This young dad has incurred a lot of debt very recently and is struggling to make ends meet this month. £150 would enable him to fill the car with petrol to get to work and pay for car repairs as well feed himself from now until the end of the month. When his car payment and insurance payments were made as well as debts repaid at the start of the month there was very little left over. I am hoping this support will help get him back on his feet again.
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.
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This gentleman in his sixties has recently been taken advantage of by two young ladies, leaving him with very little money. Adult Social Care are working with him to rebuild his life and confidence, and have secured a second hand bed which would greatly relieve his aching back. If you could help fund it he would be most grateful. Thank you.
We have been working with a dad in Dudley whose washing machine broke down during lockdown. His volunteer has been doing the family laundry for him, but he really needs a new machine. His disabilities mean that he is unable to use a launderette. I would like to request a donation of £120 towards the cost of a new washing machine.
B suffers from mental illness. She is living on benefits but has been struggling and has got herself into debt. Her fridge/freezer has just stopped working and she has no funds to replace it. Please help in any way that you can. Thank you.
Mum is moving house and needs some support with getting a new gas cooker. She has 3 children, including 2 year old twins. She is struggling for finance as her working hours have been affected by COVID-19 and her child care costs have risen due to trying to fit in with her rotas. She would very appreciate this finance to help her with preparing meals for the family.
C is on a very low income. He suffers from mental health issues including depression. His very old cooker has finally failed apart from one ring. His health and general well-being would benefit from him being able to cook healthy meals. Please can you help him to buy a replacement cooker?
Mr S has mental health problems and is unable to work. His Personal Independence Payment has been stopped and at present until this is sorted he has no income at all and no savings. During this time he has accrued arrears on his electricity account and needs help to clear this. Can you please help?
This client and her partner are being supported to improve the living conditions within their home as there are concerns about them providing adequate care for their 2 young children. The client has health issues and is in receipt of Universal Credit in addition to Child Benefit. Her sofa is old and the cushions are torn and the frame is broken. She cannot afford to replace it so I am hoping that you can help. Many thanks.
Mr G has recently been moved out of temporary furnished accommodation into unfurnished accommodation. He has custody of his two boys, his budget is very limited as he is living on benefits and is trying to get set up in his new home which is without flooring or any appliances or furniture. He would be very appreciative of a cooker as he loves to cook meals from scratch for his two boys.
B is a single mum on a low income with an autistic child. Her cot is too small for her child and has become broken and unsuitable to sleep in. She needs to replace it with a longer, wider cot, but is unable to afford this on her low income. Any help you could give her to replace the cot would be really appreciated.
F is a lone parent on a low income. She has been off work with no pay after contracting Covid-19. During this time she has not been able to pay her rent and is now in arrears. She can afford her weekly rent but has not got enough to pay the arrears. Your help would be greatly appreciated.
This request is for a mother of twin boys aged 14 months. The mum fled an abusive relationship when the boys were just 4 months old. She has rehoused and settled well but currently the floorboards are bare in the boys' room. The boys are now crawling and pulling to stand up and the floors need carpeting urgently to maintain their safety.
B is in a low income, part-time job. B has just had a big operation on his knee and this is affecting his physical abilities. He is not on benefits and is being assisted by Bournemouth Churches Housing Association and his local foodbank. B only has two sets of clothes and really needs shoes, a coat and warm clothing, especially with winter coming. Any help you could give B in buying some much needed clothes would be very gratefully received. Thank you.
This gentleman has moved into accommodation, and he needs to buy a new carpet. He spoke to his housing provider about this and was informed that this was for him to sort out. He is unemployed and is currently receiving Personal Independence Payment. He is accessing advice on other help he can get through the CAB. He would like help to get a new carpet for his living room. This will help him feel better and begin a new fresh start in his new home.
P is homeless and living on his son's sofa. He is on a low income and is struggling to make ends meet. He is being supported by his local food bank. P only has two sets of clothes and really needs some help to buy some additional clothes for the winter, including shoes and a warm coat. Any help you could give P to buy some much needed clothes would be very much appreciated. Thank you.
This lady had a stroke in December and has been unable to work until very recently. As a result of this she has built up debts and is working with Christians Against Poverty to address this. She also had to move to a smaller flat to save money. The flat only has a fridge so she's unable to cook or freeze anything and can only do small shops, which is expensive. Please could you help so that she can buy a new fridge with a freezer compartment. Thanks very much!
This woman's past relationships have left her feeling that she is judged by all, understood by nobody. She feels that people are distancing themselves from her which makes her isolated, having no self-worth, confidence or self-esteem. She has been been let down by friends and family alike. She would really benefit from some counselling to help her to process these things, but can't afford it herself- please could you help?
This young mother was being domestically abused whilst married, which has left her mentally scared, scared and suffering from insomnia. She has serious flashbacks to those times and this is affecting her in motherhood. She is seeking urgent help through counseeling to regain her confidence, not only as an individual person, but also as mother. She wants to put the past behind her. Can you help her?
Having been in an abusive relationship for many years this woman is seeking help, and courage to walk away from the relationship. She needs help to find herself again and discover her self worth, esteem and confidence so she can have a brighter future. Are you able to help make the first step?
S is a single Mum who is on benefits and has no savings. She lost all the food in her fridge freezer when it broke down and she has come to the Foodbank for support as a result. Living without a fridge or freezer is expensive and hard work and help with this item would be an enormous help to this family.
Our client is going through a bankruptcy and CAP are struggling to get funds for him for the £680 fee. Our church will be able to help with some funding, so I wondered if ACTS 435 donors might help with the remaining amount. He cannot read or write and so finding work is very difficult for him. The couple are both on Universal Credit and have a daughter. Many thanks.
M and his wife have split up and he has had to leave his job to look after his 3 small boys. Stress and pressure resulted in spiralling debts then M saw a poster for his local Christians Against Poverty centre and he took the first step to becoming debt free. He needs £90 for a Debt Relief Order which will change his life. He fears the post arriving and hides if the door bell rings. He wants his boys to see a confident and relaxed dad who is in control. Please help.
C has moved around constantly throughout his life, he describes himself as living in chaos. However he has recently engaged with various support charities and with their help has begun to address his issues. One of the areas he is dealing with is historic debt, he is determined to remove that pressure, however he now needs the £90 Debt Relief Order fee, as without that he will not be able to move forward. He respectfully asks if anyone would be able to help him with this fee, thank you.
J cares for his partner who is due to have his baby in the next couple of months. He has £6,000 worth of debt and his only way of dealing with this is to go through a Debt Relief Order. They have worked well with us to sort everything out before the birth of the baby. Please consider helping this guy become debt free for the first time in many years of his life.
G is a 58 year old man who has been unwell for while. He has recently been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. The prognosis is likely to be limited. His wife has had her working hours reduced due to Covid 19 and they are struggling financially. Please help them to purchase a new cooker as they are unable to afford one on their limited budget and their old one broke. It would really help them in this difficult time. Thank you.
A lovely Christian lady, T, has experienced much suffering, heartache and loss recently. Her circumstances are currently transforming positively; she is moving from being homeless to having her own flat. However, she does require a bed to sleep on as she currently sleeps on a floor with no carpets. With winter approaching this is greatly needed to help bring about warmth, comfort and a much needed peaceful nights rest. Your generosity through donations is greatly needed and above all else greatly appreciated.
This young man needs a washing machine for his flat. Until recently he had been living without carpets, without a cooker and without a washing machine. A donor has fitted some carpets and the local church has arranged for a cooker to be installed. Now we need £150 to buy a washing machine for him, so he can properly clean his clothes and get back into work after a difficult year. Thank you. It will make a huge difference to him.
This man struggles to survive on a low income. He has cancer and gets very depressed at times. His companion for many years has been a German Shepherd dog. A week ago she had to be put to sleep because she too had developed cancer badly. This has really upset him. Please would you help him with the vet's fees and some money for food and utilities. It would bless him at a very difficult time. Thank you.
This lady and her husband suffer with diabetes related problems and osteoporosis. They work in very low paid jobs and have been in receipt of statutory sick pay during the Covid-19 outbreak. Over the years they have been unable to afford the upkeep of their home and it became hazardous, with the whole ground floor rotten. Environmental health have now taken enforced action and renovated the property. They are in need of a washing machine as they are unable to access the nearest launderette.
S lives with her partner and young son. They live in a rented accommodation and her partner has just lost his employment. They were looking into moving into a bigger property due to lack of storage in their current home, however due to loss of employment they are unable to pay the upfront costs for a new property nor purchase storage extension items. Please help this young family with the small cost to support them to buy storage solutions until they can afford to move into a bigger home.
HS is unable to work due to ill health and some mental health problems. He currently suffers with back pain and gout. HS has shared that his current mattress has broken and this is adding to his pain and prolonging his recovery. HS is unable to afford a new mattress and is asking for our help.
FF is a mother of 2 and has been furloughed since march due to Covid 19 and has been shielding. With both her sons at home and consuming a lot more than usual with being off school, FF has incurred higher living expenses. This has meant some bills have been left unpaid in order to get food. Any help received will contribute towards unpaid bills and groceries.
AA is single mum of 3 girls aged 7, 5 and 2. AA has no recourse to public funds and relies on the help of friends and charitable organisations to support her. AA would really benefit from any support received towards the cost of clothing, food, and wipes as well as financial help towards gas and electric.
I am working with a lovely mum in Stourbridge. She has a diagnosis of terminal cancer but she is doing really well to keep herself and her children functioning as normally as possible. She has come through lockdown only needing support regarding shielding but has now hit a problem as her washing machine has broken. We would love to help her to purchase a new one. I would like to request a donation of £150 towards the cost of this in order to replace it and manage the stress she is experiencing in this situation
M is a 56 year old man with severe mental health issues. He had a breakdown as recently as last week and suffers with anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. M was previously in an abusive relationship which had a significant impact on his mental health. M is currently applying for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) but in the mean time is struggling to stay on top of his bills and afford to feed himself. Please donate so he can stay on top of his finances until his PIP is awarded. Thank you.
N is a Mum who has £10k of debt and has struggled for many many years to pay these off. She works in a very low paid job and also cares for her partner. She is very stressed by her debts and cannot cope with the pressures of life so we are believing a Debt Relief Order will go a long way to bringing peace into her life and a work/life balance. We are working closely with her to seed her move forward in her life in a positive way.
R is a married man who has had debts for many many years. He also has a daughter and is struggling to cope with the pressures of life. He has £16,000 worth of debt. They are living in a 1 bed flat and until he deals with his debts, they will not consider moving the family. Please consider helping this man move forward in his life.
Our client was housed by us shortly before Christmas after his current home was in a bad state of repair and overcrowded. He had returned to stay with relatives after leaving care but this didn't work out and he left with just a bag of clothes. Although we have helped to get the furniture for his house and some household items, he needs help to buy clothes after leaving his last house with only two outfits and also needs some items like a bin, mop etc to keep his house clean.
This client has had to flee domestic abuse from a member of her family, she has been living in a women's refuge but has now secured an unfurnished flat. She has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Psychosis and is currently being assessed for a diagnosis of Schizophrenia. She is on a very low income, in receipt of age related Universal Credit which provides very little after essential outgoings. She does not have any family or friends and limited services due to Covid 19.
A lady from our Church donated a second hand bed to a family in her community struggling during the Covid-19 crisis. She discovered further need for bedding and mattresses for the children who were sleeping on old and worn out mattresses that were unsafe. She contacted our advocate asking for help. A gift of £150 would enable this family to replace the children's bedding making sure they are safe in bed and get a good nights sleep.
This woman and her two young children had to flee the family home as they were victims of domestic violence from her ex-partner. She has nothing to furnish her new Housing Association tenancy with and is therefore having to start again. She has managed to source a cooker and a fridge but cannot afford flooring and kitchen utensils. A local charity will supply a settee but she is requesting help with rugs and smaller household goods. Any help would be much appreciated.
J has escaped a violent relationship and is now rebuilding his life. He has been living without the basic appliances- no cooker, washing machine or fridge freezer. We are fortunate to have donations of second hand appliances but no cooker. We would really appreciate the support to help purchase a second hand one for J.
V is a single mother receiving Universal Credit. She suffers with Lupus and is undergoing intensive chemotherapy. We are requesting your help with funding to help pay towards taxis for her daughter to get to school each day during this difficult time for this family.
D is in primary 4 and his parents have been unable to afford an ipad for him to complete school work. They are a family of 5 and were managing on one wage when dad recently lost his job. Now that D is back at at school he is missing out on elements of classwork and homework without this technology and I know the family are struggling to buy essentials and are unable to afford this.
G is in primary 3 and is in need of an ipad to complete some of her school work. G is part of a family of 5 and her dad who was the sole earner recently lost his job due to Covid 19. Mum and dad are struggling to pay for essentials, this funding would greatly help this family to provide a great education tool.
E and C are a lovely couple working with Christians Against Poverty. They have a lot of debt, mostly through the DWP. E was receiving sick pay long term, when the DWP told him he was fit for work, and he was made to pay back £30,000. C also was told she owed thousands after working two more hours on her job, and it was ruled fraudulent. They are working hard to pay back their debts. They have enough to pay for their insolvency fees except the last £100. Can you help them with this last hurdle?
R has recently been rehoused with her 2 children because of unsafe mould issues at her previous property. The new property has no fridge freezer, which she needs in order to shop economically for her family. Please could you help her buy one so she can feed her family well?
This lady, with support, is to move into a new property as her previous property was not suitable to meet her needs. She has previously had a problem with alcohol but has turned her life around, and she now volunteers in a hospice and attends church regularly. Please could Acts 435 donors help her to move and obtain a cooker.
T is 65 years old, he cannot read or write and two years ago had part of his foot amputated due to diabetes. While he was in the hospital, and in the months after, he wasn’t able to work and got into debt. He is now just about managing to live on his benefits but doesn’t have any spare income to clear his debts. His aim is to get debt free so that he can enjoy his retirement. £90 for a Debt Relief Order would mean that the worry of debt would go away and he can concentrate on his health.
J and her children were living in temporary accommodation and have now been moved into an unfurnished council property. She had to leave her job due to the move, this loss of income combined with having to buy beds and other furniture for the house means she's unable to afford a cooker so is struggling to cook for her family only using a microwave and hot plate.
Having moved just around the time of lockdown, this man has struggled with limited funds and opportunity to furnish his new flat whilst living off minimal benefits. With winter coming, he would now love to begin to carpet his home which is currently all bare concrete floors. Your help would make a world of difference!
This family (husband, wife, son, daughter and wife's brother) are here as asylum seekers, having fled drug dealers in their native country Mauritius and arrived in the UK with nothing. They are now in Hastings following short term accommodation in Epping Forest. They have been helped with clothing, footwear and baby equipment by our local Salvation Army but desperately need to acquire a washing machine/dryer.
S.S has been homeless and sofa surfing for the last 3 years, through the pandemic he was put in a hotel and has finally got his own place. We really want to make it homely and a place he can make his own and feel he can get a fresh start and build a good platform for his future. money to go towards furniture would be a huge boost towards these goals.
E is a young lady with a troubled past in her home town due to alcohol and she has suffered with her mental health. She has been fully engaging with our service over the years and has achieved abstinence for the last few months - she has secured a new property suitable for her and her daughter and the fresh start will improve her chances of remaining abstinent. She has saved her deposit over the last few months but has no money for moving costs, your help will provide a man with a van.
E has been in a hostel due to family difficulties and has been finding it hard to manage her money and has got into debt. She came to us seeking advice and we have been helping her to get her debts sorted out. She is looking to the future and is in a better place to be able to look after her children. We feel that a Debt Relief Order would give her the fresh start that she needs.
P is currently unable to work due to long term ill health and has been relying on food bank support. He is currently appealing his Personal Independence Payment decision after having his payments suspended. His fridge has broken (as well as his immersion heater) and he is struggling to afford a replacement. Please help in any way that you can. Thank you.
Our client is homeless and is living in temporary B&B accommodation with his father and brother, all of whom are in receipt of Universal Credit. He has few items of clothing so is in need of some basic items of clothing and shoes which he cannot afford to buy. I am hoping that you may be able to help, so we can issue him with some Primark vouchers to enable him to purchase the items he needs.
T is a 55yr old man living alone. He is dependent upon benefits due to long term disability following a severe car accident. His cooker no longer works and requires replacement and he does not have sufficient funds to pay for this. It would make a big difference for him to be able to cook fresh food again.
This man has accrued many debts, especially for Water and Council tax. He receives Universal Credit but struggles to make ends meet. He is now caring for 2 grandchildren as his daughter is not coping. This has put further strain on his finances. He is unable to look for work as he has young children to look after. A gift from Acts 435 donors to cover his debts would be a great help to him and give him space to care for his grandchildren. Thank you.
This young lady has been temporarily living with a friend since becoming homeless. She is now getting her own place but needs help with the first month's rent that she has to pay up front. She works as a carer but does not have enough spare for the rent in advance. Some help towards this via Acts 435 would be really useful as she is keen to have her own place. Thank you.
This lady's machine blew up. She is on Employment Support Allowance and has some chronic health issues. She does some cleaning jobs when she is well enough. She received a washing machine donation recently from a local charity but sadly the machine was faulty and her clothes have been ruined with black residue. So I am applying on her behalf for £140 which will pay for a refurbished machine with parts guarantee purchased from and fitted by local business. Her quality of life would be much improved, thank you.
The applicant was working until a number of serious health and anxiety issues arose. He spent a lot of time helping others, and unfortunately is in debt due to lending to friends, who ran up a large bill on his credit card. Christians Against Poverty (CAP) are working to clear his debt via bankruptcy, and he is also working with his local CAP job club trying to return to work. The bankruptcy would lift a huge weight and help him focus on rebuilding his life.
This young man is homeless. He was found lying in the road after having a seizure. He was taken to hospital but could not be discharged into temporary accommodation as he had no money. This money will allow him to be discharged from hospital. He is waiting for his Universal Credit claim to be processed.
This man's car has broken down. His wife is heavily pregnant and they will need the car to get to hospital. They can't afford to get the repairs done themselves. Please help this man and his wife?
This young mum with two children has had to move home on an emergency move. She was being targeted and victimised and it was not safe for to live where she was any longer. She has now got a new home but only has the essentials which she took with her. She has now settled in and is in need of flooring, please can we help?
This man came to the foodbank looking for help to get to London. He has been offered a job if he passes the medical and needs money to get to London for the medical. The train journey is £147. He is currently unemployed and has had a really tough year struggling to find work, after always being employed previously. Please help this man get to London for this job and for a new start.
The client came to us after being placed on furlough over the past few months from his teaching job. Unfortunately, due to lack of savings and reduced income, the client had built up a large amount of arrears since the beginning of lockdown. He has managed to pay some off now he is back to full time work, however other bills are now starting to get on top of him too. This support would enable him to pay the remainder arrears and get back on track.
The client came to us after finding himself a job working in security. He has been out of work since the beginning of lockdown and managed his bills well, however now he is in need of support as he does not have the relevant equipment and clothing to start his security job next week and does not have any funds to purchase them. Without the proper clothes and equipment he will be unable to start, this support would enable him to buy everything he needs and make a good start in his new role.
The client came to us in desperate need of a washing machine as her old machine had recently broken. She struggled a lot during lockdown but managed to keep her head above water. However, now her washing machine has broken and she has no extra income to replace it and has had to resort to washing clothes for her family of 4 by hand in the bath. This support would allow for a new washing machine to be bought, delivered and fitted.
The client found himself feeling depressed and isolated and due to this his doctor signed him off work for 2 months. Unfortunately because of the sick pay that was given he has been struggling massively with bill payments which in turn has added to the stress.He has been able to find some support from family and friends but is still in need of some financial assistance. With this support he could ensure all his bills are paid which in turn would reduce the stress and anxiety he has felt.
This young mum with a baby just moved out of her parents' home to her own home. She’s on benefits and going to college. She can manage bills and living costs but cannot afford to buy anything else. She is getting some help from family but they are on a low income too, so please can we help her with a sofa?
P has been on sick leave from work for a year, initially with depression. When she was ready to return she couldn't as she has diabetes so was at risk of covid 19. Her statutory sick pay stopped 6 months ago and now she is being laid off. She is applying for Universal Credit but the bills are mounting up. She cannot use her phone until that bill is paid. Her anxiety levels are very high. Please can you help her get her phone in use again so she can access the help she needs.
P has just moved into a new flat. He has been homeless for a while and has no money or any way to fund getting everything for his new house. He moved in yesterday and the property is very much an empty shell. Having some money to get the bare essentials would really help him to settle in to his new flat. P is grateful he has a roof over his head, but it would restore his dignity massively if he had the essentials which everyone should have access to e.g. carpets.
A 26 year old single refugee parent living in Leeds has been moved to an accommodation with her 14 month old daughter. Meeting Point is helping with some basic items for the home, but can't help with a wardrobe. She has not been able to save during the pandemic and asks for help to purchase a wardrobe for them to share and to have it delivered. Please help her to settle well in her new home.
A 48 year old destitute asylum seeker was offered a room in a family member's home, but the room is without a bed/mattress. Instead, she is on the floor on an air mattress, which is causing health issues. She has no benefit or support and asks for the £150 funds to have a used bed/mattress purchased to help with the upcoming winter weather. Please help her to manage her health and have a comfortable bed to spend get good sleep.
A 22 year old asylum seeking young woman has a serious health background and with the pandemic has had to self-isolate in her shared accommodation. This has meant that she is unable to take up the offer of college in Leeds. She has an opportunity to do an alternative online course but this requires a laptop. She has found a used laptop and with her limited savings she is asking for £150 to purchase the laptop and make a huge difference in her life.
Mrs S is a carer for her severely disabled husband; she has one child still living at home, and looks after a grandchild a great deal of time. Her cooker, which is in daily use, stopped working some time ago making it very difficult to prepare meals for the family. Mrs S would be extremely grateful for any support that could be offered to make their lives easier.
L and husband B have 5 children, 4 of which are still at home. She has health issues and mobility issues and he is her carer as well as partner. Both washing machine and tumble dryer have broken which means daily trips and expenses at the launderette. A washing machine is being sourced but L is struggling with her battles with addiction and keeping her children safe and well. She is fully engaging with us and children's services, and your support would be so welcome to ease this lady's daily pressures.
This young mum with a baby just moved out of her parents' home to her own home. She’s on benefits and going to college. She can manage bills and living costs but cannot afford to buy anything else. She is getting some help from family but they are on a low income too. She is in great need of some carpets for the home as her baby is crawling and the floors are floorboards and stone. This would really help her and her anxiety with the baby crawling -please can we help?
O has spent the majority of the lockdown homeless and living in his car. He has been living in the UK for 11 years, but a complex immigration situation has left him legally resident in the UK, but unable to access Universal Credit or housing support, nor able to prove his right to work. While working hard to resolve this situation, O has spent months relying on friends and local charities for food and other handouts, but this has taken a toll on him. Extra financial support is vitally needed so he can afford to buy food, toiletries and phone credit.
J has come to us for help with his debts. Following the death of his ex he has given up work to take over the care and upbringing of his three children. He has historical debts and is now desperately struggling to manage with every day bills and payments. He has no-one to turn to for help. Getting a Debt Relief Order would get rid of his old debts so he can focus on the present and being the best parent he can be. Thank you.
C is a victim of domestic violence and a mum of two boys aged 4 and 6. Their fridge/freezer has broken down and she is unable to buy a new one due to being in receipt of benefits. Any spare money she had saved was used to purchase new school uniforms, shoes and coats for the children going back to school. C is in desperate need and would really appreciate any assistance to purchase a new one to be able to buy cheap affordable food and batch cook nutritious meals for her children.
This gentleman lives in a remote area and is unable to work. He is self isolating as he has recently had treatment for cancer and has no immune system. We are supporting him with his mental health issues and with his benefits/finances. We are seeking help please with the payment of the costs of heating his rented home for the coming months. We are also seeking alternative accommodation for him, however this is taking longer due to the Covid-19 situation. Thank you for any help you can give.
This active member of the local church has suffered unemployment as a direct result of the Coronavirus situation. He, his spouse and their teenage family are experiencing financial hardship, finding that food bills are prohibitively expensive. Would you please help?
E has managed to find a private landlord who will offer him a tenancy for a flat, he became homeless when his previous relationship broke down. He is delighted to now have a home but it is unfurnished and he has nothing to move in with. He is going to try and save a bit out of his benefits each month to buy some of the things he needs but this will take months and he really could do with a bed and a small cooker for when he moves in. Please help if you can. Thank you.
G was taken into hospital with suspected Covid-19. She was in hospital for 3 weeks, and unfortunately whilst she was in hospital someone broke into her home and took many of her personal belongings as well as her sofa and cooker. The police are involved and someone has been arrested. Sadly G wasn't insured and cannot afford to replace the items that were stolen. Her friends and family have helped her but she doesn't have a cooker. Please help her if you can, she really deserves some help.
B has just been granted 50% custody of his daughter. She will be staying with him from Friday to Monday each week. One of the things he needs to provide is a bedroom for his daughter to stay in. He has saved up out of his benefits to buy her a bed and put some carpet down, but he cannot afford furniture for her. He would like to get her a small wardrobe and a bedside drawer unit, so that she can put some of her clothes at her dad's house. Please help this family if you can, thank you.
This single young man has fled domestic violence. He is now trying to rebuild his life by starting a part-time college course next week. Unfortunately he does not qualify for a bursary and does not have any money for the fares to and from college. He desperately wants to start a new life and get qualified and meet new people. The college is too far to walk to, so he really needs help as he wants so hard to succeed in life now.
K has come to us for debt advice. In March she was let go from her job and until recently hasn't been able to find work. Thankfully she is now working but the debts she incurred during this six month period are beyond managing, plus she has debts from a previous abusive relationship which are causing her much anxiety. She is so worried - she is struggling to work effectively. Getting a Debt Relief Order would take that anxiety away allowing a fresh start and the ability to enjoy working again. Please can you help?
J is currently in recovery and would like a tablet so that she can attend online meetings for AA and Map as part of her recovery process. This would give her more support. She would also like to complete online parenting classes to help her with her children. Thank you for your help.
This client suffers from anxiety, depression and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. He took an overdose a few months ago and was subsequently admitted to a mental health unit. His has received intensive therapy and his suicidal thoughts have been shown to stem from his social and financial circumstances. He also has pain in his back, arms, neck and stomach following a paragliding accident. He has been discharged from hospital and is in need of a fridge but has no spare income for this.
J lived with a friend for several years but suddenly found himself homeless when he was unexpectedly asked to leave. He lived in temporary accommodation for around 3 months but has recently been offered his own property. He has no furniture of his own and he would really appreciate help in getting a bed. He is currently having to make do with pillows and cushions on the floor, and a bed would be a great start in helping him feel more comfortable and settled in to his new home.
Our client is a lone parent with a child still at school and struggling to make ends meet. She has a part time job and relies on Universal Credit but with a number of bills due for payment. She is unable to meet the costs on her present income. With the ongoing difficulties around Covid-19 her ability to keep regular hours has been difficult, and delays in benefit adjustments have caused her to fall behind. This has placed enormous strain on the household.
This client is need of a Debt Relief Order. He has struggled to maintain continuous employment and is experiencing mental health difficulties following a bereavement. This request would pay for the application fee. Any help you could give him would be really appreciated.
X is a teenager living with his dad, his mum has left the country. His dad has lost his license and job and is getting around on his bike at present. X can get the bus to school, however we believe the father and son would really benefit if we had the funding to enable the teenager to buy a bike and spend time with his dad outdoors. The two lads are currently living in a caravan due to house damage so getting out is essential.
Mr O is currently unemployed and is receiving benefits. He is searching for work and has managed to borrow a computer in order to do so - however, due to the current climate he is finding that lots of jobs are home based. In order to assist him in gaining employment and to manage working from home if this is the case, he requires an office chair. This would allow him to focus his efforts on applying for jobs. This application is for £90 to provide him with a much needed office chair.
Miss P is a single parent with two children under 4 years old. She has been allocated an unfurnished property with Guinness. She has been living in temporary accommodation due to emotional, financial and physical abuse from her ex-partner. Though on Universal Credit, she managed to get white goods from the local council but is struggling to afford and find help with carpets. A rug for her living room floor is needed so her children can comfortably sit and play on the floor rather than bare floors.
A lady has come into our foodbank, she has just had a new baby. She has a new house with a housing association but it isn't furnished, there is no carpet and no equipment. They have a cooker but it needs to be fitted by a gas engineer. They also need some carpet as the baby can't crawl on bare concrete.
S was working as a bar manager before Covid-19, he was laid off and even though he qualified for benefits he quickly got into debt. He doesn't have any savings and the drop in income has affected his ability to pay his outgoings. He has been advised by Citizens Advice to apply for a Debt Relief Order (DRO) but the admin fee is £90 which he cannot afford. Your help with this will allow him to make a fresh start and pay an agreed amount to his creditors. Please help S have a fresh start - thank you.
This client has severe mental health that has led him into hospitalisation. Since meeting him we have learnt that he misses boxing, keeping fit and structure. From observations, exercise has a clear positive impact on his well being and it is his sole healthy coping mechanism when confronting his mental health problems. The gym will enable him to benefit socially. The client is keen to make friends as he is very socially isolated. The gym will also give him positive role models.
This young couple with three children have suffered from two of their parents/grandparents dying. Just before the Covid-19 lockdown, the husband had a breakdown and lost his job. The wife then had a breakdown and was admitted into hospital. They have ended up in debt with housing and they are in great need of help. Please can we help to take the pressure off?
A lovely family of husband, wife and two children aged 11 and 7 are here in the UK after claiming asylum after leaving Zimbabwe in danger. Social services are now helping them with their immigration claim and have housed them. In the meantime they have no access to public funds. They can't claim benefits and the new house they have been placed into doesn't have any furniture. Social services have provided some things, but they now need a hoover, a microwave and an ironing board. Any help you could provide would be really appreciated.
This young couple with three children have suffered from two of their parents/grandparents dying. Just before the Covid-19 lockdown, the husband had a breakdown and lost his job. The wife then had a breakdown and was admitted into hospital. They have ended up in debt with housing and they are in great need of help with food. Please can we help to take the pressure off?
D has unaffordable debts that he cannot pay and it's causing his mental health to decline. He ran up the debts when he had a long term partner and they went into debt to buy things for their home. Sadly the relationship broke down and D moved out. As the debts were in his name he has tried to continue paying them but realistically he cannot afford to do this with just his benefits. Please help him to pay the £90 admin fee for a Debt Relief Order so he can make a fresh start with his finances. Thank you.
F is a single father who lives with his 11 year old daughter. He has recently undergone heart surgery and can no longer work at present due to his health condition while he concentrates on recovery. His cooker is beyond repair and the pair of them rely on foodbank contributions or buy takeaways and processed ready meals to warm up in the microwave. Your kind donation would enable him to prepare healthy meals for him and his daughter and greatly contribute to his well-being.
G has fled domestic violence with her son, she has found a property but it needs decorating as it really is in poor condition. She cannot afford to buy the wallpaper or paint herself as she is on benefits, but she is happy to do the work herself. She is looking forward to making this property into a home for her and her son. Along with paint and paper, she will also need to buy two curtain poles for the main room. Please help her to get back on her feet, she has been through so much - thank you.
"Last year I graduated university. Afterwards I faced a lot of challenges including my mental health and I struggled to find a place to live as I was homeless. Then I came to live at a Christian supported housing charity helping young people in crisis. I felt like I was consistently in crisis as I was estranged from my parents from a young age with very little support. I am now making progress with my life and would like to get a good bike that I can use to get to my warehouse job."
J is a single father living on Universal Credit. His fridge/freezer has broken down beyond repair. He is receiving food from a local church foodbank but needs help to keep food fresh for himself and his son. Any help you could provide to get him a new fridge/freezer would be really appreciated.
This young mum with three children has recently moved from temporary accommodation into permanent housing, and she is desperate for a tumble dryer. She has spent all her money on the move, and has had to buy quite a few new items. She has children in school and would not be able to get the clothes dry each day ready for school without a dryer. She has had help from us before, but we feel that they are struggling so much as her partner has severe mental health problems, they need our help once again.
Because this lady has been subjected to a 9 year abusive relationship her feelings of anxiety, depression, and lack of self-esteem have hit her hard. She also was subjected to a turbulent childhood so her entire life has been of one of abuse. With a counsellor's help she hopes for a brighter future. Please help her to make that future happen. Thank you.
This lady is seeking a way forward after being demoralised by years of domestic abuse. As she is struggling to deal with the aftermath of her abuse she has turned to counselling for the next step forward, so she is not so traumatised by the after effects or the memory of it. Thank you for helping her.
This woman has been in a domestic abuse relationship for 6.5 years. She has a young daughter that she is trying to bring up on her own. She is seeking help to become confident again, together with finding her own self-worth and self-esteem. Your help to guide her and her future would be appreciated. Thank you.
After months struggling with unemployment M found a job in another city, far from his house. He starts very early and because of that he will not be able to get to work using public transport. He managed to buy an old car but he is struggling to pay the first insurance installment as he hasn't received his first salary yet. If you could help that would be great! God bless you.
N was unemployed for several months due to Covid-19. She has now managed to find a job and has started working, but she needs to pay some household bills and also buy some suitable clothes for work. She would really appreciate help from Acts 435 towards this if possible. Thank you.
D has been referred to us for help. He has moved from supported living into his first flat which has no furniture at all. He has had a very chaotic life for a number of years, due to being abused as a child. He suffers with depression and severe anxiety. D has spent some time living on the streets. The new property will be his forever home, it would be good if we could make this as comfortable as possible for him.
L has moved into her new home with her two children aged 3 and 5. Their furniture was in storage but their carpets couldn’t be saved after a fire at the property caused extensive water damage. L has no savings and is working with Christians Against Poverty in relation to some debts due to leaving the previous property, therefore she cannot afford carpets for their home. She has been quoted £500 by a local company, she has applied to 2 charities but needs this amount to cover the shortfall. Thank you for your help.
K is a single parent of 2 children who due to a relationship breakdown has had to move out into new unfurnished accommodation. She is currently on Universal Credit, but is unable to afford the costs of a cooker which would allow her to provide her children with hot cooked meals, rather than relying on expensive and less nutritious ready meals in the microwave. K would be very grateful for any assistance that helps her and her children adjust to their new life and take some of the stress away.
D has recently moved into a council flat with her 2 small children. The flat has a fridge/freezer but the door is completely broken and is a health and safety concern. D has to remove the whole door to use it. The church is providing the remainder of the balance for the item and we will purchase it in the hope and prayer that the funds may be raised in retrospect. This is due to the immediacy of the issue with small children.
S lives alone and moved to the area a year ago after her ex-partner abused her children and they were taken into care. Not surprisingly, she has needed help with mental health problems ever since and she also suffers with arthritis in her knees, sometimes making it difficult for her to get out and about. Unexpected bills have left her short of money this month and, with 3 weeks to go to her next benefits payment, she would be grateful for help to get her gas and electric back in credit and also help towards food costs.
S is vulnerable, he lives on his own but is supported by his mum who lives nearby. He likes his independence but recently he was befriended by someone that took advantage of him and stole money from him and then assaulted him. He eventually disclosed this to his Mum and the police are now involved. Last week his freezer broke and he now has no savings to be able to replace it. He relies on freezer meals that he microwaves, so he really needs a freezer. Please help him if you can. Thank you.
L has moved into a ground floor flat, she is delighted because it has a garden and she has a young baby (8 months old). Unfortunately the flat has no carpets and that means she cannot let her daughter crawl on the concrete floor. L has bought a couple of rugs to make the flat less dusty and cold from the floor, but ideally she would love to get a carpet for the living room. Sadly she is only in receipt of maternity benefit and cannot afford to buy the carpet she needs - please help if you can.
R has come to us for money advice. She's a single mum of two and because of depression following a family loss she's stuck her head in the sand and is now drowning in debt she has no hope of paying. Because of her illness she's unable to work but wants to provide a secure home for her children. She has no-one else to ask for help.
This client is a single mum of six referred to our project from social workers. Three of her children have been recently diagnosed with additional needs. Through our visit we noticed that one child does not have a bed. Mum does not have any income apart from benefits that cover her day to day living, and she is unable to put any money aside for extras. Could you help with the cost of a bed for her child?
Please can you help K? She's a single parent with 3 children. K has no support or anybody to ask for help. K physically can't manage without a washer - she's been handwashing all the laundry for months and is desperately struggling. She can't afford to go the launderettes or offer anybody money to wash the clothes for her. Please can you help?
K is a single mother and full time carer on benefits to three boys, two of whom (aged 13 and 6) are disabled. They have no spare savings. K is a mature student studying at level 3 as a support teacher. Her eldest son is at college doing computer sciences. K has been told that they will only be able to continue their courses with online support, but there is no laptop/computer at home for them to share. £150 will enable them to buy and share a laptop allowing them to continue their studies. Thank you.
Whilst waiting for a Covid-19 test to come back, D and their family have been self-isolating. In this situation they have not been at work or been paid as they are on a zero-hours contract. This means that this month they are £100 short of the full rent amount for their social housing accommodation. It would be a huge help if we could help with a rent top-up during this uncertain time. As soon as they can get back to work they will be able to keep on top of rent and bills again. Thank you.
J and G have just gone back to school. Their mum and dad work in low paid jobs and are working with Christians Against Poverty for debt help. The family work so hard to keep their heads above water and always pay their bills on time. The car repairs have been a big expense recently and there is not a lot of extra for new school shoes and uniform. It would really bless this family to help clothe the children for the Autumn term. Thank you.
O is a single mother of three living in a small two-bedroom flat. O has no access to public funds and is struggling to maintain living costs including food, electric bills and school uniform for the children. O is relying on the help of friends in the local community and the church. They have supported her with foodstuffs and toiletries. O is currently in debt with her energy supplier and has been referred to Stepchange to help her with her debt. Any help received will go towards her children's needs.
Safe Families are supporting a single mum in Hartlepool with two children. Their washing machine has broken down and is old and not repairable. Mum is struggling to keep on top of the laundry. Would it be possible please to bless this family with a new machine? Thank you so much.
This 56 year old woman with two adult children was living in accommodation that was damp and due to be demolished so she had to move tenancy. She has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, vasculitis and Reynaud's disease. She had little choice in where she moved and the property needs decorating throughout. A local charity will provide her with a fridge/freezer as hers is not working, but she would be really grateful for any help towards decorating materials.
This lady split up from her partner in June and had to leave her home. She is now living in rented accommodation with her 2 year old daughter. Her only income is Universal Credit and Child Benefit. She does not receive child maintenance as her former partner has lost his job. The foodbank have been supporting them but they urgently need a tumble dryer.
This lady split up from her partner in June and had to leave her home. She is now living in rented accommodation with her 2 year old daughter. Her only income is Universal Credit and Child Benefit. She does not receive child maintenance as her former partner has lost his job. The foodbank have been supporting them but they urgently need a microwave.
This client and her children were being abused by her partner and, despite the fact that he has now moved out of the family home, they have all been left mentally traumatised. The client has had to reduce her hours at work and is struggling to get by financially. Her ex-partner smashed all of the bedroom furniture in the children's room so there is nowhere to store their clothing. She has no means to able to purchase a new wardrobe so your help would be most appreciated.
G has poor mental health and anxiety. This has been made worse by the Covid-19 situation. She hardly goes out and is struggling with her debts. She came to Christians Against Poverty a few months ago and is so thankful for our debt help. She always loves to be prayed for over the phone and is beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel. Your help could mean that in a few months G is debt free and able to move on from her past. Thank you.
L is disabled and has a memory problem. He has been advised that for his own safety he needs to buy a replacement gas cooker that has a glass lid and an automatic burner cut off when the lid is closed, having had a small fire caused by leaving the cooker on. He cannot afford to buy this due to his limited income and debts. He wants to remain in his own home and with support live independently, however he will need additional safety equipment, including this cooker. Please help - thank you.
T has come for debt advice. Her husband lost his job during Covid-19 and is struggling to find more work. They are being chased by creditors aggressively and T doesn't know what to do. She daren't leave the house and wants to spend all day in bed. T is beside herself with worry and anxiety - it's affecting her ability to function as a mum. Getting a Debt Relief Order would stop the calls and allow mum to be there for her children and to try and focus on being the best mum she can to be.
B is 73 years old. She was living until recently in a private rented property but the landlord served her notice to leave just before lockdown. Luckily she was offered sheltered accommodation and she moved in, but her sofa was broken and so she has been just been sitting on a kitchen chair or her bed throughout lockdown. She cannot afford to buy a sofa, but is desperate to sit in a comfy seat. Please could you help her to buy a replacement sofa? Thank you.
Our Christians Against Poverty client is sole parenting three girls and is struggling. Her washing machine has broken and she has no way of replacing it. We would like to support this client by helping with a reconditioned washing machine using a local social enterprise that trains up unemployed people to recondition and sell on washing machines to support the charity. Thank you.
R works 2 healthcare jobs on zero hour contracts. During the coronavirus pandemic she's only been allowed to work one job due to the risk of cross-contamination. In addition to this for a few weeks she wasn't able to work at all as she had to care for her son who was ill, and so she's got very behind with her rent. Our church has been supporting her with food parcels during lockdown, and she's working again now however does not earn enough to be able to pay back the rent she owes, please help!
A 39 year old living in Leeds has suffered with mental health issues over a 10 year period with further complications with his tenancy. He was unsupported during this time but is now getting housing support and help from Engage in Leeds and wants to make a fresh start with £140 towards carpet for his accommodation. He is unemployed and feels it will make a big difference to have his home warm and carpeted and asks for your help to make this happen.
Young single mother was moved to Cambridge due to domestic abuse now has the offer of a council home closer to family & friends to make a fresh start. She does not have the finances to fund the move herself so is asking for help towards the removal costs. Her support worker is seeking grants from other sources to fund items for her daughter & other needs.
This client has always worked but has had ill heath since March 2020. This has impacted the family's financial situation and they are struggling. Her husband is alcohol dependent and is working to try to become sober. She has two teenage daughters whose mental health have been impacted since Covid-19 and due to their circumstances. One of the daughters is sleeping on a mattress that is unsuitable and we would like to be able to provide a new bed and mattress for her.
This lady is 46 years old. She is struggling due to having a violent partner who is keeping her bank card from her. She needs help with paying for gas and electricity so she can get into her own flat and be safe. She is also hoping to get a place in rehab soon and have a fresh start. Your help is very much appreciated.
This lady is a single mum with a toddler and she is in need of a washing machine. She is currently relying on friends doing her washing. She is working and her son is at nursery so they need clean clothes each day. Any help you could give to get her a washing machine would be really appreciated.
K. is living on a low income. She's in recovery from addiction and has been sober for 2 years. She volunteers to support others in recovery and has very little money left each week after her bills and transport costs are covered. In recent months she has begun to have care of her children again at weekends, but she does not have the resources to be able to afford the food and transport costs that are necessary for these visits. She would be so grateful for your help.