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
£894,000given to people in need
98%of requests posted met by donors in full
9,320people benefitted from Acts 435
* Launched nationally in July 2010, and growing organically
through the churches, progress to end December 2016
(see monthly stats).
This lady has been attending family counselling after going through an historical child abuse case where their son was abused by a family member. Her Husband gave up work after she had a serious breakdown. In November she became seriously ill whilst pregnant and then in December she contracted a virus that brought on a premature labour. Thankfully both mum and baby survived. They have to make a two hour round trip to visit their baby in intensive care unit. The family desperately need help.
This lady is a single parent and struggling at the moment due to her money been stopped. She is putting an appeal in put in the meantime she is struggling to buy food and pay utility bills. Our charity would like to help this family by providing her with a food packs which will help enormously and will release money to pay her utility bills. Please can you help?
This lady had a mental breakdown last year and suffered severe depression. She got herself in a big mess financially. She is now recovering but she is paying a lot out to try and pay her debts off. Our charity would like to help this lady by providing her with food, hygiene and cleaning packs which will help this lady massively. Please can you help.
B is a single father supporting two teenage sons and living off ESA whilst waiting for his other benefit payments to be processed. They are in a very difficult situation living in temporary accommodation. Both boys shoes are so worn that they have holes in and in this cold weather they are desperate for new pairs. B has no money to replace them and would be so grateful to have help to be able to buy new ones.
£50 needed for food parcel for struggling single mum.
From Newton Aycliffe - 37 years old
This single mum of a teenager suffers from poor mental health and is struggling to cope on a low-income. She is working well with her Community Psychiatric nurse to help her to manage her money better. A grant would help to relieve a lot of stress and improve her mental health.
Received £50 through Acts 435.
£120 needed for help towards keeping children warm - gas & electic
From Darlington - 34 years old
Stacie is on pre-payment metres as she has utility debts. She is finding it hard to keep the house warm due to lack of funds. She is in need of emergency food parcels as well as children's clothing items.
Please can you help this family?
Received £120 through Acts 435.
£100 needed for food for gentleman struggling financially
From West auckland - 50 years old
This gentleman is feeling very low at the moment due to struggling financially. Bills are going up but his income is staying the same. He finds once bills are paid he is left with little money to buy food. Our charity would like to help this gentleman by providing him with large food packs which will be greatly appreciated and will last about a month. Please can you help?
Received £100 through Acts 435.
£100 needed for food and help towards gas and electric
From Evenwood - 59 years old
This gentleman is struggling financially due to only getting paid once a month on benefits. He has found himself behind on bills. He has to make a decision to buy food or gas and electric. Our charity would like to help this gentleman by providing him with food packs which will free up money to put towards gas and electric. Please can you help?
Received £100 through Acts 435.
£100 needed for food,nappies,wipes and hygiene items
From Bishop Auckland - 36 years old
S is a single parent to 3 boys.Even though S is working part time, this is just covering her bills and has little money to buy food and other essentials. She finds it a big struggle to cope on her own and to provide for her children needs. Please can you help this family.
Thank you very very much for enabling Transformation CPR to provide the support this vulnerable couple so desperately needed. To be suddenly homeless and penniless is a terrible thing but to not be able to speak the language makes it a scary place to be.
The couple are safely accommodated and incredibly grateful for your help.
Family's Last Christmas
A 35 year old father of 5 is facing his last Christmas with his young family after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. He is self employed and the sole bread winner. The generous donation of £100 for this request was received within hours of being posted.
Five very nice toys were bought for the children and a family game for all to share. All gift wrapped by the Advocate.
Being in a very dark place at the moment the man and his wife were overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers at Christmas. It will help them to make a celebration for the children on this bitter sweet occasion. Heartfelt thanks to the donor.
Aisha has come to this country from sunny Nigeria. She is learning English quickly but has other difficulties. She is asthmatic and thus the cold affects her quite badly physically as well as being strange. Her mother managed to find a second hand pair of boots that didn't really fit and were very worn inside. This made her feet sore and as they also had cracked soles her feet got wet in any case. She showed me the state of her boots with a sad face as she endeavoured to communicate her need. Without a wider family and village friends around it is hard for asylum seekers to feel supported. They can feel isolated and disorientated.
But thanks to her donors she now has a new pair of proper boots which are comfortable and warm. Her little face lit up with delight when I explained to her and her mother that she would be able to have new boots. And proper boots not just cheap ones that easily become stiff and uncomfortable.
The donation meant so much to all three members of her family. It is more than money. It means someone they don't know cares enough about their situation to help them out. It brings a feeling of warmth and acceptance which is very hard to hold on to when you are living in a strange land, attending a strange school and learning a strange language. Thank you.
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.