This is a single lady who is a Christians Against Poverty (CAP) client. She is working part time but has been off sick recently and has only just gone back to work. CAP are working with her to help manage her finances which have deteriorated due to being off work. She has eye problems, with one eye being particularly bad, and needs tinted varifocal glasses. Any support gratefully received to reduce this eye problem.
V is a mum to two beautiful girls under 3, one of whom has some developmental delay due to infancy illness. She is struggling with only a single pram do to the nursery run and getting to church and so tends to stay at home during the week. We would like to purchase a buggy board to extend the pram so so she can get out with both kids.
J lost his job earlier this year due to depression and anxiety. He is really ill at the moment and doesn't often leave his home, however he's being supported by a local charity who have visited J and found his home to be very cold and damp. His boiler has broken and his solution to the cold is the stay under his eiderdown and use hot water bottles. Please can you help this vulnerable man get his boiler repaired.
S had to move out of her council flat as the roof collapsed because of damp. She has had to move to a hostel a long way from home and there is no end date yet. She is sharing a very small space with 2 teenage daughters and has no privacy. In addition she has no white goods and desperately needs a fridge and cooking utensils. Many of her belongings were made unusable by the damp and she is trying very hard to replace them. She would love to be able to store and cook fresh food again.
LD has substantial debts, she was working and managing but when she lost her job she ended up putting her household expenses on credit cards and ended up in severe debt. She has been advised to apply for a DRO (Debt Relief Order) but the court costs are £90. Please help LD to apply for this order, so she can finally take control of her finances. Thank you.
K is 7 months pregnant and her community mentor has contacted me as ACTS435 advocate to say she needs a replacement washing machine as her current one is very unreliable. This need will be greater once the new baby arrives.
Our Client at the Selby and District Foodbank is in great need of a secondhand washing machine and installation. We are managing to source a good machine with a three-month warranty for £115 including installation. Our Client has three children of school age and a baby. The washing is starting to pile up and they only just now manage to make ends meet. This gift will help them enormously and give them one less thing to worry about. Thank you for your kindness.
We are trying to assist an older Client from the Selby and District foodbank to stay out of fuel poverty. They got into a fuel mess with their bills over the last two years but they are now getting up to date with their electricity payments. We believe they will remain up to date with those payments if we can help them with this additional heating supply, enabling them not to use their old Economy Seven heaters which are anything but economical. Thank you for your kindness for this very proud gentleman.
T lives alone with three children. She claims means tested benefits and is really struggling to make ends meet at the moment. She is getting support at a local foodbank and she is also seeking advice from a debt advisor. To help her get back on her feet, she has been advised to go through the process of a Debt Relief Order. These cost £90 and would make a real difference to her life and her family. Any help would be appreciated.
H is a single mum with a young daughter. She suffers with mental health issues, particularly anxiety. Her car is her lifeline as it means that she can get her daughter to and from school. She claims means tested benefits and is struggling to manage at the moment. Donations would help her insure her car and tax it.
P has just moved into a new flat locally with her 5 year old son, who is just starting school. It has taken all her savings to pay the deposit for the new flat which is unfurnished and in addition her son needs uniform for school. P is currently needing to use the local food bank to help make ends meet. Any help towards some basic furniture to turn this flat into a home would be greatly appreciated.
M is a middle aged man who lives with his wife and young grandson. Following unemployment, and resulting debt, they are they are in arrears with their rent and are very anxious that they will lose their home. This situation has had a major effect on their health. They have taken the decision to apply for a Debt Relief Order to try and keep their home and give them a chance to get things back on an even keel. M is requesting this money to pay for the Debt Relief Order fees incurred.
J is a single mum with a teenage daughter. She lives alone and claims means tested benefits. She really struggles with her mental health and needs support at the moment in all aspects of her life. She is getting help from a local food bank but needs help with furniture, food and bills. Any help would really support her in getting her life back on track.
Homeless man has only the clothes and trainers he stands up in. He is very keen to get work and needs to purchase smarter clothes and shoes to wear to interviews and a set of day to day clothing and footwear.
A's relationship has broken down. His partner has moved out and taken both children's beds with her, but the children (aged 10 and 4) are with their father 2 nights a week and every weekend. They have to have his bed and he's on the sofa. He works but is in a low paid job and has no savings, so cannot afford the outlay for new furniture.
D has been made redundant and is waiting to receive Universal credit after working all his life. He has had to pawn his Fathers wedding ring which he has had since the age of 16. The ring is very precious to him and will cost £27.13 to redeem. His phone bill also urgently needs paying by end of next week, which is £20.
This young couple are living in a small housing association studio, after being homeless. They have a 6 month old baby boy and their previous pushchair provided by a charity has broken wheels. They have very little money, so are using foodbanks every 2 weeks and walk to most places. £40 has already been donated to the pushchair costs. They have no family contacts for help or support. They are hoping to find work, to enable them to provide stable family life for their son.
This young man has moved into the area with no family to help. He has had a stroke and is desperate to get more mobile and keep his muscles working. The pass would also help him to be around other people and not be isolated as he feels now.
G is a single mum with two young children and is in desperate need of a fridge freezer and cooker. The family have been in temporary accommodation and are now being moved into a council residence. G is struggling with depression and struggles to cope with her child’s disabilities. G’s recent relationship breakdown has caused financial difficulties and so she cannot afford to buy these items and they are not provided for her in her new accommodation.
P had an accident in 1997 while working in a forest. A horse fell on him and severley damaged his leg. He has struggled since then and now his leg has ulcerated and his doctor has advised him not to work until it is healed. I have seen the doctor's letter. He wants to and needs to work but can manage part time only. His phone is essential to hear from possible employers. He lives on a barge with electric heating which is needed this time of year. A genuine man who is down on his luck.
D got a job so lost his benefits, but then lost his job after 3 weeks and now has to re-apply for benefits. They await payment so have no money. In the meantime, due to unforeseeable consequences for trying to help a friend, A is now receiving threatening texts and has been told to call the Police (on 101) if she feels unsafe. She has no credit on her phone to do this and is very afraid. It is affecting her mental health. We've given household items/food, but this request is to help them with phone, gas & electric top ups.
C has had a difficult past and has suffered mental health problems. She finds herself in a financial position where she cannot afford to repay her debts and has sought help with these. She could apply for a Debt Relief order but she is unable to fund the fee for this due to her low income. If she were able to be debt free this would help her mental health and she would be able to move on with her life.
This single mother has a young child living out of county with her ex-partner. She sees her once a fortnight. The fare is £40 each visit which means half of her monthly Universal Credits goes on fares. She is struggling to pay bills and relies on Foodbank vouchers. There is no electricity now as she has no money left. She is very anxious as she desperately wants to keep out of debt so her daughter is able to come home with her to live.
J has 2 children and she is in receipt of Universal credit but is finding it hard to manage financially once she has paid her rent and debts. She has had to use the food banks to feed the family on several occasions. J could apply for a Debt Relief Order which would clear these debts and she would then be able to afford to live without resorting to using the food banks.
L and J have a son with mental health issues who is now in prison. They spend any extra they have on visiting him in the south of England. This is such a drain on their own finances that they are struggling to cope. They cannot remember the last time they went out for an evening. This would be such a treat for them.
Single mum of three children, waiting for benefits as being changed to Universal Credits. She had to pay out a lot for school uniform having to buy it from the only shop that sells the uniform, which is expensive. She borrowed money from friends for food, electricity and rent which she needs to pay back and is living off Foodbank vouchers. She hopes to go to college to better her chances for finding work as she really wants to get out of debt. Can you help please.
This young man is 24 and has moved into his first home. He has set himself up really well, but needs a fridge/freezer so he can maintain his healthy diet and save his money by being able to store it. He suffers from autism, a back condition and poor mental health. He doesn't let any of that stop him, he volunteers in the community to give back to those around him. A fridge freezer would help him settle into a routine, and save money as he is on benefits, which would improve his mental health.
This single mum is finally decorating her bedroom, but has no money to purchase a carpet. She lives in a 2 bed property, and has 3 boys. The youngest sometimes sleeps with Mum. She says it would be a treat to have a carpet, and would feel warmer, as the winter will soon be upon us.
Young couple registered blind with a number of health issues, are currently living in a one bed property, which is unsuitable and causing difficulties for them. They have found an ideal place to move, but need help to move in. Her sight has deteriorated over the past 6 months and he has had a fall and a broken arm. The move would help stabilise their mental health and improve their day to day life and provide room for their large guide dog.
Single man has moved into a new flat with no cooker, microwave, fridge. He had to move because his wife attacked him with a knife and accused him of attacking her, so he had to leave everything behind and move out. We’ve provided a kettle and a toaster, and the local food bank has provided food to keep him going. He is devastated by the situation he finds himself in. His benefit claim has stopped due to the “change in circumstances” and he has put in a new claim for Universal Credit.
This mum of 3, and one due soon, needs beds for her 2 boys. She has moved from Manchester to escape her violent and unfaithful husband. He does not support the family but they just about manage on benefits, however they struggle because they incurred moving costs which have put a strain on their finances. She was given some furniture including an old double bed which the boys use but it is broken and had been thrown outside and is not clean. Help towards bunk beds would be really appreciated.
This single mother is on benefits due to a long term health condition. She has two boys aged 13 and 7, the 7 year old has additional behavioural needs. The family have just moved into a more suitable house but need a number of items including a fridge, freezer, cooker and a bed for the 13 year old child. Mum agrees that the cooker is the most urgent item and any help from Acts would benefit them greatly.
R has started Bible college and needs help to purchase core textbooks for their theological studies. R has a family and has no surplus money to purchase the books required for this course. They are trusting in God's provision.
C is a single mum and requires financial help with insuring her car. C has no extra funds once the day to day expenses have been taken out. She requires her car daily and especially wants the car to attend church every week. C lives quite a distance from the church but really wants to be part of the church family.
This lady lives with her son in a 2 bed house. She has recently taken in her daughter and grandchild after they lost their home. She is desperately in need of a larger fridge freezer to store food for the expanded household. She lives on her pension and suffers with arthritis. Please would you help her with a donation to improve her quality of life. Thank you.
This lady is struggling financially. She has a low income receiving only a state pension and is finding it hard to make ends meet. She needs help to pay bills, gas and electric etc. Please would you help her with a donation. Thank you.
This single mum with five children aged between five and fourteen has just moved into the area, and is waiting for her benefits to be sorted. She has a support worker helping her but no means of help from family. She has been going to the shop every day, which has been really hard, because she has no fridge freezer at all and cannot store food. This young mum is very emotional and struggling, and would be so grateful for your help.
This young single mother was referred to us by the council for help with a washing machine. She had been living with her grandparents, but they needed to move to more suitable accommodation so she was asked to leave. She has just been housed by the council with her 1 year old daughter, but has struggled to get what she needs for her first home from her income support and child related benefits. It is very difficult with washing with her young daughter and she would really appreciate any help.
This 37 year old woman who is pregnant with her first child is in the recovery stage for breast cancer. Following a breakdown in her relationship, she became homeless and was eventually moved into a hotel. Now she is being moved again into temporary accommodation, which is completely unfurnished. She is on benefit income and cannot afford white goods. A local charity will supply a cooker and a fridge but she needs a washing machine and has seen one for £110. She would be grateful for any help.
E is a Christians Against Poverty (CAP) client who is starting her journey to a debt free life. A CAP budget is being created for her as a new client. E is now only on Disability Living Allowance. E also suffers from depression, brought about by the circumstances that have developed. She really needs her gas supply.
"I am caring for my premature baby whilst on a low income and addressing my debts resulting from the Universal Credit system. This request is for the basic needs of my baby. The baby's mother is unable to look after the child or help at the moment."
Our client is a single mother of 3 and unemployed. She needs £120 to add to what she has to buy winter clothing and shoes for her children and herself. Her children haven't got any good clothes for cold weather.
Our client is ill and unemployed. She hasn't got much money left after paying rent arrears, a crisis loan, gas bill arrears and electric. She will soon pay off all these arrears but needs help with £80 to buy enough food and pay for gas to have enough heating.
K is a single person living alone in rented accommodation and he claims Employment and Support Allowance as his sole income. K's Personal Independence Payment has stopped and he is appealing the decision-this has led to a large reduction in income and a small debt has built up on his gas and electricity account. We are helping K to budget for his consumption to prevent the debt getting larger, but he is struggling to afford extra payments to clear the debt.
S is a single Mum to a 2 yr old and is pregnant with her second child. She has no one to support her. Having been living in a hostel, this little family has been given their own place, but it has no washing machine. All clothes and bedding are being washed by her in the bath, which is difficult and raising concerns about hygiene.
S is a single Mum to a 2 yr old and is pregnant with her second child. She has no one to support her. This little family has been living in a hostel and has now been given their own place. She has been able to get hold of a cooker but can't afford to pay for the gas man to come and connect it so that it can be used.
K is a single mother who has recently had major back surgery with complications resulting in reduced mobility and stopping work. As a consequence the condition of the house has deteriorated with the beginnings of a hoarding issue. She is working with the local area coordinator and has now agreed to get a skip to facilitate clearing some stuff. Two of her 3 teenage children have health issues and she has cared for them up till now. If things continue as they are she is at risk of eviction.
C is a single mother of an 18 month old who is moving after a relationship breakdown which meant moving in with her mum, where they have been living in overcrowded conditions. C has recently been allocated a flat through Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust. She has a lot of expenses associated with moving in and isn't entitled to much help from elsewhere as she is working. She particularly faces a problem with being able to afford a fridge or carpets. Help towards this would be amazing.
H is a single mother who struggles with mental illness. She has been working well with Christians Against Poverty since her daughter went to live with her mother. She is receiving benefits but also working as she wants to earn her own money, but she has had benefit delays resulting in an erratic low income. She is distressed that she cannot afford to buy her daughter birthday presents as she wants as her income goes on repaying debts, rent, household expenses. H is so grateful of any support.
A lady with poor physical health needs coverings for her windows as she has recently moved from supported accommodation into an unfurnished property. She recently had an operation to have her spleen removed and has pancreatitis. Please can you help?
Mr M from Weston super Mare would appreciate help with his Debt Relief Order fee. The paying of this fee will mean he can get out of debt and look forward to a fresh start. He has always worked but had to give up due to chronic arthritis. He has got into debt after having to give up work due to ill health. Thank you.
N's mental ill-health and feelings of isolation leave her vulnerable, and she has been taken advantage of. Her latest boyfriend got access to her email and used her name for purchases. This interference also caused her to lose claims for the benefits to which she's entitled. Citizens Advice are trying to sort out the mess, but in the meantime N has no money for food, heating or adequate clothing. A donation to buy food and winter clothes, supervised by a social worker, would be extremely helpful
A couple are facing the prospect of colder weather without their main source of heat - a gas fire in their living room which has been broken for some time. The husband has been to Citizens Advice for help, as he hasn't so far dared to tell his wife that they can't afford the repair. A kind donation for this would not only give them some warmth, but Citizens Advice also hope that it will finally encourage the husband to be more open with his wife about the family finances.
Our client is a single parent on benefits. Her child's wardrobe, which has been handed down from the child's grandparents to our client then to her child, has broken and a replacement is urgently required. A serviceable second hand one will suffice- the amount requested includes delivery.
D has been a victim of domestic abuse from her ex-husband. His financial abuse meant she went into debt and rent arrears. D. believed that she was going to move, so she sold her cooker to try and pay off her rent arrears but her transfer is taking a lot longer than anticipated. She would like to buy a cooker so she and her 5 year daughter are not having to depend on friends and foodbanks. D is on Universal Credit and in heavy debt and rent arrears so is unable to afford the cost of a cooker.
A lovely lady with 5 school age children has been rehoused and had to leave everything behind. With 5 children at school and a new baby she is desperate for clothes for the kids- in particular for school uniforms for them when schools have been organised. £120 would get some much needed essentials for them all.
This young lady is a care leaver and has just got her first house for herself and her baby. She is getting help with some furnishings from Children's Services but is struggling with independent living after life in the children's home. She has just been changed from Income Support to Universal Credit. She gets no help from the baby's father. She is learning to cook but is in need of a freezer to be able to shop and cook more economically.
Client just got a job after a very long time of unemployment, and needs to buy a jacket and shoes. He's starting the job on 1st November 2018. He has used his savings to buy some new clothes, as he had no suitable clothes to wear for work, but his jacket is ripped and his shoes are not good either.
D has just been giving a studio flat. He needs a sofa bed that he can use as a seat during the day and as a bed to sleep at night. D has been living with a friend but there have been problems lately so he's happy to have a place of his own now. He is using his duvet to sleep on the floor until he gets the sofa bed.
M and her husband have 2 young children; he works for a local charity shop but they are struggling on a low income and also receive benefits. They are about to change to Universal Credit and are worried about the change over period of around 5 weeks when they will not receive any benefits. They think they have most things covered apart from the cost of gas and electric. M has anxiety problems and help with covering this cost would make a big difference and be a big weight off her mind.
This lady has been coming to the foodbank because of her debt situation. She admits she ignored it for a long time but it eventually got out of hand and she began to suffer with depression. With some encouragement and an appointment made with a debt advice agency she is now dealing with it but needs to apply for a Debt Relief Order. This will cost her £90 and she has no means with which to pay for it. Please can you help her to have a fresh start. Thank you.
This young asylum seeker is struggling with isolation and depression. He went through so much to get here, he had to flee for his life. A gym pass would help him to socialise and would help with his mental illness. He is helping at church at the moment.
This lady has been struggling for several weeks as her benefits have been stopped whilst waiting for a medical assessment. She has completely bare cupboards and has been trying to manage without using electricity or gas. She lives alone and suffers from back problems and sciatica. We have provided her with a food parcel. A donation from Acts 435 would really help her to live more comfortably. Please would you help this lady. Thank you.
This lady lives in private rented accommodation and has had to move 3 times in the last 4 years. Her current landlord has decided to sell his property. She has very little money and wasn't eligible for the council's crisis in care grant. She would be very grateful with help towards her moving costs.
This single mum of 4 children recently borrowed money from her mum to buy a new car when her previous one was too costly to repair. She is due her universal credit payment this week and will be paying her mum back with some of this money. This will leave her very short of funds for the month. Living in a rural area her car is vital and she is using the foodbank to save money. Your help to support her this month would be such a life saver for her.
"I" from Russia has no recourse to public funds. She is not allowed to work or get benefits. She used to work in Russia and support her husband but since coming to the UK he has been emotionally and financially abusive. She has an application with the Home Office but he is threatening her with eviction and keeping the children. He is on benefits, but gives her virtually no money. They have two children. She would use the money to buy more food and other essentials for herself and the children.
"After becoming homeless this year due to a relationship breakdown with my family, I have been lucky enough to get a place in a homeless hostel. Now that I am settled I would like to retrieve some of my belongings, such as clothes and personal items, from London but do not currently have the funds to travel. I am asking for help to fund this so I can close an old chapter of my life and begin a new one. Thank you for any help you can provide."
Norfolk lady caring for two young daughters with disabilities is needing help to pay for a broken down heating boiler. She is awaiting welfare benefit payments and is struggling to make ends meet. Any support towards this would be very gratefully received.
H is a single mum of 3 young children, working with Christians Against Poverty to sort her debts. She is living on a tight budget, and is very worried about planning the birthdays for her children that all happen in November. We'd love to be able to help her with this stress whilst she is addressing her debt situation, so any help would be much appreciated.
The client was referred to us by one of our projects' managers after she was having trouble paying for food and paying for some of her bills. She is in desperate need of support to help get her finances in order and buy the much needed essentials.
Our client lives with his partner and her 3 children. They are on benefits as he is disabled with mobility problems. They need a fridge freezer as their old one has broken down- both parts of it have broken. They would be happy with a reconditioned one. This amount would also cover the delivery.
My client split up with his wife and they share custody of the kids. The wife receives all benefits as she is the main carer, but my client struggles to meet their needs on his benefits. Both children have disabilities, and regularly wet the bed. My client is struggling to afford enough sheets and bedding to tend to their needs and we are asking for contributions to buy spare quilts, waterproof bottom sheets and bedding to enable my client to meet his kids' care needs. Any help is much appreciated.
G is a single woman with numerous health concerns. She is currently off work sick and is on benefits. She is also paying back some debts and is struggling to afford the costs of daily living. G needs a new sofa as her current one is broken, but she cannot afford to buy a new one.
C lives with his partner and their 2 sons and suffers from osteoarthritis in his neck and back which leaves him in a lot of pain. He and his partner were transferred from Job Seekers Allowance to Universal Credit earlier in the year which caused them to get heavily in debt and serious rent arrears. He has been advised that a debt relief order is his best option, but cannot afford the fee. The family is at rock bottom at the moment and would be really grateful for any help.
K has suffered from stomach illness most of her life, and is forced to spend a lot of time in bed. She lives with her husband in a single bedroom bungalow and has to sleep in the lounge so that her husband can get some sleep. At present she sleeps on a camping bed and this is causing further problems with her back and legs. K and her husband are saving to buy an orthopaedic bed. These beds are expensive and any help you are able to give would be greatly appreciated.
This young woman was living in temporary accommodation with her two young children, but she has just moved into an unfurnished council tenancy. She is in urgent need of an electric cooker so she can prepare proper meals for her children, but she cannot afford to buy one from her Income Support and child related benefits. I would be very grateful if you could help her. Many thanks.
Our client is on a electricity meter and is on his last pennies due to being stuck in the Universal Credit crossover and has had no incoming money for 6 weeks. He has gone to the Foodbank but unfortunately is not eligible for one of the heating funds. With his partner having a baby on the way he is desperate for help.
D's husband has just walked out leaving her with his debts and three children to look after. There is a delay before benefits can begin and we are working as a church to alleviate her hardship in the meantime, but she needs help to clear arrears in her energy bills.
Christians Against Poverty are working with a gentleman who has been homeless on and off for many years. He finally has a flat and is getting settled. He is working with CAP to become debt free and have a fresh start. He has most things he needs in his flat now but has no cooker. We would like to raise some money for a cooker for him. He has made so many positive changes and we would like to provide him with a cooker for his flat.
Our client is struggling significantly; she is looking at undergoing a Debt Relief Order but hasn't had any gas or electric for some time. She is also not eating due to not having the money to buy food. This request is for 120.00 so we can top up her gas, electric and get her a food shop delivered.
This young client is in his first tenancy. His bathroom was flooded by the flat upstairs and he does not have contents insurance and his flooring is sodden. He is really upset, as he saved up and managed to get a cheap off cut of laminate. He would like £120 to rectify the damage and get some cheap flooring. This money would be paid direct to the flooring company and he will make arrangement to collect and fit it himself to save funds.
This family's cooker has recently broken. They are under a lot of financial pressure as the mother is off work with their new baby on statutory maternity pay. They are going to struggle to find the money to purchase a new cooker and it would be a huge relief to them if they could have some help towards this big expenditure.
Due to domestic violence the applicant has been left with nothing and had to relocate for her and her 4 small children’s safety. Although she needs a lot more stuff, she said her priority was a washing machine to wash her children’s clothes.
L is a single mum with 3 children. She has struggled for many years with depression and anxiety. L's finances are a mess and she really needs a financial fresh start. The local authority are about to instruct bailiffs to collect outstanding council tax arrears. This is causing L acute anxiety. A Debt Relief Order would provide immediate relief from this stress and anxiety. Any help is much appreciated.
C's husband had a bad fall from a roof and damaged his spine. C is very supportive and is having to cope with caring for him and with his depression while working part-time herself to meet household costs. This means that they are struggling with their finances and that C will not be able to afford clothing for winter weather without help. A kind donation for winter shoes and a warm jacket would make a big difference towards keeping her healthy and positive about her situation.
A single asylum seeking mum, with her one month old son, living in Leeds has been supported with some items from our charity. We don't have a cot to give and she doesn't have enough funds to purchase one and a few additional items for her son. (She also needs a warm blanket now that it is getting colder, and formula as he is occasionally bottle fed.) We have now helped her to find a cot from a second-hand seller, but we need your help to raise the funds required. Thank you for considering this request.
A is working hard to support his partner and young son. He has found full time work, albeit on a low income, but is struggling to pay all his bills. Over 40% of his wage goes towards rent and the majority of the family's entitlement to Universal Credit is lost because of deductions for debt repayments. A Debt Relief Order would give A and his young family a financial fresh start. Any help would be much appreciated.
E, a single mum, has been moved recently from another town 45 miles away knowing no one in the area. She has struggled with addictions & recently came to church to try to start over & get her life in order. As a new claimant she has no savings to live on. We at the Foodbank are helping but she needs oil coming into the colder weather. She has one child with her & another in care that she sees at the weekends.
S is a lady in her fifties who has recently been made redundant. She has been placed on Universal Credit but her reduced income does not cover her living costs, even within a very tight budget. S also has a grandchild living with her for whom she is not getting any financial help.
D lives alone however he cares for his 8 year old son on a weekend. He works full time therefore receives no support for housing costs. He is struggling to pay his rent at present due to the Child Maintenance Service taking £160.00 per week off his £296 wage leaving him with £136 for the week. His rent is £100 per week therefore he is living on £36. He is in the process of appealing this decision with support. Please help this gentleman secure his home during this difficult time.
PS has just been given a new tenancy after being street homeless. He has nothing except some clothes. We would like to be able to offer PS a double bed, sofa, wardrobe, chest of drawers and a mini oven and hob. He has a daughter and would love for her to visit at the weekends, so this furniture would make his new flat feel more homely. Thank you.
A young Bangladeshi family with 3 little boys have just been granted asylum and indefinite leave to remain in the UK. They have been living in a 3rd floor flat and have recently been given their first real home, which they hope to move in to soon. However the house has not been occupied for months and has been neglected. It is smokey, dirty, needs redecorating and the garden is overgrown and has no fence making it unsafe for the boys to play in. £120 would help make the house a home.
V came from an abusive background. Struggling with mental health all her life, she shut herself off from the world and the debts mounted. V is now with Christians Against Poverty and is working hard to change her situation. She is getting help for issues with alcohol and self harm. She is grateful for the help she has already received and is enjoying church. She is looking forward to a time when she does not hide upstairs from the bailiffs, a debt relief order would help her get there.
P is an older man who worked for the same company for over 25 years, before losing his job 7 years ago. Since then he has struggled to find any long-term employment. Financially things have become extremely difficult as he is currently trying to survive on a little over £20 a week. He has also accumulated debts. Whilst he lives simply, on his own, as the colder weather approaches he cannot continue to keep warm and eat.
M struggles with many complex mental & physical health issues after having a stroke. He feels very isolated and struggles to eat as he often chokes. Consequently he exists mostly on nutrition shakes but these are costly and having an impact on the couple's budget.
E has had a struggle with having to move home and has been a victim of bullying for many years. She has recently been given some accommodation after having to leave the family home. She currently has part time work whilst continuing at college but cannot afford a bed.
G had no cooker but thanks to the generosity of donations through Acts 435 we were able to purchase one for her. However, some further funding is needed to cover delivery and wiring. G is battling various medical issues as well as bringing up her teenage son, and would be very grateful for your help.
Having moved to the UK over the summer, E and F are really excited to start school. As their family was forced to leave everything behind, they do not have the money to buy their new school uniforms. Please donate to help them look smart and make their parents proud on their first day.
A and her two children have just moved to the UK. The children have unexpectedly been offered a place at a school rather than college. This is a great opportunity for them but means they now face the cost of a uniform which they hadn’t anticipated. They would really appreciate being supported with the funds to buy the right uniform to help with the transition into a new city.
This 40 year old lady became homeless when her relationship broke down. She moved into a privately rented home with her baby but the housing benefit does not cover all of her rent. This leaves her with very little income to pay for household essentials. She is in receipt of income support and child benefit and cannot afford a bed. She has been sleeping on the floor for the past 10 months which is now giving her a lot of back pain. She would be most grateful for any help.
S is a 26 year old single parent with a 12 month old child and another child expected soon. the child's father has left S with numerous debts to handle on her own, and she has had to give up working to look after her baby daughter. Please can you help this young vulnerable mother to clear the debts she has had thrust upon her by her estranged partner to give her and her child a fresh start?
K. is a widow and has a 20 year old son with autism. He is sleeping on a bed that is very old, with a mattress that does not give any support and causes him backache. This adds to the issues he already has and makes life more difficult for him and his mum. K. is on benefits and is unable to afford a new bed.
H lost her partner 6 months ago. He looked after the bills & finances, but he was diagnosed with terminal cancer & lived just weeks after diagnosis. H has been grieving terribly and due to having to claim universal credit has not been able to manage. Christians Against Poverty are helping her but her one debt is for gas and if she can pay this we can help her set her budget and support her whilst she starts managing her home & finances, being debt free. Please help her move forward.
H has been moved by the council and her new flat has nothing in it at all. She has spent all her savings on carpets and needs a cooker to make healthy food, especially since she has dietary problems. H is on a state pension and housing benefit and this request is very urgent. Please help if you can.
M is a single lady on benefits who attends our church. She recently had her bike stolen, which she relies on to get about. The bike belonged to her late dad, and the loss of it has been very distressing for her. It would be great to be able to help her buy a replacement one.
This 33 year old woman and her 4 year old son have just moved into a Housing Association property, after escaping domestic violence. She is of Polish origin and has right to reside under EU regulations. She left all her belongings behind when she fled and a local charity will provide her with a cooker. She has debts of just under £5,000, which her part-time cleaning job cannot cover. A Debt Relief Order has been advised but she cannot afford the £90 fee.
K is on benefits and is in need of a travel pass to support continuation of a Volunteering opportunity. This offers routine structure and social connection with others with others within the community. Without the support of a travel card, K will not be able to engage as regularly. Please can you help us bless him with this.
K lives alone and suffers from a number of physical health problems. She lives in rented accommodation however the local authority have recently deemed the house inhabitable due to the roof beginning to collapse. She has managed to find a new property however due to a low income she cant afford the removal costs. Please help this young lady with costs towards moving her belongings into a safe and appropriate property.
This man has been unable to work in the past with mental health issues but he is now actively looking for work. He is living in his campervan as he wouldn't be able to afford to rent a house and knows he would be far down the list for council housing. His van has failed its MOT and he is very grateful for all the help he can get to pay for this.
R is a single man awaiting to go to rehab to deal with his alcohol issues. He is desperate to deal with his debts before he goes away so he can concentrate all his efforts on his issues. Please consider helping him to become debt free and released from the chains of debt so he can move forward with his life.
Christians Against Poverty are supporting a gentleman with multiple health problems. He struggles to get around and wants to remain independent. We would like to raise money to purchase him a walking frame that will enable him to continue to get out to do his shopping etc. It will increase his confidence in going out and keep him independent. He has extremely limited finances as we explore his options to get debt free. He has no family or friends to support him.
We have a family in our church and the mum needs to go into hospital which will leave her bed bound for a number of weeks. The father/dad has needed to stop working so that he can care for her and their 3 young boys whilst her mobility is so restricted. He had been working as a care worker on bank so is not entitled to any type of leave. We hope that this money will support them with heating and food over the coming months.
This might seem like a luxury item, this mum considers it so - that's why she hasn't had it done for 5 years since her husband died. Her daughter is getting baptised at the weekend, and we want to bless her, as she has put ALL her energy into her two daughters over the last 5 years. We have arranged for a hairdresser to go to the house, so she can enjoy being pampered. I hope you don't think this is frivolous, we just want her to feel loved and special for who she is.
C has just had her first baby and been rehoused. She is doing a great job, has lots of support from Social Services and is making really good decisions (stopping smoking etc). However, when she moved in she didn't have any white goods, and her Universal Credit application has not been straight forward, so she has immediately fallen into debt. We are trying to help her negotiate this, but in the meantime would like to help her get a washing machine - which she needs with a little one! Thanks
Young man who has been living in supported accommodation since October 2017, was previously homeless and had gathered up a lot of debts during this time. He is in receipt of ESA, and has £15 a week deducted for fines/debts so is struggling financially. We are applying for funds for the £90 fee charged by the insolvency service, so that he can go ahead with the DRO and clear the debts. When moving on from supported accommodation he is hoping to be debt free to start afresh living independently.
This young lady has been living in a supported family house for just over 12 months, due to domestic violence at home and child protection issues. The family have worked hard, and are now stable and ready to move into their own home. They have been offered a tenancy by a local housing association, but need help to make the house their home, and to purchase basic household items so that they can manage to look after themselves and start re-building their lives.
Our client's son is currently being tested and assessed for autism as he is 7 years old but acts like he is 3. This, as well as the son having special dietary requirements, is causing a lot of pressure on the family, especially financially as the family is living on benefits alone. The son's food shopping is turning out to be quite expensive and they would be very grateful for some help.
For years P led a chaotic lifestyle fuelled by addiction to drugs and alcohol. During that time he ran up significant debts. P has worked with the local rehab service and has been clean and sober for seven months. He's positive about his future but his heavy burden of debt is causing great anxiety. P has worked with StepChange debt charity and is ready to submit his application for a DRO but can't afford the fee. A DRO would let him make a new start and improve his mental health. ..
S and her husband are working with Christians Against Poverty to sort out their debt situation. They have recently moved to Exeter, and gave away 2 dogs as they'd been told they couldn't house them in the new place. However, on arrival in Exeter they've found they can have a dog. S lives with a range of mental health conditions, and doesn't leave the house and a dog would be a real boost to her state of mind. It has to be a poodle or chihuahua, as their son has severe allergies.
T is a single lady who lives in Canterbury. She has been working with Christians Against Poverty and has recently gone debt free through a Debt Relief Order. Her fridge has now blown up and she cannot afford to replace it. Your help in providing for this very necessary item is very much appreciated.
AB has arrears on his council tax, these are due to a delay in him receiving his Universal Credit benefit payment. Due to this £35.00 arrears he is now going to have to go to court because he cannot pay, but the court process will add over £100 to this bill. Please help AB to pay his arrears to prevent further action.
M, a working single Mum to a 13 yr old girl, is currently signed off sick due to depression after a recent family bereavement. She is struggling with debts & was recently re-homed in social housing - the property is not decorated at all. M would appreciate this money in order to carpet her daughter's bedroom; it would give them a fresh start as they are struggling to cope with the recent bereavement & it would make the bedroom feel warmer & more homely as it is currently just a concrete floor.
M, a working single Mum to a 13 yr old girl, is currently signed off sick due to depression after a recent family bereavement. She is struggling with debts & was recently re-homed in social housing - the property is not decorated at all. M would appreciate this money in order to carpet their lounge; it would give them a fresh start as they are struggling to cope with the recent bereavement and it would make the bedroom feel warmer & more homely as it is currently just a concrete floor.
O, a 20 year old part time student, came to us for help with her debts. Following the change to her benefits she became behind in her council tax and rent payments. She has no family to turn to for financial or emotional support however getting a debt relief order would allieviate the financial pressure she has found herself in. She works part time to pay for food and heating but will struggle to get the fee together. Any help offered would be gratefully received.
Teenager has just come out of an abusive relationship. Her benefits have stopped due to being re-assessed and she is being evicted from her flat.She had to leave her college course due to her low mental health, but would like to return to it in the near future. She has no money to replace her warm clothes for winter or for a cheap phone to communicate with job centre, which were destroyed in the break-up. Please can you help her.
Young teenager having left an abusive relationship needs money for food. Her benefits have stopped due to them being re-assessed. She is being evicted from her flat within two weeks and is fearful for her future. She has been given food vouchers by another charity but needs fresh fruit and vegetables as well as other basic goods.
PP has been rehoused after a period of time in a women's refuge with her 15yr old daughter. Together over the past few months they have managed to source most items for the home but are desperate for a hoover to enable them to keep their home tidy. They are doing amazingly. Thank you in advance
Her husband was made redundant in April and has since had a breakdown through stress, H prioritises the rent to keep a home over their heads and this means that all debts have built up around them. H is working with the CAB and is advised to apply for a DRO, however this has a cost of £90 each. This will enable the family to be in a financially stable state. Family are all in Brighton and they do not want to move the children away from their siblings and schools. Thank you in advance
ID was made redundant back in April, a husband and father of four he tried hard to get another job to support his family and sadly then had a breakdown, his wife has prioritised paying the rent but their bills and debts have escalated. The CAB has advised him to apply for a DRO at a cost of £90. This will help the family to settle financially, stay in the home and schools they are currently in and hopefully relieve some of the stress for ID to then return to work. Thank you for your help
A is a 44 year old who came to us for help with his debts. Following a relationship breakup he lost his home and access to his children. This loss lead to an addictive lifestyle where debt built and self esteem diminished. A is now seeking support and desperate to start anew. Help with the DRO fee would mean he could get a new start and try to build a relationship with his 2 children who he loves dearly. Thank you
This couple are currently in a court battle for custody of his 3 daughters. Delays have meant additional days in court and reduced opportunities to earn money as a self-employed tractor driver. This, together with a move to Universal Credit, have meant money is exceptionally tight. The court is in Truro (35+ miles away) and their car needs new suspension arms. They are able to fit these themselves but cannot afford the purchase. They would be most grateful for any help to keep them on the road.
This lady has been working with Christians Against Poverty, she is doing very well and working part-time to keep her finances in order. Now her washing machine has burned out and she is not able to afford to replace it herself. She has no access to a laundrette and so needs a new machine as soon as possible please. Help with this will be a real encouragement to her.
T is a young woman who has recently been left by her partner who has removed all of his belongings from their previously shared flat, leaving her without a bed and with only a couple of plates and bowls and a handful of cutlery. She is therefore sleeping on a sofa and, although she loves to cook, making do without any pots and pans. T has a criminal record but wants to put the past behind her and make a new start. She is highly motivated to find work, whether in a voluntary or paid capacity,
B has severe combination ADHD. Difficulties processing sensory information, very sensitive to sound. Cutting out background noise hard and difficult for her to focus. This is so overwhelming and leads to such distress that B ‘shuts down’ (can’t process what she needs to do in terms of activities of daily living e.g. that she needs to eat). Isolates herself as a coping strategy. B feels noise cancelling headphones could open up a world of opportunities, but B is on benefits and that's not enough to save any money.