they have now been here 3 years have not managed to have a fun holiday together in the summertime. They have got a family railcard but not enough money to enjoy days out or a weekend away from home. They live in a third floor 2 bedroom flat so it's difficult for the boys to get much time to run around and enjoy the fresh air. It would be wonderful if they could use their rail card this summer to go to the seaside
Received £100 through Acts 435.
£120 needed for Curtains, Bedding, Pots & Pans
From Hull - 51 years old
T has recently split from an abuse partner due to domestic violence. T had to leave quickly which meant leaving everything behind & starting to build a home from scratch. She has been living with a friend but has just been offered the keys to a small council flat which needs furnishing. It has taken T a great deal of strength & courage to make this change & any donation would be gratefully received & would be a real encouragement to her.
Received £120 through Acts 435.
£90 needed for Debt Relief Order Fee
From Leeds - 56 years old
Kathleen is unable to work & is going to a tribunal to appeal a Personal Independence Payment decision. She is working with Christians Against Poverty (CAP) & is on a very tight budget. CAP has recommended a Debt Relief Order as her way out of debt, but it is not possible for Kathleen to save the £90 fee. A donation to pay the fee would mean that the process could be accelerated & Kathleen could go debt free, which would alleviate some of the pressure in her life.
Received £90 through Acts 435.
£40 needed for Secondhand Fridge
From Leeds - 56 years old
Kathleen is in debt & has come to Christians Against Poverty (CAP) for help. She is on a very tight budget, with only £5 per week for food. We are trying to help with food parcels etc., but her fridge has broken, so as we are in the warmer weather, it is essential that she can keep the food fresh that she does have. A local secondhand shop has given her a fridge for £40. A donation of £40 would allow her to pay this off & do her best with her meagre food budget.
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.