J lives with her four children all under the age of 4 in council housing. She is trying her best to get a handle on the home conditions but there are various major barriers in her way, such as the flooring not being fit for purpose. We’re trying to help her with some of the more major things so that she can focus on getting the general home under control. She has been through so much trauma in her life and really struggles with anxiety, this would be such a huge blessing to her.
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.
A couple on a single working income have not had carpet in their bedroom for two years as they've not been able to afford it since one of them became ill with depression. They don't want to face another cold winter with a bare floor. A gift of £150 would enable them to fund a carpet for their bedroom and would so appreciate your support. Thank you so much for your kindness.
This elderly couple are seeking help with funds for a skip. They are currently living in a home that doesn't meet their needs. Over the years they have collected a lot of clutter and are now reducing this in order to move to a more suitable home. They've sorted their belongings out and have over 50 bags of rubbish. They are slowly getting rid of the bags but are running out of time to sort them out before they move to their new home. There is no one they can ask to help them and would so appreciate your support in acquiring a skip.
P is currently living in a hostel after the friend he was living with in a caravan turned him out. He has had his Universal Credit cut and subsequently he has been unable to pay any of his debts. He is struggling with ill mental health as a result of homelessness and financial unsettledness. He is working with us at Christian’s Against Poverty and trying to get back on track. A Debt Relief Order would make such a difference in allowing him to do that and would so appreciate your help in paying the fee.
H is a young vulnerable adult who recently fled an abusive relationship in which she suffered both physical and financial abuse. She is trying to rebuild her life and needs to break the ties to her past relationship: some of those ties are debts taken out in her name by her ex partner. Please help H obtain a Debt Relief Order and start afresh, your help would make such a difference.
J has recently got settled into a flat following a period of homelessness and has just started receiving benefits. His financial position is still very precarious, but he is just about managing to make ends meet. Sadly, he has received word that his mother is very ill in hospital and the prognosis is not good. He is desperate to spend some time with her before it is too late, but she is nearly 300 miles away and there is no way he can afford the train fare to get there. He would be so grateful for help with the cost.
H is a single Mum with two teenage children. She has a range of mental health difficulties and can't hold on to a job as a result. She has found it hard to manage her finances, especially as her children have needed extra items for school as they've got older. Her outgoings have therefore fallen behind her benefits, and she can't service her accumulated debt. Having consulted Citizens Advice, H has accepted that she should apply for a Debt Relief Order and would be grateful for help with the fee.
We are currently supporting this gentleman with his mental health and suicidal thoughts. He has recently been kicked out of his house by his partner and has nowhere else to stay, so has been sleeping in his car for the past nine nights. This is impacting on his mental health. He does not have the money to pay to stay anywhere and has not been offered any suitable accommodation. Any help with urgently funding this would be so greatly appreciated.
This lady is currently working with us at Christians Against Poverty and the best course of action for her to become Debt Free is a Debt Relief Order. She was self-employed before the pandemic but was not eligible for government support schemes and has since fallen into debt. She has accumulated a large amount of debt and getting the funds to apply for a Debt Relief Order will take a great weight off her mind and reduce the stress she is currently living under. Your help would be so appreciated.
B lives alone and is severely disabled with multiple health problems. The last couple of years have been especially difficult with the pandemic making her feel very isolated. She receives Employment Support Allowance but has been building up debts which she can’t afford to repay. She is now getting assistance to try to sort out her finances and has been advised that her best option is to apply for a Debt Relief Order. She doesn’t have the funds to pay for this herself and would be really grateful for help with the fee.
J would like to request financial support to help her to purchase new clothing as she has lost weight due to cancer. She needs a warm winter coat and other essential clothing including underwear as everything is far too big for her. J has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and she is struggling financially to buy herself a warm coat and new clothes as nothing fits her. Your support would be so appreciated.
P suffers with severe depression and anxiety. She has had a tough start to life and has been passed from home to home and has recently been referred to counselling services to help her with her past. She could really do with carpets as she currently has bare floors and the neighbours have complained about the noise underneath. P would like to move in the next few months she has decided rugs are the best way forward, so she can take these with her. Rugs will help her relax in her home and your help to purchase these would be so appreciated/
Our Christians Against Poverty client is a single Dad with a 2 year old son who had to give up his job to look after the son. He has been living on a low income and has got into debt. DRO fee will give him an opportunity for a fresh start.
This lady was widowed suddenly last Christmas which has left her and the family financially insecure and suffering from trauma, grief and anxiety. Her six year old daughter’s bed is too small and they have been sharing a bed. We have a separate request for a bed but would love to also provide a suitable mattress as the young child is not always making it to the bathroom on time which is causing damage to bedding and the mattress. Your help would be so appreciated.
C has had a difficult few years following the death of her husband. She approached us for help very soon after his passing but has struggled to remain engaged with debt advice due to her severe mental health conditions. She is now demonstrating a fresh determination to take control of her situation and would like to apply for a Debt Relief Order to give her a fresh start, clear her debts and look forward to a brighter future. Your donations would help her to pay the DRO fee and be so gratefully received.
A couple who have been attending our community fridge to supplement their food shopping are living on Universal Credit and working with Christians Against Poverty. They would like to buy a second hand sofa. The gentleman has problems with a narrowing spine and is often in pain. Your donations towards the cost of buying and delivering a sofa from a charity shop would really help him as his current one is no longer fit for purpose. Thank you.
S has been working as a carer and providing a home for her daughter and two young granddaughters. She has struggled in the past with financial management and re-paying debts, but has managed to pay some, such as council tax. She is now not able to work, and this leaves her in a precarious position financially. A Debt relief Order will allow her to have a fresh start financially, continuing to provide her family with a home while she is being supported to consider a path back to employment. Support in paying the DRO would be so appreciated.
K, his partner and three children need to be rehoused and are saving every spare penny to pay off their rent arrears to enable this. Their youngest child was hospitalised with respiratory issues and has ongoing investigations. Their tumble dryer has broken so they have had to spend more on heating to get their clothes dry leading to longer time before they can move, and having wet laundry around is not good for the baby's health. A new dryer would help them make their fresh start sooner.
K lost his job and housing due to Covid-19 and has just been rehoused after sofa surfing at friends' houses and in hotels. He is an engineer by trade and has been looking for work, although it has been hard to come by. His house is completely unfurnished and all he currently has is a bed. He is trying to get all the help possible to fund his flat and needs support to access this. He has very little money at the moment and is needing to use a Foodbank. A sofa would be a real blessing to him at this difficult time.
We have been working with K for a while, helping her with extensive and complex debt issues. She suffers with her mental health and has recently broken her phone, making her feel isolated and she is now struggling to manage her payments to creditors, as these were all set up as applications on her phone. If we can get her a new phone, she can use her old SIM card and start to get back on track.
D is off work due to a serious accident in 2020 and has three children. D is currently living on benefits while he is awaiting surgery however COVID-19 has slowed down the process. D's wife is on carer's allowance as their middle son has autism and is currently not attending school until a specialist provision placement is found. D is being supported by his local foodbank and is really struggling to make ends meet. Any help to buy clothing, especially shoes as he wears orthotics, would be very much appreciated.
The applicant is applying for support on behalf of their 6 year old son who has a physical disability. The applicant would like to support their learning and give them access to a tablet they can use for education stimulation and also leisure. This would overall significantly improve the child's physical, mental well-being and development having access to more resources at home. The family are on a very low income and are not in a position to purchase these resources themselves.
E is struggling to keep her property warm. She moved into her first property and does not have support from family or friends. She has been searching for a job but the pandemic made it particularly difficult and she is living on a very low income. The property E has moved into was completely unfurnished so she has been trying to make this house a home, but on a limited income is struggling to do this. Carpeting would make the home so much more comfortable and help with keeping it warm. Your help would be so appreciated. We have already raised £350 and this final amount would make carpeting possible.
The client contacted us after he had been made redundant and found he was struggling to make ends meet. To make matters worse, he recently received a bill for credit he had thought he had paid off over a year ago. The letter threatened him with court and debt collectors if he did not pay immediately! This has shook the client as he had worked extremely hard to pay off previous debt, and now given his situation he doesn't know what else to do. This support would help him massively.
The client, who is an ex-care leaver, has been living in hostels for the last few years. Now he has been given a new flat but has no furnishings or finances for decoration. The local council have helped with various items but are unable to support him with decoration. After the many moves this client has had we would love to be able to help him decorate his new flat and help make it a home.
The client came to us for support after being hit with a massive energy bill, unfortunately he had not locked in a price and was unaware of the upcoming energy price hike. He has been able to reduce his consumption massively since and prioritise his expenditure, however he is in desperate need of support to help pay his previous months bill before it gets out of hand. This support would allow him to keep ahead of his bills and prevent him from going into arrears. Please could you help pay this bill?
Our client and her husband are on Universal Credit) her husband is also on permanent sick leave waiting for an operation with regards to blood clots in his legs. They have 3 children. Their dishwasher has broken down, and they are looking for a replacement as both parents have arthritis in their hands and have difficulty holding objects, particularly when wet. The item can be provided by a company that specialises in recycled guaranteed appliances, fitting and delivery included in the price.
We have been working with a lady who lives on her own. She receives support from a mental health worker once a week. She suffers from PTSD, Bi-Polar, anxiety, arthritis and fibromyalgia. Her side fence has blown down and the panels have broken. This is causing her anxiety and sometime panic attacks as she feels 'everyone is watching her' which triggers her PTSD. She feels the fence made her feel safe. Several fence panels need to be replaced and old posts in concrete removed and redone.
J and her partner and their children had been living with family until they were housed by the council. They have moved into a property which doesn't have carpets which is not ideal with young children. Their health visitor has suggested carpets would make a real difference to the comfort of the children and the family. Dad is currently off work as he was self employed and his work dried up in the pandemic. They would really appreciate any support you could give. Many thanks.
M is 44 and separated from his partner. They have 2 children who live with him for part of the week. He had been on furlough for a number of months and during that time has suffered from anxiety and finds it difficult to leave the house. He found it hard to go back to work and his employer has terminated his contract. He has applied for Universal Credit but has not yet received a payment. He is struggling ??“ any help you can offer would mean a great deal to him.
R is a single parent to her 9 year old son. She has mental health issues including extreme anxiety which she is receiving counselling for. She has some debts and has recently received a Court Summons about her TV licence. She has turned to Citizens Advice for help as she just cannot cope. She faces many financial challenges and help towards her weekly shopping bill and your support would make a big difference for her.
C is a single mum to 3 children. She is struggling on a low income and is using the local Foodbank for food and basic necessities. She needs some help to pay her gas and electric as we head into colder weather. She is worried her children will be cold as she currently has no money to top up her meter. Your help would make a real difference and be such a lifeline at this time.
'K' has 3 children and is currently pregnant with number 4. She is in rent arrears and is also appealing an eviction. She needs some help to top up her gas and electric meter which she has no money for at the moment. She is getting help from the local foodbank.
N is a vulnerable single mother who suffered Domestic Abuse 3 years ago. She was moved to a Council Flat with her twin boys and and given an old fridge freezer which is now in great disrepair. It accumulates ice which she chops away and sometimes defrosts itself and leaks. This is a desperate request for a replacement of this equipment. She cooks 2 or 3 times a week to save on electricity and gas bills but she cannot preserve any food she cooks now. Your help would mean a great deal.
M has been a victim of domestic abusive, particularly controlling and coercive behaviour. This mother has been moved between numerous temporary accommodations, in excess of 3 in one year, with her now two-year-old daughter. They have just received the offer of a permanent property. This property is now providing stability and peace of mind to Mum, two-year-old daughter and unborn daughter who is due at any time now. M would be hugely grateful for any help towards this.
C was housed by our charity in an emergency situation when she fled a relationship breakdown, with the first week’s rent covered. She currently lives in Hampshire but has to commute to London. The extra travel costs have meant she is again struggling for rent, as a care leaver with no family network to help her out. It has been very positive she could keep her job through all this, but we want to support her back to a fully stable home situation.
S, who was alerted to us by the Justice and Care Service, is fleeing domestic violence and resettling into a home provided in the area. She arrived with few belongings but has been able to acquire various household items. She has a microwave but no cooker. Her many complex health problems mean that having a proper cooker is essential for her get into a good healthy eating situation and would be so thankful for any support in helping her buy a cooker.
K is recovering from anorexia and is under the mental health team. Her fridge, freezer and oven are all old and not working properly and will either need replacing or fixing. K is moving into a different flat with her partner and son and would appreciate help to sort out the families appliances so that they can have a good start in a new place.
M is a single young man with learning difficulties. He normally manages 2 part-time jobs giving an income which is just about adequate, but both jobs collapsed due to Covid. He is now claiming Universal Credit, but the transition to benefits and the need to reduce his outgoings, without any other support, have left him struggling with debt. Citizens Advice are trying to help him and advise that he needs a Debt Relief Order. M can't afford the fee and would really appreciate help for this from Acts 435.
This single mum of four has not been able to decorate their home since moving in a few years ago. One of her children has hydrocephalis and spends a lot of time in hospital. She says her friend has agreed to help if she can get paint and wallpaper. She is very excited at the idea of making her home look nice but can't afford all of the paint etc. Your help would be such a wonderful gift to this family.
Our client has just had to move out of accommodation that was unsuitable, run down, damp and very poor quality. She has no money to furnish her new flat and has nothing with her. Unfortunately, there is no family support for this woman in this country and is struggling to move forward. This gift will make a huge difference, enabling her to be comfortable in her home, feel safe, and get a good sleep so she is able to work.
This lady has just moved out of accommodation that was unsuitable, run down, damp and very poor quality. She has no kitchen essentials, including an oven. She has no family support in this country and is struggling to move forward. This gift will make a huge difference enabling her to cook for herself and start to feel more at home.
C is on Universal Credit and due to the uplift ending she has no spare money for anything other than her bills. She currently doesn't have a cooker and relies on a microwave, so she isn't managing to eat nutritious meals and is paying for ready made ones which is making budgeting more difficult. A new cooker would allow her to buy fresh food and cook in batches, which would help keep her costs down and ensure she is eating nutritious meals.
A is single parent with no family support or child maintenance. There is no washing machine in property and A is having to travel to a laundrette to wash her and her children's clothes. With UC uplift finishing she has little money for anything other than bills and food and is worried about keeping their clothes clean. A washing machine would help to keep their clothes clean and reduce the stress and pressure A is currently feeling. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
My client, her husband and young baby have recently been given the opportunity to move into a new property after having lived in extremely poor conditions for the past year and a half. Their new home is much safer and better suited for a young family but is completely unfurnished. They are in need of financial support so that they can purchase essential household items that they are otherwise unable to afford, such as a washing machine and cooker.
L is married with four children. The last few years have been very hard for the family. The current pandemic had a huge impact on her husband's taxi business, and they have not been able to pay their debts back. It will take a while to recover from the income loss. A Debt Relief Order would help to put the family back on the right track and give them the fresh start that they need.
This is for a lady who recently lost her job, was then unable to pay her rent and lost her tenancy. She has now moved into another rented accommodation, and has sold most of her belongings to make ends meet. We are trying to support this lady as much as possible to help her to make a fresh start and improve her mental health, which has been severely affected by her situation. A cooker will enable her to make nutritious meals for herself, and give her back some of her self confidence.
J suffers from multiple physical and mental health problems that leave her in constant pain with limited mobility. We are continuing to work with J to help her with her debts, but her flat was recently flooded from above and this damaged the weighted blanket and earthing sheet that she uses to help her sleep. The loss of these items has left her very anxious and we would like to be able to replace them for her.
This gentleman struggling with debt and mental health has had to deal with homelessness and addiction in the past and is now hoping to start again and get out of debt with the help of Christian's Against Poverty. At his first appointment at our Debt Centre he came with no coat and wearing flip flops on a cold day. After speaking with him he told us he had no suitable winter clothes. We would like to be able to help him getting a coat and shoes so he can manage during the winter months. Any help will be appreciated.
Our client has recently moved from very poor quality accommodation that was entirely unsuitable; run down, damp and very poor quality. She has no money to furnish her new flat and has no furniture at all. She does not have family support in this country and is struggling to move forward. Without a sofa this lady does not have anywhere to sit at the end of the day and a fridge will allow her to keep her food stored properly. Your gift will make such a difference.
This lady was in hospital due to Covid-19. She was on a ventilator and put in an induce coma. She now suffers from long Covid-19 causing extreme fatigue, breathlessness and cognitive problems. She also has peripheral neuropathy which affects her walking. The tracheotomy she underwent has affected her speech and she has been referred for speech therapy. She has had to be re-housed to a home better suited to her health needs and needs a washing machine as she can no longer access the launderette.
Our client is a single mother, recently widowed and has a son with learning difficulties and autism. He requires 24-hour care and Mum is unable to work as a result of caring for him. Her son tends to fall out of bed in the middle of the night and Mum has asked for financial support towards a specialised bed with side rails. This gift would make such a difference to this family.
Ms G has recently been through a divorce, leaving her the sole parent for a two year old. She was eager to find work and moved out of the area in search of a job, but became isolated from friends and family and moved back to be near them, but was out of work. She is now pregnant and is struggling financially. They have never lived in an unfurnished property and have not had to worry about appliances. Their new property has no cooking facilities and a microwave is an essential item for Ms G and her son as warms his milk and cooks their food this way. Please could you help them buy a microwave?
This client is a single mother. Her daughter has a health condition and their benefits have recently been cut and the Personal Independence Payment for her daughter is under tribunal. They are currently having to pay extra towards rent and are now being evicted from the home they have rented for 15 years as it is being sold. They have debt arrears for rent and are running out of oil. With just 12 weeks left in house before they have to leave they would so appreciate support in buying heating oil for this time.
Our client has ongoing health problems, he attends James Cook Hospital 3 times a week for dialysis. He has two children living at home. L is 15 years old, and receives support from Children and Mental Health Services and suffers from a genetic syndrome which impacts his quality of life. Our client's daughter, K, is 17 years old. She supports Dad around the home. There is no carers allowance in place and they are struggling financially. Their carpet is threadbare and would like to purchase a new one with the winter months ahead. Please could you help?
G is being supported in temporary housing, recently admitted to hospital due to concerns about her health and wellbeing. She was found in her living room on a soiled mattress, unable to wash, prepare food/drink or access the toilet. Her son was financially abusing her. She had no hot water or heating. The majority of her household items have been disposed of, including her clothes, due to them being soiled or rotten. Please consider donating so we can purchase G some clothing.
M is struggling with debt and ill health and holding together a family home. She cannot afford new glasses and is going without in order to pay the bills. She really a needs new pair glasses as her sight is failing, and this funding will help in this situation.
J has been struggling with anxiety and self harm as well as a compulsive gambling habit. He is dealing with a debt situation and trying to remain disciplined and repay his debts. His bed frame has broken and we have sourced a new one for him. This would enable J to sleep comfortably and continue on his route out of debt.
This single dad gave up his job to look after his baby. Due to the resulting reduction in income his debts have become unmanageable and he is now working with Christians Against Poverty to deal with them. He has relinquished his car as the Hire Purchase and running costs were unaffordable. He now needs a sturdier pushchair as they are walking more, and he needs to buy jumpers and a warmer sleeping bag for the child as the weather turns and energy prices rise.
C is a lovely man working with Christians Against Poverty. He got into debt in his early twenties when he developed psychosis. He became unable to manage his life and because he was so vulnerable, people took advantage of him financially. C got the help he needed and he has been stable now for three years. He is now really focussed on clearing his debt and starting afresh. Your donation would be a message of encouragement.
J is a single dad living in rented accommodation currently claiming Universal Credit and Child Benefit. He is looking after his partner who lives in her own property and he is her full time carer. Previously J's son was living with his Nan but he has moved back to J's house due to a variety of complex issues. He came with few clothes and J has no spare income to buy any. Please could you help this family cope with this unexpected change?
This family have had to move out of their rented property due to a flat fire beneath them. The family were helped by emergency services and were able to exit the property safely but are unable to return to their home due to the extent of the fire. The family are currently residing with family, however should be being placed into temporary accommodation next week. Money is very tight and they have lost their personal possessions and belongings. £150 will enable them to buy new bedding and clothing to start with.
L is a single mum with four young children who has serious mental health issues. She had always struggled with budgeting, but when her benefits changed she was unable to cope with what she needed to do to sort this out. She has now had help to get what she is entitled to and is getting help to budget, but has been left in a lot of debt and is at risk of eviction. A Debt Relief Order would clear her debts, freeing her from anxiety over this and allowing her to move forward.
A single Mum is desperately trying to provide for her young children but is barely managing to keep food on the table and pay bills. She is devastated that she won’t be able to get them any birthday gifts for their birthdays which are only 2 days apart in November. It would mean the world to her to be able to have a little extra money so that the children will have something to open on the mornings of their birthdays.
Our client is a young woman struggling with illness due to diabetes and living on a very low income. She just moved into a new house from a furnished property and has no means of buying furniture for her new home. She is sleeping on the floor with duvet covers which is not good for her health or mental wellbeing. A bed would greatly improve her living conditions.
T and her 4 young children have escaped domestic violence. She has been described by her health visitor as a 'super mum' making sure her children are safe and looked after. They could really do with a little help for some living room carpet to make their home more comfortable and would so grateful for any help given.
K is a mum of two who fell into debt due to low income. In seeking support from her local Citizens Advice, K has been recommended for a Debt Relief Order to give her a fresh start. Unfortunately, she is unable to afford the fee for this. Please donate to help clear her debts so K and her family can move on without the worry of debt hanging over them. Thank you.
This young man had a serious accident that meant he had to give up his career and dream as a semi-professional footballer. His family life disintegrated and his wife took custody of their children. He has suffered both physical and psychological damage. His mobility is limited and he has been moved into a council bungalow. His mental health is fragile. He needs a washing machine to try to improve his independence and having clean clothes would make a difference to his quality of life. Please could you help us buy a washing machine for this young man?
B was referred by her doctor, concerned about her mental health caused by debt. B met us and told how after a couple of tragic relationships she'd lived for her work in the care sector but when she found one of her clients dead her world turned upside down and she could no longer work, it brought up bad memories from the past. She got into debt because she stuck her head in the sand and became a recluse, wanting to give up. She has recently started to recover from this trauma but is struggling with her debt. A debt relief order would help her in this fresh start.
Our client's husband died recently, leaving her as the single parent to four young children. Her benefits have unexpectedly been cut and Mum is struggling to pay for bills, along with other necessities required to support the family. As the months get colder they would so appreciate help with paying for heating oil.
P is a vulnerable adult who suffers with severe mental health illnesses and substance misuse. He is getting support with this but his financial problems are holding him back from becoming clean as he uses the substances to block out the stress. P is desperate to start a new life. Please could you help P become debt free and help him on his journey?
S is a vulnerable lady who fled an abusive relationship in Scotland and had to set up home from scratch with her daughters. S suffered both physical and financial abuse. S also suffers with PTSD and visits from the baillifs act as a trigger for this. She is desperate to leave her past behind her but her financial situation is preventing her from moving on. Please help S become debt free and move towards the fresh start she is hoping for.
M lives with her husband and 5 children. They are dependent on benefits due to ill health and they have struggled to pay their bills. The family is being threatened with eviction and urgently need to be able to take control of their finances. M is now getting money advice and we believe a Debt Relief Order is the best option to help her to clear her debts. This would help her to be able to afford to pay her ongoing bills and make a fresh start.
This lady is in serious financial hardship. Her washing machine is broken and she has children with additional needs/health issues. She has been referred to our Next Step Shop and is working with the community link advisor for additional support.
D lost her job after the furlough scheme ended last month. She now has to start the process of claiming Universal Credit while she searches for another job. On top of this her freezer has broken and she has a large family to support and it feels very difficult to buy good value food without a freezer. Your support in helping to buy a freezer would be an enormous blessing to the family.
This client is a single parent with a 3 year old child. She became homeless not long after the baby was born following a family break up. Since then she has lived in a hostel for vulnerable women where she has received ongoing support with daily living skills and counselling regarding her diagnosed anxiety. She has now been deemed ready for independent living and has been offered an unfurnished flat. She is reliant upon Universal Credit so has no means of purchasing the essential goods needed.
This lady came out of prison three weeks ago, and is living at a parole centre. She is very motivated to improve her life chances, having stayed clean from drugs for over 5 years. She is working with professionals to get her life back on track. Unfortunately she has little more than the clothes she stands up in. She needs shoes, a winter coat, and basics like underwear. She is taking each day at a time, and moving forward, and is amazed that there are people who want to help her.
This person is an asylum seeker, receiving just £39.63 per week and living without WiFi at the accommodation provided by the Home Office. He cannot afford large amounts of data which means he cannot attend his English classes online or other online activities. It also means he struggles to communicate with his family and friends and access information about his rights. He was brutally attacked by racists and struggles with his mental health as a result. This internet would be an enormous help.
T is a homeless man who has recently fled an emotionally abusive relationship. He left all of his possessions behind and is currently living in a tent. T needs a reliable phone and solar charger so that he does not need to be at an electric point to charge his phone. T is applying for jobs and therefore uses his email account and the internet all the time. T volunteers at his closest Foodbank and really wants to turn his life around. Please help him to get a phone if you are able.
T is a 33 year old father of two who has been struggling financially for some time and has accrued a number of debts. In seeking help from his local Citizens Advice, he has been recommended to apply for a Debt Relief Order. Unfortunately, he cannot afford the fee. Please donate to help T clear his debts and give him, and his family, a fresh start. Thank you.
CS is a single mother of four children. She has lived on a low income long term and has no money left after paying for essentials . Her cooker has broken and she cannot get any help from the Department of Work & Pensions or the local council. Her family are unable to support her financially and she does not have anywhere else to turn to. Your support in helping C buy a cooker would be so appreciated.
C is in a bad place with low benefit income. They are trying to get their life back on track with support from Christians Against Poverty's help. A Debt Relief Order would free them financially but as they are on Universal Credit they cannot afford the fee whilst trying to pay towards the debts. Their income has gone down due to the recent reduction in Universal Credit. The local church have been regularly supporting them with food parcels but any help with the DRO fee would be wonderful.
J is an extremely vulnerable man with significant learning difficulties. He is really struggling after losing £20 from his Universal Credit. J is being assisted by his local Citizens Advice with his finances, debt and also generally with significant mental health issues and the wider implications of that. Please donate to help J afford to live while Citizens Advice help him address his finances. Thank you.
N is a single lady who fled domestic violence and was recently in a refuge. She has been helped by the council and the refuge to get a new private tenancy, but she has no furniture as she had to leave this behind. The refuge are arranging beds but until she gets these her daughter can't move back in with her and she is sleeping on the floor. We would be so grateful to be able to buy her a sofa and help this family back onto their feet.
This man has sought help with his debts after a prolonged time of homelessness. He has now secured accommodation and he is looking for a fresh start. He is working with Citizens Advice and they are looking at applying for a debt relief order as a form of insolvency. Would you be able to help by giving towards the £90 fee in order for this man to gain his fresh start?
Mrs M is asylum seekers with very limited money. She lives alone with her husband, who is not allowed to work, and has no financial support from family and friends. She would really appreciate financial help with mobile phone top up. She feels lonely as she can't talk to her family who lives in India. This support will help her to communicate with others and at least talk to her family. Thank you so much.
C has 3 children and is currently grieving the loss of her partner who was tragically killed. His death has severely affected her mental health. C's cooker has broken which is making things even more difficult for her and she is not able to provide meals for her children. The added stress of her broken cooker is a real burden and she would be grateful for any support to be able to purchase a new cooker. Many thanks.
We are working with a gentleman who is struggling with financial hardship. He has mental health illnesses and has been given a free gym pass to try and help with his mental health struggle and as a method of therapy. He has no suitable clothing or a bag for the gym and would feel so much more confident in the correct attire. Please could you help?
A family we are working with are finding life very challenging. Mum has a child who has severe additional needs. We have arranged for some therapeutic support and it has been recommended that her daughter would really benefit from some specialised sensory equipment and light changing lamps. Would you be willing to contribute to these costly items which will be of huge benefit to this family?
Our client is a lovely Mum to three children. Her washing machine has broken and the children all need uniforms washed regularly. Mum is very stressed due to the difficulties and practicalities of not having a washing machine and not being able to replace it as she has a very limited income. A laundrette is very impractical and Mum is getting upset at the thought of the children not having clean uniform. Can you help?
Our Christian's Against Poverty client has moved out of damp, unsatisfactory housing into a first floor Housing Association flat. She has very few possessions and the flat is without any carpets. It would really help this house to feel like a home by providing this lady with a carpet for the lounge room. She will soon be debt free and this will be a wonderful fresh start for her. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
This client has recently fled from a severe domestic violence incident. The perpetrator is currently on police bail awaiting trial. The client and her children were initially moved to a Women's Aid hostel and have now been offered a Housing Association property in a totally new area. She is in receipt of universal credit and child benefit so has very little income and is struggling to set up her new home. She currently has nowhere to store fresh food so your help with this would be so appreciated.
We are supporting a lovely mum who has been through a lot in her life. She is currently having to share a bed with her teenage children. We are hoping to bless her with a mattress to help her have a good nights sleep in a bed of her own and allow her children to have their privacy back too. We have submitted a separate request for the bed frame and the blessing of a mattress would make such a difference. This family have been through a lot of trauma and this kind gesture would be so so appreciated.
This lady has very complex mental health issues. She was living with her elderly mum and was required to move out due to an eviction notice being served when rules within sheltered housing were altered. We are currently working with her family to support her. Due to the issues this lady is facing support with temporary accommodation would be a real blessing to her. She is keen to work with us and other services to help move on to the next stage in her journey.
J is a single mum escaping domestic violence. She is working with Christians Against Poverty to clear her debts in order to make a fresh start with her three young children. She is setting up her home in a new area and has been advised to go through insolvency, but she needs help to raise the fee. Any assistance you can give would be really appreciated.
This gentleman is working with a community link advisor. He is in serious need and our advisor is helping him with his Personal Independence Payment application. He has a number of health problems and struggles with incontinence, and needs to change his clothing and bedding frequently. He is also a lone parent. His dryer has broken and he's struggling to keep up with his washing. Your support to purchase a new tumble dryer would be so appreciated.
Our tenant recently came to us following a lengthy period of living in unstable and inappropriate accommodation and has little family support. Whilst our tenant is doing very well, managing her new home and actively looking for work, she did miss a Job Centre appointment due to personal problems and has been sanctioned. This has resulted in her being unable to manage her finances this month. Our tenant would be really grateful of any support offered.
Miss A fled domestic abuse with her children. She was unable to collect any belongings and was placed into a refuge for some time. She has been trying to rebuild her life with the children in a safe environment and has been offered a new property. The cost of the move and also having to find the money for white goods has took its toll on her finances. It is important to the family to sit around the dining table to eat, and to learn and it is a real priority for Miss A to have a dining table. Can you please help?
This lovely family with two children find themselves having to move their children into a different school as the youngest child has disabilities which cannot be met by their current school. In order to get the children to school on time, the oldest child is also having to move. They struggle with a limited income and they need help to get new school uniform for them both. Please can you help?
J is working with Christians Against Poverty to find freedom from his unmanageable debt. J has been in a life of drugs since his early teens but has sought help and is due to go to rehab at the end of the year. It would really help if he could go to rehab debt free, so as to remove one strain from his life and allow him a real fresh start when he completes the rehabilitation process.
Miss A fled domestic abuse with her children. After living in a refuge for some time they have moved to a new property, but they were unable to take any belongings with them. Miss A has spent a lot of the money she has saved on white goods and the move itself and currently has all the children's clothes in bags as they do not have any means to store the coat. They are unable to afford any furniture and this mother would love a wardrobe and chest of drawers for the children's belongings; please could you help?
Please can we help a single parent with a 3 month old baby who is living in temporary accommodation and needs a double bed frame? Her bed has broken but was second-hand and not that robust in the first place. She is receiving Universal Credit and she is managing her money with help from the Foodbank, but a large purchase such as this is well beyond her budget. A new bed frame would certainly help her situation. Thank you.
This young man has learning difficulties but manages well independently in his accommodation. Unfortunately he experienced an electrical fault and his flat burned down rendering him homeless and without any clothing other than his pyjamas. He is in desperate need to start again. His most urgent need is a fridge. If you could assist him in any way he would be so grateful. He’s a smashing lad. Thank you.
M is a father of three who struggles with serious mental health issues. He was in a well paid job but had to give up work when he suffered a breakdown. The family income dropped sharply - they were no longer able to keep on top of their finances and got into debt. M now has bailiffs threatening him but cannot afford to pay them. This is really adding to his anxiety and he is struggling to cope. A Debt Relief Order would clear his debts and be a huge weight off of his shoulders.
This gentleman, CD, is in desperate need of a specialised hybrid mattress as he suffers from Lupus. He is in a lot of pain for the majority of time and is confined to bed for days at a time. This type of bed will support his joints and muscles and will be of enormous help to him and make a huge difference to his health. If you can offer assistance CD will be extremely grateful. Thank you.
This lady has really been up against it for the last two years. She has become the lone carer parent to her son who has significant Mental Health problems. She suffers with a number of illnesses and has had to leave her job as an NHS nurse. Her benefits don't come in until the end of the month and she is being chased for her rent - some of which she has found money to pay towards, but is desperately worried as to what will happen should she not be able to make another contribution until the benefits are in. Please could you help during this difficult time?
This single mum of a 5-year old girl is living on Universal Credit and struggling to make ends meet. Her fridge freezer has broken but she has no way of being able to afford a replacement, which is so necessary in order to budget and keep food fresh. She would be so appreciative of support to help buy a fridge freezer so she can begin batch cooking and planning meals in advance. Thank you.
D has periodontitis, a rare disease that causes his teeth to fall out. He had an operation before the first lockdown, which was not covered by the NHS and incredibly expensive, to prevent tooth loss. He lost both his jobs during the first lockdown, so he could not afford the follow up sessions and has now lost a considerable amount of teeth. D's reduced income also means he has built up debts, and he desperately wants a DRO so he can have a fresh start after a really tough time. Please could you help D?
D and her partner have three children and are really struggling financially as we head into winter. She has had cancer and is awaiting another important operation. Her partner suffers from epilepsy and, due to having regular fits, is unable to work. They are not managing with their gas and electric bill because of the price increase. Any support you can offer would hugely help their wellbeing.
T is a single mum to two children. She is living on a very low income and her 11-year-old son has been sleeping in the same bed as her as they cannot afford to buy him his own. A new bed will really help this family to get a good night's sleep and offer some independence to this growing boy.
We are working with a single mum who has been rehomed across the country due to domestic abuse. Having to flee at short notice has meant that her support networks have been broken. She's keen to keep her children looking clean & tidy so they can attend their new school, which is difficult enough, forming new bonds & overcoming traumas. We have a relationship with a local white goods refurb firm, who can supply the above items. Could help support this family with a fresh start?
L is a single mother to 2 children. Her and her ex-husband went into business together many years ago. Her ex-husband mismanaged the business, and then declared bankruptcy. As all debts attached to the business were also in L's name, she has been repaying them alone ever since. This leaves her with very little every month to feed her and her children. Furthermore, her Universal Credit has just been reduced, as well as her child maintenance payments from her ex-husband. Pls help L afford food this month.
N was a victim of significant emotional and financial abuse for 20 years. She has now been safely rehoused but has been left with debts and often struggles with simple everyday tasks - some days are better than others. A freezer would enable her to shop and cook on the days she can manage this but have food available from it for the days when she is struggling.
We are supporting a lady who suffers from bone cancer and she's struggling to cope with a low income. She lives alone with very few essentials to provide comfort. She does not have a bed and is sleeping on a sofa which is causing a lot of pain due to her health conditions. She struggles to afford necessities like heating and food. She has expressed how much a bed would make such a difference and enable her to rest properly and sleep without being in pain.
AH is a young refugee who has just been given a council property. It is completely unfurnished and he would like support to get a fridge/freezer. He lives on benefits, and the amount he receives is barely enough to meet his daily living needs. Your donation would help him greatly. Thank you.
This young lady would like help with applying for a Debt Relief Order to enable her to concentrate on her studies. She has had various family issues which have put pressure on her income and forced her into debt. Some of these debts are a result of a relationship breakdown which has left her solely responsible for them. Only recently has she been able to return to her studies, so a Debt Relief Order would allow her to begin her life anew and build a future.
This young person has recently secured accommodation after sofa surfing with friends. She is starting from scratch and the property requires some decoration. This help would enable her to make a safe and comfortable home for herself. She is a student and reliant on benefits and struggling to make ends meet.
This gentleman is struggling to afford gas and electricity, and suffers from stress and depression. He lives on Universal Credit and is just managing to pay most of his bills, but due to a rise in energy bills he is struggling to pay these. Please can you help?
This family have moved house and there are no curtain poles or tracks, and at the moment the family have curtains pinned up at the windows. Getting the correct poles will enhance the living and bedroom areas and help the family settle more into their new home. Moving into the winter this will help with privacy and heat loss. The priority is the boy’s bedroom so he can have his own space within the home.
This gentleman’s wife has died, leaving a 8 year old son and a 5 year old daughter. The couple had separated and now the father has sole charge of both children. He is living in temporary accommodation which has nothing furniture wise, not even saucepans, cutlery or crockery. He needs carpets urgently for the children’s bedroom. The room is very cold and he can’t afford the fuel to heat it. Carpeting will make a huge difference. Any help will be very much appreciated. Thank you.
M has been living in a private rented flat which was recently condemned by the council due to its poor state of repair. He has been given new accommodation but due to living off only benefits he does not have the finance to move his belongings. This money if raised will go towards the van needed to do this. Many thanks for your consideration.
This single Mum of three is currently living on Universal Credit. Her three year old has severe eczema and needs special soft, anti scratch clothing. Mum does not have the extra funds in the budget to purchase good quality clothes to help her daughter's eczema, as they cost so much. Please would you help?
The client is a single mum with 2 children who is enthusiastically studying and trying to find work in the construction industry. She is currently in temporary accommodation and unfortunately had a small fire that started in her oven. The London fire brigade have advised her not to use the oven so she only has a hob for the time being. Having chatted to F she said she would be so grateful for help in this area as finance is very tight at the moment. Thank you for reading this.
This middle aged man would be so appreciative of your help with his Debt Relief Order (DRO) fee. He suffers with Mental Health issues and is not currently able to work. He is reliant on Universal Credit payments but has recently fallen into debt and his support worker has advised him to apply for a DRO. His father has died recently and this has made his life even more challenging. It would be an act of generosity to help him with the fresh start he needs.
T is a young man who has recently left a 24/7 Mental Health residential and hasn't lived alone before. He is feeling isolated and would love to return to studying. He has worked in retail, hospitality and the care sector and wants to gain more qualifications. He is requesting a laptop which will enable him to access online courses. His long term plans mean he needs to improve his English and Maths. In addition a laptop would help him keep in touch with family, including his 3 children.
This single mother has a 2 year old and an 8 week old baby. Their fridge/freezer has broken and is leaking onto floor. She is receiving Universal Credit but has no other income and cannot afford to replace large appliances like this. Please could you help her?
M is currently in a refuge with her three children due to fleeing domestic abuse. M left with nothing and really needs some clothes for her children. M is currently being supported by her local foodbank. Any help you could give M to be able to get some clothes for her three children would be very much appreciated. Thank you.
This single parent, with an 8 week old baby and a 2 year old child, is in need of a replacement tumble dryer. They had a donated one which broke down and has left the mum with huge amounts of clothes to dry in a small flat. A replacement dryer would save money on heating, save space and save the mum time and energy.
T has a very limited income and all her current income goes on rent and utility bills. She is unable to afford furnishings for her home. She is being supported by the early intervention team, but being able to purchase some basic furniture such as a sofa, table and chair would make her home much more comfortable and increase her living standards dramatically.
L is a single parent with six children up to the age of 17. L and her daughter were both victims of domestic abuse and the family are currently living in an overcrowded three bedroom flat. L is on benefits and struggling to meet the basic needs of her family. They have a small fridge with a freezer compartment, but L has to shop for food several times a week as it is so small, which is costly and time-consuming. A larger fridge freezer would help her bulk shop and cook.
C is in substandard housing which is having an impact on her mental health, meaning that her health worker has had to increase her medication. She doesn't have internet access at home and her current phone cannot connect to the internet. A new phone would enable her to access and bid for new housing accommodation, as well as accessing her GP online prescription. This would increase her chances of securing better accommodation and therefore improving her mental health.
H and his wife's relationship broke down during the pandemic and he began staying at the night shelter. The tenancy on his and his wife's house was in his wife's name and he felt unable to return there. He has now signed for his own tenancy with a housing association but is struggling to furnish it. His mum died a number of years ago and he has no contact with his dad, so he doesn't have good support networks. He has sourced some second hand furniture but can't afford a washing machine.
M has been living in a homeless shelter for the past few months. He recently got a new housing association flat, however it is unfurnished. He needs a cooker in order to keep himself sustained and manage his low income, and to cook healthy food rather than having to live off ready meals.
M was recently given a king size bed base, but her mattress is old. She suffers with back problems and depression and anxiety, and she spends a lot of her down days in bed, so we would like to help her get a new mattress for her bed. M cannot afford to replace the mattress as she has so little disposable income and only just manages their living expenses. She would be so grateful for any help.
This client was the victim of a serious attack whilst working as a security guard, which left him unable to walk without crutches and in constant pain. He lost his job and then his home as he could not pay the rent. After a period of homelessness he was offered a council flat but he is in receipt of Universal Credit so has no money to furnish it. He cannot access the launderette so is washing his clothes in the sink. He has been recently diagnosed with arthritis so he finds hand washing painful.
The Justice and Care Service have asked us for help for a washing machine for S, who has fled severe domestic violence and has been resettled in the area. She arrived with just a few belongings. Many household items are being donated, but no washing machine. She has complex health problems, which make it difficult for her to wash clothes and bedding by hand and there is no launderette nearby. A washing machine would make things so much easier for her as she begins to build her life back.
C has started again following the breakdown of her marriage, only to find debts she was unaware of, tracking her down and demanding repayment. The debt accrued in her name relates to items purchased for her ex husbands business - however proving she had no knowledge of these items would be impossible. C needs a Debt Relief Order and needs help with the fees for this as she has only just set up home again and had made no provision for such a situation. Could you help? Thank you.
M and K relocated for work just before first lockdown and were furloughed within 3 months of starting their new jobs. They were employed in hospitality so their work essentially ceased. Diversifying proved difficult and after struggling to maintain the business, the owner had to close permanently. They were in receipt of Universal Credit but debts increased as they no longer had the means to pay what was owed. M now needs a Debt Relief Order, but cannot afford the fee. Please would you help M?
M and K relocated for work just before the first lockdown and were furloughed within 3 months of starting their new jobs. They were employed in hospitality so their work essentially ceased. Diversifying proved difficult and after struggling to maintain the business, the owner had to close permanently. They were in receipt of Universal Credit but debts increased as they no longer had the means to pay what was owed. A Debt Relief Order is required and help is needed with the fee. Would you help K, please?
N is 25 years old and has 3 year old twins. She recently had to hurriedly leave a domestic violence situation with her children and has now been moved to a completely unfurnished flat. She is seeking help to buy a fridge freezer. We are helping with furniture and clothes as she had to leave without any of her possessions. N is bravely facing a new life and trying to make a good fresh start for her children and any help at all towards purchasing a fridge would be hugely appreciated.
This young girl is working well with her counsellor and has opened up as to why she self-harms. She is a gentle child but has acute shyness and anxiety, so much so that she struggles to leave her Mum at the gate and this is causing her to not want to attend school. The counsellor would really like to work on helping her with her self-esteem, to be able to feel confident in herself. Can we help her to achieve this so her future becomes brighter? Thank you.
M is working well with his counsellor and he feels that they are making a big difference to the way he handles his high anxiety. As a young man, he was brutally beaten, and this has had lasting issues which have spilled over into his marriage and his family. At the outset, he feared for the safety of his wife and children. As such good progress is being made, please can we help with the cost for him to continue the counselling?
Through the help of his counsellor, this teenager is finding a way through an identity crisis. They are exploring the question of gender and need someone they can talk to as they seek to find their way, without being judged or upsetting the family, As the counselling has gone on, being able to associate with and talk through the situation is helping enormously. Can we help this teenager to resolve the crisis that is causing so much anxiety?
Through many weeks and months of counselling S is making good progress with his issues of PTSD following Domestic Abuse. He still has unsolved issues but the counsellor is confident that these can be addressed in his final sessions. They are really pleased with his progress and he appreciates all the help he is being given through Acts 435 and the counsellor in charge of his case. Can we get this man over his final hurdle? Thank you.
D struggled to cope after losing his job and then his mother died. He became homeless and often has to sleep in a local park with just a plastic sheet for protection from the weather. He is now trying hard to get back on his feet and a local support team are helping him to find accommodation and apply for Universal Credit. However, it will be at least a month before he receives his benefits and he has no money. He would really appreciate help with food costs, fares to get to appointments and support meetings, and also a change of clothes.
This mum of six has recently lost her job as a carer. Her husband was the main child carer and house-husband so has not been working. Both of them are now seeking work. Mum has always paid for her children to go on school trips but is unable to afford the upcoming residential trip for her 10 year old son. The school social worker has told me that this child would benefit from the trip so your help would be a real blessing.
This refugee has been given an opportunity to study English and asks for £150 towards the purchase of a laptop for a class he has recently been enrolled in. He has saved some of the funds to make the purchase but during the past few years this has been difficult. Please help him to have what he needs to study and settle well in Leeds.
This Iranian refugee has recently been given leave to remain and found accommodation to rent in Leeds. He is asking for help with £150 towards a tablet or laptop to help him study English and help with employability. The costs of rent and living costs have made it impossible for him to save much, but with your help he could afford a tablet or laptop. Please help him in his efforts to study English and settle in Leeds.
This 31 year old Iranian asylum seeker arrived in Leeds during the pandemic and has now been offered a place on an English course. He is asking for help for a refurbished tablet and data, which he will use to study. Please help him to have what he needs and to also have a way of connecting with his solicitor, his church community and the home office.
D has been in hospital with severe mental health issues after struggling with addiction and is coming home in a few days. He has run up a huge bill with his dealers and is struggling to cope, he is losing his hair and not eating properly. We would like to put his gas and electric on so he can cook and wash. We know feeling cared about will help him.
Due to this man suffering an injury he has been unable to work, and he has come to us for support with food until he gets paid. With the injury he sustained he also needs help in purchasing strong work boots so his injury won't be aggravated therefore making unable to work again. We will continue to work alongside him so we can make sure his next step is sustainable. He has struggled in the past with addiction and uses our services to help with this.
Could you help this young man who is in need of an oven/ cooker for his home, please? He has been recently housed in a new home, and although he has managed to equip his property with some essentials he still needs a cooker. He is not currently working so has little spare cash and would find it impossible to save the amount needed from his benefits. It would make such a difference to his day to day life if he was able to cook a full meal.
Mr P and his wife fled domestic violence after living with his mother and step father. They were homeless for a short while, but due to the danger the family were in their daughter was taken into care. Mr P and his wife now have a permanent home and their aim is to take back custody of their child. To do this, they must show they can look after themselves as well as a child. They have bought a double mattress but are using it on the floor and they need help with a bed frame.
Ms H is a single mother with 3 children. She has had to skip all the beds in the family due to an infestation of bed bugs. These have now been cleared. Ms H relies on Universal Credit to pay for food, gas and electric for the family. She used to work but she lost her job when everyone was working from home, therefore the children were not coming in. She was then offered 12 hour shifts but with being a single mum she couldn't take it up.
This young man has recently suffered some trauma and bereavement through the loss of his brother, and as a result struggles with his mental health and currently takes antidepressants. He finds himself in a tough situation and has got himself into a little bit of debt which we would like to help him with. He also needs food and clothing as he tries to find permanent accommodation, due to the break up of his parents.
This gentleman doesn’t have a washing machine and has lots of health problems, including incontinence. He cannot walk and is totally reliant on support. Our Community Link Adviser is appealing a Personal Independence Payment decision and helping with lots of other issues. Please can you help us to buy a washing machine for him?
Our client is a single person living in a housing association property. They are currently on a very low income and have moved to a new property. The client does not have any money to buy a cooker- they have approached the council for help but have not been successful. They are currently living off takeaways and very low nutritional meals. Any help towards a cooker for their property would be much appreciated.
This client is a lone parent to a 1 year old and 3 year old. She is in receipt of a low income of Universal Credit and Child Benefit, which means that she has very little spare income every month after paying for essential costs. She does not have a washing machine which she so desperately needs as 2 very young children create a lot of washing daily basis. She struggles to do it all by hand and this is very costly at a launderette, so would really appreciate any help to buy a washing machine.
The client was referred to us by a local hostel as he has recently moved on to his own accommodation after being homeless the past few months. He is now ready to move into his own independent accommodation, however, needs help purchasing white goods due to low income and being in debt. Your support would allow us to purchase a fridge-freezer for the client and arrange delivery of the item, while also having the broken item removed from his new accommodation.
A was a HGV driver for 30 years. Unfortunately, due to faulty equipment, he caused an accident at work, lost his licence and was given a conviction. He is looking for a fresh start, to get back into work and support his family. To do this he is having to start from the bottom up. This money will pay for his HSE test, CSCS card and Level 1 Construction to get onto a building site and begin learning a trade. A is so thankful for all the support and just needs something to get him started.
T is a single mum who has recently moved to the area following several months in a refuge. After settling her 5 year old into our church school the council sadly moved them from their temporary accommodation into more permanent housing a 30 minute train journey away. We would love to be able to help her with a rail pass as this is a taking a large toll on their finances.
This mother living with her two children at home has been struggling following a divorce and several deaths in her family, leading to anxiety and depression. She has no realistic short term opportunity to work again, and this has significantly reduced her income and created a debt problem. A Debt Relief Order would help her to clear off her existing debts and give her the chance to start rebuilding her life, budgeting on the benefits she currently receives and seeking further help with her health issues.
This lady in her early 60s, with significant mobility problems, has been struggling to live on benefits, whilst also trying to support an adult child and grandchild. Her debts have become overwhelming and she is now simply unable to manage her finances under the weight of all this. A Debt Relief Order would help her to clear her existing debts and give her hope of managing her budget going forwards.
We are supporting a mum who has been through a really difficult time and is struggling financially. She is a single parent of 2 young children and is finding it difficult to get out with only a single pushchair. Please could you help this family to be able to enjoy some time together outside?
Our client is on basic Universal Credit and his cooker broke down about 6 months ago. Since then he has been living off microwavable meals which he is finding expensive. He loves to cook Caribbean food which he can't do at the moment. He has very little spare money so can't afford to replace it himself. Could you help?
M is a lady in poor health. She has debts that have been following her around for years and not been dealt with. We have spent a lot of time tracking down her debts and we are in a position now to do a Debt Relief Order for her, but she has no spare money as she is on basic Universal Credit. Please could you help?
Our client is disabled and unable to work. His housing situation is unstable, and the living conditions in the housing provided are inadequate. With the difficulties that COVID has brought in the last 18 months, he has found it difficult to get the support from the charity network he had relied on for support for many years. This means that he has been sleeping on a broken bed. He is requesting help to purchase a new frame, so that he can sleep comfortably once more. Please could you help?
DA just moved to property and would like support to get a rug to sleep on and some bedding. He has back and heart issues, and he has previously been sleeping on carpet as it makes him feel better and pain free. The house has been moved to is laminate floor, while the previous one was carpet so he didn't have to have a rug. He is living on benefits so has no spare income for such items; your support will be greatly appreciated.
This gentleman has recently been released from prison and is on licence. He had a very difficult time following the death of his daughter a few years ago; he had a breakdown, lost his job, and after a really bad few months was sent to prison. He has now been rehoused and is trying hard to rebuild his life. He is being asked to follow some online courses and access therapy as part of his rehabilitation but struggles to do this with just his phone. He would be so grateful for your support to buy a tablet.
This single mum is a Christians Against Poverty client in Wharfedale and Aireborough, and she is in need of a new vacuum cleaner. She is currently having to sweep the floors and carpets throughout the house to keep the house clean which is making things very difficult for her and the children. On her tight budget she cannot afford to buy a vacuum cleaner- please could you help?
We are working on behalf of a lady on a low income. She is moving into a new rented flat but she needs a cooker. She suffers with ill health and is struggling to make ends meet on benefits. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
D. has just moved to a new home and has no gas, electricity or furniture. Her support workers have sorted out gas and electricity for her but wonder if Acts 435 would be able to help her get a settee for her lounge. D. lives alone and has mental health issues such that she needs support.
G. has asthma and is unable to work. He lives with his wife and children in a one bedroom flat. He is struggling financially and has accrued fuel debts. His support workers are working alongside the family to bring stability, but would just like to clear this debt for them.
R is 60 years of age, receiving Universal Credit and lives on her own. She suffers from diabetes, high blood pressure and arthritis. The recent windy weather has blown part of her fence down and she does not have the money to replace it. She is feeling very vulnerable and it would be a great relief to her to get the fence mended.
This lady is currently bed bound having suffered significant injuries after being hit by a car 3 weeks ago. She has had an operation to have a steel rod fitted from her waist to her pelvis and also has a broken leg. I visited her yesterday in her home and she is on a mattress with springs protruding from it, which is clearly not fit for purpose. A double bed would be more practical to give her sufficient space and comfort whilst confined to bed and will help to aid her recovery
K has been working well with Christians Against Poverty for over a year - gradually paying off her debts. She and her 2 children have just been rehoused and this has led to changes in her expenses etc. It is her daughter's 13th birthday this week and she would like a tablet for her homework as the screen on her laptop has broken.
J is a single mother to 2 children. She has lots of crippling health issues including scoliosis, depression, anxiety, stressed bladder incontinence, and neuralgia. She is unable to work but was refused Personal Independence Payment (PIP) last year. PIP admitted that her refusal was a mistake, and informed her that her application would be reconsidered. Over 1 year later, PIP have still not come to a decision on her application. She is really struggling to support her children on such a low income. Please help J feed her kids.
After 12 years clean, and working as a drug and alcohol worker, our client relapsed due to the breakdown of their relationship. Now in a Christian home they are 8 weeks sober and desperate for winter clothes including a coat, boots etc. This will set them up to succeed on their battle to a better life.
Mr I is unemployed and he has a low income. He has 3 children- two in primary school and the youngest is only 1 year old. He is living in a highly stressful situation because he can't afford to provide the essentials for his family. He asked for some help to buy a pushchair for his baby, as the pushchair that he used to use has broken and he can't afford to buy a new one. I would really appreciate it if you could help him to reduce the stress. Many thanks.
H has received an unexpected bill. Due to the recent loss of their son to suspected suicide they have had to find finances for their son’s funeral, which has been difficult for them. The recent decision to remove the £20 universal credit top up has had an impact on their finances. H is feeling so low due to their loss and financial difficulties since their son's death. Your donation would ease some pressure and give hope.
P is a 42 year old single woman who was her father's full-time carer until he recently passed away. He received a car as part of his disability benefits which has now been taken away. P lives in a village outside Bristol and is in dire need of a bike to get around. Sadly, P is struggling financially and has some debts so cannot afford one. Things have been really hard since her father passed away and a bike would transform her life. Thank you.
This gentleman has come such a long way on his journey. Last year he tried to take his own life, since this episode he has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and now has lots of support packages in place. He has recently been drawing and painting a lot and has done a few craft fairs, which has been really positive for him, and he is going to rent a shop in the local area to sell his art work. He is currently networking with his phone, but a computer would be the ultimate perfect end for this gentleman.
Y left her abusive husband and moved to a hostel with her son. She is being advised by Citizens Advice about a divorce. She is working and also receives all eligible benefits, but she has now been re-housed into a rented unfurnished flat with only basic kitchen items. There's no money left from her income after normal monthly outgoings, and she would be very grateful for help to meet her most urgent needs for mattresses and kitchen pots and pans.
A resident I’m supporting in our housing charity has had various debts build up throughout the years due to problems with mental health and overspending. He’s worked much of his life and became homeless in the last year after falling into a deep depression and losing his job. He is working with Christians Against Poverty to address these debts and they have advised him to apply for a Debt Relief Order. In a few months we hope to move him into his own accommodation and this would help him start afresh.
B is a single mum to her little girl. They had been living in a caravan and other temporary accommodation. They have now been allocated a permanent place to call home and provide security. She has no funds to be able to buy the white goods needed. They are surviving on just universal credit and child benefit. We have found items for them including a fridge-freezer and have found a good cooker for them to buy, but they need help with the cost. This will make such a huge difference to be able to cook hot meals through the winter.
L has requested help to buy a second hand mobility scooter. She is a single mother to 4 boys all in nursery or primary school and she needs help to get them to get around. L has a bone disorder and finds walking incredibly painful and is not able to walk very far at all. She is in receipt of universal credits and personal independent payment benefit but will struggle to pay in full herself. If you are able to help this family I know she would be grateful.
A's daughter has had a sudden mental health breakdown and is not able to look after her children, which has meant that A now has the sudden responsibility for two young children for an unknown amount of time. A and her partner are both currently not working and live on state benefits and this money doesn't go very far. The children have come to her with little clothing and the urgent priority of feeding the family has had to come first with great difficulty.
E has been suffering with depression and anxiety following the death of her partner who she nursed through cancer. E is working with Christians Against Poverty and their advice is for a Debt Relief Order to help her find freedom from unmanageable debt. It would take E a long time to save this money so would really help if it could be paid for her.
S has recently moved into temporary accommodation from emergency accommodation after being on the streets. She is in desperate need of a cooker as nothing has been provided in her new premises. She has no means of cooking currently and prefers a cooker as she cooks from scratch. Would you be able to assist this lovely lady please? Thank you very much.
We are helping C with a Debt Relief Order (DRO) which will enable our client to find more suitable long term housing for themselves and their family. Help with the DRO application fees of £90 will provide an essential boost to this process and ensure C is able to move forward. Thank you in advance for your generous and much needed assistance with this cost.
This single Mum to 4 children is trying to improve her home and get carpet on her currently bare stairs. She has lived in the home for nearly 3 years and has worked hard at gradually making the required improvements. We would be so grateful if you would consider contributing towards this so she can feel proud of her home.
This mum of 3 girls (11, 5 and 3 years old) has had to move due to domestic violence. The family are in temporary accommodation but are hoping that they will soon be given a permanent home. The oldest girl is in urgent need of a bed and they would like something to sit on in their lounge. The mum is suffering from anxiety and other mental health issues. Please would you help them to make a fresh start. Thank you.
S is an asylum seeker and needs to recover some documents that she needs for her asylum claim. She can only do this by logging onto her Apple ID and she has lost her phone. This money would be so helpful to purchase a refurbished iPhone so she can obtain the documents and stay connected.
This gentleman and his family are struggling to make ends meet due to a low income. He suffers from depression and his wife has breast cancer, his daughter suffers from epilepsy. His son is working but receives a low wage. Their cooker has broken and they have no spare money to buy one. Please could you help by donating £150 to enable them to buy a second hand cooker? Thank you.
Our charity supports a mature Sudanese asylum seeker living in hostel accommodation for over a year. Due to depression and isolation he’s only recently felt able to go out and start meeting people. He learned about our walking and wellbeing groups and was encouraged to join and consider volunteering. He quickly did both! Sadly, he cannot afford to pay bus fares regularly so we are asking for a donation of £50 to buy a second hand bike to reduce travel costs. Thank you.
Our charity is working with a 20 year old Turkish asylum seeker who came to the UK in 2020. During 2021, he has volunteered with our charity and been involved with many of our activities. He is excited to finally be able to start college and his English education, but unfortunately he cannot afford to cover the cost of the three textbooks he needs for his course. We are asking for donations of £80 to buy him the textbooks he needs for his studies. Thank you.
Our charity works with a twenty year old Sudanese asylum seeker enrolled on an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) course. He is excited to attend in person to learn English. Despite bullets in his legs causing mobility issues, he uses buses to attend classes. Unfortunately, he cannot continue to cover the transport costs due to the limits of his asylum support funding. We are asking for a donation of £50 for a bus pass so he can continue to attend classes for 5 weeks. Thank you.
We are currently supporting a lovely young mum who has been struggling financially to provide for her family. She has not had a washing machine for quite some time and has been relying on her sister to do their washing. We would love to be able to empower mum to be able to do the family's washing herself.