This is a family who moved to Italy for 2 years, living self sufficiently. On 17th January there was an avalanche that destroyed their home and every possession they had. The family were not insured for natural disasters. They have used the last of their savings to get back to the UK, but have nothing. They are living in B&B whilst being assessed for housing. Their son is 13 and starts school this week if we can get a grant for shoes, trainers, school uniform, bag, books & PE Kit please.
C has had to flee her father who was physically and sexually abusive. He tried to strangle her and made threats to kill her. She is having suicidal thoughts and has problems eating. She is being helped to apply for benefits but this will take time. She has no money for food or credit for her phone. She is unable to make phone calls to agencies which can help her. She has no money for travel so she walks everywhere, and she has very little energy so can at times miss appointments.
This young man has a partner and four children. He had been unemployed for over a year and now is about to start a job. Unfortunately he will not be paid for 6 weeks due to starting mid payment cycle. His Job Seekers Allowence has stopped and his benefits are being revued so he is struggling to pay for heating and buy food. He is trying hard to make a better life for himself and his family.
Ben has learning difficulties and is wheelchair-bound. His benefit payments stopped due to a mistake by the DWP assessor, leaving him with no cash for food, heat or bus fares. Ben had to go 3 miles by hand-propelled wheelchair to get benefits advice. The Citizens Advice Bureau was able to get him an appointment about his benefits and give him his bus fare home. However, Ben urgently needs money for food and heating and hopes that a kind donation will see him through till his benefits are paid.
Sarah is currently working through Christians Against Poverty to clear her debts. She is in urgent need of a vacuum cleaner and has seen a secondhand one advertised for £40. There has been a delay in sorting out her benefits so she and her young son have been struggling to cope. Sarah has back problems and has been finding it difficult to clean floors using a dustpan and brush.
Robert is facing difficult family circumstances. His elderly parents are in confict & his dad is currently in hospital for mental health treatment. As a result benefits have been suspended and Robert & his mum are facing serious financial difficulties. They're receiving food parcels, but Robert needs to keep his car on the road in order to attend appointments to resolve their difficulties & to attend our CAP Job Club, This money will pay for a month's insurance & petrol to keep the car running.
M is on Universal Credit but because of deductions made by creditors she does not have enough money to live on; she regularly has to ask her mother for help and has been using the local foodbank. A grant of this amount towards a TV licence would save her £12 per month which would make living just that little bit easier.
Philip has been forced into retirement due to ill health,he has COPD and other medical issues. Due to his pension being £12 over the government limit of what is an acceptable amount to live on he is currently struggling to pay his rent and utility bills. He does have an appeal in for Attendance Allowance as he does not qualify for any other benefits. Philip has had to access the food bank twice in the last 6 months and found this very embarrassing. He is a very independent man.