S has benefited from her first counselling sessions in 2019, but she still needs support. She is responding well with her counsellor as she works through her traumatic past, including child abuse, drugs, adult domestic abuse and total loss of self-esteem. The additional counselling should see the breakthrough she seeks.
A man has come into the Foodbank seeking help. He was made homeless because he ended up in hospital due to mental health difficulties. He has recently been housed but unfortunately the flat isn't furnished. He needs a bed, a fridge and a microwave. Can you help him?
N is a gentleman who is unable to work. He needs a new washing machine as his present one has broken down and cannot be mended. He is struggling to take clothes to the launderette and a washing machine of his own would help him significantly. Any help would be appreciated.
B is a young mother whose daughter is almost one year old. She is on Universal Credit which means that her income is very low. B is moving into a council flat with her daughter where there is only a fridge/freezer and a sofa. She has very little in the way of appliances. Buying meals from take away shops is very expensive and not at all as nutritious as home made food. It is really important that B obtains a cooker as soon as possible and any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.
C has had to leave her home with very little of her belongings. She is currently in temporary accommodation awaiting a permanent place. She is trying so hard to get herself back on her feet but keeps hitting hurdles along the way. She does currently have a job on a zero hour contract but is not getting enough hours and is also doing a job which is not good for her health. She needs a more suitable full time job but doesn't have any smart clothes suitable for interviews, can you help?
K is married with three children. His daughter is only 16 months old. When she was born, his wife became very ill, she developed a disease called Pemphigus and became so depressed that she is now on strong medication. K has had to stop working in order to look after the whole family. This is extremely hard for him. He relies on welfare benefits but there is never enough money for essentials. He desperately needs clothes for his children. £100 towards a Primark voucher would be a great help.
K is a mother of 4 who has just lost her mum. She is on benefits and has a small amount of debt which means she has little spare money. Her washing machine broke 3 months ago and she has been relying upon the help of a neighbour for her washing. Her children are not able to go through the night as yet and so washing mounts up very quickly. Please could you help K to get a new washing machine of her own.
A has been suffering from serious mental health issues for her whole life. She has personality disorder and finds every day tasks extremely challenging. She lives on her own and her cooker has broken down. She is completely unable to afford a replacement on her own. £100 of kind donations towards a new cooker would be a massive help to her situation.
Unfortunately this single parent family's washing machine broke over Christmas. They have three children aged one, five and eight years old. They moved last year into a house that had bed bugs and it is so important to wash everything regularly and they have no finances spare to pay for a washing machine as they are on benefits. Please help with this request.
We are supporting an older Mum who lives alone with her 5 year old son and has no washing machine. The little boy is on the pathway for ADHD and has challenging behaviour. Mum has suffered from previous domestic abuse and has severe anxiety. Having no washing machine is causing her a great deal of extra work and is time consuming. The family have few resources and this added stress means she is struggling to manage. Please can we help the family by enabling them to get a washing machine. Many Thanks.
This Mum is a single parent to 5 children aged between 5 to 19 years old. The eldest child has learning and physical disabilities including being blind. The family have been through a difficult time and have recently moved home. Mum has suffered domestic abuse and has poor mental health. The family's fridge/freezer has broken and they cannot afford to replace this. The family have no support and limited resources, the fridge/freezer is needed for them all to ensure good health and food hygiene. Many thanks.
This Mum has 3 young children and has little support. Mum's eldest child is 8 years old and has autism, he has challenging behaviour and cannot be left alone. At present Mum is struggling to keep the children safe as she has no stair gates so cannot leave the younger children in a room safely, or her son, as he has no awareness of danger. Mum has little resources and for safety reasons would find the stair gates really helpful. Many thanks.
C has been unemployed for a while so has no reserves of money left. She has now been offered a really good job in an office. She needs to wear smart work clothes but doesn't have any. Please can you help her to quickly to get back to work by donating so that she can buy some clothes?
N is a single mum to a 9 year old son. Her partner left them both with no warning, emptied all the bank accounts and hasn't been in contact to support them since then. She sold everything she had to keep their house, but they were made homeless because she couldn't keep up with all the bills. They have been living in a hostel but now have the chance of a local authority place to live. It has no white goods and they cannot afford anything. We can source a second hand fridge freezer for them with this money. Thank you.
This is a very urgent request. W, his wife and his 3 young children are newly granted refugees and have just moved into an unfurnished house. They have spent most of their Universal Credit payment for this month on new things for the house and are struggling to make ends meet. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
This young person came to us following an abusive relationship on a homeless referral. With very little support around her from family and being quite withdrawn, she is engaging really well and starting to open up. Her confidence is growing and she is thinking about courses and volunteering in the local community. Her property is very basic and although she has her basic items she would benefit from some furnishings, curtain poles and crockery to make the home more suitable.
A lives alone and has recently moved into a new property due to her old property being deemed inhabitable. She has an active benefit claim of Employment and Support Allowance, however she is on a low income. She has had to pay a bond on her new property which has left her short of finances until she receives her next payment. She doe not have support from her family or friends. Her new property has pre-payment meters and her electric and gas needs to be topped up to work. Please help this young girl with a small amount.
A has recently moved to the area and requires constant support due to being deaf. He has been deaf since he was born and has difficulties communicating with others. He has recently just been made redundant from his job in a local supermarket and has had to make a claim for Universal Credit. He is not entitled to an advanced payment as he is currently paying back one he had previously. He has a job interview in a factory next week. Please help this gentleman with living costs until his payment.
B lives alone and has always worked until he had an accident in which he injured his back. He is currently in receipt of Universal Credit and this has dramatically reduced his income. He has received a bill for £152 due to arrears of Council Tax. His next Universal Credit payment is not due until 26th of January and this bill needs paying by 21st. Please help this gentleman with an amount to enable him to clear these arrears as it is causing a huge amount of anxiety and stress.
This Mum is parent to 5 children aged between 3 and 10 years old. Mum lives with her partner who is Dad to her 3 year old twins. Mum has a 6 year old son who is on the autistic spectrum and her 5 year old son has been through a very difficult time. Mum suffers with poor mental health and anxiety due to a previous domestically violent relationship and struggles with the demands of a young family. A tumble dryer would help alleviate some of this stress of caring for the family and keep her health stable. Many thanks.
A was asked to leave his family home 5 years ago following a breakdown and has not seen his family since, as they fail to understand his underlying mental health issues. He is engaging well with support in managing his finances, but his income only just covers rent and bills, and he sometimes has to go without meals. Having been in a temporary hostel, he has been matched to a flat but it is unfurnished. We have been donated a mattress, but would love to be able to get a bed frame for it to go on.
T has been rough sleeping, but is now being supported into his own tenancy. The property is completely unfurnished and T has no furniture or savings to purchase any. We have supported him with a starter pack of bedding and essential household items, and we have been donated a mattress, but we would love to be able to purchase a bed frame to put the mattress on.
Three girls aged 11, 8 and 6 years are without duvets, covers and fitted sheets. The family have fled domestic violence some time ago and have very limited access to funds due to difficulties with the benefits system. We would love to provide these items to keep the girls warm at night especially during the winter and cold nights.
M is a 31 year old Christian man who recently completed several years at a christian treatment programme to overcome addiction. He has done amazingly well and returned to his family home in Dorset. He is being helped to get a passport, but until this comes through he cannot claim benefits so would like to ask for help towards a bus pass so that he can get to activities and attend the Recovery Course.
This client recently moved into an unfurnished property after fleeing a domestic abuse relationship along with her 17 year old. She has anxiety and depression as well as sciatica in her back, all of which are linked to the trauma of severe domestic abuse. The client is on a low income, in receipt of Universal Credit and child benefit and has very little income spare after essential costs. The client cared for her mother for 15 years until her death recently, this has caused her to have a breakdown. Can you help her to get a fridge freezer?
P and J have been rough sleeping, sofa surfing and living in substandard accommodation for the last 4-5 years. They are now engaging with services, have been supported into their first tenancy and have slowly been building on making the property a home. They have painted with a supported paint package, and bought what they can from their benefit payment. Both are engaging extremely well with support services and are settling into their home, but they would really benefit from a washing machine.
We are a mental health charity working with Z. She suffers from severe depression and anxiety. Z has very large debts, much has been accrued because of an abusive previous relationship (both physical and financial abuse). She tells us with regard to her debt problems: I feel completely overwhelmed which is having a severe effect on my health and wellbeing. The only viable solution is bankruptcy. We have raised some of the bankruptcy fee from other sources but need a final push to get us to £680.
S had been running a successful business but due to ill health it has failed. He had business debts secured against his family home and as a result his home has been repossessed. He is trying to rebuild his life and is working with a local homelessness charity as well as ourselves (a debt charity) to try and achieve a fresh start. We have already secured a large chunk of the bankruptcy and with your help hope to have enough to complete S's application.
This 62 year old woman lives alone in a council property. She has been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and often has difficulty breathing. She is also being assessed for learning disabilities. Her white goods are in an appalling state. The fridge freezer is 40 years old and the door is falling off. The others no longer work. A local charity has agreed to supply a washing machine and a tumble dryer. Money for a reconditioned washing machine would really help her.
J is a single father who is currently jobless. His tumble dryer and TV are broken and his only income is from Universal Credit. He is being helped with food from the Fareshare Food Bank at East Oldham Methodist church. Could you help him to replace these items?
M has recently been granted 'leave to remain' in the United Kingdom. He has no family support and is a vulnerable young man who is trying to be independent. He needs a cooker to help with cooking on a budget. He is being supported by the Ancora 'Help through crisis' project.
J was referred to us by the local food bank. She is struggling financially and has no storage for her daughter, which is causing much anxiety. They had been forced to move with not much notice a couple of years ago and since then had slowly been buying all their furniture. Having a wardrobe wasn't a priority but J's daughter's mental health has been affected by the move and having her clothes strewn around isn't helping her move on. J has many issues but getting storage would help so much.
This lady in Middlesbrough has physical and mental health problems; she has had to move home for personal reasons and is on low benefits. She has no sofa or mattress for her bed and is struggling to obtain them. Would the donors of Acts 435 be able to help her please?
We have a tenant who has been looking for accommodation for over a year and has finally managed to secure his own flat. He has priced up a removal van for £30 to move all of his belongings. Could you help him to pay for this? He is struggling to source the money himself.
K is on Universal Credit and has seen a big drop in the amount of benefits he is getting, and he is really struggling. He is having to use a local foodbank and has been without an oven for several months as he cannot afford to purchase one. Any help given towards this would be greatly appreciated.
B is a single mother of 2 children who suddenly and unexpectedly lost her job in August and is looking for further employment. She had accumulated a number of debts and is now struggling to the meet the repayments. B managed to purchase beds for her children just before she lost her job, however B is currently sleeping on just an old mattress on the floor and it would mean the world to be able to get a good night’s sleep to help her deal with her problems.
L is a single mum and is currently on a benefits cap. She is in a lot of debt and is really struggling to pay for gas and electricity as well as feeding her 3 children aged 4, 7 and 16. She is getting help from a local foodbank and is seeking help from citizens advice to try and sort her debts as she has been visited by a bailiff. Any help given would be greatly appreciated.
S is a 52 year old lady who is moving out of a women's refuge and into a completely empty flat to start her life over. She will be getting Universal Credit but the rent will take half of this every month. She really needs help so that she can begin with the basic necessities. She will get advice as to how to organise her finances etc. but a contribution towards setting up her new life would be very welcome.
K is an asylum seeker living in Leeds. He has to walk 4 miles to get to his English course every week. He is living on £37 a week as an asylum seeker and cannot afford the bus fare. K is asking for £60 to pay for his bus fare for the rest of his English course. He is really determined to complete his course and keep on studying so he is ready for work when he eventually gets his refugee status.
This chap has been living at home with his mum and has a carer for a few hours a week due to his additional needs. He is now moving into his new home on his own. The council has provided a bed, cooker, fridge/freezer etc but he has no money for plates, pans, bedding, or a hoover. Your help will really make a big difference to him settling into his first independent home.
This Mum has lost her job where she was working as a admin assistant local to her home. She loved her job and was made redundant and has been trying to find a new one but isn't having much luck. She cannot apply for benefits as her husband is in the UK on a work permit. So Mum has to financially support her husband and 3 children. Her fridge is currently broken and she is unable to replace it at the moment. Can you help her?
These two girls are homeless, and have been living in the same homeless accommodation together. They have no extra money, but they desperately need new trainers. They already have second hand clothes so it would be lovely to give them some brand new shoes. Can you help them?
This client was made homeless after she managed to escape a relationship where she suffered domestic violence. She has just been given a flat, but she needs to pay the first two weeks' rent in order to secure the flat and move in. She cannot afford this, so can you help her to have a fresh start in life?
F is a single mum with one child. Following domestic abuse she and her child were put in a hostel. She had to go to court to gain custody of her child because of mental health issues that she has. The court gave her custody and the council have given her a new flat. The furniture that she had was thrown away when she was unable to pay storage fees. She receives Universal Credit and has no money available to furnish her flat. Can you help?
R is a 67 year old lady, a Christians Against Poverty (CAP) client who suffers from ill health and is going blind. She lives near a river and twice her house has been flooded. The first time her insurance company went bankrupt. The second time her insurance did not cover flooding. She lost everything including all her carpets. Although she has been donated many rugs, they are dirty and need constant cleaning. The dirt exacerbates her ill health. She needs a robust carpet cleaner to keep her rugs clean and to help her health. Thank you.
This young lady is a single parent moving into her first home with her baby. She is on benefits and doesn’t have a washing machine. She doesn't have any spare money at the moment, so could you help her? A washing machine would make this stressful time a little easier for them.
This couple are on benefits so have a very low income. Recently their cooker broke and they desperately need it replacing so that they can cook and eat healthy meals. They have requested help to buy a second hand cooker, and any help that you could give them would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
We are supporting a Mum in Derby with many health concerns. This is due to her having problems with maintaining her flat, which has eventually got on top of her. Now her boy is not allowed to live in their home. We would like £120 for a skip so that she can have a big clear out of her clutter and begin to get her home in a condition so that her boy can move back in again.
This 42 year old mum of 5 children was made homeless on New Year's Eve. Currently they are sharing a house with a family of 6 and conditions are so cramped, they really need somewhere of their own. There is one house currently available, however the landlord wants £1000 for a deposit. Mum is finding it too difficult to raise all of the deposit whilst paying for bills and feeding herself and kids. Mum would be very grateful for help to pay this small amount towards the deposit as she is hoping to pay the rest.
L has lived in various shared accommodations and been homeless over the last few years. He has finally been offered a room with ongoing support through a local housing scheme. He has a double bed frame in the room but no mattress and is unable to buy this himself as he receives only Universal Credit which doesn't allow for such large expenditure.
This client is a single mum to two children and due to deafness she is unable to work and relies on benefits to pay bills and provide for her children. Due to her son being bullied at school he is now moving to a different secondary school and needs to have a different uniform which she cannot afford. She would like to apply to Acts 435 for help to enable her to buy the uniform he needs so that he can start the his new school without the worry that he does not have the correct uniform.
As a single mum working part time, this client faces a daily challenge of trying to keep out of debt and provide a home for her two daughters. A's daughter has the opportunity to attend a training and development programme in America but needs some help towards travel costs. The client has saved some money towards travel and also done some local fundraising but is still a little short and asked if Acts 435 could help. She stated that this opportunity may help her daughter gain future employment.
This young family moved from supported living to independent living in Truro. They have a child who is 9 months old, and are currently working with a social worker. Both parents have had social care intervention throughout their lives and are both accessing WILD groups and 1:1 work. Dad is currently awaiting a cognitive ability assessment and has last week been made redundant from his part time job. Both parents claim Universal Credit. When they move into independent accommodation they require a washing machine which is vital. Can you help them with their fresh start?
This client is working with several agencies currently, although her phone is broken and she needs to get it fixed to arrange appointments and engage with support staff. She is currently working with social services, housing support, a grief counsellor and her volunteer coach. She is isolated and has no family or friends near where she now lives so a phone makes all the difference to her. She is unable to afford to get this repair done, so could you help her?
My client is currently receiving no Universal Credit through no fault of his own, we have welfare rights working on his behalf to correct this however in the mean time he has moved into supported housing and has no food or basic household items to live independently. Could you donate to help him get some food and household goods until we can sort this out?
My client had previously had her own tenancy before moving into supported housing due to becoming crippled in debt. She was made redundant from work leaving her with no money and due to her mental health could not cope with this. She has some old debt she would like help paying off, this would really help her to make a fresh start. Thank you.
P is living in challenging quarters that are bad for his health. He suffers from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) which makes it hard for him to work and live, and he struggles to sleep. Because of this, P has no money and is asking for help to get some good quality, long lasting boots as these will support his ankles which are painful. His current footwear is full of holes and second hand with no support for his injured ankles. Please can you help P to be more comfortable, especially during this cold weather.
E has had a challenging childhood and struggled to parent her children, who are in the care of extended family. Her little baby is currently very unwell, and professionals agree that E would really benefit from some counselling to give her the best chance of being able to care well for this precious baby - she's never been offered this. We would match-fund the £120 as a church for a course of counselling to best resource her as a mum and give this new family unit the very best chance of happiness.
R has 3 children, two with severe disabilities. One son requires constant care and is going into part-time residential care. Their house is not carpeted and carpets are needed to make the house more comfortable for the whole family. The family is being supported by the Keyring charity which helps vulnerable people cope with independent living.
This man was categorised as homeless. Now, after a year, he has been given a bed sit to rent but it is unfurnished. He has no money to buy white goods or furniture, and desperately needs a fridge freezer so that he doesn't have to buy fresh goods all the time. Your help to give him a positive fresh start would be really appreciated.
This single mum has difficulty leaving her house due to severe anxiety and agoraphobia and a fear of vomiting/being ill in public. This means that the only way she can get her 6 and 16 year old daughters to school is by taxi, but she has been turned down for help with the costs. Her Family Support Worker is appealing this decision and has helped her put in a Personal Independence Payment claim. In the meantime, this grant will enable her to temporarily continue to afford to send her children to school.
This Mum of 4 young children had to flee an abusive relationship and is homeless. She has been living with a family relative in a small house for a few months, but has now been offered her own house. After borrowing and paying all she can for flooring and to make the house livable, she is asking for help to buy oil so she can move in and heat it.
K's husband has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. He is currently at home on daily morphine injections. K has a child aged 15 who is struggling to come to terms with his father's illness and she would really like to buy him a new bike as a gift from his dad so any money given towards this would be greatly appreciated.
L is seeking help from citizens' advice for help with her debts as she is really struggling. They have advised her to get a Debt Relief Order. Her and her partner are both on benefits and have two children with special needs to care for and with no spare income to put towards her debts she is feeling really down. Could you help her with a fresh start?
C is on disability benefit as she is three-quarters blind and is struggling with her bills and is having to get help from a foodbank. Her cooker has broken and she has no spare money to purchase another so any help given towards this will be greatly appreciated.
T has had to flee her abusive partner after he subjected her to physical, psychological and verbal abuse. She is now safe and he doesn’t know where she lives. T is pregnant by her ex partner. She is living in a hostel in emergency accommodation and should be moving to temporary accommodation in the next week. T would like some help to buy a pram as this is a big expense that she can’t afford. She is being supported by a Domestic Violence group but she is in financial hardship.
H is living in overcrowded accommodation with her four children and grandchild. H is currently sharing a single bed with one of her daughters. Her family desperately need some new beds to fit in with their living situation, to make sure they can all have a good night's sleep. We have managed to secure one bed for the family but need to purchase a mattress and another bed.
This client is a young lady living in Middlesbrough who has severe mental health problems, she is expecting her first baby in February. She has secured accommodation with support, but she has no fridge freezer and is on basic benefits. Would the donors of Acts 435 be able to help her please, she would be so grateful.
This is for a Czech family who are on minimal income due to only being awarded residency in the UK and still waiting for Universal Credit application to be processed. It may take longer as the mother of 3 children is from outside the UK. This leaves the family, and especially the 3 children, in a vulnerable position. Would the donors of Acts 435 be able to help the family please.
V suffers from anxiety and depression and some physical health problems too. The highlight of her week is to attend a local craft group. Unfortunately due to her financial difficulties she is struggling to pay for her subs. She would be extremely grateful if you could help her pay to attend this group and the amount asked for would cover a year's attendance. This would help her to maintain her social contacts and improve her mental and physical well being.
W and R have been struggling to cope with mental health problems as well as trying to juggle a low income. This is because they only work part time and are on benefits. W works as a driver but his car recently broke down and he needs to get it back on the road for work. Can you help this couple?
This young man came out of temporary accommodation and into his own flat some weeks ago. However since then, because of errors and delays in the benefit system he has been without money. The lack of furniture and more importantly cooking equipment has affected his health and he has felt very alone. A microwave would mean he could easily provide hot food for himself. His circumstances mean he is not allowed to work, but as a qualified painter and decorator he is keen to use his skills to help others voluntarily.
This young single woman on benefits is making back payments on her debts, and this doesn't leave her enough to live on. She has a plan to pay off these debts but if you can help her to pay her rent top up this month it will give her enough for food and essentials for the time being.
This young man came out of temporary accommodation some weeks ago and into his own flat. However, since then he has had no money because of errors and delays in the benefit system. He has had no furniture, his health has suffered and he has felt very lonely. We have posted a second request for help to buy him a microwave, but also needs a fridge freezer so he can store food and make warm meals. His circumstances mean he is not allowed to work, but as a qualified painter and decorator he is keen to use his skills to help others voluntarily.
B is a refugee from Iran, and her husband and 3 children have just joined her in the UK. However, their benefits were stopped and they have no source of income until February 18th. B is worried and scared about how she will be able to feed them, pay the rent that is due, and keep the house warm and powered. They have received food vouchers, and we are trying to access social services support as well, but any financial help would be a huge relief, and B would be so grateful.
This client is a middle aged man who is on a low income as he is caring for his aged mother. He needs help to replace her cooker which broke over the Christmas holidays. He has been doing everything possible to ensure she is well cared for but cannot afford to either buy another cooker or keep buying microwaveable ready meals. Please could you help us to help this conscientious son.
A has had a burglary. Amongst other things she has had the money stolen that she was saving up for a new washing machine. She is devastated as she has been saving for a while and with such a low income it will take a long time to save the money again. A is a woman who lives alone and has very fragile mental health. We have contact with her through a Wellbeing cafe where she occasionally comes to make friends with other people. It would help to restore her confidence to give her a gift.
T split with his partner 12 months ago. This left him devastated and he has been plagued with mental health problems ever since. He lost his job, and now has large deductions from his benefits to pay off a budgeting loan taken out for furniture for his unfurnished flat. This is leaving him in financial hardship. He has never been able to afford a cooker and being able to cook and eat properly would have a big, positive impact on his mental health. Your help would be greatly appreciated.
C has lived in her present flat for about a year. She was working until last Summer, but became pregnant and had to leave her job. She struggles with debt, but with the help of friends and family has managed to get most of the things she needs for her flat. However, she has never been able to afford a vacuum cleaner and has been managing with a dustpan and brush. With the baby due shortly she would really appreciate help in getting a vacuum cleaner so she can get her carpets properly clean.
A, together with her 3 children, had to leave her home when she could no longer cope with her abusive partner. She is receiving help in finding alternative accommodation but is currently sleeping on the floor of her mother’s flat. She has no money and her situation has left her bewildered and very stressed. She needs money for food, travel expenses to get to her appointments and she is also anxious about not having clothes for the children. She would be very grateful for help with these costs.
C is a single mother with two dependent children. She suffers severely with her mental health and requires support to engage with others and to leave home, as she currently will not leave home unaided. She is in arrears with multiple creditors and the threats from the bailiffs and collection agents are severely exacerbating her mental condition. Any assistance you would be willing to offer would greatly improve C's mental health and allow her a fresh start and to focus on dealing with her mental health.
A 27 year asylum seeker and his wife arrived in the UK with a few hundred pounds of savings, which was soon spent on food, clothes and medicine. As a result of having these funds, the Home Office is now for the next several months decreasing their weekly benefit which makes it extremely difficult to buy food, clothes and pay to visit the dropin to get further support at Meeting Point in Leeds. Please help them so they can meet their basic needs and continue to integrate into UK society without this unnecessary stress.
A 31 year old asylum seeker has had his phone stolen and now has no means to contact his family who are in danger regularly in Egypt. He is desperate to make contact with them and has saved a few pounds from his limited benefit. He asked for the funds to purchase a used phone and to get enough credit to check on them as needed. Please help him reduce his stress and keep contact with his family.
This client sadly had a house fire, and because of the damage they had to be moved into assisted accommodation after. Their oven then broke down and the housing association won't help them to replace it. They can't afford to do this themselves, so could you support them?
This client is in need of a cooker. They are currently using a gas stove to cook with, but they aren't strong enough to connect the gas cylinder themselves. They fortunately have been given a microwave recently, but a cooker would really make a difference.
J is a young mother of 3 children, one of whom has ADHD and Autism. They live in a 2 bedroom house. The autistic daughter has a room of her own and the other two children sleep in J's room, one actually in her bed - a single bed as there is not enough room for a double. A bunk bed would ease their situation and make sleeping better. J is currently on child benefits, carer's allowance and income support and is therefore not in a position to buy the beds herself. Please help in any way that you can.
Our client from the Foodbank is desperately trying to provide for their family of two adults and two children. They are at the margin of making sure there is food on the table or keeping warm. If we can get some coal delivered to them, they will have both and this is especially important for the children. One of the adults is working but is on a very low income, certainly not enough to live on. Thank you for your consideration of this request.
We would really like to help this Mum replace a bicycle that was stolen from her garden in Peterborough. The bike was a Christmas present and belonged to her 13 year old daughter who needs it to get to and from school. A gift of £120 would help towards achieving this. Thank you.
This Dad of 4 young children is currently in the process of moving into new accommodation. They have no flooring or carpets fitted. He has to find all items to furnish and equip their new home. Dad is working and is just about managing to make ends meet. Helping this family to lay flooring/carpets will be such a blessing to them during this stressful time.
H is a young lady suffering from anxiety and depression since her Grandmother was diagnosed with Alziemer's. The effect on her entire family is taking its toll. H is also worried about her Grandfather's health as he is already grieving the loss of his wife, and he is her main carer. H is overwhelmed and prone to self-harming.
M struggles to manage his anger. He has a young family, he and his wife are getting worried about his situation. The survival of his marriage is dependent on him getting help to curb his anger. Counselling will hopefully help him to do this, and he would be really grateful for any donations towards a fresh start for this family.
V was abused and molested as a child and its knock-on effects have continued into her adulthood. Until now she has had no help to work through her issues. Relationships are hard to keep and as a result of this it has affected her self-worth with feelings of inadequacy.
This young Mum S has just had her first baby and moved from her Mum's house into a new home with her partner. S's partner is working but his job is not well paid. They are managing to meet their bills but there is nothing left over to furnish the flat. With an eight week old baby they are desperate for a washing machine. Please can you help? They would be immensely grateful.
J is a client with Christians Against Poverty, she has been repaying her debt. She has become ill, and it has been found she is sleeping on the floor as she has no bed or mattress. She is not likely to get well, her condition will deteriorate over time, could you help her by providing the money for a bed and a wardrobe to put her clothing in? She has not disclosed her full situation until now and we would like to make sure she is comfortable and can relax as her condition progresses. Thank you.
A has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and two young children, they have had to move home due to a traumatic family event. In order to get her deposit back and repay the loan she has taken for the deposit on her new home, she must have the carpets cleaned prior to landlord inspection. She is unable to do this herself and has sourced a company who will do all the carpets for £150. She has £30 towards it but moving costs mean she doesn’t have the full amount. Any help would be such a blessing.
A young lady in Middlesbrough with very poor mental health has moved home to a more suitable property with support. This lady is expecting a baby and her bed is broken and she has no means of purchasing a new bed. Would the donors of Acts 435 be able to help her please, she would be so grateful.
G is a single Mum with 2 young children and is desperate to replace her broken fridge freezer. She is unable to return to work as her 6 month old baby has been diagnosed with a long term illness. Maternity pay is ending and she will only receive Universal Credit. She sees no way of replacing the fridge freezer. This Mum is trying so hard to provide for her young family after fleeing from a difficult relationship, but she is really struggling. She is very grateful for any help that you can give. Thank you.
A is an elderly gentlemen and has been very unwell. He has very few people that he can rely on. He suffers with incontinence, which means he regularly has to replace clothing. He currently cannot afford to buy any clothing because he is in serious financial difficulty. A £100 gift voucher from Marks and Spencer would mean that he can buy some much needed essentials.
A's landlord was bullying her so the council agreed to move her to housing association accommodation in the next month. The kitchen is very short of white goods so any help would be gratefully received. A is a single mum with 3 daughters, one of whom is living with poor mental health and working spasmodically with the Collaboration Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS). The family relies on benefits so their budget is tight. Thank you!
L is currently living in supported housing with his baby. He is struggling to keep the flat tidy. Having a chest of drawers would give him somewhere to keep the baby items that he needs. He suffers with anxiety and WILD are supporting him with some of his emotional needs.
This young lady is a client of Christians Against Poverty (CAP) who is on Universal Credit and struggling to cope with debts. She is a single mother with a 2 year old child and is expecting a second child in two months. Her microwave is unsafe and she uses it to heat her baby's milk. She needs to obtain a new microwave as soon as possible. Any help would be very much appreciated.
This client is a mother of a boy of 5 and a girl of 2. She has struggled for years with her son’s behaviour and is attending a reducing challenging behaviour course for children with autism. Her son has now been diagnosed with Autism. G is trying desperately hard to improve things for her family. The son’s behaviour is impacting on his little sister, they are currently sharing a bedroom in their 2 bedroom flat. This is a request for funds to help mum to divide the bedroom so that her son has his own area.
C is a single mum, separated due to domestic violence, who works as a radiographer for the NHS. She manages to cover all her rent and bills, but there is nothing left to pay for any out-of-school activities for her children. She sometimes has to access the foodbank. Her son aged 13 would like to do his Duke of Edinburgh bronze award. The school will pay for half but Mum can't afford the other half. Doing the award would really help her son, who has suffered as a result of the home situation.
L has eczema, he has regular hospital appointments for treatment but some of the creams he uses rub off on his bed sheets and he has to wash his bedding very frequently. She currently uses a launderette, but this is expensive and she would like to be able to buy a washing machine, so that she can wash her bedding and clothing at home. If you could help L to buy a washing machine it would make a huge difference to her. Thank you
K and her partner are having a difficult time with ill health and changes in jobs, resulting in a period of unemployment. K's daughter aged 7 has complex needs connected to her autism diagnosis and self harms along with other difficult behaviours. She can't wear clothes if they have become dirty and so uses a lot of school uniform. Due to the unemployment and ill health issues the family just can't afford the uniform their daughter needs. Any help is appreciated.
C had a well paid job and was able to service his debts. Due to a change in circumstances he had to take a lower paid job and found he was not able to pay his debts. This has had a detrimental effect on his health. He sought help from a local debt charity who have been helping him to manage his money better. He is now seeking funding to pay for his Debt Relief Order, this will help to give him a fresh start and help him on the road to recovery.
E has 2 young children, one only 6 months old. Her partner is off work with mental health issues so they are relying on Universal Credit and Child Benefits. There is no spare money for warm winter clothes for them and the children. Please can you help them? This need is urgent.
S, her husband and their daughter were granted Leave to Remain in the UK recently, after waiting years for a positive decision from the Home Office. They moved into a new home in December, but it was unfurnished. S and her husband are struggling with anxiety and depression, and while they have sourced the basics for their home, it still feels very bare. S would love to buy her daughter a chest of drawers so she can unpack, and a wardrobe for her and her husband. She would appreciate any support.
B has always struggled with money and his mental health. His mother died last year. Riddled with grief and suicidal thoughts, he is now estranged from his sick father and doesn’t know where he is. Forced to apply for Universal Credit after an accident, he is still awaiting a first payment following problems with his application. He is seeking help and support for his problems but has no money to pay utilities. This would make such a big difference to both his physical and mental health.
J was forced to flee her home with her 7 year old son due to domestic violence. As a result of such uncertainty she has fallen into debt. After receiving debt advice she is now in a position where she can budget well with her income and can afford her essentials but there is nothing left over to pay her debt back. A Debt Relief Order would mean that J could have a fresh start in life. Help to pay for the £90 fee would be gratefully appreciated.
This single mother has fled severe domestic violence and abuse with her two young children. The children are very traumatised and are finding school and life very hard to cope with. They have been assessed and need Play Therapy. It will cost £200 each child. A local Emergency Fund Charity have donated a total of £100 and the local church is hopefully supplying £100. This would enable these brave but disturbed children turn their young lives around, and their mother would be so grateful. This request is for the remaining £100 balance for one of the children, a separate request has been posted on behalf of the other child.
This single mother has fled severe domestic violence and abuse with her two young children. The children are very traumatised and are finding school and life very hard to cope with. They have been assessed and need Play Therapy. It will cost £200 each child. A local Emergency Fund Charity have donated a total of £100 and the local church is hopefully supplying £100. This would enable these brave but disturbed children turn their young lives around, and their mother would be so grateful. This request is for the remaining £100 balance for one of the children, a separate request has been posted on behalf of the other child.
T is single mother of 3 children under the age of 8 and is in receipt of benefits. The children's father is not helping her out and has not been for some time. She is struggling with some debt and trying to manage on her income from benefits. She was given a second-hand cooker about a year ago but that is now smoking and not safe to use. She doesn't have enough money to buy another one. She is managing using a chip pan and a microwave but is concerned that she is not able to make healthy meals for her children.
S is part of a very personable couple who have great difficulty in managing their finances. The situation now means that their only course of action is to seek individual Debt Relief Orders. The couple both have individual debts as well as joint debts, so they each must make a separate application for a Debt Relief Order. Going forward, the couple have made great strides in controlling their spending and living within a budget. Would Acts 435 donors please consider giving to this lady?
D is a gentleman who has in the past found it challenging to live within his means. He now is coming to terms with the concept, and the future looks bright. He is the husband of S who is the subject of a separate request. Due to the nature of the Debt Relief Order legislation, each partner must make an individual application so that their joint debts are addressed. If only one partner applies for a Debt Relief Order the other, for most debts, will be liable for the full amount. Can I ask you to consider helping D?
The client is a young lone parent to an 18 month old. She became homeless a year ago at just 19 years old and went to 'sofa surf' with her baby at a friend's house. This situation was not suitable for the family and they have since found themselves homeless again. They have recently been housed in an unfurnished council property and lack the basic white goods and furniture. The client is in receipt of Universal Credit and Child Benefit so she has no spare funds after essential costs to buy these items.
E is a young mother of an 11 month old child. She is at the moment going through a particularly difficult divorce. Her former partner simply refuses to communicate with her in any way. In order to proceed with getting her ex to honour his promise to buy her out of her share of the matrimonial home and as a result allow her to pay off her debts, it has become necessary for her to seek mediation. Could I ask Acts 435 donors if they would consider contributing to her mediation costs?
A has been in hospital for a lengthy admission. She is a hoarder and her entire flat has had to be emptied by a house clearance due to infestation of various sources, mainly damp and rotten furniture. She is ready for discharge and needs a bed as she had to throw literally everything in her flat away. She is not able to be discharged until she has a bed to sleep on, but due to her financial situation she is unable to afford a new bed from her benefits. We'd love to get her into her new home and recuperating.
J lives with her husband and 5 children who are all school aged. They have recently moved from a different area and have had to make a new claim for Universal Credit therefore they have no access to finances until they receive their first payment. J has been using local food banks for food support. Their utility meters are low and they need support to top them up to ensure they have access to electric, heat and hot water. Please help this family with a small amount during this time.
C lives with her partner and they both have mild learning difficulties. They attend day centres during the week to reduce the risk of them becoming socially excluded. They are good with their finances and know how much their bills cost and what money they have left. However, they have received an unexpected bill for a small amount of council tax arrears and this is causing high levels of anxiety. Please help this couple with a small amount to pay off the arrears and get them back on track.
D's son is autistic and is in need of a new mattress as his other is soiled due to bed wetting. This is causing issues with bedtime and sleeping which is then affecting his school life due to tiredness. D works part time and is just about managing to cope with daily financial demands therefore he is unable to afford to purchase a mattress. This is causing D and his son stress and anxiety. Please help towards to cost of a new mattress for D's son to enable him to sleep comfortably.
R lives alone and has learning difficulties. He tries to be as independent as possible however this can be difficult due to him living on a low income. He has lived in his flat for 3 years and he still does not have access to a washing machine. This is affecting his personal hygiene as he is washing his clothes in the bath which are not being cleaned properly. He has an income of £75 per week which includes food and heating. Please help this gentleman with the cost of a second hand washer.
M has been homeless for two years, he has mental health problems and is very wary of people. He has finally been offered a furnished property but he is still sleeping on the floor as the bed he has been given is very soft and he has a back injury that means he is better sleeping on a very firm surface. Please could you help him to buy a new bed and mattress so he can finally get a good night's sleep? Thank you.
M is a 62 year old female trying to cope with her marriage breakdown. She and her ex husband have rent, energy and Council Tax debts. Her ex husband has been contacting the council, their housing provider and their energy provider requesting that his name should be removed from all agreements in the mistaken belief that this will absolve him from the joint debt. M's only way out of debt is if she can apply for a Debt Relief Order. Can you help?
A is an intelligent young woman who finds relationships and motherhood difficult. Both her children were taken into care as babies after she broke up with the two ex partners she was with at the time. I am helping her with her debt problems and I think that a Debt Relief Order would be the best option. Can you help me to help her, and contribute to the Debt Relief Order fee?
Miss F lives alone with her young baby. She had a house fire which destroyed most of her belongings. She has managed to get donations for her young baby, however she needs replacement clothing for herself and is currently wearing shoes which are two sizes too big.
B lives with her husband and six children (ages 1-12) in a damp house. They are struggling financially even though her husband works. B has been living in the UK for one year. She needs wardrobes for her children (£15 each). At the moment they use broken plastic containers. She needs stairgates to keep her one year old out of the kitchen and another for the stairs (£14 each). B and her husband currently sleep in a broken, single bed. They are hoping to replace this with a double bed (£25). Thank you.
K requires £120 to carpet her bedroom as it is currently bare. K is a single mother and her mental health is suffering. She is slowly beginning to rebuild her life but is struggling to pay her bills and is attending her local food bank. Any help to buy a carpet would be very much appreciated. Thank you.
This lady came to the Foodbank to ask for help with food. She told us that she was struggling to make ends meet as her husband is having treatment for cancer. She works 12 hours a week and receives a small amount of benefits to top up her wages. She has to find people to be with her husband while she works. She seemed exhausted as now has to do everything to keep their home running. Please would you give to this lady to help her with some respite and ease the burden of tight finances. Thank you.
J is a single mother of two teenage sons. J suffers from epilepsy and also has debt problems, she is unemployed and living on benefits. Her sons have recently reached the age where they are entitled to their own room, but J still has to pay a debt due to bedroom tax of many hundreds of pounds acquired from when they were younger. J is in need of a bed and has asked if we can help her get a second hand bed from a local charity.
A and his wife are struggling to make ends meet. A has a number of health issues including vascular dementia. He and his wife have a son who they have with their very limited resources been trying to help as he has a problem with depression and alcohol. The issue with their son causes them a lot of stress, as they try to help him and make a new home on the estate they moved to last year. They are unable to purchase a bed themselves so would be really grateful for your help with this.
A is about to move into a new property having just been given care of her child. She has previously suffered from addiction and mental health issues, so this will be a new start for her. She really needs a new cooker to make this move successful and to be able to cook healthy meals for herself and her child, but is unable to afford this herself. Any help you could give her would be really appreciated.
A is moving into her new property and has just been given care of her child. She has previously suffered with mental health issues and addiction, so this will be a fresh start for her. She really needs a fridge to make this move successful, and is unable to afford this herself. Could you help her?
This client is a single parent to 3 children ages 7, 8 and 10. She had to move when her landlord sold her property. She suffers from spinal problems and is awaiting surgery. She has a suitable bed base but her mattress is very old and the springs are coming out. She needs a safe and suitable mattress due to her health situation - the current situation is exacerbating her back problem and leaving her in pain. We are including delivery costs due to client's lack of transport and poor health.
This client has recently moved into her own flat after living in a hostel for 20 months.She has moved to the area after fleeing a domestic abuse situation and has had to leave her belongings.She does not have any local family or friends for support. She suffers from depression and anxiety, constant back pain and mobility issues.She is on a low income:Employment & Support Allowance and Personal Independence Payment (Mobility) and has very little spare income to furnish her home after essentials.
L is an single dad in his early 60s caring for 2 young children. L suffered a slipped disc last autumn which forced him to stop working as a self-employed decorator. The family are now on a very low income, and he's struggling to cope with caring for the kids and has got into serious debt. His back has previously been successfully treated by osteopathy but the cost is currently out of his reach. Osteopathy appointments could get him fit for work again and able to meet his family's needs.
D has been referred to us by an employment support charity who are working with him to return him to full time employment. D has recently come out of rehab (he is a recovering alcoholic) and is 'dry' at the moment. Unfortunately he has very large debts (over £40,000), with no hope of ever being able to repay them but he is constantly being hounded for payment by the banks he owes money to. D needs some hope for 2020 in the form of bankruptcy, it will be his salvation.
This young family are asylum seekers from Switzerland who have just got permanent residence. They are waiting on their Universal Credit to come through and have managed to get almost everything they need except for a couple of items, and one is a washing machine. They have no family or friends to turn to and the language is a barrier. This is a fresh start for them.
This young family of four from Switzerland have just got a private rented house, they have managed to get most of the items they need except a couple of things including a fridge freezer. They desperately need this as they are awaiting Universal Credit and the little money they have does not cover having to buy food from the shop everyday.
D has sciatica which affects his hip and leg, he finds it really hard to sit down comfortably and cannot sit for any length of time. He has been advised to get a firm high backed chair, which should help his condition. He has been trying to save from his benefits and has managed to get some money towards the purchase, but it taking a while to get the money together and in the meantime his condition is getting worse. Please could you help him with a donation towards the cost? Thank you.
I, his partner and their three children have recently been granted leave to remain in the country as refugees. Having been housed in temporary accommodation, they are now moving into their own unfurnished property. They are being supported by the council, but have no savings to purchase a cooker, washing machine or fridge freezer, so are unable to wash their clothes or to cook proper meals and eat adequately.
This client is a young single mum aged 19 years old on benefits who has just been given a home. It is her first home and she is in need of a fridge freezer. This will help her with the cost of cooking and storing her baby’s food but she cannot afford to buy one herself. Can you help?
This young woman has recently given birth to her first child. Prior to the birth she fled an abusive relationship and since then she has been living in a mother and baby unit. A parenting assessment has just been carried out so she has now moved into an unfurnished council property. She is in need of a washing machine so she can keep on top of her laundry as she cannot access a laundrette and cannot afford to purchase a washing machine from her benefits. I hope you can consider helping. Many thanks.
O has experienced ongoing emotional abuse from her partner. She has a 3 year old daughter and a baby. She struggles financially since she had worked part time and now only has her maternity allowance. Her partner is emotionally and financially abusive towards her and has recently forced her to pay a lot of the household bills out of her own money so she is now left with little for herself and the kids. O desperately needs a cot for the new baby.
D has a history of domestic abuse from her partner and has a 3 year old child.This year D found the courage to end the relationship. Her partner had promised to support them financially but has failed to do so. D is considering contacting Child Support Agency and is being supported by a Domestic Abuse Agency. D is wishing to now focus on herself and her child’s wellbeing. At the moment she is trying to get back on her feet and start again and would love some help with her gas and electric bills.
This couple became homeless due to a fire that spread to their property from next door. They managed to escape the incident, but the fire destroyed everything and left the property unfit to live in. They struggled to get a reference for another property. Their church supported them with temporary accommodation and provided evidence until council gave them accommodation. They got furniture from church members, but they need money to replace other lost items and clothing.
C requires £120 for a carpet as she has different small pieces of carpet put together that were left overs on the floor and it is a trip hazard, especially as her husband has had a stroke and cannot walk properly. C is on universal Credit. She is struggling to pay her bills and is attending her local food bank. Any help you could give C to buy a carpet would be very much appreciated. Thank you.
A family with two young children live in a property in desperate need of redecorating. They are on a very limited budget so would greatly appreciate any help towards buying paint and other essential equipment to get the place looking more like a family home and less like a building project!
This single mum with 4 children has a refrigerator that has broken and cannot be repaired. She receives Universal Credit and has to use a foodbank to make ends meet. She has no savings and no way to replace her refrigerator. Could you help please?
This young person has come through the care system and has been homeless for quite a while. He has just been given access to a flat, but has very little to get started. He would really appreciate some help with electricity bills to get him on his feet while he tries to make a successful fresh start for himself.
Only a few weeks ago, this young man approached us for funds to purchase some clothes as he was sofa-surfing and in real need. Today he has secured a job with a tyre-fitter and is over the moon. But he is now in need of suitable work clothes including work boots, trousers and a good work jacket. He would be delighted if you could again help him as he enters this next stage of his life. Your support would be such an encouragement. Thank you.
M is a young mum, currently on maternity leave from work, and she has just been offered her own council accommodation. She has been using savings to pay for carpeting and decorating to make the home comfortable for her and her 5 month old daughter. All the house needs now is a cooker, but there are no savings left to be able to purchase one herself. Can you help her?
D has recently got a flat again after being homeless for 4 months. He is trying to have a fresh start after dodgy landlords got their properties taken away. Getting a fridge freezer would be a massive step in helping D be more independent and a real boost to his mental health and well being. At the moment he is surviving on cupboard food but finds it a struggle and pops into the homeless drop in for milk which is not great for him trying to take forward steps.
L is a young lady who is seven months pregnant and living in temporary accommodation with her partner. She has had benefit delays after her Universal Credit application has been messed up on a couple of occasions, which led her to come to our foodbank for help with food. With several weeks before she is due any benefits, she desperately needs help with her electric bills for cooking and heating.
P came to us for food from our foodbank, referred to us by his GP. He is suffering from a long term illness. His electricity supplier has changed his terms from quarterly billing to monthly billing with advance payment required. He told me he is worried sick about the pressure this has put on his finances, and that he desperately needs cash for this and other bills.
D came to our foodbank in need of food and also in desperate need of support to pay for his electric for cooking and heating. He has a low income and debts with the bank. He is getting support for his mental health problems with MIND. Could you help this man to get back on his feet?
S is a mum who lives with her partner and their small child in rented accommodation. They are struggling to meet the cost of a gas/electricity bill in addition to living costs after Christmas. They both work (he is self employed and she works part time) but have found themselves struggling. They receive no benefits apart from child benefit. Your help would make a huge difference to them.
This client is a single mum with 5 children. One child has significant behavioural issues, in receipt of Disability Living Allowance and attends a residential school. The woman has asthma, anxiety and depression and has suffered domestic abuse in the past. She is now seeking help from the mental health team, Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS), and a family support worker. She is unemployed and relies on welfare benefits. Her support worker provides financial capability support as her mental health has caused her debt issues. She has no realistic chance to clear her debts so she has applied for a Debt Relief Order.
L has moved into a new council house but it is completely empty. The carpet has been pulled up and the walls needs painting. L has a disability and had to pay someone to paint the house and also to lay new carpet and tiles. She is now in debt and the people she borrowed from are demanding their money back. She only receives £317 in Universal Credit every month and is still waiting to hear back about her disability benefits. She can't afford to pay this and is very worried. Any help towards this cost is greatly appreciated.
This 39 year old lady is a mother of two. Her home has recently had a pest infestation. She really needs some new wardrobes so that she can protect her clothing from the pests, but she is unable to afford this herself. She would be so grateful for any help you can give her.
This single Mum is really struggling financially and has asked for some help with the most basic of items - food and petrol. Any help towards these costs would be very gratefully received. Thank you.
After a domestic violence episode, these two children where removed from their home and placed with their father. Now that he is caring for them, he is unable to work so has started the process to get benefits. However, for now there is no money coming into the house and he is struggling to pay bills and buy food. Any support to buy some electricity for this family would be very much appreciated.
S is a disabled man who has struggled to find any employment. Without proper support, he fell into serious debt. He is desperate for a fresh start, any kind donations toward the £90 cost of a Debt Relief Order would give him this chance and massively improve his well being.
B had health issues which caused him to lose his job. Things spiraled out of control as he became addicted to painkillers and alcohol. Eventually, after feeling suicidal he was referred to supported housing and was keen to work with appropriate agencies for help. We have worked with him on his debts and the best way forward is a Debt Relief Order and B has saved half the fee himself. Your help to give him the other half would make a huge difference and give him a much-needed fresh start.
This client is a 23 year old girl who came out of care when she was 18 and set up a home for herself. However recently her cooker has broken. She is on benefits and suffering from ill health. Can we help her to replace her cooker? It would help her to eat properly which she really needs.
P has been trying to get ID for quite a while now but kept getting knocked back as the legal system has changed. Please help P get a deed poll so he can legally change his name to what he has been called for nearly 30 years. This will help him get ID, which is the key to opening the door for a bank account, housing and a lot of employment. P has worked with us for a number of months after his life fell apart due to alcoholism, but has slowly rebuilt his life.
This client was referred to us by local social services after her energy prices recently went up. She had been using extra layers in her property - which was described as freezing cold by the social worker - to keep herself warm because of the unexpected bills. Her energy suppliers are in the process of changing over, however for these last few weeks the house will need heating while it is extremely cold. This support will go a long way in helping her remain safe and warm in the cold weather.
This single mother of 3 was referred to us by the local children's centre when she came to them for support after having her benefits stopped. She had recently been working but left her job 12 months ago and has yet to find employment. She has 3 young children and is struggling to make ends meet with no income. While her benefits are stopped the main things she needs are a new pram for her youngest daughter and children's clothes for all of her children to ensure they are clean and warm.
This client came to us after finding himself in need of support to get to and from job interviews and to his support meetings. He is currently missing out on interviews and not getting the correct support because he cannot afford to keep getting buses to the places he needs to be due to low income, and cannot walk too far because of bad health. This would help him in so many ways and enable him to attend every appointment and meeting he has.
This client who used to be a tenant in our supported accommodation has made massive steps towards independence over the past few years. We learnt last year that she had a child and for the first time was allowed to keep the child because of her life improvement. She is now at a stage where she wants to carry that on and start volunteering, but needs support to help put the child into nursery. This would cover those costs until her money situation was sorted and she could afford this herself.
S is struggling financially. At present she is unable to afford the cost to send her 10 year old daughter on a school trip to an outdoor activity centre. If anyone is able to contribute toward this cost so that her daughter can go on the trip with her classmates and not miss out on the experience, that would be really kind.
J had work until a couple of months back. Now he is surviving on benefits which have been reduced by Child Maintenance payments based on his income when he had work. He has been referred to our foodbank by his housing association, and he is in desperate need of help with food and electric for cooking and heating.
S is a foodbank client referred to us by his housing association. He suffers from ill health and has had cuts to his benefits and is struggling to make ends meet. He is drained and anxious, and the stress he is feeling is making him more ill. He needs help with electric for his cooking and heating, and also to keep his lights on as he suffers from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).
K sought help from her local Citizens Advice after finding herself in a significant amount of debt. Much of this debt was joint debts with her ex-husband, who was physically abusive. To free herself of the burden of debt and give her a fresh start, she wishes to complete a bankruptcy application. Unfortunately K is £120 short of the total £680 bankruptcy fee. If anyone can contribute to help K to be free of debt, it would make a huge difference. Thank you.
K is 21 years old and is estranged from her family. She lives alone but has no cooker as the one she bought second hand has broken and she cannot afford to have it repaired or buy a replacement. She has been eating takeaways but these are expensive and not healthy, she would prefer to cook her own hot meals. Could you help her to buy a mini oven and hob? If she had one she would be able to cook for herself. Thank you for considering this request.
M is married with one dependent and is the full time carer of her disabled husband. Due to errors with her benefits claim, M and her husband have been left with a considerable amount of debt. The benefit issue has now been resolved; however she will not be able to clear the debt within a reasonable amount of time. In addition, several of her creditors have started to take enforcement action. We have reviewed M's situation and a Debt Relief Order would resolve the situation.
M is disabled and his wife is his full-time carer. Due to error with their benefits claim M and his wife have been left in a considerable amount of debt. We have identified that both he and his wife would benefit from Debt Relief Orders; however they are not in a position to afford the £90 deposits. M's wife also has has a request for assistance live which can be found here: https://acts435.org.uk/give/struggling-with-bills/north-west/22009/debt-relief-order-fee.html
This client has recently moved into the area with her disabled baby and 13 year old daughter. The 13 year old will be starting a new school, and they are unable to afford the cost of new uniform, as only her plain white shirts from her previous school are suitable. The family are on a low income from Universal Credit and the request is for assistance towards uniform.
T has just moved into his own property after a period in temporary accommodation. He moved in with just his clothes and a mattress. He had nothing else. Financially, he is managing to cover his day to day bills but has nothing left over. His church has helped with a few items but he still has very little. He would really appreciate help with getting a cooker. He is not eating properly, and this would help improve his diet and his mental health which has suffered due to his situation.
This single mum has just been granted asylum and moved to Barnsley with her 19 month old child. She has a council house but nothing at all to put in it. The council have agreed to provide white goods and one single bed. The house is in desperate need of cleaning and painting and her new church family have agreed to help if she can provide the materials.
This single mum of 3 children all under the age of 5 is struggling to pay the bills as she is only receiving Universal Credit and has no additional help. She is prioritising feeding the children, but sadly her washing machine has just broken down. She would love to replace it as soon as possible. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
S has been referred to us by a local church who are supporting her. S has learning difficulties and has been forced to flee her previous home because of bullying, threats and intimidation from her neighbours. The house she has moved into has no cooker and S has no means of preparing a hot, cooked meal. Please help us to purchase a cooker for her.
S is receiving support at our Debt Centre. Her depression has meant she is very isolated and she has learning difficulties. S relies on crutches due to an injury which is not healing. She is on Employment and Support Allowance and generally manages to pay her essential bills. But recently her washing machine has broken down and she has no means of doing her washing due to her mobility issues. With a donation we will be able to buy a reconditioned one and install it for her as she cannot do this herself.
This mum and her daughter found that their bed had broken when moving house. They are both claiming benefits and can't afford to buy a new bed. They are currently sleeping on a mattress on the floor. Can you help us?
This client and her daughter recently moved home, and in moving found that their bed had broken. They cannot afford to replace their bed, so they are currently sleeping on mattresses on the floor. Can you help them to replace their bed so that they can sleep well at night?
Our client is on Universal Credit and is trying to save money by batch cooking but doesn't have a freezer to store food. He has come through our Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Debt Help and is debt free but just doesn't have enough disposable income to buy white goods outright. He is attending our CAP Job Club to help find work but can you help him in the meantime?
Y is a young widow whose town was taken over by militia during the war in Syria. With 3 small children, fear of becoming captive and forced into sex trafficking, she was pressured to remarry. She and her husband escaped to the UK where he became violent and she fled from him. Y was pregnant when she left and has now given birth to her fourth child. She is a single mother trying to find a suitable home and get her kids into school. £100 would help Y buy essential baby items and uniform for her children.
This client is a young mother working full time on a low wage. She is in desperate need of a cooker as hers has broken, she can raise part of the money towards one but not all of it. It would cost more money to get it fixed than it would to buy a new one. This is causing her a lot of stress as eating properly is so important to her. She will not go into debt for an oven as this would bring a lot of hardship which she does not want.
M is a polish national who has fallen on hard times; she's been homeless for a year. When her national ID expired, she was fired. With no money to renew her ID, she used up her savings to keep a roof over her head. Eventually she became street homeless. M got mixed with the wrong crowd and is now trying to get her life back on track but she needs to renew her ID to be able to move on. £100 will allow her to apply for a passport from the Polish embassy and seek employment.
Due to having a stroke and other health problems, this client is unable to work and depends on benefits. Recently her fridge freezer broke and she cannot afford to buy a replacement one. She was referred to Romero by her Housing Support worker who was concerned that this client is now struggling to buy milk and other food and cannot store any food in the fridge. If you could help her she would be able to live a healthier lifestyle.
After fleeing domestic violence with her children, M is trying to rebuild a life for her family. She needs to attend an interview at Sheffield University and pay her UCAS fee as well as pay a child minder to care for her children while she attends her interview. M does not have any spare money to do this as all her benefit is needed for rent and bills. If you could help M to cover these costs it would be life changing for all of her family.
We are seeking help for a gentleman who is in remission with cancer. He is being supported with practical issues, however he lives in an isolated area and due to being unable to work through illness he is faced with a large payment for gas heating which he is struggling to pay. He has recently left hospital due to developing pneumonia. Any help would be most gratefully received.
This client is an older lady who is registered as disabled and has lost her previous accommodation due to issues around domestic abuse. She is now living in a caravan and needs funds to purchase a large gas bottle so she can both heat her accommodation and cook. She is working with the council to find more permanent accommodation but she needs help to survive where she is at the moment. Your help with this would be so gratefully received.