M is a vulnerable gentleman with learning difficulties who has never lived on his own. His mother was recently moved into a residential home and M is feeling very lost without her. He has recently accepted a tenancy as the previous tenancy was in his mother's name and is too big for M’s needs. M is in need of funds to carpet his new flat as he is limited to what he can afford on benefits. This will be the first time that M has been alone and Keyring are supporting him to make his flat his home in these very difficult times.
Acts 435 is about giving to people directly, to help them bridge the gap when they are facing a financial crisis. To be part of this opportunity to help a specific person in need, please read our applicants' stories below and give as you feel able - any amount, from £5, would make a big difference.
Or, if you prefer, you can make a general donation and the Acts 435 team will allocate it to the most urgent requests.
This 29 year old man is a client of the Sue Lambert Trust. He has been offered some counselling which he is desperate to accept, but he cannot afford to buy himself a tablet or laptop to enable it to take place remotely. The counselling is not through us. He is in receipt of benefits and struggling on a low income. He suffers with complex mental health difficulties and would really benefit from the support that this counselling might offer him and would be extremely grateful for some help towards costs.
This lady is a hairdresser. Last year she moved to Sheffield and rented a shop to set up her business. Unfortunately a fire broke out and destroyed it. She was not insured and since then she has been unable to work. She has not been able to get furlough benefit as she was not working due to the fire. She is a single mum with no support and she has decided to go back to mobile hairdressing as soon as she can after lockdown ends. She needs help to buy the equipment necessary for her trade.
M has just turned 18, she was in the care system and classed as a young care leaver. She is expected to now live independently in her own property. She is currently on Universal Credit which is £350 per month due to her age. She has to pay council tax, gas, electric, water, food etc. but has no funds for a bed. She is working with a local social housing company to set up her tenancy correctly and maintain her rent and bill payments successfully. She has no-one to ask for help, please can you help her?
The applicant is single with an 11 year old. Her partner was a drug-user and she was also an addict. She has now been clean for 10 years but it has meant she has no qualifications to secure a job. She struggles day to day with mental health, coping by keeping busy ensuring a clean, tidy house. This is relevant as they both suffer dust allergies. Clothes and bedding are cleaned regularly. The washing machine is broken so they have to journey to her mother's house to do the washing. A new machine would really help.
A 38 year old Iranian mum has had to flee and leave her husband and three children to seek asylum in the UK due to her faith. She is placed in Leeds and getting some help from Meeting Point at Christ Church in Armley. She asks for a tablet and some mobile phone data, as on limited benefits she can't pay the data costs to contact her daughters to talk regularly, to join Christianity classes and to attend Zoom English classes. Please help her and her family to stay connected and to have the chance to expand her faith pursuits.
A is a 52 year old man who has been struggling to find work over the past year. He has been forced to turn to the foodbank on multiple occasions. During this period, he has fallen into debt due to his low income. A is now being threatened with eviction next month unless he can carry out a Debt Relief Order to clear his debts. Unfortunately he is unable to afford the fee. Please donate to allow A a fresh start and to prevent him from being evicted so he can get back on his feet and find work. Thank you.
T is a recently divorced 37 year old man. Although his wife has custody of their four children, he is paying a significant amount toward their previously-joint mortgage as well as child maintenance. T works part-time, but he is in debt and struggling to stay afloat at the moment. His budget is in deficit and T has turned to the foodbank a number of times recently. Please donate so he can put food on the table while he sorts out his finances with the help of his local Citizens Advice. Thank you.
This lady finds herself in a very difficult situation, her washing machine has broken down and this has been the last straw. She is already under an immense amount of pressure being a single mum to 3 girls and being laid off from work due to Covid-19. Her dad has cancer and is sleeping on her sofa as he is lonely and scared. Unfortunately due to his cancer the washer needs to be used a lot, and there is not enough spare money to pay for it. They have managed to save £25 but just can’t borrow the rest.
D is a 29 year old who is currently out of employment and struggling financially. He has debts and is being assisted by his local Citizens Advice with these. D has been recommended for a Debt Relief Order, but he is unable to afford the fee. D is engaged to be married and looking for work. Please donate so he can get back on his feet and have a fresh start in the new year, free of the burden of debt. Thank you.
D has recurring episodes of mental ill health. He was getting employment from time to time but has difficulty managing most aspects of his life, including his work and his finances. He doesn't have the support he needs, though Citizens Advice try their best to help him. He has accepted that he needs a Debt Relief Order to clear his accumulated debts, and a kind donation for the fee would be greatly appreciated.
This 42 year old woman was homeless and a sex worker. During Covid-19 she has been sleeping virtually on the streets and working. We came across her on outreach giving out bags of hope, and after a lot of work from Mash and the church, she now has her first flat. She has nothing in it, we have collected some items for her and people have been very generous but please can we help her with decorating costs? This will help her mental health.
This 42 year old woman who was homeless and a sex worker has now just moved into a flat. During Covid-19 she had been sleeping on the streets. We came across her on outreach, giving out bags of hope, and after a lot of work from "Mash" and the church she now has her first flat. However, she is in need of help with her electric bills. The electricity meter is broken- it is running really fast and won't turn off. It is due to be fixed, but please can we help so she doesn't get behind in the meantime?
M and his daughter moved into an unfurnished property 7 months ago and have had a lot of expenses trying to get everything they need for the flat whilst struggling to make ends meet with Universal Credit being their only income. They've only had cold or microwave meals since they moved in and would love to be able to cook properly, especially in time for Christmas. Can you help?
This client has been housed with us and is an adult male who is on a low income. He is a care leaver with no family support. He is currently looking for work and has had some interviews, however he has no ID, which he needs in order to apply for housing and jobs, bank accounts etc. He is due to move onto independent living and will need extra money for moving costs and and start up costs in his new property. Can you help him to pay for a passport?
This man has been housed with us and he has been struggling with his mental health. He is working with mental health services in the area and has been managing his tenancy well. He is ready for the next step of getting back into employment, however he has no ID, which he needs in order to apply for housing and jobs, bank accounts etc. I have helped him get a copy of his birth certificate and can support him with his application for the passport but unfortunately he is struggling to fund it out of his low income.
S is a 39 year old woman who is struggling financially. She was assisted by her local Citizens Advice to do a Debt Relief Order last year. Unfortunately the local council made a mistake with her Council Tax this year and this has pushed her back into debt. S had work lined up, but this was cancelled due to Covid-19. As a result, she is struggling to afford to feed herself. Please donate so S can afford to eat without falling further into debt while the Council Tax situation is resolved. Thank you.
L is a single person who has just moved into his first property which is unfurnished, he was living with his parents but had to move out due to his mental health problems when there was a breakdown in communications with his parents. He decided it would be best for everyone if he moved out and try and repair the bridge that has been created recently. L has been able to furnish some of the property himself but needs some assistance buying a fridge/freezer.
M and J have started working with Christians Against Poverty for debt help. M has just lost her job and J has been furloughed from his factory job. They are struggling due to Covid-19 job cuts and lack of employment. They live in a small terraced house and have nowhere to dry clothes so the dryer is an essential for daily life. Their old dryer has just broken down and is beyond repair. It would be such an encouragement to M and J if we were able to help with this household item during this season.
This local family's old sofas have broken. They are unable to replace them. The father has mental health issues leaving him unable to work. Language students that they host are unable to come here due to Covid-19 therefore their income has gone. We would love to be able to purchase second hand sofas for the family.
J has an auto-immune disease. She is high risk and therefore unable to leave the house during this Covid-19 season. Her children rely on the bus to go to school each day, but the rural bus fares are very expensive. J's partner D has lost his job due to Covid-19 and their family income has been much reduced. It would be a huge help to this family if we could support them with bus fares to get their children to school.
M and L are both working but due to the recent Covid-19 restrictions M was laid off during the first lockdown. Although now back at work part time, debts have been building up and things have got out of hand and they have approached us for help with dealing with their debts. Just recently M's van has needed some necessary repairs and he needs this to get to work.
This couple have come into the foodbank and have been to a church service when we are open. They had to leave their home town in the south because the man was beaten up several times badly and was threatened, the police agreed this was a good decision. So they moved up and left all their things. They now live in temporary accommodation but they don't have their own duvet cover, they have 1 towel and no pots and pans, kettle, toaster, cutlery etc. so they need household items.
This client has previously been employed as a housekeeper and has been housed in the properties where she has worked, this has meant that she does not have any essential living items herself. She has recently, due to a relationship breakdown, become unemployed and is homeless and sofa surfing. She works part time on a very low income and has applied to receive Universal Credit but she is struggling to buy items required for her new unfurnished property that she moves into in one week.
C is a single parent to two young boys both under 3 years old. She recently left an abusive relationship and had to set up home again. She currently pays £48 per month to rent a washing machine and a fridge/freezer. She can't balance her monthly budget and has come to us for debt advice. If we could help C buy a washing machine it would significantly ease some of the pressure on her monthly budget. Please can you help?
C is a single parent to two young boys both under 3 years old. She recently left an abusive relationship and had to set up home again. She currently pays £48 per month to rent a washing machine and a fridge/freezer. She can't balance her monthly budget and has come to us for debt advice. If we could help C buy a fridge freezer it would significantly ease some of the pressure on her monthly budget. Please can you help?
A 30 year old asylum seeking single Albanian parent with two children has recently been hospitalised due to ill health. She needs an iron supplemented diet and asks for money to purchase food and also clothing for her children, which she intends to give them for Christmas. She hasn't been able to save during Covid-19 and has no savings, living on basic family benefits. Please help her to reduce her stress and provide for her family in these difficult times.
A 40 year old asylum-seeking parent is asking for funds to purchase a refrigerator and a used wardrobe for her family. They are living in Leeds and getting some help from Meeting Point, but currently only food is available during this lockdown. They desperately need a refrigerator to store their food as their current one is failing. A wardrobe would help the family store their clothing in their small accommodation. Please help them through this stressful time to have what they need.
This mother living in supported housing in an attic room has no access to the internet and only a mobile phone. She is desperate to move but, due to the lack of internet and not having a device she has not been able to complete relevant housing applications to facilitate this. Her 5 year old also has homework needing to be done online which they cannot do at present. Her only income is Universal Credit so she would like to ask for help please to purchase a tablet and a MIFI dongle.
We are supporting a single mum of 4 who has left a domestic abuse relationship. Mum has worked really hard to set up a new life for herself and her children but recently her oven has broken and she has been quoted £100 to fix it. Fixing the oven will allow mum to be able to cook proper meals for the family.
M is a vulnerable lady with mental health issues, who struggles with being isolated. If she has a tablet, she can be connected online, and will be able to access some of the support that she needs. She suffers from extreme anxiety and needs to have contact with other people. She does not have the finances to buy this herself.
The client has moved into temporary accommodation and is without cooking facilities. She has requested via the foodbank for any help that can be given to fund a mini oven for current use but also so that she can take it with her when she is moved again. She is very grateful that there is a possible way forward in her situation. Many thanks.
After being homeless for over a year, J has just moved into temporary accommodation and has managed to get onto the housing register. Changes to his benefits have left him without money for several weeks and he is really struggling financially. He needs help with food costs but would greatly appreciate help to buy a smartphone and some phone credit. This would give him access to the internet so that he can bid for properties, monitor his Universal Credit claim and liaise with other agencies which would all help to move his life forward.
We are supporting a lady who has been on the street for a long period of time. This is her first permanent place in 10 years. She has worked hard to stop drinking alcohol and continues to improve. We are looking to support her in giving her as much as we can to ensure that she fills up her flat so that she has the essentials to ensure that she can live daily. She is overwhelmingly thankful for the ongoing support that we are offering and is looking forward to her future.
G was referred to us for debt advice by a local Christian charity. G is a single dad of three young children who has got into debt after giving up work following a serious case of sepsis. He has struggled for three years to manage but after a lightbulb moment and support he realises the only way for a better future is to try and become debt free. Getting a Debt Relief Order will give him and his children a fresh start so they can focus on the future and enjoy the here and now.
G is a single dad of three young children who has got into debt after giving up work following a serious case of sepsis. He's struggled for three years but is now receiving debt advice and hopes to be debt free soon. During our meeting he shared how his 10 year old daughter was doing well at school and was so proud, especially as she struggled to sleep on the old mattress they had been given. He felt guilty he couldn't provide a basic need for his daughter. Please can you help?
This family with a 4 year old with special needs has experienced delays with their Personal Independence Payment appeal due to Covid-19 working restrictions. This in turn has stopped their carers allowance, which has caused financial hardship. As the schools have also closed, the cost of heating the home in winter has increased, so we are seeking help to avoid the family going into debt. One adult in the family is able to remain working.
This gentleman has with support moved into accommodation, but he only has the clothes that he is wearing and nothing else. Please could the donors of Acts 435 help him to obtain some kitchen items for his new home and to get some clothes? This gentleman has mental health problems and your help would be greatly appreciated by him.
This mum has had a lot of trauma in her childhood and recently a domestic abuse relationship. She has poor mental health. She has a 3 year old boy and is starting again. We are hoping to pick up the bed bases second hand and buy new mattresses. She has nothing as her ex cleared out the flat. She works part time and is topped up with Universal Credit but it just doesn’t stretch to any extras. She just needs a hand to start afresh, please help if you can. Thanks in advance.
This lady is a mum and is beginning to turn her life around. She is starting a beauty course in January. She suffered life changing events and trauma before she was 15 years old. She is excited about becoming a beauty therapist but needs money for registration and uniform, then she will save for her beauty kit. This donation will help her to achieve her goals and aspirations. She has sorted out child care and is determined to start afresh, she just needs a hand.
P's 15 year old daughter had a baby earlier this year. She moved in with her boyfriend but that broke down. There are 5 in the house and the washing machine has broken! P has been struggling with work, he got some security work as a result of help that Acts 435 donors gave before but is furloughed and they don't have any spare money to sort this out. It is a 25 minute walk to the nearest launderette and this is causing great difficulties. Could we help toward a washer for them? Thank you!
M is a very vulnerable 27 year old with mental health problems which have caused her to overspend in the past. Stress about being in debt has worsened her health, to the point where she recently spent 10 days in a mental health unit. We have provided her with budget coaching and her father will help her with budgeting in the future. A Debt Relief Order would write off her debts, massively reduce her stress and allow her to make a fresh start.
This family has recently had a new born baby girl, a real blessing to them as other children are currently in the care of social services. As a church we are doing everything we can to safegaurd this family and ensure they have all that they need to raise their new baby. Their cooker broke so they are desperately trying to manage without. Could you help with a replacement? We have other funders willing to also give towards this also as it is an expensive appliance with installation costs.
D was working until the beginning of the year and was able to manage her financial commitments, but she lost her job at the beginning of lockdown and her mental health has deteriorated. She has been working with Step Change who have suggested that she apply for a Debt Relief Order due to her circumstances. The court cost is £90 which she doesn't have. Please help her to pay this administrative fee so that she can have the fresh start she needs. Thank you.
A has just been granted custody of her niece, as her sister is very ill and unable to look after the child. She will now have four children under 12 years old in the household and really needs a new sofa. Her old one isn't large enough and is broken, so not very comfy. She would also like to have a new one so her niece feels welcome, so that they can say, "Lets all sit on the sofa, like one big family!" Especially at Christmas time as she will be away from her mum for the first time. Thank you.
S lives on her own, she has some learning difficulties but manages well as she stays in touch with her friends by phone. Sadly she had her previous phone stolen out of her bag. As you can imagine she is devastated and it isn't insured, so she needs to buy a replacement. Sadly S doesn't have any savings and it will take her about 2 months to save up to replace this phone, and due to lockdown she really feels isolated without it. Please help her to replace her phone and stay living independently.
T has rent arrears from a previous flat, at the time there was a mix up with his benefits and he hadn't realised that he had arrears until he moved out of the flat. He now wants to apply for another council tenancy but these historic arrears that he has never managed to clear are preventing him from being considered for a new property. He has been advised by Citizens Advice to apply for a DRO (Debt Relief Order) with the courts, but he cannot afford the £90 administrative fee. Please help him if you can, thank you.
R lives with her 3 children all under the age of 5. She came to the UK with her husband as a Syrian refugee but he has abandoned the family and gives no support, financial or otherwise. She struggles to pay regular bills, let alone have any money over for other essentials. Her flat is damp and mouldy and one mattress is now badly affected. She needs money to replace the mattress and sheets. R is very stressed by her situation and your kind donation would greatly help her.
We are supporting a mum in the East Midlands who is struggling with grief after the loss of her mum. She also has such a lot on her plate with a child with additional needs, and the effect the lockdown has had on her emotional health. We are raising money for her to have some counselling, as we really believe that having the opportunity to process her sadness and grief will be transformative and make all the difference to her family.
M had to give up work to become a full-time carer for his elder sister. While trying to live on benefits instead of a salary, he fell into debt. He has now attended Frontline for debt advice, and we have helped him to manage his budget to cover existing outgoings, but there is no possibility of paying off his debts. He cannot afford to pay for a Debt Relief Order, which will also help reduce his anxiety, so any offer of help will be gratefully received.
At the start of the pandemic, B and her 4 daughters became a single-parent family. Her husband abandoned them and they were left with no income. She speaks no English and relies on her 16 year-old daughter to interpret. She is unable to pay her rent in full and has mounting bills and arrears while she waits for her benefits to be sorted out. B is very stressed as the girls need school uniforms and warm winter clothes. She will be very relieved and grateful for your help.
This is for a single mum of five children. She has been a victim of abuse from two partners spanning over 20 years. She has received very little support and she has finally reached the end of her ability to cope. She would like professional support to begin to deal with her emotions and all that has been done to her over the years. We are able to offer her counselling but this requires a one-off fee to access it which she does not have. Counselling would be life changing for her and allow her to feel heard and valued.
A has two young children and has recently been housed after being placed in emergency safe housing due to harassment and abuse. They have had to leave their home, pets and a lot of belongings behind due to it being unsafe. A really needs some bedding, clothes for her two children and a microwave. Any help you could give A to buy these items would be very much appreciated. Thank you.
This lady is now a single mum after fleeing domestic violence. She is safe but has no financial support from the children's father. She has been rehoused by Barnsley council and is trying to get the white goods and furniture she needs. She has severe asthma and has been told she should isolate but is finding this difficult as she has no local support. A washing machine would mean she can avoid the launderette. Your help would be so good for this family.
P and T badly need a new mattress for their bed - the springs poke through. They attend church occasionally, especially around Christmas and other special services, and they support the church's social and fundraising activities. P volunteers in the kitchen at our Coffee Stop and the summer holiday club. T is a regular member of the knit and natter group. She has numerous health issues and needs to use a wheelchair, P has heart problems. Both are unemployed because they are no longer able to work. Could you help them to buy a new mattress?
This mum of five fled bad domestic violence and took her family to a refuge. She has now been rehoused but has very little. She has to wait until December 10th for her first Universal Credit payment. She is having to use the local foodbank. She really needs a fridge/freezer to keep food fresh and buy food on offer to freeze. She is desperately trying to rebuild life for her family. Please can you help her?
Family bank account has been emptied through fraud - all christmas savings for children's toys gone. There are 5 children in the family, the family would so appreciate this financial support to get some christmas toys for the children.
This lady is in a refuge but is being moved to a new home shortly. She has a teenage daughter with a mental age of four who has many disabilities. The daughter needs special medicine which must be refrigerated and so she must have a fridge in her new home as soon as she gets there. This request is for your help to buy a small counter-top fridge to store the medicine so that she can start her new life.
A has a bad back, it's gradually getting worse and he thinks his mattress is to blame. His mattress is 15 years old and in poor condition. Sadly being unemployed and struggling with his finances/budget has meant that he hasn't been able to replace it and his health is now suffering. Please could you help him to buy a replacement?
This client has recently received his refugee status and has since moved to a new, unfurnished accommodation. The client is in need of a washing machine. This amount of money would help the client to buy this very essential item for his house. Can you help?
T is a lone parent with two children. She was working part time but has had to stop working due to Covid-19 and the lockdown. Now the children are back at school she is trying to find another job but she has had no luck yet. Her gas cooker has broken and the gas engineer has told her that it cannot be repaired and has condemned it. She doesn't have the money to replace this and is so sad that she can't cook meals for her children. Please help her if you can, it would mean so much to this family. Thanks.
This single mum of a young child has been homeless. She is just about to be housed by the council. The property is unfurnished and does not have a fridge/freezer or washing machine. Any help you could give would be very much appreciated. Many thanks.
This single mum of a young child has been homeless. She is just about to be housed by the council. The property is unfurnished and does not have a fridge/freezer or washing machine. Any help you could give would be very much appreciated. Many thanks.
B and his wife J are a family of 9, living in overcrowded accommodation with their 5 children, J's sister and her newborn baby. They survive on a very low income as J lost her job as a part-time carer and B claims Employment Support Allowance as he is unable to work due to PTSD. B has requested help with a clothing voucher to buy winter coats for the children, money is very tight and the family find it hard to purchase anything other than the essentials.
A wants to change her and her daughter's names. This is due to security reasons related to traumatic events in her home country and the worry of being tracked down here in the UK. This is very expensive and A is a single mother on Universal Credit so is unable to cover the cost herself. Originally, she was receiving support from the council with this but once they discovered that she had refugee status they said they could not support her and she would have to contact a solicitor. The solicitor has quoted a price of £150. Any support would be greatly appreciated.
This young lady has suffered historical abuse in her family home. She has managed to get away and has spent weeks sofa surfing and in temporary council accommodation. She is now in supported housing with us. We can supply very basic food and items. Due to the situation she came from she cannot get benefits for another month. She has also lost her job through this. We would like to arrange for more food and personal items for her - such as toiletries for the next month. Any help would be greatly appreciated by her.
Due to an abusive relationship, which has ended in divorce, G has to go back to her home country of Brazil. Unfortunately her former partner burned all her possessions and she has been left with nothing. She has a little boy and our church and friends are trying to help her to be close to her family where she will find support in this difficult time. With your help she would be able to provide for her son for a few weeks until they leave for Brazil, and to see them through as they resume their life there. Many thanks.
S has been working with Christians Against Poverty for several years and has done really well, paying off all of her priority debts. Unfortunately her circumstances have changed as one of her children has just gone to university and she has had her benefits cut. She is struggling to pay for fuel because of this. Please can you help?
We are currently supporting a lady through our foodbank. W has health issues and is supporting her family on a low income. W told me yesterday that her cooker has not been working for weeks but she cannot afford to replace it. I could tell how important this was as we talked about it when I was delivering her foodbank boxes. Are you able to help us get W a cooker so she can get back to providing hot meals for her family? It would make such a difference, especially at this time of lockdown.
This single gentleman lost his job through the business folding because of the Coronavirus. He lost his home and now has been rehoused into Social Housing. Another charity has helped him furnish his home but he needs a washing machine. He has seen a second hand machine for sale and is anxious to wash his bedding and clothes. He has no money and is waiting for benefits. He also is relying on the foodbank and is trying hard to make a fresh start.
P has just moved into a property after being homeless for 18 months following the breakup of a relationship. During that time he was often sleeping on the streets or in a car. He got involved with drugs but has sought help, and is now determined to turn his life around. He has started a claim for Universal Credit but it will be at least another 3 weeks before he receives anything. With no money, he has so far managed to get very little for his new home and would be very grateful for help getting an electric cooker and a kettle.
D was recently released from prison and moved into a property a little over a week ago. He has applied for Universal Credit but faces around 5 weeks wait before he receives his first payment. Until then he has nothing to live on. He has hardly anything in his flat, but his first priority is keeping himself warm and fed. He has no idea how he is going to get through these next few weeks and help with food and energy costs would be a real blessing for him and would help to keep him positive as he tries to move forward with his life.
M separated from his partner 4 months ago and has been homeless and sleeping rough ever since. A local charity is trying to help him find temporary accommodation but nothing is available yet. His tent and some of his belongings were damaged recently when they were left unattended. He has managed to replace some items, but not everything, and he is now short of money. Help to replace his damaged tent and sleeping bag would be much appreciated and also help with food costs to see him through to his next benefits payment in 3 weeks time.
B has been unemployed for 10 years and suffers from severe depression. A few months ago his benefits were changed to Universal Credit and the delay in payment led him into debt and hardship that he hasn’t been able to recover from. His heating costs are crippling him and he would like to buy a portable gas heater that he can move from room to room, and which would be much more economical to run than his electric heating. Unfortunately he doesn’t have the money to spare to buy one and he would be very grateful for your help.
S is going through a very difficult time at the moment. She suffers from anxiety and depression and has not been fit for work for several years. On top of that, she is now undergoing treatment for breast cancer. She is constantly struggling to make ends meet, and unforeseen costs this month have taken all her money. She has now run out of gas and electricity and has little food left. Understandably she is feeling very low and any help you can give would really boost her spirits.
A single lady who suffers from depression and other medical conditions is trying to get a job through online searching. She has no spare money due to little income and having some debts. Her computer's hard drive has failed and she desperately needs to have her computer working to enable her to have more employment options for working from home. Her 2 teenage daughters also need access to a computer. She is also searching for new accommodation as her present rented house is being sold.
The client is a single dad living in social rented housing with his 8 year old son. He also has visits at weekends from his 5 year old son. The property had no carpet when he moved in and the client has been unable to afford to purchase any. This has meant the house is not as pleasant for the children as it could be. The support we are requesting would be enough to carpet the living room, giving them a safe and pleasant main space for the family.
This young mum is suffering from depression due to her husband leaving her a year ago. She has been off work for a while but now has to go back part-time. She is really finding it hard to manage due to the lack of support from Universal Credit - they say they are dealing with it but it could take quite a few weeks, and they are sorry for the delay. She has had to move from Leeds to Oldham now as she couldn't afford to live there anymore, but her job is still in Leeds. Please can we help?
This lone parent of 2 children has recently been housed by the council after being made homeless when her previous landlord sold his property. She works part-time earning a low wage which is supplemented by Tax Credits and is struggling to purchase the larger items that she needs from her limited income. She is in urgent need of a cooker, so I am hoping that you may be able to help. Many thanks.
L had a domestic violence incidence during which many of her household essentials were destroyed. As she is unemployed, she desperately needs financial help to fix the damages so the draft is prevented from streaming into her apartment. Could you help her?
This man moved to the area to look after his son. Both have mental health issues. When he moved into his own flat nearby, he went to get his furniture but found the property had been re-let and his goods disposed of. He is now facing additional difficulties, needing to prove his identity to enable him to open a bank account to get his benefits. Family have helped with furniture items. The flat has a cooker but he has no food storage. A freezer would enable him to shop and cook economically.
Please help this single mum who is a victim of domestic violence and has 3 children. She lost her job due to Covid-19 and is £600 per month worse off on benefits. As a result, she is struggling to manage and is in desperate need of a tumble dryer and vacuum cleaner as both have broken in the past 2 weeks.
This lady has significant medical conditions which now give her long-term disabilities. She was admitted to hospital this week due to COVID restrictions. She has been on an incredibly low income while shielding. She has family to support her but they are not able to visit. She relies on contact and we are concerned that her phone supply will stop, preventing her from being able to make contact to pay bills or talk to her family. She will be in hospital for a few months, and £150 will secure her telephone and broadband connection while in hospital, and give her peace of mind.
This applicant is the victim of violent physical abuse by her adult son who has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. He has caused her multiple injuries. The police have removed him from the property but he has left a trail of serious damage including smashing up the kitchen and the cooker. She is in a poor financial condition with just a state pension and has commitments to paying off debts. A new cooker would ease her situation and enable her to cook hot meals during the cold days ahead.
This lady is a single parent of 3 children. She has worked as a carer all through the pandemic whilst caring for her family and meeting their needs. Her washing machine has broken, despite several attempts to fix it to no avail. The lady is desperate for a washing machine but is using all the spare money she has to ensure they have some sort of Christmas. This lady has looked after our elderly and most vulnerable people and would really appreciate your help in buying a washing machine. Thank you.
N has struggled with poor mental health, which has resulted in hospital admissions for overdosing over the years. She has struggled to maintain her monthly expenses which has greatly impacted her mental health. She is seeking help with her debts, and has been given budgeting advice from Citizens Advice. She is enthusiastic about a new start and a Debt Relief Order will let her achieve this, and massively reduce her stress. Any donation towards the administration fee would be greatly appreciated, thank you.
M lives with her young son and is carer for her severely disabled husband. He suffers from degenerative scoliosis along with heart and respiratory problems - he finds it difficult to walk. The family was evicted from their home. Temporary accommodation has been provided, but it is unfurnished. It's so difficult for M to go the launderette while caring for her young son and husband's needs. They desperately need a washing machine. Please can you help?
After a relationship breakdown, this single mum of 3 is left without a bed, cooker, fridge or freezer in her home. Her ex-partner has seen fit to remove these items upon leaving, which is of course causing significant worries and practical complication for day to day life in the family. We know that £150 is unlikely to cover all that is needed, but we hope it can be a blessing to this family looking for practical support to rebuild their home.
This client with significant mental health concerns has recently suffered a serious infestation of rats in her home. Many of her belongings and kitchen equipment have been removed as a result, meaning she now has no access to washing machine, fridge, cooker etc. We understand that this £150 could be a starting point for re-equipping her home with the essentials, and hope it can be a blessing to her at a very difficult time.
L came to us struggling with mental health issues and having recently lost her job as a hairdresser due to the pandemic. She is determined to get herself back on her feet, aiming to be a mobile hairdresser. Her car, which she will need, has been costing her £95 per month to be insured. With our encouragement, she has found insurance for £49 per month. But she cannot afford the £90 cancellation fee on her old policy. Your help with this would make a huge difference for L.
This young man has two children to provide for and is currently working reduced hours due to Covid-19. He is under pressure to settle a bill to a local business. He is not managing to repay anything due to his reduction in income, and has become very distressed about the situation. The settlement of this bill would enable him to manage Christmas for his kids and give him peace of mind in the current uncertainty.
S is a 34 year old man who was living on the streets for 4 years and has now been given a flat. He is experiencing mental health problems due to the abuse he experienced on the streets. He was given a microwave, which has since broken so he has no way to heat food, and a bed but this has no sheeting. His benefits have not been sorted yet and he can't get basic things to live. He uses a foodbank while he is waiting. He is desperate to live a normal life and have Christmas in his flat.
We are supporting a lady who has complex mental issues. Although she has these issues we have managed to get her into a flat where our befrienders have developed an effective relationship with her. The befrienders are able to do calming strategies that help her manage her stresses. She has been on the streets for more than 6 years and she is grateful for the support we have given her to find accommodation. Could you help her to get her birth certificate and some white goods for her new flat?
A came to us for a food parcel but she offloaded that debt meant she wasn't able to buy enough food to last. Because of past trauma, A had become dependent on alcohol and had last year been homeless, living in a tent. She was getting support from a local rehousing charity but having debt was still causing her much anxiety. There is no way this lady can manage the fee and she has no one to ask for help. Please can you change this lady's life so she can start again debt free?
S has recently moved to a new property. She needs to purchase some items for her house including a microwave, a hoover and a toaster. She is claiming Universal Credit and is on a very low income so is unable to purchase the items herself. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
S is a victim of domestic violence and is now a single mum on Universal Credit. Her benefits don't fully cover all her housing costs so she only just manages to keep up with other bills. She struggles with her mental health after years of abuse and needs a lot of support. Her gas cooker is not working and needs replacing but as her budget is so tight, she has nothing spare to save for it. She is facing not being able to cook Christmas dinner for her children this year. Please could you help?
M has signed for a new property and is due to move in the next week or so. He needs to purchase some items for his house including a microwave, a hoover and a kettle. His benefits have been delayed due to a misunderstanding and so he is unable to purchase these items at the moment. Any support would be greatly appreciated.
The applicant is a single mum with 4 children. When pregnant again her abusive partner was asked to leave. He did, but smashed most of the windows. The council will not replace the glass as he was living there at the time. He has not returned and pays nothing. The baby is now 4 months old with serious health problems and still in hospital. She is improving and may come home soon once off oxygen, but there is no money to replace the boards to make the home safe, secure and warm for the new infant.
A is a single mother of three young children who has struggled with managing her finances for a long time. She has had to use foodbanks several times to feed her children. We have supported her and helped her to balance her day-to-day finances, but she has no ability to repay her debts. A Debt Relief Order would give her a fresh start and hope for the future that she can keep her home and provide for her children.
Miss H was previously homeless after being told to leave by her mother. She lived on the streets but has now secured her first tenancy. With our help she has managed to get a cooker, but she needs a full fridge/freezer. She is currently 16 weeks pregnant and needs to eat healthily - for the baby and herself. She also suffers with mental health issues and we are in the process of assisting with benefits advice. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
A moved out from a homeless hostel just 4 weeks ago and she is now in a flat for the first time in many years. She had no furniture and has been struggling to buy one item at a time. She is on Universal Credit and receives sickness benefit due to a lifetime of trauma that she has suffered. She needs a chest of drawers, a wardrobe and some bedside drawers as the only thing in her bedroom is her bed. With this money A will go to her local second hand furniture shop in order to maximise this money.
This young lady has been estranged from her previous partner and an abusive relationship and is currently heavily pregnant with her second child. She is working with well and fully engaging in our services, as well as with social services and healthcare services. She is currently using the launderette for all her washing and drying as she has no facilities to dry clothes which is a massive drain on a limited income. A tumble dryer will cut her laundry costs by two thirds and will allow her to budget more when the new addition arrives.
C is a single mother. She came to Citizens Advice as she was struggling to repay debts and support her 6 year-old daughter. A Debt Relief Order would reduce the anxiety of her situation and help her focus on getting her life back on track. She recently gained a National Vocational Qualification in hairdressing and would like to pursue this as a career.
This client is a self-employed painter so he has been unable to work since March due to the pandemic. He has 4 young children and a partner so he is now claiming Universal Credit. His eldest child is in need of a new bed as the base is broken and the mattress is very uncomfortable. He cannot afford to purchase one from his limited benefit income, so I am hoping that you may be able to help. Many thanks.
Mrs H is our tenant and lives in her two bedroom home with her 21 year old son who has learning disabilities. Her adult daughter has now fled domestic violence and has moved into the property with her two children aged 2 and 6 years old. The 6 year old has cerebral palsy. We are currently assisting with a cooker for the family but they would like help to buy a sofa bed as the daughter and grandchildren are currently sleeping on the sofa. With a sofa bed they would be able to get a better night's sleep, as well as be a little more settled.
This gentleman has spina bifida and with support has moved into independent living in the community. He has no washing machine and no cooker and we would like to ask the donors of Acts 435 if they could help him please in this fresh start of his life. Having these items would make life so much easier.
This lady has really poor physical and mental health problems, she is in desperate need of a bed and mattress and bedding to enable her to have a good night's sleep. Please can we ask the donors of Acts 435 for their kind help, this lady has no extra money to buy the bed, mattress and bedding.
Mum has recently moved into a social house property in Launceston. Unfortunately due to moving costs and finding out she is five weeks pregnant she doesn’t have any disposable income to replace her broken washing machine. She needs the washing machine to wash her 8 month old daughter's clothes. Can you help?
This young single mum came to the foodbank and is waiting for her benefits to come through as they are delayed at the moment. She has just been reallocated to a new home from domestic violence. She was in hospital with a bleed on the brain, and although she is now recovering she still suffers with her memories. She has just moved into her new home and is in need of some bedroom furniture, please can we help?
This young single mum came to the foodbank and is waiting for her benefits to come through as they are delayed at the moment. She has just been reallocated to a new home from domestic violence. She was in hospital with a bleed on the brain, and although she is now recovering she still suffers with her memories. She has just moved into her new home and is in need of a cooker, please can we help?
L is moving into his own flat and needs some furniture. He has been residing in temporary accommodation due to a period of homelessness and is moving with no belongings. He would really benefit from having some funds to be able to obtain furniture for his flat.
N has recently moved into a property after a period of homelessness. Unfortunately the property does not have any carpet fitted in it. He has been noticing that without carpet the property has been becoming quite cold. He does not have a lot of money and finds that he has to put the heating on more often then he wishes. He states that he feels the property would be warmer if he had carpet in it.
Having recently moved into his own flat this gentleman is looking for help to purchase a washing machine. He has had some support for furniture and other white goods but not a washing machine and he has to wash what he can at a friend's home at the moment. With help towards this he can live more independently and not feel like a burden.
This disabled lady is a key volunteer and a laptop is essential for her voluntary role, but she cannot afford to purchase one herself. Since Covid-19 she has not been able to leave the house and is feeling very isolated. Volunteering is a lifeline for her and hugely beneficial to the community. Any help that you can give to support this lady in her volunteering will be very much appreciated.
S was previously in care and is now living alone with no family support. She is in need of a new cooker as her old one has stopped working. Although on benefits, she wants to look for paid employment when she is able. She has completed a number of online courses to support her through lockdown to better her mental health and her skills and is very motivated to better herself. She is being supported by Keyring, a charity which supports people in adjusting to independent living.
A is in need of a bed and mattress. He is living in one room at the moment and does his cooking in this room as well as sleeping. He is currently sleeping on a mattress on the floor. He recently had an operation on his knee and is still walking in crutches, so this is very uncomfortable for him. Any help you could give him to get a new bed would be really appreciated. Thank you.
This young single mum is living in supported living accommodation. Her young son has flooded the wet room which then flooded all the stairs and landing carpets. She would really like to be able to replace them but has no means of finding funds for this. Could you help to replace the carpets and get them fitted?
C is in financial difficulty after paying to save a friends dog’s life, they have not paid her back the full bill as they should have done. C was on a tight budget already and this has left her in difficulty, all at the same time as tragically losing her dad and being locked down in a different part of the country after attending his funeral there. We are hoping that you could reimburse C for this bill, so that she doesn’t have that worry hanging over her and can be given time to focus on family and grieve.
The man that we are supporting was someone like you and me. He lost his job and his home 2 years ago. Due to this he has been rough sleeping with his little dog. He has always attended our soup kitchens and never been in the right place to engage. We have been able to engage him by helping his dog as we have volunteer vet that does a health check. We have found him a flat, and he now needs help to raise funds for his deposit. It is really tricky trying to find a place with a pet so we are determined to lock this flat down ASAP. Thank you for your support.
We are supporting a young lady who has had a tremendously difficult life. We have managed to help this young lady change her direction in life and she has been able to receive treatment for drugs and alcohol use. She is 12 months down the road with her new journey and she has started a level 2 childcare course so that she can get a job. She is unable to do work online as she doesn't have the technology to do this. She has a walking distance of 1,5hrs. We would like to support her with travel so that she can continue her training course.
Earlier in the year, K had an incident which has left its scars on her health and on her finances. A man visited her house, got up onto the roof and wreaked havoc by smashing up slates and breaking down the chimney pots. K knew the man and had allowed him into the house, so her landlord is making her pay for the damage, which is costing her £50 a month. This is leaving her short, and she often has several days each month with no food, gas or electricity. She is at the end of her tether and help with these costs would be a real blessing.
C has recently moved to Morecambe from Wigan after splitting up with his partner. He has moved into a private rented flat, which is partly furnished but has no bed or bedroom furniture. He receives Universal Credit only and has had to wait while they processed his change of circumstances. He has been struggling and has had a food parcel from the Olive Branch foodbank. Thankfully he has no health issues but needs urgent help with bedroom furniture; can you help?
This couple both have health problems and learning difficulties. They have been moved to a smaller property by the council but the cooker from their previous home was built in and could not be taken with them. It is important that they are able to eat nutritious meals, so please could you help them fund a cooker for their new home?
N lives alone and has physical and mental health problems which confine him to the house for much of the time. He struggles with his finances and has been fined for not keeping up with his TV licence payments. He has £112 still to pay and must make a payment by the end of the month otherwise bailiffs will be called in. He has run out of money and is very anxious about it. He has also run out of gas so can’t put any heating on and with the colder weather this is affecting his health. He would be very grateful for help with these costs.
Mr B has a learning disability and has poor mental health. He is in receipt of benefits. He has secured this tenancy after being street homeless and we have assisted him with obtaining cooking items and white goods and applying for the correct benefits. He is now very anxious about people being able to see into his flat. He has asked for help with obtaining blinds and his friend has said they will assist him with fitting them. He believes that having privacy will help his anxiety and mental health which he feels are getting worse.
P suffers from depression and has been homeless for over 2 years. During this time he has survived by begging on the streets. He is now trying to turn his life around and has just moved into temporary accommodation and has applied for Universal Credit. He wants to look for work and find somewhere permanent to live, he also needs internet access to monitor his benefits claim but he has no phone. He would appreciate help to purchase a smartphone and phone credit which would be a massive help in getting his life back on track.
This is a single gentleman who has recently moved from a homeless hostel to a room in a shared house. He has considerable health problems including diabetes and asthma, and is trying to get on his feet after recent troubles. He is in receipt of Universal Credit. He would like to have a fridge of his own in his room so that he can safeguard the food he buys in a house which has shared kitchen facilities.
M has just relocated to the area with her husband and 2 children. Her husband has suffered severe mental health problems since losing his job last year and they are in financial difficulty. We are working to help them reduce debts but they have no bed and no freezer. If we can get them these items it will help them have a fresh start and rebuild their lives in a new area.
A single mum of two asked for a food bag at the weekend and admitted she was in debt. Her job went during the first lockdown and she fell into rent arrears. Yesterday she was given the threat of eviction, however she also had a positive job interview. With the aid of Wirral Debt Advice and our Church accessing two other charitable donations, plus this requested £150, we could pay off a lump sum to the Housing Association and set up a manageable arrangement on the arrears balance to avoid the family's eviction.
B has Asperger's and ADHD, she has two young children and has recently moved to a new property. She is trying her best to manage but is now two bus rides away from school which costs a lot each month. Her electric cooker is broken and we would like to help her by purchasing a new one that would allow her to cook more meals for her children.
This lady's washing machine recently broke and flooded the kitchen. She has teenage children who make a lot of washing, so she really needs to replace it. However she has no spare money to be able to buy a new washing machine. She would really appreciate any help that you could give her.
This client suffers from a learning disability, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, depression and anxiety. He had a difficult upbringing and spent time in local authority care. He has now been given his own home and is keen to start building a better future for himself. He has received support to apply to the Princes Trust to set up a business. He is currently in receipt of Universal Credit and cannot afford a washing machine so is doing his laundry by hand. Your help would be appreciated.
N is on benefits and is unable to afford any white goods. He has a 7 year old son for whom he cares. At present, without a washing machine he finds it very difficult to provide the essential needs for his son and feels that having a washer would help their daily living immensely. Please help in any way that you can.
T has escaped domestic violence, recently won her kids back and is successfully establishing a new life. Her 16 year old has learning difficulties and attends a special education setting where he needs clothes and shoes suitable for farm labour, but she is struggling to find the money to buy these for him. Please could you help her purchase some work boots and trousers for him?
This gentleman is coming to us to get extra support needed to get him back on his feet after a few years of really struggling with his mental health and addiction. He is slowly getting his independence again so this help to get moved into his property would be hugely appreciated and quicken the time to get him back on his feet.
T has escaped domestic violence and recently won back custody of her kids. Her 16 year old has learning difficulties and attends a special education setting, but it is a train ride away from their home. Because of the lockdown disruption to his education, there are now delays in re-organising social service provision for his travel and she is struggling to afford his train fare. Please could you help fund a month's train pass to get them through this period where there is a gap in funding provision?
Last year, this lady successfully dealt with her debts with the help of Christians Against Poverty. She has a real heart of compassion and is now busy trying to help others by volunteering in her community. She is very good at finding cut price food, with which she cooks nutritious meals, but her teenage son has now moved into her flat with her and she could really do with a freezer that is big enough to store food for them both.
H is a newly granted refugee and a single mother of a 3 month old baby. She is moving into rented accommodation and requires your help in purchasing essential goods for herself and her baby, which includes; a baby stairgate, a vacuum cleaner, a food processor to blend food for her baby and other kitchen appliances. H is not working and has been struggling with expenses that come with being a new mother. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated.
N has recently moved into a property having spent some time in a woman's refuge. Her 10 week old baby died last year and her partner struggled with his grief and anger putting her and and her children's safety at risk. Her new property has no carpets and she is on benefits so cannot afford to buy any. We are hoping to be able to help her make a positive fresh start. Her house is very cold and she has such great need. Any help would be very gratefully received.
This young person has lived with us for a while and engages really well. He is currently going through a custody battle for his one year old son who has totally transformed his life for the better. The case looks positive and we are hoping to start getting furniture items to enable his son to be comfortable when staying over at his house. This money would enable him to get a decent bed with a mattress and some storage. This would mean so much and would be so positive following a tough start. Thank you.
M, who is registered deaf, is a regular at our soup kitchen and foodbank along with her family, including young granddaughter. They live together, and are all on very low incomes. Their washing machine has an intermittent fault and we would like to buy them a new one. Could you help?
S is a local lady who we, along with the local counsellor, have been supporting over the last few months. She has lived in this country for many years, and has worked regularly until her health began to deteriorate. She only has an expired passport, so is unable to register for EU Settled Status or claim Universal Credit. We are hoping to get her passport renewed so that she can begin to get her financial support in place.
A client of ours has passed away very suddenly and her mother has been left with a bill to pay for the funeral costs. This request is for what is owed to the funeral director. For her mother it is sadly her third child that has passed away. Our client wasn't elderly and the cause of death is unknown which only adds to the trauma of the bereavement.
A lives alone in a housing association flat. He is on Universal Credit and is the recent victim of a theft. He is struggling to pay for his electricity tokens and when his electric goes his central heating goes as well because it has an electric pump. So he goes without heating, cooking and light. He is trying to save to pay for a Christmas present for his adult daughter who he has only just become reunited with after 32 years.
A single parent family with three children (the girls aged 4 years and 11 years, and the boy aged 14 years) are seeking beds for the youngest child and mother, who is currently sleeping on the floor. In a small two bedroom flat there is not much space, so they are seeking bunk beds as a priority, with an additional bed/pull out option for mum if possible. Mum has steadily lost work across this year as a freelance beautician - work has now been non-existent since March. Basic bills and food are challenging to cover, and they cannot afford furniture.
J has been homeless for 18 months. He has no support and not even many friends to help him at this difficult time. J has thankfully recently been offered accommodation from the council and will hopefully be moving in once the tenancy agreement is signed. After being homeless for so long, J has nothing and so will be starting afresh completely. He will need absolutely everything but has prioritised needing a bed and any other essentials he can get. Can you help him with the cost of this?
This lady was referred to our foodbank after fleeing domestic abuse with nothing other than what she could carry. She has no bedding at all and is currently sleeping under a coat. Some help with bedding and kitchen basics would be much appreciated.
This gentleman has very poor mental health and with support he has moved into his own accommodation. He is on a low benefit due to paying back an advance to Universal Credit. He only has a sofa to move in with and we would like to ask the kind donors of Acts 435 if they could help him please.
B has been struggling with a rat problem. She lives in rented accommodation and has been told that she needs to pay for this problem herself. B has Alzheimer's and is struggling with day to day life. She is also using Christians Against Poverty for debt help currently and is on a tight budget. It would be such a big help if the rat problem in the ceiling could be sorted by Christmas. Thank you.
This 28 year old woman lives alone in a council tenancy. She suffers from severe depression and anxiety which has steadily worsened since the pandemic. Her washer/dryer has broken down and on a benefit income she is not in a position to replace it. She is also afraid to go out because of the virus. A charity will provide her with a new machine but she is desperately in need of new clothing - she has no coat and there are holes in her shoes. Any help would be much appreciated.
This family's baby has just been moved into its own bedroom, however this room doesn't have a carpet. They have just been removed from the child protection register and the parents are working hard to provide for their child, but struggling financially. This money would greatly support the family to keep progressing in a positive way, and allow them to provide a safe space for the baby to develop and grow.
This gentleman is moving to another town to live near to his family who are supporting him with his mental health which is very low. He is struggling to pay for the removal costs as he is on basic benefits and we would like to ask the donors of Acts 435 if they can help him please.
K lives alone and suffers with poor physical and mental health. He has spent the last couple of days without any electricity, has no money left, and isn’t due to receive his benefits for almost 2 weeks. He has £55 debt on his meter which must be cleared before he can get into credit. He is also struggling for food and having to rely on help from friends to get by. He would really appreciate help to get his electricity back on and in credit and also help with food costs to tide him over to his next benefits payment.
Our team have been supporting this man with his energy. He's aged 51, split up with his wife of many years and has now moved into a small, unfurnished council flat on his own. He has needed to self-isolate throughout the Covid-19 crisis due to a lifelong lung condition. He used to work helping raise money for charity, specifically for cystic fibrosis. He’s digitally excluded and feeling lonely. A cooker would make a huge difference towards restoring some sense of normality to his life.
This young lad started counselling sessions in 2019, but then stopped because of the original lockdown. He urgently needs to restart again as he is a victim of bullying again and going back to his withdrawn state. Being autistic he struggles with anxiety and low self-esteem, which was improving up until now. His bad thoughts have all but disappeared, however he needs to build resilience and confidence levels. Can you help this young lad please? Thank you.
This child is suffering from anxiety and depression. The cause of the problem is acute Attention Deficitioncy Disorder (ADD) thus she finds school very hard. As a result of her frustrations she has also started to self-harm. Can we give this child a chance to overcome her plight? Thank you.
This parent was referred to our foodbank due to low income and debts. Her washing machine is broken, and she is unable to afford to buy a new one. It's not easy at the moment to access the launderette and the costs are mounting up. She would be really grateful for any support with a new washing machine.
This lady has suffered years of domestic abuse. She confesses she has little self-worth, or self-esteem and she just keeps going for her children's sake. She is requesting help to talk through her situation and what has happened to her over the years. She is desperate to gain self-respect, and the ability to trust her instincts again. Can we help this woman to reach her goals? Thank you.
This lady has suffered severe domestic abuse and as a result has become very anxious. This coupled with an eating disorder and PTSD, she really needs urgent professional help to improve her mental wellbeing and discover a more positive outlook on life. Can we help her achieve this? Thank you.
This man's problem stems back to his childhood as he was a target of a bully, and the after effects have stayed with him. It has led to low self-esteem and self-insecurity which has spilled over to his work place as he struggles to deal with the emotional strain his job entails. He is in need of urgent professional help so he gets the right guidance for his future. Can we help him? Thank you.
N is a single mum with two sons. She is struggling on a very low income and was recently referred by her son's school to our foodbank. Her children's beds have broken and they currently have very old mattresses on the floor, which is very cold as they have bare floors. She needs two bed frames and two mattresses. We would be glad of any support towards these.
M has struggled with managing his finances for a long time but Covid-19 has made things much worse. He was working part-time before but has had no work since March. This meant that he couldn't pay for gas and electricity and that his phone bills were left unpaid. He has now been granted benefits and will be able to manage going forward. A Debt Relief Order would give him a fresh start and hope for the future. He can be free from the worry that is affecting his mental health. Thank you.
M has just been discharged from hospital, he has mobility issues and has been given a bungalow. He is on benefits but has got into arrears whilst in hospital with his bills, so he really cannot afford to buy a carpet. The bungalow has no flooring in the bedroom or living room and it will be dangerous for him to just have concrete floor as he is prone to falls, plus the property will be very cold and hard to heat. Please help him to get some carpet for his new home. Thank you.
C has recently been released from prison for the first (and, he is determined, only) time. He is currently a carer for his 80-year-old mum and up until now has been using his mum's white goods. He has just got his own tenancy but it is unfurnished and a washing machine and cooker would really help him to build a normal life and daily routine for himself.
Due to fraud, all the money in this family's bank account has been stolen. This includes all of their Christmas savings. They are devastated and now their oil has just run out and they have no way to heat their house or get hot water. They would really appreciate the support to buy oil.
A is a victim of human trafficking and has a medical allergy to cold weather. He breaks out in bodily rashes when exposed to the cold. He is taking several medications and ointments, but a thermal blanket and thermal clothing would enable him to sleep more comfortably and to leave the house - he is essentially housebound at the moment.
This 21 year old mother of two young children has just moved into her first council tenancy. She was living with her mother but had to leave because of overcrowding. She is shielding at the moment because she has a 10 month old baby and is very concerned about the virus. She is on low income and cannot afford to furnish her property. A local charity will provide her with a cooker and a washing machine but she also needs help with a reconditioned fridge freezer. Any support would be appreciated.
DR has had a tough year. After losing his Dad at the end of last year and his Mam at the beginning of this, he felt down and lost. D is currently early on the road to recovery from substance misuse and he has been given the opportunity to make a fresh start in a different area. D is embracing this opportunity and is really motivated and excited for the future but will need some support with getting some essential items for his new flat such as a sofa, carpets, cutlery etc.Can you help with this?
P has been struggling financially but able to keep on top of basic bills. Due to lockdown complications he has his 8 year old daughter living with him full time, but as this is only until covid is finally over, he is not eligible for the benefit support that would make that financially viable. So they are really struggling now to make ends meet and his daughter needs winter clothes, including a coat (which will also keep their heating bill down). Please could you help provide this for them?
This lady is in desperate need of a fridge freezer, she is still on furlough and maybe losing her job as a cleaner. Please can the donators of Acts 435 help her; she has no means of buying a fridge freezer.
This young man has moved into a one bedroom flat, he is only 18 and with support from our service and Acts435 we are helping him to purchased second hand white goods. He is only young and has mental health he has no support from any other services and would be so grateful if you could help him.
S's 2-year-old son has hemiplegia brain damage and cerebral palsy. S planned to train as a youth worker, but due to her son's needs was unable to, which has left them struggling financially. Her flat was deemed unsuitable for caring for her son 2 years ago, but she has only just been moved into a more suitable house. S has been sleeping on a mattress on the floor all that time due to lack of space. A bed frame would help her to sleep better and make the new house feel like a permanent home.
We are requesting £80 to cover the cost of the counselling service from Vital Connexions which has been made available to this single mum who is struggling to adapt to being the single parent of an autistic child. Recently back in the UK and without friends or family for support, she is experiencing a sharp decline in her own mental health throughout recent lockdown events
S is a recently widowed mum of two autistic children under 10, with no family support and who is unable to sleep at night due to the high demand needs of the children. She has as yet had no opportunity to address her own grief, and her mental health is currently too low to address the children's grief and deteriorating behaviour, resulting in a sometimes chaotic environment.
V has been in debt for several years after suffering a severe nervous breakdown and no longer being able to work. Her ongoing mental and now physical health issues have meant she has no prospect of being able to return to work and so no way to pay off her debts - the interest is mounting faster than she can repay. A Debt Relief Order would clear the debts allowing her a fresh start and an end to the anxiety they've caused, but she needs the money for the fee in order for this to go ahead.
MB has custody of his 3 children (5, 7, 10 years) he has been relying on going to the launderette since his washer broke in August as he cannot afford to buy a replacement but the launderette is working out very expensive as he has to go bu bus and having 3 children means he is going twice a week if their bedding needs changing. He also works part-time when the children are in school and the stress is taking it's tole on him. Please help him to get a replacement so he can do the washing at home.
GD has always worked and paid his bills on time, he tries to be responsible with money. He recently lost his job, applied for benefits and waited 5 weeks for his first payment to be received, he used the money he had in his bank account to tied him over, but he has now run out of funds and the benefits he will get are all spoken for as his outgoings are more than the benefits he will receive. He wants to move to a cheaper gas supplier but has to pay off his bill first. Please could you help him?
M has 4 children aged 20 months to 14 years old. He lost his job in July as a result of COVID-19 and has not been able to find a new job since. M receives Universal Credit but is hit hard by the benefit cap. He and his family are struggling to buy food and pay for essential bills. After paying the rent, M only has £200 for the whole month. Can you help M to buy food for his young family at this difficult time while his job search continues?
S has been unable to work and solely depends on benefits due to a serious heart condition and chronic mental health issues. He lives with his wife and two children aged 11 and 7. Both children are in desperate need of warm clothes. The oldest boy has holes in his shoes and feels embarrassed to go to school. Mum and dad have no extra funds at this time and are struggling just to get by. They desperately need winter coats, socks, vests, trousers and jumpers. Please can you help these children?
L suffers with various physical & mental health difficulties, we recently supported her to get her disablility benefits reinstated and are now assisting her with some disrepair issues at home. L's kitchen needs replacing due to extensive damp but it could take a while for her housing association to complete the repairs. Her fridge/freezer no longer works & also needs replacing, this is not something her housing association would source. Could you help us purchase a new fridge/freezer for L?
W is a single parent who is struggling to make ends meet. She is working but despite this, cannot afford all of her bills. Until recently, she received Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit for both of her children. However, these payments were greatly reduced when her son turned 18. He is classed as an asylum seeker and currently applying for asylum support but the application takes 6 weeks. Please could you help support this family while they wait.
This is a single young Mum who had her first baby earlier this year. She has recently moved to a 2 bedroom council flat which requires flooring throughout. She has struggled since the COVID situation meant she is more isolated and has no funds for carpets. She has no alternative but to borrow money for this, being on benefits. We would love to be able to bless her by helping her make her home safe and warm this winter for her and her baby boy.
A is a single lady with a new baby. She has recently moved into a council flat which needs furnishings and carpets. She is receiving benefits but can’t afford the money required and would have to borrow. The flat is very cold without flooring so she is anxious to make it comfortable for the coming winter. She would be very thankful for any help at this time.
D lives alone and claims Universal Credit. She has always worked until ill health meant she had to stop 18 months ago. She has been diagnosed with multiple cancers and has to attend different hospitals, often at short notice, for procedures and treatment. The travel costs are crippling her, leaving her struggling to meet her day to day needs. £150 would help to provide bus passes to cover the next 2 months to get her to her appointments and this would be a big weight off her mind at such an anxious time.
K suffers from multiple health problems and has poor mobility, making it difficult for her to get about. She has particular problems with access to her flat which is upstairs. She really needs a ground floor property but the local council won’t consider it until rent arrears, owed from many years ago, are settled. K cannot afford to pay the debt and has been advised to apply for a Debt Relief Order. This would enable her to move to more suitable accommodation. Sadly, she cannot afford the fee and would appreciate any help.
A 31 year old asylum seeking Christian man from Iran has been in Leeds for 1 year and getting some help from Meeting Point based in Armley. He gets a benefit of only £7.55 per day to live on so he is finding it difficult to save for a laptop for a college course he is grateful for having been accepted onto. Also he wants to join church services online so would be so pleased to have access to this with a laptop. Please help him achieve his pursuits with this help.
A 36 year old refugee parent is desperate to receive help to pay an outstanding water bill from her previous housing as she was moved into a council accommodation when she received refugee status during the pandemic. She is now on Universal credit with reduced benefit and had no warning to begin to save to pay this overdue bill. This is causing her stress and she asks for your help to pay the bill as COVID-19 has meant she has no savings left.
This client is a lone parent to 3 children. The family are in receipt of a low income; Employment and Support Allowance and Child Benefit. Mum has a diagnosis of depression and is struggling with debts. The house is in need of repair with many items of furniture not fit for purpose. The children do not have wardrobes which is causing the family additional tension as they have nowhere to store their clothes hygienically. Mum is on a low income and is unable to afford to buy these.
C is currently working with Christians Against Poverty to help resolve her debts but has had her Fridge/Freezer fail recently. This money would go towards C being able to source a second hand fridge/freezer. This would allow C to buy food that is on offer to help with the budgeting and store these item specially over the Christmas period.
This lady, who has learning difficulties, has moved into her own accommodation with her Social Worker's support following the deaths of her main carers. The flat was unfurnished, but with the Social Worker's assistance, she has made a good start on making it into her home. However, the cooker supplied in the flat has failed, and her existing funds are depleted. She would love your help in purchasing a cooker. Thank you.
W is working with CAP. He suffers from depression due to the large debt he has accumulated. CAP have proposed bankruptcy as the only way forward for him. This requires £676 upfront to pay for the official legal costs. While W is seeking to save for this, it will take him a long time to raise that amount. This should help him along the way.
This lone parent of 2 children has recently been rehoused by the council as a matter of urgency after fleeing an abusive relationship. She is in need of essential items which she cannot afford to purchase from her income which consists of low part-time earnings, Universal Credit and Child Benefit. Her children have grown out of their toddler beds, and she has been donated a bunk bed frame but cannot afford to purchase mattresses. I am hoping that you may be able to help. Many thanks.
This mother of 3 young children has asked us for urgent help. Her children's school has to close because of high Covid-19 rates and the children are expected to do their school work at home on a computer. She cannot afford a computer so she is seeking a laptop for her children so they do not get too behind in their education. Being a single parent she has no spare finance so can we help this family please? Thank you.