C is in our local rehabilitation and has being doing really well. He has become a Christian and is leaving at the end of February to a new start. He has over £6,000 worth of debts and it would be fantastic if we can meet with him before he leaves and clear his debts. A Debt Relief Order would enable him to have a proper fresh start debt-free. Thank you for considering helping this lovely guy.
Christians Against Poverty have been supporting this man with budgeting skills. He is now in a new property and paying all his bills. However he has no carpets in his flat. We would like to bless him with new carpets to make his new flat more like a home and more comfortable for him. Thank you in advance.
S is a 48 year old lady who has fallen into debt. She suffers with anxiety and depression and has been forced to use the food bank recently. If you are able to donate any money to help her with food shopping while she gets on top of her finances, that would be really appreciated. She is currently looking for work and is in the process of negotiating with her creditors. Thank you.
S is a 33 year old single mum with three children. She has fallen into debt due to her limited income. In seeking debt advice at her local Citizens Advice branch, she has decided to get a Debt Relief Order to give her a fresh start. Unfortunately she cannot afford the £90 fee. If you are able to help towards this, it would be a massive help to allow S to get on top of her finances. Thank you.
T is a 44 year old female who was once very active and worked everyday. Circumstances changed in her life and due to addiction which led to a fraud offence, she now has a criminal record and struggles to find work. Her physical and mental health is deteriorating fast. A gym membership would enable her to get back to exercise and increase her confidence. This will have a positive effect on both her mental and physical wellbeing and reduce the burden on the NHS as well as give her focus again.
P is currently working with Christians Against Poverty to help deal with debt issues. P is in debt due to business failure and ill health. He would be extremely grateful if you could help towards the fees for his Debt Relief Order to enable him and and his wife move forward with their lives.
This young mum has recently been housed in a social housing property and has no money spare after furnishing the property with essential items due being on benefits. She and her daughter feel safe and more settled in the property, however they have nothing to cover the windows. She would love to be able buy blinds to get some privacy for herself and her daughter. Could you help them?
K is a young dad aged 19 who lives in a flat in Liskeard with his partner and young daughter (3 months old). They would like some money towards a tumble dryer as they are currently hanging wet clothes around the flat to dry but this is causing damp and mould issues. K is autistic and does not work at present and his partner E is still on maternity leave so they are both on benefits. They are aware they will need to make a contribution towards a tumble dryer but this is such a necessity at the moment.
Christians Against Poverty have been working with this lady for several months to help her gain control of her finances. She has made great progress in this, however her health has deteriorated recently and she is much less mobile now. She would really appreciate help towards the cost of a new fridge/freezer as the fridge would be at a higher level and much easier for her to reach and she doesn't yet have enough disposable income or savings to afford the full amount on her own. Many thanks.
K is going through a difficult time with her health. We are currently appealing a Personal Independence Payment decision and in the meantime she has very reduced income. Her fridge broke down today and she has no means of replacing it. She would be very grateful for support so we can buy her a new fridge.
M is a Mother of 2 and has been in an abusive relationship where her partner took out lots of debts in her name. She has over £10,000 worth of debts and the only way to clear this is a Debt Relief Order. Please consider helping this lovely lady have a fresh start to finally be free from the last hold from this abuse that went on for 10 years.
D is a single mother who has a number of chronic illnesses, she works as much as she can but cannot always work due to her health. This means she struggles on a low income. Recently her fridge/freezer broke and she cannot afford a replacement. We are able to support with part of the cost of this, but would really value some help to ensure we can buy her a new fridge-freezer.
This mum has three children and works at the local school to make ends meet. She is on a very low income. At this time she is reliant on food vouchers and support with electric and gas despite working. This week, her fridge has broken down and she has not got the funds to replace it. £120 would enable her to purchase a new fridge or a reconditioned one.
This client is a single parent of a young boy with additional support need who has been through a really stressful divorce. Her ex-husband has not been supporting their son, she has high legal fees and has had time off work due to stress. Their boiler broke at the beginning of the year and repairs quotes are far above what she can afford. £120 towards this bill will give this family hot water and heat again after over three weeks without. They have had to use the local gym for the shower.
Miss B has been forced to move out of the family home with her 7 month old baby because of overcrowding. She was previously living with her parents but when her baby was born they became overcrowded. Her baby wasn’t planned, so she has not had any chance to save up for any household items and purchasing a cooker is an impossibility with her limited income of benefits.
A gas engineer has tested M's gas cooker and confirmed that it has a gas leak. This could clearly be very dangerous. The engineer disconnected the cooker and told M that he could not use it. M now has no means of cooking meals for himself and in the cold weather a hot meal is important. Any help towards a new cooker for M would be gratefully appreciated.
K has recently lost her partner. He died suddenly over Christmas and she is grieving and struggling. Since the loss of her partner she has also lost her job. She is a homeowner and now faces making mortgage payments on her own. She will be signing on for benefits, but needs to pay one mortgage payment in between. This gift would help keep K in her home.
D's tumble dryer has broken. He lives on benefits and has no spare money to buy a new one. Since he lives in a one bedroom flat, he has nowhere to leave the clothes to dry without the flat becoming damp. Any help to get a new dryer would make a huge difference to D. Thank you.
J and Y are a lovely couple working with Christians Against Poverty. They got into debt through the struggles of living on a low income. They live in a small village where a car is essential, but bad luck with cars breaking down pushed them into debt. Y has mental health issues along with their eldest daughter and J struggles to keep on top of their finances. A Debt Relief Order would allow them to get back into a position of control over their finances so they can make a fresh start.
J is single mum of 2 young children living in a privately rented flat. Due to mental health problems she is unable to work so is on benefits. They have recently had woodworms, and all the flooring has been lost and must be replaced which J can't afford. We would love to be able to get a rug for the children’s bedroom and some lino for kitchen. £120 will enable her to do this.
V is on a low income and has not really recovered from the loss of her mother whose passing away left her in very difficult financial circumstances. V has managed to claim Universal Credit but has only been awarded enough for her day to day needs. She can therefore not afford to put any money away to replace household items. Her washing machine has broken down completely. She has tried to manage without one but is struggling due to failing physical and emotional health.
This single working Mum has 2 children, and has managed to get a new job which will suit her family's needs much better. However, by changing her work she will be without any money for 1 month. We really want to make sure the family can have basic food supplies during this month, and support Mum to be able to take this excellent opportunity. Any contributions towards this would be very gratefully received.
This client is a single parent of a 5 year old and carer for her mother who has dementia. She is living on benefits and struggling with her mental health. Her current washing machine is leaking and is very old and needs replacing. At the moment she is not using it but spending money on going to a launderette and having to attend the food bank. A new washing machine would make a massive difference as this lady continues to care for her vulnerable family.
This 29 year old mother of 3 little girls has just been rehoused after having become homeless when she fled domestic violence. Her new house is in a poor condition which she is working hard to clean and decorate, but there are no carpets on the very worn floorboards and she worries particularly for her one year old daughter who is at the crawling stage. She relies on benefits which are barely covering the family's day to day living expenses so would be hugely grateful for help.
C is a single mum who is currently on maternity leave from her work as a carer. She manages on a low income but has no money spare for extras above general living costs. Recently the bedroom ceiling of her council house fell in destroying a wardrobe and bed. She had to move out for two weeks and has now had to throw away her mattress and duvet as they are filthy and smelly. The council will not help as they say she should have had insurance but C says she couldn't afford it. Can you help her?
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 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?
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.
O was released from prison last year and we were able to help with basic furniture. He is now getting back on his feet and would love to be able to get a second hand computer so he can try to get online work, which he can do. He is very independent and determined to make a go of his life after prison. This would really help in seeking work and feeling part of society again.
C has found herself in financial difficulties due to addiction problems. Last autumn she reached out to services to address these issues and is ready for a fresh start with her finances. Getting a Debt Relief Order would lift the financial burden allowing her to focus on her addiction issues and general health and wellbeing, addressing the underlying issues and providing the opportunity to move her life forward.
S has been homeless for several months, but is delighted to have moved into his own tenancy. He is lucky enough to have been able to source some furniture, but the flat is bare floors throughout and he has no savings or spare income to be able to do anything about this. He'd love to be able to get some carpets, to make his flat warmer and more like a home.
J has recently moved to the area due to being homeless after a relationship breakdown. He is in receipt of Universal Credit however he has had to pay a bond on his new property which has left him short financially until his next payment. He has a job interview next Tuesday as being unemployed is causing high levels of stress and anxiety due to having always worked. Please help this gentleman with a small amount to allow him to top up his gas and electric meters during this cold time of year.
This 54 year old lady has been reduced to half pay due to sick leave for anxiety. Having paid the mortgage and other household expenses including boiler repairs, she doesn't have the finances to pay for the needed tinted glassed and required dental work. Any help we could give this lady would make a huge difference to her day to day life.
A young woman with autism and learning difficulties who is moving into an unfurnished supported-living flat needs a small sofa. Second-hand sofas have been offered but are too big to access the flat or to fit. She is in receipt of benefits and can't afford the sofa without help from Acts 435. It will mean a lot to her to make the flat more comfortable and homely when she moves in mid-February.
This single mother of six children is trying to get on top of her house. We are supporting her with this to gain more control over her life and help her with her emotional wellbeing. She really needs a skip so that she can properly clear out her house, but she can't afford this. Can you help her?
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 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.
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.
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 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 is a very urgent request. E's benefits have been stopped because they calculated that she earned too much last month. She has also lost her job and so has no income at all for a month due to the harsh Universal Credit waiting period. She doesn't know how she will manage and be able to feed herself and pay her bills. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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.
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?
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 is a single parent with 2 children and is working with Christians Against Poverty to sort out her debts. C suffers from anxiety and one of the children has special needs. Her budget is very tight and with the cold weather arriving she has run out of money for the electricity meter. Urgent help for the immediate need and to provide a little for the future weeks would be appreciated.
This client has been very poorly and ended up in a coma, so had to give up work. She is mum to her son aged 10 and tries where possible to look after her elderly Dad. As she can't work she is now reliant on benefits and the support of her ex husband, with whom she has a difficult relationship. Her son needs some new school jumpers and PE kit, which she just cannot afford. She has accessed the foodbank over the last few months. It will be a while before her health improves enough for her to work again.
B lives in Bedford; she has struggled with mental health issues following a family bereavement, and has had increasing debt for some time now, but is trying to address this. She is accessing both counselling and debt advice, however she needs financial support with the £90 fee to enable her to apply for a Debt Relief Order. Taking this insolvency option along with 1:1 budgeting sessions will allow her to feel free from the daily worry she currently experiences.
This lady is in need of a fridge freezer. She receives benefits but has no money spare to buy a replacement. Having a fridge freezer means that she can save money by buying frozen foods and fresh food which will last longer when kept in a fridge. She is also struggling with debts including rent arrears. Thank you.
This chap was referred to us from the local GP's surgery. He is a single dad with 2 children. He worked 2 days last week but, because of the rural bus services, it took him away from home for 14 hours. He is currently looking for more jobs and is taking driving lessons. This money will help him to continue to pay for his lessons.
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.
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.
A 30 year old asylum seeker living in Leeds is attending college, and needs a small suitcase that he will use to transport groceries and personal belongings. He is also in need of a warm coat as he feels the cold when he walks to college. Please help him to have what he needs as he awaits his asylum decision and learns English.
J is struggling financially and receiving help for mental health and drug related problems. He spent a short time in prison recently, and during that time his flat was burgled and all his furniture was taken. He receives Universal Credit but has deductions which make it a real struggle to keep up with his everyday bills, so being able to afford to refurnish his flat is out of the question. He would really appreciate help to buy a cooker so that he can start to cook properly for himself again.
This young family were drug dependent but have changed their lives around. They have been given a house but have nowhere to put clothes, which at the moment are on the floor. They have managed to get some household items for themselves, but they need some help with wardrobes and drawers, and have no family members to help in the area.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
M came to our foodbank last week. He is struggling with debts and feels that using a debt relief order to make a new start is the only way forward but feels ashamed to ask for help. We would love to bless him by helping him take this step to become debt free. A local free debt advice organisation is ready to help him once the fee is paid.
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.
A is in dire need of a fully functional cooker to enable her to cook healthy food for her 3 year old child instead of making do with food from a microwave. In the situation she is in she finds it hard to give her child the sustainable food she needs as her child grows. Your donation to help A give her child a healthy life would be so appreciated.
B has recently been made redundant from a job she has worked for 20 years. Her partner is in receipt of State Pension and this is the only household income they have at present. They have had to make a joint claim for Universal Credit and are awaiting their first appointment before they receive any payment. Their washing machine has broken down and they are in desperate need of a new one however due to low income they are struggling to afford one. Please help towards the cost of a new washer.
N is a foodbank client referred to us in hardship, having no money for several weeks due to changes in his accommodation and benefits. His benefit delays were exacerbated due to difficulties with providing ID to the Department for Work and Pensions. We helped him with a contribution towards his electric bills so that he can keep his house warm until the issues are resolved. A donation to reimburse us for the help we gave him to top up his meters would be a great help to us please.
N is a client of our foodbank who has been struggling on low benefits whilst paying off debts for a long time. He requested extra help with funds for his electric meter which had no money on it after Christmas. We have been in touch with his housing officer about his needs and the support we are each giving him. N has mental health issues that affect his memory and his ability to cope. A donation to reimburse us for the help we gave him to top up his meters would be a great help to us please.
R is a foodbank client who came to us not expecting any benefits for over a month. He was struggling with his mental health and is getting support with that from the agency that referrde him to us. He requested some help with funds for cooking and heating, which we were happy to be able to give him, to help him keep his house warm and his spirits up through this cold winter weather. A donation to reimburse us for the help we gave him to top up his meters would be a great help to us please.
S is a client who suffers from mental health problems. He was referred to our foodbank by his GP. He has a low income and was struggling with funds for his meters after staying inside more over the Christmas period. We helped him out with some funds for these early in January. A donation to reimburse us for the help we gave him to top up his meters would be a great help to us please.
This client suffers from depression and anxiety and is in receipt of Universal Credit. Since his mental health deteriorated he has been unable to work and over the years he has accrued debts of over £6000 which he can no longer manage. He has sought debt advice and a Debt Relief Order has been recommended as his best option but he cannot afford the fee, so I am hoping that you can help. Many thanks.
C is a single mother with two children who has been working with Christians Against Poverty for over 2 years. She is making great progress towards going debt free. However, she is need of a bedroom carpet for her two daughters' room. She has no savings and struggles to make ends meet week on week. Can you help her?
Mr O was suffering with poor mental health and as a result of this took an overdose of morphine which he has for a chronic spinal condition. He was in a coma for a month. He contracted sepsis and was in hospital for 7 months. His old Landlord of his old property got rid of all his possessions from the property and when Mr O left hospital he had absolutely nothing. He lived in a hostel before finding a permanent home and has now managed to fund a bed for himself, however he still has no bedding. Any money would allow him to keep warm.
D requires £120 for a washing machine. He is out of work and waiting for his benefits to come through. D has a son with special needs and has medical problems himself as he is going blind. His washing machine has broken and he does not have any money to buy a new one. Any help you could give D would be very much appreciated. Thank you.
Following a miscalculation of her benefits, one day J received a letter saying she owed £16,000. She was forced to take loans to cover her rent whilst she looked for work. Meanwhile debts with credit cards and even normal bills couldn't be paid. Eventually the council admitted the miscalculation. By this time her debts were so large that she was forced to apply for bankruptcy. Since J has no savings, any kind donations to help cover the cost would be greatly appreciated.
B was forced to retire early from her job as a children's disability social worker because of progressive Multiple Sclerosis, which affects all areas of her daily living and mobility. She got into difficulties with debt because of a massively reduced income and insufficient benefits. A Debt Relief Order would allow her to have a fresh start, free from the overwhelming anxiety and stress her debts are causing.
K has a long history of mental health issues, including depression and borderline split personality disorder. At times he has struggled to manage his finances and his debts have progressively built up. He recently lost his job and had a gap in receiving his benefits. We are supporting him in getting a fresh start for his finances, as well as looking at ways we can help him with budgeting in the future. He would be so grateful for £90 so he could apply for a Debt Relief Order.
This young family are starting afresh. They have been rehoused and are now drug free, and mum recently started a job for first time in years. They have managed to get some furniture and other household items for themselves, but they need help with a dining table and chairs. They want to be able to sit at a table for dinner together after work and be a "real family". They have suffered real hardship but are trying hard to stay debt free. Could you help them?
This is a request for carpets for a lounge in a first floor flat. This young lady has recently moved to this address and this is her first flat on her own. She has previously lived in supported accommodation for young parents. Her 1 year old son is looked after by her mother but she has daily access with a view to them living together in the future. She has accessed support from the Citizens advice bureau to consolidate her debt whilst having enough to live off. Carpets would provide warmth and comfort to her home, can you help?
This young family have 3 children under the age of 5 and are struggling since a cancer scare caused the return of depression in this young man, taking him out of work. Having not been able to work for the last 12 months, they are struggling to keep up with their bills, and now their tumble dryer has packed up. With 3 children, it would be wonderful to be able to replace it as soon as possible. Thank you for your assistance.
This young man who has some learning difficulties has been unemployed for some time, despite trying to find work. He suffers from back pain and is in need of a sturdy new bed frame, as his previous one has broken. If you could help him to get a new frame, he would be able to sleep without pain which would be such a blessing.
J came into Citizens Advice with holes in her clothing. She has mental ill health and has difficulty coping with her finances. It would be really helpful to have some reasonable clothes and shoes bought for her urgently to wear in this winter weather, while longer-term help is arranged. J would greatly appreciate a kind donation for these.
This single Mum has a 7 year old son and is really struggling with debt. She is trying to get back on her feet, but she also has mental health problems. Her microwave recently broke and she is struggling to cope with cooking without it. It would really help her in providing meals for them both if a new one could be provided.
P is currently living in a refuge after she had to leave the property she was living in last year, with her two young daughters (one newborn.) P was employed full time but is returning to work part time after her maternity leave ends, and she is about to move into a new rented property. Multiple debts have accrued over the years - many from her previous relationship - so P is getting a Debt Relief Order for a fresh start. However she cannot afford the £90 fee as she has to buy furniture for her new home. Could you help her?
E's social worker has approached us for help with setting up a new home after she was forced to leave an abusive partner. She needs bedroom and living room furniture and some electrical appliances. She has nothing of her own, and really needs help to make her new place feel like a home. Any help you could give her would be really appreciated.
L has recently moved from temporary accommodation to a permanent flat with her young daughter after escaping a domestic violence situation. They are waiting for Universal Credit payments and a discretionary fund to come through but have no heating at the moment as they cannot afford to top up their gas. Please could you help them buy some gas to get them through this bitterly cold weather.
This young woman who is a survivor of domestic abuse has been in supported living since February 2018. She is now living independently and is rebuilding her life. The church would like to buy her a new cooker to get her started. Your help would be very much appreciated.
This young woman is rebuilding her life after escaping domestic abuse. She is in the process of clearing her rent arrears before moving to be closer to her family, who are members of the local church. Could you help her with this fee so that she can start afresh? She would be so grateful for any donation you can make.
A is a single mum with two young boys and they have recently been rehoused by the council following domestic violence. She has very little in the way of furniture or clothes for the boys and is particularly keen to get them some warm clothing as soon as possible. She is very concerned for their welfare but has no money available to get them clothes. Please, please help.
A is a single father with twin boys. Due to regular area moves the boys haven’t been able to go on school trips, however they are now in their forever home and in permanent school. They have been offered free places on a school trip away for 5 days, but need waterproofs, wellies, hats and gloves. They have basic clothing but nothing windproof or waterproof. A local outdoor shop have agreed to supply all their outdoor needs for £120 if this can be raised. Any help would be greatly appreciated by this lovely family.
T has not had any contact with his Mum for 10 years, but his sister has informed him their Mum has terminal cancer doesn’t have long to live. She has asked to see him. He can get the bus on a return ticket to London and two nights accommodation with this money and hopes their relationship can be put right before it is too late. The family don't have the funds to help him with travel or accommodation. T would be grateful for any help offered.
B lost 4 brothers during the war, he was just a baby at the time. He has been invited to visit their graves in France, all expenses paid and would dearly love to go. However he is embarrassed about his situation, living frugally with very limited means. He doesn’t feel he has the clothing to go, but we can help him get 4 outfits from his local charity shop, including blazers, shirts shoes and trousers. The team are eager to help. He would be grateful for any help offered.
T needs bunk beds for a small bedroom as she is expecting a baby in April, and needs to move her 2 boys into the one room. She already has mattresses, and has now managed to source a bunk bed frame for £100 which includes delivery and assembly. The delivery men have agreed to remove the bed bases and take them to the tip for her too. She would be grateful for this assistance as she is going to need to organise things before the baby arrives.
D suffers with mental health, depression and personality disorder. He has COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) which effects his every day living. D doesn’t have a washing machine and there is no laundrette in his town. He is a proud man and tries to maintain his appearance. Due to the effects of his medication, D sleeps on his sofa a lot and has a real need to replace his present one. D’s Personal Independence Payment was stopped a year ago, and this is now going to tribunal. D needs help to offer him some dignity and comfort, can you help please?
Our client has mobility issues and wants to attend a church which is around 1.5 miles from her home and this is too far for her to walk. The money is for taxi vouchers whilst she is waiting for an outcome of her benefit application. She is really keen to attend this church and this would help her very much.
S has recently left an abusive relationship and has spent time in a refuge before finding a property of her own. She found the property through a housing association and it has no carpets. She is in receipt of Universal Credit and she has multiple health conditions. She is struggling to purchase a carpet for her living area and bedroom due to being on a low income. Please help this lady with a small amount towards the cost of flooring for her new home and fresh start.
This single parent was referred to us from the local children's centre after being referred by the school who where concerned for the family. The mother had been struggling with bills so they got a loan from the local Provident centre, and they had also been having issues with their benefits and missed a payment. This made the interest on the loan rise and has made it extremely hard for the mother to pay the rest of the bills. Your support would enable the family to pay off the bill in full.
This client has been to us for help before when he has been desperate. Recently he came to us again with good news about positive changes in his life, however unfortunately his benefits are still in the process of being sorted and therefore he is struggling once again. He has been suffering for a while with bad mental health, and this debt and lack of income is really taking a toll on his health. Your support would allow him to pay the relevant bills he needs and afford general living expenses until his benefits are sorted.
The single mother recently moved house with her children due to the previous house not being habitable. Now the family are in this new home and ready for their fresh start, however it is largely not decorated, to the point where there is no carpet on the stairs or in the hallways and bedrooms. This is not ideal for the family and the house has become a lot colder. Your support would allow the family to purchase the carpet and have it fitted, finally making this house a home.
This client is a working mum who has children. They have had to move home quickly and are trying to set up an new home. Mum doesn't have a support network and would like to redecorate the children's bedrooms, but she is unable to afford to buy paint. She wants to give her children a lovely new home after they have been uprooted at short notice, and freshly painted bedrooms would make a big difference. Could you help her?
This client is a single parent to 5 children. She is on a low income in receipt of Universal Credit and Child Benefit which just about covers the essential living costs of the family. The family are receiving support to address the well being of the children and the condition of their home through a Child In Need Plan. One of the children, an 11 year old, is sleeping on a broken bed. The family can't afford to buy her a new one as they are struggling to make ends meet on their current income. Can you help them?
This client is a Mum who is living with her teenage daughter and her baby. They have recently had a family bereavement and as a result of this have had to move house. Unfortunately they are now living in poor, overcrowded conditions. She needs a wardrobe to be able to store her clothes and a bed to sleep on. Could you help her?
When T’s husband left her last year, her life was thrown into disarray. No longer able to afford the rent, she and her family are now being evicted. T lives with her teenage son and her disabled mother, for whom she is the main carer. T has health problems of her own and recently underwent a major operation from which she is still recovering. The council have accepted a duty of care to re-house them but they desperately need help with the moving costs especially for T’s mother’s medical equipment.
K and her partner live in an overcrowded flat with four children under 13 years old. K suffers from depression and anxiety and is unemployed, whilst her partner is self-employed and not guaranteed work each week, and they do not have the income to be able to move to a larger flat. One parent is being allowed overnight contact time with two more kids from a different relationship, but they do not have space to put them up. A bunk bed would enable the children to stay in the very limited space.
J has a history of alcohol issues and depression and has just come out of a stay in hospital. She is struggling financially, as is her partner who has his own issues. She is currently having to sleep on the sofa as her bed is broken, and her daughter and elderly neighbour are having to do her washing as her washing machine is broken. She is being supported in her home, and we have a donated mattress, but would really like her to be able to get a frame/base for it, and a washing machine.
This client has been through a bereavement and is still coming to terms with her loss. She has health problems including osteoarthritis and depression and anxiety and is seeking help from Christians Against Poverty around financial concerns. Her bed is broken and the mattress is not fit for purpose. Please help us towards the cost of a new bed and mattress. Thank you.
This client has been living in supported housing for a few years and has now managed to get back on his feet and found a small flat. However, he is on a low income so is struggling to furnish it. He has used his income to buy white goods but is asking for assistance with buying basic furniture such as a bed and wardrobe. Thank you for your kindness.
This client has struggled with Mental Health for years. He has not had much success with medication, but has found that doing exercise and working out has been beneficial as he is able to work out his frustrations and finds it almost meditative. He is on Universal Credit and is unable to pay the full membership for the local gym so is asking for help in paying for it. He feels that the gym would make a great difference to his Mental Health and confidence in general moving forward.
This homeless man has been using the foodbank recently and has been very open about his situation. He has just been given a flat by the local housing provider but all he has in it is a couch. He is seeking support to help purchase a bed and other second hand bedroom furniture.
H moved to be closer to friends after her last remaining family member died, but she was made homeless. She already had council tax debt following domestic abuse. She has rent arrears and the council tax debts are being deducted from her benefits, she is unable to live upon the remainder. If she were to obtain a Debt Relief Order she would be debt free, these deductions would cease, and she would be able to manage on the benefits she receives.
W lives with his partner and their two small children. He is unable to work as he cares for his wife and children, due to her mental health problems. Consequently he has to rely upon state benefits and has struggled to pay for his utility bills and council tax. Also, his benefits have been miscalculated, and the money overpaid is deducted from his income. This leaves the family short each month for everyday expenses, but a Debt Relief Order would clear these debts and prevent the deductions.
This 51 year old man spent 18 years rough sleeping. He suffers from blood clots in his leg and has just had an operation to try to correct the problem. The dressing has to be changed every day. He has recently moved into a council property, but cannot afford to furnish it on a benefit income and would really like to start again with his life. A charity will provide a bed and cooker but he has no bedding or curtains. Any help that can be given for these items would be greatly appreciated.
This lady needs help with the cost of a driver and a van when she moves from her 1 bedroom flat to a house with an extra bedroom for her new child. Because of your help last year she has settled into keeping on top of her finances and just needs this help with transport for the move.
A client came to see us at Hope Housing this morning who is in a very difficult situation. His benefits have been stopped and he has now found himself with one month's arrears at his temporary accommodation. At the moment he has no money coming in and is at risk of losing his temporary accommodation if he does not clear the arrears. Our client would be very grateful for your support. It will prevent him from losing his accommodation whilst he looks at securing a job.
C requires £120 for bedding and clothes. C has just moved out of a hostel into a flat but needs help to buy clothes and bedding. C has a lack of money and is struggling to pay bills and living expenses, so he is unable to purchase these items. C is attending her local food bank. Any help you could give her would be very much appreciated. Thank you.
K is a single parent with 3 children. After fleeing severe domestic abuse a couple of years ago she has been trying to get her life back together, but is still suffering mental health difficulties due in part to her abuser harassing her following his release from prison. K has recently been moved to Universal Credit which has caused financial problems, so she is unable to afford to replace her broken cooker. A cooker would enable her to look after the children well, and help her mental health.
L was working but as his contract was zero hours he fell behind with his utility bills and also his credit card payments. Sadly the situation worsened when he lost his job. He now has arrears, and Citizens Advice have suggested that he applies for a Debt Relief Order which will cost £90. L can't afford this sum, and he has been badly affected by the stress of the situation and his mental health has suffered. Please help him to move forward.
L is a single parent of two small children. She is on Universal Credit and has a very low income. She is struggling to pay household bills and has not had any heating oil since before Christmas. Her rented house is cold and she would be very grateful for money to buy some more oil.
D is vulnerable and has lived with his parents all his life, he was their only carer for 15 years. When they passed away, D didn't realise that he could claim benefits and he survived on his parents savings but eventually ran out of money. He desperately needs a new bed, as he has had his old one since he was a child and he is now nearly 50 years old. He has now received advice and is applying for benefits but this will take time and we would love to be able to help him to get a new bed. Thank you.
M has lived in supported living accommodation until recently, he has a learning disability but now wishes to be more independent and live in his own flat. He has managed to purchase a cooker, a fridge, and a wardrobe, but he still urgently needs a bed and a mattress and has no savings left. He is in receipt of benefits but would need to save for approximately 3 months to be able to afford this purchase. If you can help him to buy this it will really help him to be comfortable in his new flat. Thank you.
R is a single mother of 3 children, currently working in a low paid job. She has trained to be a beauty therapist and is now qualified to work in this area. Pursuing a career where she can work from home will help her massively in her home life and mothering her children. She is struggling to be able to obtain items she will need for work. She will need a portable folding table and essential supplies to get started. Please bless this hard working lady, mother and her children.
This client has lived in his tenancy for eighteen months and since moving in he has been sleeping on an old sofa as he cannot afford to purchase a bed from his Universal Credit. He suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and rarely leaves his house unaccompanied. I would be very grateful if you could consider donating to help with this basic item which will make such a difference to his quality of life.
Mr E has been sofa surfing for 10 years, but has now found a property. He has managed to get together some of the larger furniture and white goods but not everything. He is working to getting his tenancy in order so he can sustain it and not end up sofa surfing again, I feel just the help towards wardrobes will allow him to make his new place a home, and keep it tidy and organised. A bit of help will stop him buying things he can't afford and enable him to keep up with bills.
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.
This client is a young Mum who has two daughters. Mum grew up in care and she is trying to set up a new home for herself and her daughters. They really need a vacuum cleaner and other household essentials, but they are on a low income so cannot afford to buy these themselves. Can you help them with their fresh start?
C and her three children currently live in a 2 bed house and they are waiting to be rehoused. She suffers from severe anxiety and depression. As she doesn't have a bed of her own she sleeps on the downstairs sofa. In April she is due to give birth to twins, which will maker her living situation even more difficult. Social services and her maternity care are very concerned regarding her circumstances. Any help towards the bed and mattress would be very gratefully received.
Miss S has moved to her own property following a relationship breakdown. She is currently pregnant and has no funds available for items for her child or for the property. Please can we help with furniture for her unborn child? She would really appreciate any help you can give her.
This single mum as just been granted asylum and moved into a council house. She has no furniture or carpets yet. A carpet in the living room would make all the difference as the floorboards are very rough. Your help would be so much appreciated.
S requires help in replacing a broken toaster and microwave. He recently lost his job and is struggling to pay his bills and living expenses. S has two young children and is attending his local food bank. Any help you could give S in replacing these items would be very much appreciated.
S requires £120 for clothes and school shoes for her children. She is a single mother of three children aged 1, 7 and 10. S is suffering with post natal depression and anxiety, and has a history of domestic violence. She is currently on maternity leave which means she is on a low income, and she has debts and rent arrears. Any help you could give her to buy new shoes and clothes for her children would be very much appreciated. Thank you.
M is struggling to pay her bills, she has debts and rent arrears that are building up after losing a baby. She has two children aged 1 and 8 years old, and she is attending her local food bank. Any help you could give M with reducing her rent arrears would be very much appreciated.
S is a separated mother with 3 young children. Her husband and the father to her children recently left them. This has been a terribly heart breaking time for them all. As a result of this they have had to move to Oldham from Bradford, into a new home and the children now have to attend new schools. S is suffering with depression. The children will all now need new school blazers, jumpers and ties. S is struggling to pick up the cost of this unforeseen situation she finds herself in.
M is a young mum who has recently moved to the area with her 1 year old daughter. She receives Universal Credit and is managing to cover her day to day living expenses but has little left over to buy the things she needs for her flat. She would particularly appreciate help towards a carpet for her bedroom. The floor is hard concrete and very cold. A carpet would help to make the room warmer and much more comfortable for herself and her baby.
A has only just moved into the area but is already starting to run away from his new home. He has anger issues that involve self-harming, and this in turn has lowered his self-esteem to non-existent. Adding to his problems is the recent death of his Grandmother so he is struggling to cope with his life. Counselling is a priority for this lad.
This family are in need of 2 two-seated sofas to replace the broken one they currently have. They have limited access to money and 2 children to support, one of whom has complex needs and severely disabled and therefore are unable to afford these items. The family are living in a tiny flat with limited furnishings and this would make their house more of a home. The family have no support network and very isolated.
This family would love to make their house feel more like a home for their children. They have limited access to money and 2 children to support, one of whom has complex needs and severely disabled. The family are living in a tiny flat with limited furnishings and their living room requires decorating. The family have no support network and are very isolated .
This Mum has lost the care of her 8 children due to poor home conditions, despite trying hard over the past few months to improve this. Previous tenants have left lots of rubbish in the garden which has turned into a swamp. Mum requires a skip to remove the rubbish which would help contribute to her making positive changes and being re-united with her children.
This Mum is working towards having her 2 children returned to her care. She would love to be able to buy two single mattresses to help her prepare a safe space for her children to sleep. This would enable her to provide a warm and comfortable place for her children to return to. Unfortunately mum is unable to buy these herself due to having no money.
This 41 year old man has been diagnosed with mixed anxiety and depressive disorder with agoraphobia. He does not look after himself and requires support with everyday tasks. There are also psychotic elements to his mental health condition. He does not have a sofa so has to sit on his bed, which no longer supports his back. His microwave has broken down and he has no bedding. A charity has agreed to supply him with a bed and sofa. Funds for a microwave and bedding would be really appreciated.
S is married with two children. The family are being evicted from their house because they were unable to pay rent. This was because their benefits were stopped for a period last year. They cannot afford to pay for a removal van. Could you help them?
This client is a young mum with three children - two teens and an 8 year old - whose husband left them in September. He just walked out after 17 years together, and she is now dealing with depression and has found herself completely isolated. She needs to relocate back to Oldham from Leeds to be near family to help her and the children. She needs help with money to pay towards the rent at the new property. She works full time but she is really struggling to make ends meet, as her husband left her with £250,000 worth of debt. She is getting help with the debt, but could we help her with her rent to take some of the pressure off?
This lady is now a single parent with three children, the youngest being four months old.She is in the process of separating from her partner. Currently she is surviving on an advance from Universal Credit. She seeks help to cover arrears of gas and electric and towards purchase of a double mattress. Any support would be really welcome.
M's family are dogged by ill-health, with his wife being seriously ill and unable to work. They have children at school and also care for a grandchild. One of their sons would desperately like to go on a school trip, and the family think he deserves it because he has been so supportive of them all. The cost is beyond any hope of them affording it in full, but a kind donation of £70 would be enough to make it happen for this deserving boy.
Mr W is a single Dad who looks after his two children three nights a week, one of which is epileptic so he requires the vehicle on occasions to take her to hospital. He is working full time however with his commitments to the children and his rent it leaves him with no available reserves for the car tax. He has just moved into a new private flat. He gets no council assistance and he has got to completely decorate it, which is leaving him short of funds at this present time.
This client is an ex-homeless man who has moved into accommodation and started a training course in catering. He has no income due for 8 weeks. He needs pans, cutlery, a chopping board, a blender, cleaning materials, a pair of shoes and clothes for his training programme. Can you help him in his fresh start?
E has just had a baby girl. The child was born early and spent some time in the neo natal department of hospital. This is E's first proper home as she has previously been in shared accommodation. Subsequently she has had to furnish her new accommodation without much money. We have supported her through these difficult few weeks and would like to be able to make her home more comfortable.
We have been working with N for some time. He has had a very troubled last few years and his mental health has been badly affected. He seems to be getting back on track but access to regular gym and fitness sessions will make a big impact on his mental state and he'd be so very grateful for any help with this.
Our clients have three young daughters, one with special needs due to autism. Unfortunately, they have had a series of unhelpful situations to cope with. The husband has just lost his part time job. They also had to deal with some problems in their home which was full of mould, water leaks and a number of repairs that the private landlord refused to deal with. They have now managed to find a new property but have fallen behind due to finishing off tenancy in one place and taking up another. They have also incurred costs to move.
Our clients have three young daughters, one with special needs due to autism. Unfortunately, the husband has just lost his part time job and they have had to seek alternative housing, due to mould, water leaks and a number of repairs that the private landlord refused to deal with. They have now managed to find a new property but have fallen behind due to finishing off tenancy in one place and taking up another. They are struggling to meet their gas and electric bills. Could you help them?
N has recently been given accommodation in a shared house after being homeless. All he has in his room is a bed base and we would love to be able to get him a comfortable mattress to sleep on. Could you consider donating to this man to enable him to have a positive fresh start? Thank you.
Our client is a single Mum and she is struggling to make ends meet - she has fallen behind with her gas and electric bills. She is currently getting Universal Credit and our foodbank is supporting her with basic food items. The recent financial pressure is starting to affect her mental health.
Our client is on Universal Credit due to low income and is a parent of two children aged 5 and 7. Her eldest child and husband both have autism. Although our client works as an auxiliary nurse, she had to have a month off work due to a a significant operation. This has meant they have gone from just managing to having to use their credit card for food and utilities. Our foodbank is providing food parcels, but we would like to help them get back on track.
This vulnerable young woman has recently been upset by a recent event for which she is seeking counselling. Each visit costs her £15 and with transport charges costs £20 per counselling session. Without support, D would be trapped and paralysed by her anxiety and she would have distress with no outlet, further affecting her mental health and behaviours to the point where she may melt down. She is unable to afford to continue attending her counselling sessions, so your help is much needed.
This single mother with an 18 month old child is on benefits. She is working with Christians Against Poverty to help her with debts and sort out her finances. She is working hard to turn her life around. She is on an Access Course to increase her chances of employment. Her tumble drier has broken and she cannot afford to replace it. Her flat is small and damp and a condenser tumble drier is a must to stop the damp from spreading. Can you help please.
Our client had been homeless for some time, but he now has a place to stay and a good home, however he is only 22 and living off lower level benefits, which makes things very difficult. He has anxiety and depression and has had hygiene problems in the past. He desperately needs a new coat as well as other clothes. This will make him feel a lot cleaner and generally feel better. He has had his current clothes for a long time and they have become tatty and old.
This older single gentleman has severe mental ill health problems and is unable to work and is on benefits. Sadly he has been loosing a lot of weight as his cooker had broken so he could not cook or heat up food. He could not afford to buy a new one so he lived on bread.There is a reconditioned cooker in town that is being held for him if the money can raised for it soon.
My client was housed with us due to being homeless, and he has been fully engaging with all services and turning his life around in an amazing way. He is in his last year of college before he moves onto university. He has been given the chance to complete a residential volunteering trip which will give him amazing experience for his future education. He has managed to raise £80 for the trip but there is a shortfall of £120.