This lady has a long term disability and a child who is also disabled. They have been moved into a ground floor flat by Yorkshire Housing due to their disabilities and also no longer being able to afford the rent in their old property. However the house is bare and they have no flooring/carpets in their living room which is currently a bare stone floor. This is extremely cold and hard and they need help with funds to buy carpets. Please can you help?
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This lady has a long term disability and a child who is also disabled. They have been moved into a ground floor flat by Yorkshire Housing due to their disabilities and also no longer being able to afford the rent in their old property. However the house is bare and they have no flooring/carpets in their kitchen and need help with funds to buy flooring. Please can you help?
This lady has a long term disability and a child who is also disabled. They have been moved into a ground floor flat by Yorkshire Housing due to their disabilities and also no longer being able to afford the rent in their old property. However the house is bare and they have no flooring/carpets in their bathroom and hallway and need help with funds to buy carpets. Please can you help?
This man has suffered with poor mental health for a long time. He was living in a damp flat and after much appealing has finally been given decent accommodation, close to his children. He is on benefits and unable to work due to his condition. The new flat is in need of freshening up, it is a big improvement. This funding would enable him to buy new wallpaper and paint, and friends and family are able to help him decorate.
This young girl is handling counselling well and is stating to open up to her counsellor about her fears, feelings and problems she is experiencing. C was recommended for counselling as she suffers from ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), which has also resulted in self harming. Can we help this child to become a stronger person? Thank you.
The life of this young lady has been dogged with angry outbursts which has left her deeply ashamed and guilty. L has had her self-esteem and self-worth turned against her leaving her feeling very low. As a result of this she has returned to self harming, and is desperate to seek professional help to find why this is happening to her as she travels this vey dangerous road. Can we give her the help she needs to find the root cause of her behaviour? Thank you.
G has made good progress with her counsellor and as a result her suicidal thoughts have ceased. As G works through her life issues she is still suffering from a panic disorder and anxiety but as these are addressed her confidence in herself is returning. Can we help her to a better future?
A is making good progress and now needs to work on her self-esteem, this has been damaged through years of being ignored as a child and made to feel worthless. As a child she also had an eating disorder which increased the dislike in herself. She has a family she is longing to reconnect with but until her self-esteem and liking herself are enhanced this reunion will not be possible. Can we help her get to that final stage of self-belief? Thank you.
K is slowly benefiting from her counselling and is trying hard to improve her emotional state. K has endured abusive treatment right through her young life, and as a result of this abuse she has hallucinations and breakdowns which have resulted in odd behaviour patterns. Can we help her gain control of her emotions? Thank you.
L has recently been granted her refugee status. She has been able to secure a private tenancy for when she is evicted from her asylum accommodation. However, this accommodation is completely unfurnished. She needs to purchase a washing machine. She is claiming Universal Credit and so is on a very low income. Any support would be greatly appreciated.
C has been struggling financially since her youngest son moved to be with his father and her benefits changed. Her cooker broke before Christmas and she could not afford to replace it. She has been cooking meals for her and her 2 children on a mini oven with only two rings and is struggling to produce healthy meals for the family. Any help to buy a second hand cooker would be greatly appreciated.
A family with 3 children are struggling to cover their fuel bills. Mum is on benefits and dad has been furloughed. They are accessing a foodbank to save money in order to ensure they can keep a roof over their heads by prioritising their rent. They are making a monthly payment for their fuel, but it is not covering the full cost. They have been referred to a fuel charity for advice and support but need to reduce their debt in the meantime.
A has left a long term relationship and is having to set up home from scratch. The breakdown has left him struggling with depression and anxiety, and he has attempted to take his own life. He feels helpless, lost and without hope. We're trying to help A rebuild his life and start again. He has no washing machine, any help you could give would be greatly appreciated.
A has left a long term relationship and is having to set up home from scratch. The breakdown has left him struggling with depression and anxiety, and he has attempted to take his own life. He feels helpless, lost and without hope. We're trying to help A rebuild his life and start again. He has no fridge, any help you could give would be greatly appreciated.
This lady is struggling with debt. When her pension is paid she immediately has to pay out on an overdraft and a personal loan, which leaves her with very little for food and bills. If she could have £100 this would be such a help towards balancing her finances whilst receiving support from her church's debt advice service. She is so embarrassed at having to ask for help but she is in a desperate situation.
This middle-aged gentleman with long term sickness is not able to work or live on the benefits he receives. He accesses a foodbank for food and and his only means of travel is his bicycle as he is not able to drive. Due to his health problems, he is anxious about using public transport and is very reliant on his bicycle, which needs a service and requires a lot of repairs. He has now been referred to a benefits adviser as he may be eligible for more benefits than he is currently receiving.
S is a recovering addict who is struggling massively with the burden of his debts (around £11,000). He has recently attempted suicide because he is struggling to cope with his debt problems. He loses 30% of his Universal Credit each month to forced debt repayments. This is forcing him to use foodbanks - the £30 a week he loses is what he should be spending on food. A Debt Relief Order would stop these deductions and allow S to concentrate on his mental health and staying clean.
J has twice been sectioned because of mental health problems. He suffers from depression and anxiety, and has suicidal thoughts. The same mental health problems have led to him running up debts, with rent not paid and the prospect of eviction. He needs help to pay off the debt, avoid eviction, and to remain qualified for a permanent council property.
C is moving house and, while she has been able to meet part of the cost of moving, there is a shortfall which she would struggle to make up. She is on benefits, and has some mental health issues. Her move is imminent, and so she needs help as soon as possible so that she can settle in without this major worry hanging over her.
P is a working man but has a zero hours contract, and as parts of his factory have had to intermittently close due to Covid-19 and isolation requirements, many weeks he has ended up with no work - whereas sometimes he can get 10 hours a day. The lack of consistency is very hard and he is embarrassed to keep accepting help from family, but if he is to continue to be able to have his 7 year old daughter at weekends, he has no choice. Currently his council tax is in arrears, which is an additional stress.
B is a 78-year-old single lady who has little family support, and suffers from a lung condition as well as anxiety and high blood pressure. She had to move out of her flat last September because of severe damp, but had no insurance. The Housing Association has been very helpful, and has replaced all her belongings except for the vinyl flooring. Her lung condition means that her health is badly affected by carpets. Other charities are helping but there is a shortfall, which we are trying to make up.
Ms S is living at home with her 2 small children. She is a domestic violence survivor. Before leaving the property the ex partner took a lot of household items that he purchased, including the wardrobe and drawers. Ms S has managed to get white goods from the local authority and charities. However, she is struggling to get the wardrobe and drawers. At the moment, clothing and the children's belongings are on the floor. Just these two items will help bring some normality back for the children.
This gentleman has previously lived on the streets for many years and was taken from the streets under the government’s “All In” campaign to take the homeless from the streets because of the pandemic. At the start of the pandemic this gentleman was moved into emergency accommodation then temporary accommodation and now is moving to a permanent home. He has nothing to furnish his new place with, not even carpets. He is in great need of assistance.
This gentleman has previously lived on the streets for many years and was taken from the streets under the government’s “All In” campaign to take the homeless from the streets because of the pandemic. At the start of the pandemic this gentleman was moved into emergency accommodation, then temporary accommodation and now he is moving to a permanent home. He has nothing to furnish his new place with, not even carpets. He is in great need of assistance.
This gentleman has previously lived on the streets for many years and was taken from the streets under the government’s “All In” campaign to take the homeless from the streets because of the pandemic. At the start of the pandemic this gentleman was moved into emergency accommodation, then temporary accommodation and now he is moving to a permanent home. He has nothing to furnish his new place with, not even carpets. He is in great need of assistance. He is currently sleeping on a mattress on a bare floor.
This young family are in need of a double bed and bedding. They have just been given keys to their first house and are waiting on some white goods that have been donated to them. They would really like to get a bed that has storage underneath. Any help you could give would be really appreciated, as they have no other means of help.
This client was referred to us after finding himself struggling to pay off his bills and living expenses. He has recently fallen on hard times after being sick for the past few weeks, unable to leave his house. This has reduced his income and also meant that his car is now due for an MOT and service. He currently does not have enough to pay for this, however having his car parked outside runs the risk of him receiving a fine, it also means he cannot travel for work.
This client has recently found themselves in financial hardship after being made redundant and waiting 4 weeks to be put onto benefits. This lack of income has lead to bills not being paid on time and interest being added to some of his debts. This has brought a lot of stress to the client and led to sleepless nights as the client is on a very low income, they are not sure how they can pay off the debt. This support would give the client some breathing space and help them get back on track,
This client was referred to us after their social worker found they where struggling to pay for basic essentials like food and energy in their flat. They had recently moved into their new accommodation after being homeless and living in a hostel for nearly 1 year. Unfortunately due to the pressures of managing their own bills and finances everything became too much and the client was unable to keep on track. This lead to not eating just to pay bills. This help would enable them to get back on track.
This single mother of 3 came to us for help when her washing machine recently broke. She had been using her machine quite regularly and although it was an old machine it was quite reliable. Unfortunately she did not have insurance and is on a very low income, but she now is in need of a replacement which she cannot afford. The client works quite long shifts and finds it hard to wash the clothes by hand so this would be a massive blessing to them and enable them to carry on as normal.
This young lady has been placed in her permanent home with her young child after fleeing domestic violence. She has saved hard, often going without to save for the necessities to make a stable home for herself and her child. She has no carpet in the property and the child is now toddling. This may be dangerous for the child. Any help to buy carpets will be gratefully received.
This man is homeless and in a very desperate way. He is in need of medical support and mental health support. We aim to get him the basics by putting him in temporary accommodation to ensure that he can gain back his dignity. Once we have provided him with the necessities we will plan for his permanent accommodation. He is not local so we will work with the council who have his duty of care. He is very thankful for us providing him with support and offers his thanks.
This young person has found himself homeless due to poor mental health. He has had relationship breakdowns with his family and friends. He just finds it very difficult to maintain relationships. He has asked us to support him. We are aiming to provide the support he needs by offering counselling as well. He is very religious and feels that the Lord has brought us to him to share his love. I was able to agree with his thinking. He is very keen to follow our advice and get the support that he needs. Any help you could give him would be really appreciated.
P has recently entered employment after being off work long term with mental health issues. P needs new work clothes and tools as the ones he previously had are no longer fit for use. The help we are requesting will be enough for two sets of the clothes and the tools he requires. Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated.
S is a single lady on benefits having lost her job in 2018, and she has struggled to keep up with bills since then. She now has several deductions from her Universal Credit which makes it even harder to budget. Most of those deductions would stop as a result of a Debt Relief Order, making it easier for her to budget in the future. Thank you for any help you can offer.
M moved into his new flat in December with little furniture. He has been sleeping badly on a chair since then. M has long-standing mental health issues, is waiting for knee replacement surgery and is a carer for his elderly mother. Unable to sleep, M’s depression has worsened culminating in an attempted suicide. Being able to have proper rest and a comfortable space would really help him restore some perspective on his life and enable him to start planning for the future.
R has learning difficulties and we have helped secure him a move from a mouldy, cold, damp bedsit into supported social housing (the heating costs are included with the rent). His furniture is really mouldy and we are getting it disposed of. We have found a reconditioned armchair suitable for his needs and wondered if you could help us purchase it for him. He is moving on Thursday and is very excited.
S has been rehoused after being homeless and has been moved into shared accommodation with young people of a similar age. However she is struggling to cope with the noise, hustle and bustle of a busy house. Her autism and sensory issues mean she struggles with noise and sounds. The headphones would make her much more comfortable.
K is a single mum to 3 children, the youngest of whom is one year old. Her only income is Universal Credit but this is limited as the benefits cap is applied and she is really struggling to make ends meet. She has difficulties keeping her gas and electric metres in credit and the Council are going to help her with this but this will take some time to arrange. In the meantime she really needs some help with having enough food for her children. Any support you can offer will be so important to her.
R has recently lost her husband to suicide. She is on compassionate leave from her part time job and after paying for her husband's funeral she is becoming overwhelmed with debts. We are supporting her with a benefits check but she needs immediate support with her utilities if you can help.
This lady lives alone, has ill-health and is reliant on her pets for company. Sadly, one of her 2 dogs has died during the pandemic and she has replaced it with a kitten. The kitten now needs spaying and microchipping but this lady is on a low income (Universal Credit), has debts, and cannot afford to pay the vet's fees. She has a voucher from PDSA for £40 that she can use but will struggle to raise the £70 balance. She has been quoted £110 from Vets 4 Pets. Thank you.
We are supporting a young mother with mental and physical difficulties who has a young son and daughter with special needs. Her electric cooker has completely broken down and needs replacing. She is managing on a temporary basis with an appliance someone has lent to her but she needs to obtain a replacement cooker in the longer term. Any help to support this person would be most gratefully received. Thank you.
This gentleman moved into his flat 18 months ago after a period of homelessness. He has had an ongoing issue with mice since moving in. On enquiring, we have been told that this was also an issue with the flat previously. However the landlord says that this is the responsibility of the tenant. J does not have the money to be able to pay for the treatment needed. Once this has been done the landlord has agreed to return and seal up any holes in the property. Your help is very much appreciated.
M is really struggling with his mental and physical health and we are helping him with food crisis support at the moment. We have managed to get him some counselling with a local charity but he needs practical help. His gas and electric have run out and we would like to top them up for him.
Mrs D has approached Citizens Advice for help with her debts. Her husband lost all of his income when Coronavirus struck, and was not eligible for any of the government help schemes. She has less income due to furlough. Her existing debts have become unmanageable, and she is fearful of enforcement officers visiting. A Debt Relief Order would give Mrs D a fresh start, and she and her husband could manage on lower income without old debts holding her back.
R is classed as clinically vulnerable as she has a number of physical and mental health issues including anxiety and depression. Her condition has deteriorated over the recent months. She was forced to leave her job 6 months ago because of her health problems and is now on Universal Credit. She lives with her partner but he has a number of debts and they are struggling to cope financially. They desperately need support.
D is a Christians Against Poverty client who has been struggling with debt for a number of years. When friends reached out to Christians Against Poverty to see if we could help him he had no hope or confidence that anything could change. A Debt Relief Order will help lift the burden of debt and allow D to focus on addressing some of the issues that have been neglected in his life. The fees for a Debt Relief Order are £90 and will allow us to help D become debt-free quickly.
R is a young mum whose children have had to move schools due to the family being made homeless after a family breakdown. This lady's mental health has understandably been poor and as we now know children can return to school she is really worried about how she will pay for 2 school uniforms.
This mum of two young children has had a very traumatic time. She had to flee an abusive relationship and is in debt. She has been rehoused far from her family and friends but is relieved to be in a safe and secure home. However the second hand washing machine she was given has broken and she is really struggling to wash all the clothes and bedding by hand; in particular her 3 year old needs lots of changes of clothes! She cannot afford to buy a new machine and would be so grateful for your help.
A has three girls. During the last year they have all grown. During this last year A has struggled to feed them after a relationship breakdown and loss of her job. It would be such a fantastic gift if she could buy the girls some new clothes before they return to school!
S is a 31 year old single mum to four children. She is struggling to support her family on her Universal Credit award. Her ex has also stopped paying Child Maintenance pushing her further into poverty. S has a number of debts and, on receiving advice from a debt specialist, has been recommended for a Debt Relief Order. Sadly, S is unable to afford the fee for this. Please donate so she can afford this and have a fresh start, free of debt and focus on caring for her family. Thank you.
C lives near Enniskillen, she has two young children (aged 10 years and 1 year old) and is expecting her third child shortly. She had a tumble dryer (from Gumtree) which broke down within a few months and is now unable to be repaired. She desperately needs a new dryer and because she lives on benefits, she has insufficient income to pay for a new one. She would be really grateful for your help in enabling her to buy a new one in time for the new baby's birth.
S has suffered the effects of domestic violence. During this time her debts have built up and she has no way of paying them. This has only led to further anxiety. Her support worker is applying for a Debt Relief Order but we just need some help finding the fee. We would be so grateful for any help.
R and his family of 4 lived in a single room for over a year. Before Covid-19, R had a steady job but was furloughed and was eventually made redundant during the latest lockdown. They have used all of their small savings and now rely on Universal Credit. They were so relieved to have been offered a 2 bedroom flat just recently but are struggling to furnish it with basic essentials. They desperately need a washing machine as they cannot afford regular trips to the launderette.
These parents have 16 and 20 year old children, and they are living in a 2 bedroom flat. They have had to give up space and beds as their two adult children have moved back in as they have lost their jobs due to COVID-19. Dad has emphysema and mum is his carer so neither of them work. Their washing machine has since broken and with 6 living in the flat, they desperately need to replace it.
M is a single man who was made homeless a year ago. M is being housed however the flat does not have any white goods or furnishings. M is on benefits and is finding it very hard to make ends meet. M has Crohns disease and is being supported by his local foodbank. Any help you could give M to buy a cooker would be very much appreciated. Thank you.
This lady works part time and her husband has just lost his job due to COVID-19. They have 3 school age children and with the loss of income and the need to heat their property all day as dad and children are home all day, the heating bill has escalated beyond expectations, they are in debt to their supplier. In order afford their rent, they are having to access a foodbank. They have been referred to a fuel charity who may be able to help, but need money in the meantime to pay off their debt.
This young single mum is expecting a baby in eight weeks. She lost her job due to the lockdown and got into arrears, but she has now managed to clear these with her Universal Credit. She has just secured a new tenancy, however all the white goods were built in at her old address, and she has no way of sourcing new white goods for her new property. Any help you could give her to get a new washing machine would be really appreciated.
A is the mother of four primary school children between the ages of 5 and 8. On March 8th they all go back to school. Apart from 6 weeks, what with social isolating they have pretty much been off school since last March and they have outgrown their uniforms! We have costed up what is needed for 4 sets of shoes, jumpers and polo shirts. A is on Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payment. She will have to pay the extra herself, but she is very grateful for any help you might give. Thank you.
C is a single man living in a flat. He is unemployed and on an income so low that he has been allowed to be a member of a local food pantry to make ends meet. His fridge has recently broken and he has not got any way of replacing it. His food expenditure has risen because of not being able to keep perishables at home. He wonders if he could have some help to replace the fridge.
A and her 2 children were recently moved to a council house in the Canterbury area from a refuge in London after fleeing domestic abuse. The house is only partly furnished and there are no carpets downstairs, just bare concrete. This means that in addition to being trapped at home during lockdown, A and the children are also trapped upstairs as it's so cold downstairs and dangerous for her very young children to run around on the hard floors. A carpet in the front room would make a massive difference, can you help?
F is a newly granted refugee who has recently moved into his own flat. The property is completely unfurnished and bare. Although F has received some support in getting a bed and cooker, he still requires financial assistance in purchasing other household items in order to live comfortably in his new home. F suffers from anxiety and is not able to afford to pay for these essential items himself. Your generosity will be appreciated.
G has been homeless for a while now. His old house was condemned due to the dire state it was in. He has been staying with his sister but his sister has mobility issues and already has kids so the house is feeling a little full. G has now been offered a flat and is really excited to finally have his own place. He just picked up the keys today and will be starting with a blank canvas. He would really like some carpets to make the place warmer. Can you help towards the cost of this?
B is struggling at present as he has mental health problems and he living on his own and feeling very isolated, he says he's not good at present. He has needed help with his Universal Credit claim and worries that he won't get his fit note on in time. Whilst chatting we became aware that he does not have a winter coat or suitable shoes for the bad weather.
C was the principal carer for her mother until she died two years ago, all of C's savings were used to pay for the burial. C had a five week delay before getting her first Universal Credit payment and since then her debts have accumulated. She had slept on a mattress on the floor for many years but took a budget loan to buy a bed, she has rent and mobile phone arrears. Citizens Advice are helping her to manage her debts and this support from Acts 435 will help her to get ahead on some of her repayments.
A single mum who has sadly lost her job because of Covid-19, is working with a Christians Against Poverty worker to support her finances. She needs £90 for the fees of a Debt Relief Order to move forward. This is a significant stumbling block to moving forward which she is so desperate to do.
This young person was referred due to sofa surfing and having a broken relationship with her parents. She is suffering with her mental health and her confidence is low. Since getting her own property with us she is slowly improving but there are still many items she doesn't have and no family to help her. These funds would enable her to obtain further items and ensure she successfully maintains her tenancy and help her live independently. Thank you.
A Christians Against Poverty client, on his journey to become debt free, living on a tight budget, is desperately in need of an orthopedic bed. This large framed man has had surgery for a spine injury and requires the support a special bed would give him. He is prepared to contribute to the cost and the Debt Coach is seeking additional funding to make up the balance required. The difference this bed would make will also impact his mental health and feeling of well-being.
H came to the UK with his 3 teenage sons in June. He recently lost his job in the third lockdown. He is awaiting his Universal Credit application to be processed but there have been delays. He desperately needs help to buy food and pay for essential bills while he waits.
This client continues to persist with the heating grant which will get a step closer on 8th March but is unlikely to be completed before the Autumn. With Spring and Summer coming the heating costs are reducing but still needed for the evenings. She is truly without any further options until her new heating system is made available and the efficiency tested. Our continued support enables the client to engage and we access foodbank parcels weekly as well. She remains on pension credit and no further income is possible
J has just gone into shared accommodation following a period of homelessness, but he has very little income to equip his new home. In particular he is in need of some bedding, please could you help provide this for him?
M and her family have just signed for a private house following months of sofa surfing at friends' houses after they were made homeless. They have been given beds by Leeds City Council but they did not come with bedding. She needs to purchase this for her and her husband and their 2 children. They are claiming Universal Credit and can't afford to purchase this themselves. Any support would be greatly appreciated.
V is cohabiting with two dependent children in a 1 bedroom flat. His partner and her children moved in with him in an emergency basis recently due to bullying from a neighbour. She was scared to go back to the house because of this and lost most of her items in there. She was able to bring the children's beds, however they have two single beds in a small bedroom and no space to play, especially in the lockdown. A bunk bed would save them so much space until they can move, which they can't currently.
I've been working with J for a while - she was left in a 3 bedroom house when her kids moved out and couldn't afford the rent so was evicted. She has finally (after 5 months looking) managed to get a flat she can afford and get back on her feet again. She is hoping to go back to work as soon as lockdown lifts and things will get so much better. At the moment she hasn't got any spare money at all and can't take any of the white goods from her house. Could you help with a fridge to get her started?
Safe Families are supporting a single mum of 3 living in North Shields, and they have just moved into a new flat. Mum is really struggling to keep on top of the washing and getting it dry. She would really appreciate it if someone could help her out with purchasing a dryer. Thank you so much.
N is a single mum who has just had a baby. She is unable to work and with her very low income she is unable to provide clothes for her new baby. She is receiving advice and physical support from a local community service, but they are unable to make payments to her. Can you help her please?
This gentleman is in emergency accommodation and is in desperate need of a coat. If anyone can be of assistance, he will be very grateful. He is currently in recovery from alcohol addiction and feels the cold considerably.
J and S had a baby in December, at the time J was working but he has since lost his job. He has made an application to get benefits but needs photo ID which he hasn't got yet. He needs your help to to get the photo ID - he will get a provisional driving license for £35. Their benefit claim has therefore been delayed and they have run out of money. Please can you help with money for formula milk (£8.00 each) and nappies (£8.00 each pack) for the next 5 weeks until he gets his first Universal Credit payment.
B has 3 children, she is seeking asylum and is staying in temporary accommodation provided by the home office. She would love for her children to eat at a table and do their schooling at a table too but at the moment they have to sit on the sofa to eat. She cannot afford to buy a table and chairs as she gets just £37 a week. This might not seem to be essential but it will make such a difference to their family life if they can all sit around a table to eat. Please help if you can. Thank you.
D had mental health issues after the end of his marriage. His ex wife fraudulently took advantage of him and made false HMRC claims, causing his debts. He was in despair and homeless for a while, then sectioned under the mental health act. Life has improved, he now has an apprenticeship job, and has just moved into a new flat. D is starting from scratch again and has no furniture. Can you help him with a donation towards a fridge/freezer?
K has 2 boys that she needs to get school uniform for. She has asked us for help as she has so many debts that she has to pay on a tight budget and twin boys to clothe! She is quite desperate for help so we said we'll ask the Christian community! She was overwhelmed with the thought of someone helping her. She does work part-time and tries her best to juggle all her demands.
M and her husband are both struggling financially. They both have learning difficulties and her husband is unable to read or write. In addition to this, he has some physical health issues too. They are being assisted by the Debt team at their local Citizens Advice but are struggling to afford their ongoing bills on a very limited income. Please donate so we can provide them with a grocery food voucher so they can afford to live while they sort out their finances. Thank you.
A 38 year old mother of two children from Iran is seeking asylum in the UK and is asking for £150 to purchase a laptop. She is hopeful to start an online English course and the laptop will also help her with her children. She is getting basic support from Meeting Point such as food and toiletries during the lockdown and a refurbished laptop is possible for this cost through a support to the organisation. Please help her to progress on her English and help her family.
Mr A approached Citizens Advice for help with his finances when he lost his job due to the Coronavirus pandemic, early last year. He has relied on foodbanks and crisis funding for many months. He has gone door to door locally, and managed to finally find part-time work. If he could clear his old debts, he would be able to look forward, with a fresh start.
A 46 year old single asylum-seeking woman is asking for £120 to purchase a shopping trolley, household appliances and a large cooking pot. She's been moved to a shared accommodation awaiting her refugee decision. The flat is far from shops and due to her limit on lifting she asks for funds to purchase a shopping trolley. She also asks for the money to purchase appliances that will help her to do some batch cooking and a large cooking pot to make shared meals. Please help her to settle well.
A 24 year old asylum seeker from Columbia has sought refuge in the UK and has been housed in Leeds. She is receiving help with items such as food and toiletries from Meeting Point at Christ Church, however due to the pandemic this help is limited. She is struggling with depression and health issues so asks for £120 for medicine, clothing and shoes as well as for some household items to prepare food. She has very little benefit to live on and asks for your help to keep her hope alive.
This lady fled domestic violence and ended up in a women's refuge for nearly a year. She has now been allocated a flat which she is gradually furnishing with second hand goods. As she is on income support she cannot afford a washing machine and is doing her washing in the bath. I have sourced a second hand machine for £105 including delivery. Please can you help with a donation? Thank you.
S is one of our foodbank clients who came in today saying she purchased a second hand buggy through Facebook, and when she started to use it there was a big crack in it and it can't be used. She keeps trying to contact the seller, but the seller has blocked her now. S is on Universal Credit and can't have an advance on her payments because she has already used it. S has three children aged 1, 4 and 11, and is looking for your generosity to purchase a new buggy, as she is having to carry her toddler everywhere at the minute.
This lady and her children have fled domestic abuse. She now is able to go to a place of safety to call her home. It is a three bedroom house and there are no curtains or curtain rails. She needs net curtains and rails as well as some long wide curtains and pole. She depends on privacy to feel safe so curtains are vital for her and her children's security and well being. She is waiting on Universal Credit and has no savings.
This young person has lived with us for over a year and has come on so much during his tenancy. He now has more confidence, is wanting to look for employment and has just signed a new tenancy with a social housing provider. He was extremely isolated and with no family he has made new friends and is generally a lot happier. This money would enable him to move his goods to his new home to complete his new journey. Thank you.
This family are seeking asylum from China due to their mother being persecuted for her faith, they are living in Colindale in a B&B. They are not entitled to paid employment but are being supported financially by the home officer with a weekly allowance of £35. They need financial help for livelihood.
A family with a 12-year-old child with special needs has no right to work and at the moment is relying on the support of their friends regarding their food and social needs. They need support to buy food and clothes and cover some of their utility bills. Any help would be really appreciated and would make them feel supported and cared for.
K moved from a private property to a local authority one as it was deemed uninhabitable for her and her 3 small children. She has an outstanding bill for gas and has been told she must clear it before she can leave her current supplier to get a better tariff. She has been hounded by the supplier through phone calls, emails and texts and a complaint has been made but it has affected her mental health and combined with bad housing she needs a fresh start in all respects. Help would be appreciated.
C has 5 daughters and is a single parent. She has been unable to clear debts accrued by her former husband which are all in her name. She has been supported by Christians Against Poverty and a budget has been created which identified a Debt Relief Order was her recommended option for going debt-free. She has been suffering from anxiety and depression due to the debt situation and cannot secure the fee required. This money will ensure she goes debt-free very quickly. Thank you.
L has secured employment 4 miles away from his home. He wants to cycle to work as he will be on a shift pattern that local bus schedules won’t support. He has a bike but it needs a new wheel, two tyres, new brakes and lights before it is roadworthy. He has a helmet and weather appropriate clothing so this amount will enable him to get his transport up and running. His mum will take him to work for the first two weeks to ensure these repairs can be done, but then she returns to work herself. Thank you.
M has moved into his flat and is having to leave his motorbike outside during the night. He needs it for his delivery work. There have been 2 attempts to steal it but he has chased the thieves away. Police have recommended he get a metal bike store which can be secured into concrete, his bike can be secured inside and alarmed. He has sourced a second-hand bike store, he has the alarm system already. He now needs a ground anchor to secure his bike to the ground. This amount will cover these costs. Thank you.
We've had an urgent request from the council for a lady who's had to flee domestic violence. T has been temporarily housed with her three children who left the family home with just the clothes on their back and a few personal belongings. They have virtually nothing but the main concern is that the three children are sleeping in the same bed. The council are helping where they can but resources are stretched. Please can you help this vulnerable family.
We've had an urgent request from the council for a lady who's had to flee domestic violence. T has been temporarily housed with her three children who left the family home with just the clothes on their back and a few personal belongings. They are getting help with some essential items but need to buy clothes, jackets, shoes, bedding, the list goes on. The family desperately need some comfort and security, please can you help them?
J was referred to us from a local rehousing charity. J is in a lot of debt which she has no hope of paying off. Getting a Debt Relief Order is her only hope of a fresh start which she desperately needs. J's mum's passing and the ending of a 30 year relationship caused massive anxiety and J was put on sick leave. She is now sofa surfing at a friend's. She knows she cannot live like this and with our help is applying for a Debt Relief Order. It will take J months to save the fee, please can you help?
J and her family have recently gained their refugee status and been evicted from their asylum accommodation. They have been able to secure alternative accommodation but it is completely unfurnished. Many furniture charities are closed and so they are struggling to get the items they need. They would like to purchase some items such as wardrobes, a vacuum cleaner, a kettle and a toaster. Any support would be greatly appreciated.
D needs £150 for white goods. She lives in Morecambe with her children and, until recently, with her partner. However her partner recently became violent after several years of coercive behaviour and started to smash up the house, causing extensive damage. He has been charged by the police and will shortly go to court. D is left without a working cooker or fridge/freezer and some damaged furniture. With £150 we can get her a cooker or fridge/freezer. Can you help her with the £150 needed?
J lives in Lancaster and needs £150 to move house. She and her daughter will shortly be re-housed because of domestic abuse. She also suffers from poor mental health and feels unable to leave the home. She lives on Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payment and has no spare cash to fund the move. Her daughter has to travel to college, which further eats into her limited income. She will probably get help with the cost of the physical move but needs £150 to buy floor coverings, can you help?
Due to being made redundant, this family are in desperate need of money for food and heating to get them through this month before their Universal Credit payments begin. Any contribution would be wonderful. They are also using the foodbank however the amount of food parcels they can receive is limited. We really hope to be able to keep this family with food on the table and electric on the meter for the month.
S is a refugee living in Leeds. He was separated from his family when he left his home country. He is now applying for his wife and children to join him in the UK through Refugee Family Reunion. However, he does not have enough money to cover the DNA tests that he needs to bring his family to the UK. S is asking for £150 of donations towards the cost of a DNA test for one of his children.
A 35 year old asylum seeker from Burma arrived in the UK in 2020 during the pandemic and due to this has not been able to attend her English online course. She has found support from Meeting Point for food and toiletries but with only £5 a day in benefit she is not able to save for a laptop. She has only saved £10 but found a refurbished one for £160 and asks for £150 to purchase it. Please help her to have what she needs to join the class and manage in the pandemic.
A split from his partner 12 months ago and has been a single parent to his 2 children ever since. The break-up left him with mental health problems and he has been off work for much of the past year, unable to cope with his job. He receives sick pay but is struggling to make ends meet. The recent cold weather and increased energy costs have left him with no money for food and electricity for the next couple of weeks and he doesn’t know where else to turn. He would really appreciate help to cover these costs.
This lady has miscalculated her budget as her benefits have been delayed. She has recently lost her job and therefore her house due to Covid. She needs help with clothing her child and any assistance will be very gratefully received. She is currently in a temporary accommodation hostel.
A family recently joined our food pantry project since losing the employment through the pandemic and lockdown. There is a delay with their universal credit and need help in the stop gap as they wait for universal credit to come through. We have been able to help in providing food for the family.
C has mental health problems and lived with her boyfriend until he became abusive and violent towards her and she asked him to leave. He has now disappeared and taken her purse, all her money and her phone, along with other items from her flat. The matter is in the hands of the police, but until she receives her next benefits payment in 2 weeks time she has no money for food, gas and electricity. Her pans were also taken so she has nothing to heat food in. She would be very grateful for help to replace her pans cover her food and energy costs.
We partnered with a local volunteer who is collecting donated tech and repairing them for free, the only cost is the parts and shipping. We need four phones for asylum seekers and refugees to be able to get online and access support and help that they currently are not able to.
D lives alone and receives Universal Credit. She is struggling financially but usually manages to cover her costs. Unfortunately, earlier this month her fridge-freezer broke down and she had to buy a new one. This has taken all her spare money and she has now run out of gas, the electricity is running on emergency credit and she has little food left. She would be very grateful for help with these costs to see her through to her next benefits payment which is still over 2 weeks away.
Young family struggling Only one wage coming in .three children ages 13 and Twins aged 8 all need blazers and full uniforms including shoes due to growing .
A single mother with three young children is struggling to make ends meet. Due to multiple health complications, she is unable to work. In order to manage some of her outgoings, she switched to a pre-payment meter for gas & electricity and when money is tight, she does not top up her key and so goes without light, heating etc. She still has some debt and despite accessing a foodbank, does not have sufficient money to keep the meters topped up
Young family struggling with one wage coming in, children have all grown . Mum has been home schooling . Items needed to go back to school next week.
E contacted us in a very anxious state. She split up with her partner a few days ago and he left, taking her money and some of her things with him. She suffers badly with depression and anxiety, and struggles to leave the house. She has 3 children who live mostly with her sister but come to stay at weekends. E has no gas and electric and little food left. It Is over a week to her next benefits payment and she is afraid she will not be able to see the children if she has no food or heating. She would really appreciate your help.
Safe Families are supporting a mum of 3, in Hartlepool. The family have suffered traumatic abuse from a family member, and this has left the 3 children with continence issues. Mum has managed to source 3 new mattresses for the children but is unable to afford waterproof mattress protectors and night time adult size nappies for her oldest child. Bed-wetting is causing her children distress and it would make such a big difference to them if they could cover the mattresses. Thank you so much.
Miss M has rubbish outside her property which have been reported to the local environmental health team by her neighbours. She is unable to afford removal of the items. She is struggling financially because of additional things she is having to pay for such as hiring a laptop for home schooling and additional meals with the children being at home. Local environment have stated the items are attracting vermin.
A single Mum and her 2 year old son have recently moved home to escape an abusive relationship. There are no curtains in her new home, and mum is desperate for some privacy from neighbours and to help her feel more secure. She would love her new house to feel more like a home for her and her son, so they can make a fresh start together. We hope you can help!