J fled domestic violence with her eighteen year old daughter who is disabled with hyper mobility. They really need help to buy curtains for their 3 rooms, to give them privacy and make them feel safer. J is working, but is looking to start her career again as a Fitness Instructor once the family are settled in their home and she knows her daughter is safe.
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This elderly gentleman has moved into an Assisted Living Scheme following a relationship breakdown. His wife has remained in the marital home and; therefore, he has been unable to take any furniture with him. We are supporting him to try and get together sufficient furniture to live comfortably in his new home, which is proving quite difficult because he needs so many items. Please could you help him to buy a fridge freezer?
Our client is a single man who has fallen behind with most of his bills due to being off sick from work. He suffers from anxiety, and these debts hanging over him are reducing his chances of recovery and getting back to work. A Debt Relief Order would resolve the debts, as well as increasing his ability to return to work and manage to pay his way in future. Please would you help by paying the £90 fee?
C and her partner are struggling with debt and are doing their best to pay off their outstanding bills. Their cooker has recently broken and they are unable to afford to buy a replacement. The cooker was a second hand one ten years ago and it is; therefore, not economical for it to be repaired. Any help will be greatly received.
This single dad hit rock bottom, lost his job, and his partner walked out, taking his five year old daughter. While he was out, his ex removed items from the house. He is under the GP for anxiety, depression and debt management, as he is now in rent arrears. He needs the basics of a home start pack and some furniture so that he has storage for clothes, rather than the floor. He begs to have staying contact with his daughter, but needs drawers for clothes, pots and pans and kitchen equipment so he can cook healthy meals for his daughter.
L is socially isolated and has no family support near the area in which she is living. Her historic mental and physical conditions are only exacerbated by her inability to leave her property to carry out necessary and essential trips. The replacing of her scooter batteries, due to the originals being depleted to the point of no return, would allow her independence, freedom, her own right to go shopping, take her dog for a walk, attend medical appointments etc.
B had a breakdown as a result of childhood trauma, leading to homelessness and periods living in Hostels. His current flat is no longer liveable and he's finally been given another Council flat; however, it comes unfurnished. These items will be huge in helping him to get back on his feet and enable him to make a fresh start.
Y and D are a lovely couple working with Christians Against Poverty. They have both escaped abusive relationships and D's ex partner died of suicide after taking out thousands of pounds of debt in her name. This left her in an awful situation with her own existing mental health problems, a funeral to pay for, four grieving children, and a surprise visit from Bailiffs on top of this. Now Y and D are together, they want to make a fresh start. Please can you help us to bless this lovely family?
This young couple have fallen into debt as a result of the main earner losing his decorating job during Covid. They have two small children and are living on an increasingly tight budget until he can find work again. In seeking debt advice, they have now been recommended to carry out a Debt Relief Order, but are unable to afford the £180 fee. They are saving to contribute £30. Please would you donate to give them a fresh start and alleviate their financial stress? Thank you.
This gentleman is dependent on benefits. He has been unemployed for four years and, despite every effort, has been unable to secure employment. He has accumulated massive rent arrears and has had a letter advising him that he is going to be taken to court, and is at risk of being made homeless. We have accessed support from Christians Against Poverty, but some help to clear a small amount of these arrears would be so valuable to him. His housing officer has agreed to put the threatened proceedings on hold if we could clear this small part of the money he owes.
T, a single mum with two children, has just been moved into three bedroom Social Housing accommodation after being in a temporary two bedroom flat accommodation for two years. The house has no flooring, and the downstairs has concrete floors. Mum has very little income, except for Universal credit, is unable to work due to her own health issues and has no extended family that can help .T would very much appreciate being able to carpet the children's rooms so that they have somewhere cosy to play. We have requested additional help from another charity, so that we might be able to provide as much as possible.
K, a mum with two daughters, one who has additional needs, struggles with fibromyalgia, anxiety and depression and finds it very difficult to leave the house. She has been given the opportunity to attend a Women's Support Group where she can talk with others, access help and advice, and make crafts, which she loves. Please could you help to cover the cost of transport to allow K to attend this much needed support and break out from the four walls of her home? Thank you!
We are supporting a single male who is living with little help. The rise in cost of living has meant that his household bills have become too much and he is having to make hard decisions about whether to feed himself, pay rent, heat the house or pay electric, as he can't afford to do all. He is currently in rent arrears and would really appreciate some support with electric to ease this burden.
N, a single mum who has a young son and no family support, suffers with severe anxiety, which has prevented her from getting a job, and is in receipt of Universal Credit. The family have been without a cooker for several months now, but have not been able to obtain a loan from Universal Credit. A gift of £150 would enable N to provide them with a replacement which would benefit their everyday living. We have connections with an Electrical Recycling Company that repair good quality second hand items.
We are currently supporting a single male who was referred by his Social Worker and has just come out of hospital. He has no current income and has arrived home to no food, heating, electric and cooking equipment. We are supporting him through our Foodbank, but if we could purchase some electricity for him to make some hot food with what he has, that would be a really supportive start
After being homeless and staying in a temporary shelter, M has now secured her own tenancy, but it is unfurnished. She has a very low income and cannot afford to purchase any furniture. Having a bed to sleep on, and a fridge freezer to store food, would help her to make the best possible start to her new tenancy, and look after herself by eating healthily and affordably.
T and her husband have recently taken on the caring role of their twelve-year-old granddaughter. They don't currently have a fridge freezer and, whilst they have been surviving without one, need one with a child in the home and to be able to cook more affordably and healthily. They don't have any disposable income to purchase one themselves. Please could you help?
C, an older gentleman, is struggling financially as he is on benefits which barely cover his weekly living expenses. His washing machine broke a couple of months ago and he cannot afford to replace it. He has been finding it really difficult without a washing machine, and a replacement would help him to look after himself and keep his clothes and bedding clean.
B, who has suffered financial abuse from his adult children, lost his wife earlier in the year. He suffers with mental and physical health conditions which mean he needs to eat healthily. He is in need of a cooker, but is on a low income and cannot afford to buy one. Please can you help him?
Our client suffers with anxiety and depression which have caused her to retreat from the outside world. Mum and her two young children are relying on benefits and struggling to make ends meet. Our client is struggling with stress and dealing with Bailiffs and bills. A Debt Relief Order would make a huge difference, taking the stress of the debt away and enabling her to prioritise her bills and living expenses. This would greatly improve the family's quality of life.
K has cancer for the second time after fourteen years of being clear, cannot sleep very well and is on chemotherapy. Her mattress is digging into her back, where she has developed more lumps due to her cancer spreading. Please can you provide for a mattress to ease some of the pressure?
Our client is almost blind and cannot continue to stay in his current accommodation. The food is not good, is making him feel weak and is worsening his sight. He is being accused of causing a mess in his room and in the communal areas, as he cannot see beyond a metre in front of him and is knocking things over in the hotel. He wishes to be housed in a non-hotel situation so he can have his own privacy and cook his own food. We have applied for a Care Act Assessment, but this application is for financial support for basic necessities.
This lady is struggling to afford food, having recently lost her job, and is desperately looking for another. The cost of living crisis has meant that all her bills have gone up, whilst her income has disappeared. Some supermarket vouchers will support her to stay afloat during this difficult time, and give her hope for a more stable future.
This lady has struggled to keep herself and her five children afloat, especially with a violent, disruptive ex-partner continually coming to the house to harass them. She often uses our free food parcel provision at church, as there is never enough money to cover the food costs, let alone replace the cooker that has now broken. She has been trying to manage with just a microwave, but a cooker would make a big difference to her family life and she would be very grateful.
This lady's cooker had broken down and she was managing with just a microwave, but now that too has broken. Being on a low income, she often receives our free food parcels from church, but this week she has separated the food she cannot cook and given it back to us. Such a lovely lady, she is struggling along, caring for her partner who has special needs. It would be so helpful for her to have the microwave and cooker replaced.
This lady's Work Coach at the Job Centre asked if we could help her get funding to buy a washing machine. She has exhausted any advances available through Universal Credit, is struggling with mental health problems and is an isolated single mum. We have obtained some funding from another source to help towards the purchase a new washing machine. Please can you help her reach the target she needs to afford it?
J has moved into temporary accommodation after sleeping on the streets. She is living in a large block of rooms with a shared bathroom, toilet and kitchen. Her anxiety is currently very high and she finds it very difficult to leave her room. Obviously, she has to so in order to use the bathroom, but I felt it would be good for her mental health and wellbeing if we created a small kitchen area in her room with a microwave, toaster and kettle. If you could possibly assist, I know J will benefit enormously.
B has several serious health conditions, is on benefits and really struggling to make ends meet, and is being supported by his local Foodbank. He really needs a microwave, a new toilet seat and some kitchen equipment, but he cannot afford to buy them. Any help that you could give B to be able to get these needed items would be very much appreciated. Thank you!
A, a single mother to two children, has been battling an addiction to drugs, is now engaged with Rehabilitation Services and is doing well. She is on a low income and is working hard to clear her debts and is trying very hard to turn her life around. A needs help to buy a washing machine to keep on top of the children's clothes. Please can you help?
H is a single lady living alone with long term mental health issues. Her condition causes her to magnify her worries, making any financial arrears a contributory factor to her overall state of mind. £100 would help to clear her arrears and ease her worries.
J is a first time mum who has just relocated from London. She has very low income and is struggling to manage with all her bills and a new baby. J is in desperate need of some household items, in particular and oven and a hoover. Please can you help?
S is a single mum with two children under two years old. She had to flee domestic violence and came to us for help with debts, particularly Council Tax arrears from her previous relationship. A Debt Relief Order will give her the fresh start she needs. Please can you help? Thank you!
M's Social Worker has contacted us with a request for help as the second hand washing machine sourced for him last year has; unfortunately, broken. He has mental health issues, is full of stress and anxiety about not being able to keep his clothes clean. Replacing his washer would really help to make his world a bit calmer.
L, a single mum on benefits, who is unable to work for health reasons, but has been unable to qualify for Personal Independence Payment benefit. She tentatively approached us for help as her washing machine broke down some weeks ago. Since then she has been hand washing on fine days and trying to make towels last longer, but keeps running out of clean towels. A replacement washing machine would make such a difference to her.
This mum has an adult son with Downs Syndrome. Her phone is beyond repair and she has just been diagnosed with Breast Cancer so will probably need radical surgery. A new phone will mean she can stay in touch with us for support, but more importantly be able to respond to hospital appointments and during treatment be able to access cancer support. Please consider funding this urgent request.
N is a single parent and a mature student with three children, who is struggling to pay bills and put food on the table. Increased recent living costs have left her in arrears and she is using the local Foodbank. Please can you help this desperate family?
This lady suffers from severe anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, feels isolated and alone, and is trying to understand her feelings and emotions. Her struggle with finance has made her situation worse. She is a carer for sick relatives which stretches her ability to cope with her own problems. Please can we give here renewed hope?
Forced to terminate her pregnancy, this lady is struggling with guilt and complex emotions and does not know who she is or where her life is going. She was abused emotionally, mentally and physically and needs professional help to rebuild her life and understand her emotions before any future life is meaningful. Please can we help her to turn her life around?
This gentleman, his wife and two year old son are Refugees who have escaped persecution in Iran. They have worked hard at getting rehoused and turning their lives around, but would like some assistance in getting a television for their little boy. This will help with his education, particularly for learning English, and with his general mental wellbeing. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
L is on Universal Credit, but really struggling to get by. He is a single parent to two teenage daughters and is being supported by his local Foodbank. There is no flooring in L's daughter's bedroom and he cannot afford to buy any. Please could you help to buy some flooring? This would be very much appreciated. Thank You!
This elderly couple have recently settled in the UK, having fled the war zone in Cameroon. After many months they have finally acquired legal status and accommodation. They would be very grateful for help to purchase a carpet for their living room which they cannot afford due to a low income.
This lady and her husband fled the violence in Cameroon last year and have now been granted leave to remain in the UK. They have recently been able to move into a rented property, but are on low income and would like help in carpeting their bedroom. They would be very grateful for any help.
This young lady has suffered all her young life from neglect and has Munchausen By Proxy. As a child, she was placed into care where her life changed for the better. Having time with her Counsellor is helping to uncover the root causes of how she feels and she needs to address these and understand there is a way forward. Please can we help her to do that?
C is a fifty one year old woman who has recently left the property she jointly shared with her abusive ex partner. With police escort, she was allowed to take only the things she could carry and, as such has no furniture or white goods. We are asking for support to allow her to be able to buy basics for her new home. C suffers with Fibromyalgia and Myalgic Encephalomyeliti (M.E.) so is unable to work and lives on benefits, making replacing her possessions very difficult.
K lost everything when she was made homeless. She has made a great effort to rebuild her life and has managed to get herself a bed, but needs a duvet and bedding. She is also in need of a Birth Certificate to help restart her life. K was struggling massively with her mental health; however, she is doing really well making her new house into a home.
G, a lady from Ukraine who has two children, had to flee for the safety of herself and her children, leaving her husband to defend the Country. Her Universal Credit has not been issued yet and she would really appreciate your help with her day to day living costs.
K is a single mum, doing all she can to support her family and has a low paid Carer's job which doesn't even provide enough income for the basics. The family's washing machine has broken and they cannot afford to buy a new one. Supporting this family to get a new washing machine would make all the difference to them. Thank you.
H, a single mum who is trying to get back into work, has succeeded in getting herself onto a Childcare Refresher Course a few miles from where she lives. However, her benefits were accidently wrongly sanctioned just when she needed the money for the course fees and the cost of childcare for 3 days. H has had to borrow from a friend and is keen to repay the debt as soon as possible. She is currently receiving counselling for her mental health, so this would really help her to avoid any more anxiety.
S has been in recovery and is about to move on from the Treatment Centre to begin a fresh, independent life. Two years ago she suffered a nervous breakdown during an unhealthy domestic situation, was homeless for some time and on the brink of harming herself. The journey she has made so far is nothing short of miraculous and, with the help of Christians Against Poverty, is learning to budget. To start her new life without this debt would be a wonderful start.
L is on Universal Credit and is really struggling to get by. He is a single parent to two teenage daughters and is being supported by his local Foodbank. There is no flooring in his lounge and he cannot afford to buy any. Any help that you could give L to buy some flooring would be very much appreciated. Thank You.
C is on Universal Credit and is finding it very hard to get by, especially with the increase in the cost of living. She is unable to afford to pay her bills and is being supported by her local Foodbank. C has three teenage daughters and would really appreciate help to be able to get a microwave and a vacuum cleaner which would make a big difference, but they cannot afford to buy them. Any help that you could give them would be very much appreciated. Thank you
K, a single mum of four children aged one to eighteen years of age, all living at home, is a survivor of violent and traumatic domestic abuse and has been too ashamed to ask for help with her finances. Thankfully, a local Support Charity has now taken the family under their wing and is reaching out on her behalf for financial and mental health intervention. This initial support will take the heat out of the crisis whilst long term help can be sourced.
L, a single man just stepping out in life, wants to be independent, but is unable to afford to rent a flat. He feels guilty not being able to contribute as much as he could to the family situation, has three other siblings and his mum is disabled. The household bills are getting out of control and he would love to inject some funding to reduce the stress for his hard working mum.
This client's furniture was placed into storage by a kind Landlord whilst he was in prison briefly. He is now in Council Rented accommodation and needs to get his furniture out of storage so that the Landlord can stop paying for the storage unit, and the client has furniture and white goods to put in his new home. He will sell some things to repay the Landlord and clear all his other debts.
Our client is experiencing a temporary financial crisis, due to an unexpected change in her benefits that has coincided with a huge jump in her energy bills, and the cost of supporting her and her daughter. She is now behind in her payments and seeking support to get her back on track.
M is a single mum of two primary school aged children. One of her children has type 1 Diabetes and, because of this, mum can't work as the child is often off school. M doesn't have a cooker and; therefore, struggles to cook healthy and budget friendly meals for the children. M would really appreciate your support to help her purchase a cooker. Many thanks.
J lost his job due to ill health, having a cyst on his brain which is making life difficult. He was then a victim of fraud which wiped out his savings. He had been sleeping on his mum's sofa for a year, but has recently been housed, but has no carpets in his property and, as his daughter aged two years of age, comes to stay at the weekends, this isn't very safe. He would really appreciate your support. Many thanks.
B is a lovely lady who is volunteering at the Foodbank and cooks for the Monday lunch in her local church. She attended the Christians Against Poverty Job Club and will start applying for jobs. Her washing machine needs repairing and we would love to arrange that for her. B is always helping other people, can you help us to do something for her? Thank you!
S is a newly granted refugee who has recently moved in to a private rented house. S is not currently working and is reliant on benefits. Her new home is partly furnished, including a bed, however, the mattress is in extremely poor condition and has caused S to develop back pain. She would so greatly appreciate your help in purchasing a new mattress.
Y, a single mum with a five year old daughter, lives in a Council flat where there have been ongoing problems with mould and damp. The Council has now treated this, but some items have been damaged by the conditions and need replacing. In particular, the mattress in the bedroom they have to share needs replacing and they do not have enough money to pay for this. Please can you help?
J and her children fled domestic abuse and violence and are now in temporary accommodation where they will be for two to three years. J is in great need of a fridge freezer so she can stretch her food budget. After temporary accommodation, the family will be moved to permanent housing and the white goods kindly donated will go with them, so this is an investment into the family’s future. Any help will be most gratefully received. Thank you.
J and her children fled domestic abuse and violence. They are in temporary accommodation where they will be for two to three years. J is in great need of a washing machine so she can stretch her budget. Currently she is using a launderette which is very expensive and she struggles with carrying washing to and from the facility. which is three miles away, with no transport. Any help will be most gratefully received. Thank you very much.
This lady is on Universal Credit and has a number of health issues. She has two young children and recently her fridge freezer broke and she cannot afford to replace it. Without the ability to keep things cold, and to buy cheaper freezer items, mum is struggling to look after her children and would be grateful for your help. Thank you!
This lady has recently been moved to a new home, as her old accommodation was infested with bed bugs, and the Council needed to move her. The property that she and her young children have been moved to was supposed to have all the kitchen equipment, but the cooker is broken and mum has no money to replace it. She would be so thankful for help to purchase a second hand cooker.
D has recently moved into a flat, after progressing from Supported Housing, and is unable to get support from the Local Council for a washing machine, as single people are not deemed as needing one by. He is looking for work, but currently living on Universal Credit, so not able to afford one himself. Having a washing machine is essential if he is going to start work
M has had a very turbulent youth to this point and, having completed a range of training courses to make himself as employable as possible, hopes that he will be able to build a long term successful career. To move into employment he needs photo ID and, being on Universal Credit, a driving licence is an unattainable amount of money. We are asking for £43 so that we can bless him with a Provisional Driving Licence and he can move into employment.
A gentleman presented at St Vincent de Paul (SVP), who was in a state of panic following a fall out with his parents and potentially being on the streets that very night. What made the situation even more complicated was that the gentleman suffering from mental health issues had a therapy dog who also needed to be housed. SVP arranged for three nights at a local Bed and Breakfast and sought a foster home for the dog until permanent accommodation was found.
This lady really suffers with her mental health, has been diagnosed with a personality disorder and is currently on a lot of medication. Due to Covid, she fell behind with her rent and has been evicted from her property. She is so anxious about being homeless as this has never happened before. We are going to provide her with emergency accommodation for three nights and help her with a homeless application. This will hopefully secure accommodation in the near future.
This gentleman who is struggling with finances, is getting some help with health costs, but lost out on full support due to being just over the eligible amount for Pension Credit. Unfortunately, he is facing dental costs, but also has to pay his energy bill which he is unable to do. This is causing him great distress and his Social Prescriber has endorsed his need for this request, which would be greatly appreciated.
This gentleman has had an eviction letter and is now street homeless. He suffers from schizophrenia and depression which is causing concern. We are going to help him apply for a homeless application but, in the meantime we would like to get him a room in a property to keep him safe and help with his mental health.
C came to us for debt advice and we are helping her to get a Debt Relief Order (DRO). Her debts are minimal, but she is on a low income so a DRO is her only way out. Unfortunately, her tumble dryer has now broken and, as C lives in a high rise flat without access to a washing line, she relies on the tumble dryer. Please can you please help? Thank you.
Our client is a Care Leaver and is expecting her first baby very soon. She requires food, household items to set up her home, furnish it and make it comfortable for them both, but does not have the finances to do this and would be very grateful for your support.
S is the primary carer for her husband and two children who all have autism. As a result, S is the only family member who works and her income is limited to how many hours she can work due to her carer demands. She is currently part of our Social Supermarket which is allowing her to work towards paying off all their debts and budget monthly. S's fridge freezer is broken and beyond repair. Can you please help bless this family, as there is no capacity for them to afford a new one themselves at this time?
T, a mum to two teenage boys, struggles with her mental health and recently received treatment in hospital for severe depression. She is unable to work, due to her mental health, and suffers severe back pain. With the financial pressure of a low income and rising living costs, she has had to downsize to a flat which does not have a cooker. T is engaging with our Social Supermarket to help with feelings of isolation and afford the food she needs. Please can you help to bless this kind lady?
T, a lovely, single lady lives in Housing Association accommodation with her dog who provides her with tremendous emotional support. She can't imagine life without him, as he is her best friend. She is unemployed, living on benefits and has many health issues. The broken washing machine is now beyond repair so a replacement is needed. Being without a washing machine is creating stress and seriously affecting T's quality of life as she has no savings and is not able to buy on Credit. Please can you help?
This lady is a single mother to her adult daughter, both of whom suffer from severe complex mental health needs. Due to not having a cooker, both mother and daughter are only able to eat food that has been cooked with boiling water poured onto it, such as pot noodles. They had been living in appalling living conditions and and have now moved into better accommodation, but are desperate to eat nutritious meals. They would be very grateful for your assistance. Thank you.
A young mother and child who fled domestic abuse have recently moved into a Council flat, but the flat has bare concrete floors. Mum has obtained a quote to carpet the living room and bedrooms, but cannot afford any of this. She is keen to carpet her son's room first and will find the cost of the carpet from other sources, but is looking for help to pay the cost of the fitting.
My client has got into financial difficulty, due to a change in his life. Unfortunately, his wife became ill and he had to leave his job to become her carer. The client was then unable to make payments towards his debts, as he and his wife are struggling on low income and relying on benefits. The client's debt has increased and he now has the Bailiffs visiting. Being able to apply for a Debt Relief Order would take some of his stress away, if approved, and be such a weight off his mind.
L has had a traumatic past, having been in and out of prison from a young age, due to being in the care system and getting in with the wrong crowd. He is desperately trying to turn his life around and we are assisting with debt issues, budgeting and emotional support. L was placed into temporary accommodation with only the clothes on his back and these are winter clothes so he is in desperate need of basic summer clothes and essentials. He has no money to purchase new clothing and would like to ask for help.
My client has got into financial difficulty due to becoming ill and has; unfortunately, had to leave her job as she was unable to carry on working. Her husband had to leave his job to become her carer. The couple were unable to make payments towards joint debts, are now struggling on a low income and relying on benefits. The debts have increased with letters, calls and Bailiffs visiting. Being able to apply for a Debt Relief Order would take some of the stress away, if approved and your support would make such a difference.
This lady has moved to our area after fleeing domestic violence from her ex partner. She has three children aged nine, six and nine weeks old. The lady has moved to a house which has no carpets. She is living on Universal Credit and, due to the increase in gas, electric, and fuel for her car to take the children to school, is unable to save any money to purchase a lounge carpet. She is concerned about the baby not being able to crawl about in a few months.
Thank you for supporting this gentleman previously, he is very grateful. Unfortunately, the family are still awaiting a decision regarding their Personal Independence Payment and Employment and Support Allowance. His wife suffers from Breast Cancer and Long Covid, and they are continuing to use the Foodbank weekly. This gentleman is continuing to take his wife to several appointments a week at different hospitals, all approximately twenty five miles away. Please can you help him to pay for the petrol?+
This gentleman is really struggling financially. He is waiting to go into rehabilitation and this may take several weeks so he is trying to stay inside to stop the temptation of the drugs, and is doing really well. He doesn't have a working fridge, as it has stopped working, and he cannot afford to replace it. This means that he is needing to go out each day for food, or come to the Foodbank when he has no money. Please can you help this man to buy a fridge? Thank you.
This young couple, with a nine month old baby, had been subjected to severe domestic violence from mum's adult son to a previous marriage. She was placed in a mother and baby unit until a safe place could be found and they are now reunited, making a fresh start and her partner is seeking work. They have received their first utility bill, which is beyond their means, and intend to set up a Direct Debit, but need to clear this debt first. Your help would benefit this family greatly. Thank you!
J, a young leaver was referred to us by her Support Worker. She left the care system and, after a few tough years, has now moved into her first permanent flat. She was studying on an Access Course and had a little part time job, but everything changed overnight when she broke her leg. She couldn't travel to college and then lost her job. J in debt and it is causing her so much worry. Getting a Debt Relief Order will take this anxiety away. She has no one to help her, please can you?
B, a proud dad, worked hard during Covid to provide for his family, but his partner became ill and couldn't work so he became the homemaker too. Mum has still not recovered fully so B is working as many hours as he can to pay the debts that have mounted because of lack of income. B is exhausted, working full time then coming home to take care of his partner and children. The debts aren't going anywhere and he really doesn't know what to do. Getting a Debt Relief Order will give him and the family a fresh start.
This young family with three children aged eight, five and three years old, live in a Social Housing flat and are currently unemployed and on Universal Credit. They have no savings and their washing machine has broken. Please can you help them to get a replacement?
Please could you help this single mum with four children? They have been moved into a Housing Association property without any fixtures. With your help, mum will be able to cook proper family meals for her children and bring them together at mealtimes. This will also free up some of her limited income for much needed furniture. Thank you so much.
A, a single mum with two young children, struggles financially despite working part time, and feels like a failure as she is unable to look after her children because of her low income. Mum constantly thinks about what is owed every month and feels stressed and worried all the time. The answer to her problems is a Debt Relief Order which will change her life. Please can you help A to become debt free?
E is a single mum to three children and a full time carer for her severely disabled son. She left a physical and abusive relationship and spiralled further into debt trying to provide for her children on her own. She feels stuck in a place that she can't get out of, with debts that are adding to the mental health issues she already has, and worries that they will push her over the edge. All E needs is a Debt Relief Order to remove the stress. Please can you help her?
R is currently unable to work after losing his job, due to illness following an accident. Consequently, he hasn't been able to pay his debts and his life has been turned upside down. This is having a massive impact on his mental health and his stress levels are sky high. The solution to R's problems is a Debt Relief Order which will change his life and give him the relief he needs. Please can you help us to set him free from the misery of debt?
T, a single parent on a very low income, has no furniture or white goods. We have been able to source some of the basic items, but she is in desperate need of beds for her and her child. Please can you help them?
A is a regular user of our Foodbank and Soup Kitchen. She is currently not entitled to receive any benefits as she doesn't have a bank account. This is due to lack of ID, as her passport expired several years ago. We would love to get her a new passport so that she can start to receive the benefits she's entitled to. Please can you help?
F is a single mum with three children aged fourteen, ten and seven years of age. They have lived in one room temporary accommodation since 2019 after fleeing domestic violence with the support of a domestic violence charity. F works in a primary school kitchen preparing lunch, which allows her to work part time while her children are in school. She is a wonderful mother trying her best to start a new life after years of hardship. The family have finally been moved to a three bedroom flat which F will need to equip fully. Please can you help them?
A vulnerable client of ours is facing an unexpected bill. Due to his mental health, he had not checked the detail on his bills, had been on estimated billing, but now the electricity company have read the bill and want to charge him just over £300 in back payments. We have helped him to engage with the utility company, and enquire about their hardship scheme, but he will still need to pay the remainder.
This family have recently changed their children's school and do not have the financial ability to pay the full amount for the upcoming residential trip for their eldest child. It would be a shame for the children to miss the trip; therefore, missing the opportunity to make connections and lifelong friendships with peers. The family would be extremely grateful for £148 towards the cost of the trip.
This young, homeless man is sleeping in a tent on the Camel Trail, following a relationship breakdown. A number of agencies are seeking to assist him, and we have been supporting him a little as a church. He now has a waterproof tent and a repaired bike, but is still lacking the basics such as a decent air bed, better sleeping bag, and a rucksack to keep his belongings with him, when in town. He would also like to purchase some basic food supplies. Please can you help him?
G came to us after being in a violent relationship and being placed into emergency accommodation. She was eventually able to relocate back to the area, but had a significant gap in earnings and inherited debt from her ex husband. G's health is suffering, but she is working to provide for the family on a limited income supplemented by benefits. A Debt Relief Order would eliminate the burden of debts in an environment of rapidly increasing living costs, on a very modest surplus income.
This gentleman has many severe health issues which have meant he is unable to keep his house clean. We have been approached by the Local Authority Stepping Home team, as they would like to go in and perform a beneficial complete deep clean for him. However, this will need funding and unfortunately as the client is unable to afford this himself would be very grateful for some help.
K, who has an amazing faith story, has recently been diagnosed with stage three cancer. He is living off microwave meals, as he can't stand or sit to cook, while he recovers. This has had a devastating effect, not only on his health, but also on his finances. He spent so much on hospital travel before realising he could claim for it. K cannot cook the Foodbank supplies, and the ready meals costs more. Please will you give towards some supermarket vouchers so he can buy ready meals until he is back on the level and his benefits kick in?
Z, an Asylum Seeker from Afghanistan, is currently waiting for a decision on his status and receives limited Asylum support. He does not have his own accommodation and is staying with friends. He has severe mental health difficulties and is struggling with stress, anxiety and depression. The trauma of fleeing Afghanistan, and the process of applying for Asylum, has been extremely difficult and left him destitute. Z is in need of any help available for food and travel to Asylum appointments.
G is applying for Immigration status in the UK. She has severe health problems, including a recent stroke, and has struggled with suitable accommodation, having recently experienced a bedbug infestation. With no access to benefits, and severe health problems, G has been left destitute and in a precarious position. She really needs money for food to maintain her health, for travel to medical appointments, and for household items to improve her quality of life and health.
This mum and her four children are getting help from a family practitioner as they are on a low income with no support from the father of the children. Mum has supportive parents, but they are not able to help financially. Mum is about to complete a Bookkeeping course and will be seeking work. The cooker is old, unreliable and in need of a replacement. We would like to ask for your help in supporting this family.
This mum and her four children are getting help from a family practitioner as they are on a low income with no support from the father of the children. Mum has supportive parents, but they are not able to help financially. She is about to complete a Bookkeeping course and will be seeking work. They are in need of a sofa and we would like to ask for your help.
X, a Christians Against Poverty client, is working hard to address her debts. Unfortunately, the family have a low income and life has been very difficult. Recently, their bed has collapsed and they need to buy a replacement as, currently, the only option is for one of them to use a child's inflatable bed to sleep on. This is extremely uncomfortable! Please would you consider supporting them? Thanks for reading this request.
A twenty six year old Asylum Seeker from the Republic of Central Africa, attending the Open Doors charity in Hull, requests financial help to buy a new mobile phone. He has been using his friend's phone, but he had to return it. He receives approximately £39 a week which barely covers his day to day living expenses and is not permitted to seek employment. He is currently unable to keep in touch with his family, or to receive communication from the Home Office. He would be very grateful for any help received.
A forty one year old Asylum Seeker from Iran, attending the Open Doors charity in Hull, requests help to buy a second hand bicycle, helmet and lock. He has an allowance of approximately £38 a week for all his living expenses and is not permitted to seek paid employment while awaiting a decision from the Home Office. A bicycle would help him greatly, reduce his travel costs, enable him to attend English classes regularly, and facilitate participation in social activities.
A twenty one year old Asylum Seeker from Chad in Africa, attending the Open Doors charity in Hull, requests help to buy a new mobile phone as he lost his phone in the park. He receives an allowance of approximately £40 a week, which barely covers his day to day expenses, and is not permitted to seek paid employment. He is unable to contact his family, receive communication from the Home Office or keep in touch with local agencies helping Asylum Seekers. He would be very grateful for any help received.
Could you please help a struggling family to replace their fridge freezer? This single mum of three children who doesn’t have the funds to fix her broken appliance, would be very grateful for your help. Her money is not stretching the way it used to and she is unable to find the money to replace her fridge freezer.
M is a young mum with a baby due to be born imminently. Her partner of three years is on remand and she is struggling to pay the bills and in need of products for the new arrival. M is an extremely positive person and was reluctant to ask for help, but eventually was forced into her local Foodbank where she was introduced to Acts 435 and prayer. Your support would bless her and her family so much.
J is autistic, clinically obese, suffers from sleep apnoea, and has many other health issues concerning his weight. He is seeking help from his GP with his health problems. His bed is twenty three years old and is in dire need of replacing.
S came to see me in floods of tears after receiving notification of a hospital appointment for her three year old daughter to be treated at the Royal Victoria Infirmary Hospital in Newcastle. She is on benefit and is unable to afford the train fare and overnight stay, as the appointment is early in the morning and the train would not arrive on time. S is a regular customer in our Community Shop and really does the best she can with her disabled daughter. Your help and support would be very much appreciated.
T has been struggling with alcoholism and missed an appointment at the Job Centre which led to his benefit being stopped. This has had a huge impact on his wellbeing and has left him without food, gas and electric. T asked for some support with his addiction and I helped refer him to the addictions team. We also helped with a food parcel and have invited him to use the community shelves until he gets back on track. We would love to help further with paying his bills.
This family are fleeing their homeland and seeking Asylum in Wales. They have been in the country a few weeks and have a young child who is two years old. She loves cartoons; however, the family have no TV in their accommodation and mum often gets bored and restless. We would like to help bring joy every day this family in need.
N has just started working with Christians Against Poverty and is getting debt help. He is currently sleeping on a friend's sofa as he has no permanent home. He does work, when he can, providing security at large events, and relies on his phone to receive news of work and to accept work. He is frequently running out of credit and is then unable to accept work. N has a very low and changeable income, and it would be a huge help if his phone could be topped up! Thank you.
We have been able to help a family to transform their garden space, which was a serious issue, as it was very overgrown. The children have been unable to play in the garden and mum’s mental health has been poor with the pressure the garden situation has created. Our volunteers have cleared the garden and, if the family have a lawnmower, they can maintain it. The garden can be a safe place for the children to play in and for mum to watch them, where everyone is safe, and a private space for the family
A is a single parent of four children, three of whom live with her in a two bedroom Council flat with no lift. Her two youngest boys have Diabetes and; therefore, complex medical needs. Her cooker and washing machine urgently need replacing, mum gets no support from their father and all of her children get free school meals. A donation towards a cooker would transform the family's life and would enable them to cook healthy meals and nourish their bodies.
We are supporting this single mum whose income has dropped due to less hours in work and also has rent arrears outstanding. Her electricity usage is currently being reassessed and she is struggling to afford electricity for the home, and would appreciate help to purchase some electricity at this time. Thank you for your help.
We are supporting a mum who is struggling with her own health issues whilst also supporting her three children and four grandchildren who have varying degrees of health conditions. This is putting pressure on her finances and she would appreciate some help to purchase electricity.
This gentleman has been trying to support his family for many years whilst simultaneously trying to clear his debts. His debts have become unmanageable and have got on top of him. He is receiving support to deal with his debts, but some Supermarket Vouchers will allow him to afford food for himself, his partner and their four children, and will not only allow him to afford food this month, but give him hope moving forward. Hopefully he will be back on his feet soon.
P has been taking care of her brother as well as having her own long term health issues to manage. She has been relying on Universal Credit, but recently a mistake was made with her calculation. She is entitled to the benefit, but needs to wait for the calculation to be amended. P has been told that she will have to go to the Foodbank for help, but there is no current help for utilities. P has prepayment meters and £150 towards a voucher for help towards utilities would help enormously. Thank you!
M is a single parent of three children whose wife left him several years ago. His wife is verbally abusive and refuses to give permission for him to renegotiate the terms of their mortgage. He has had health issues preventing him to work full time, with the result that he cannot pay his full mortgage this month and next month. The lender is threatening to take possession of the property. M would like to obtain a Financial Order from the courts, but needs an assessment and some guidance on the next steps at a cost of £120. Please can you help?
C has recently had his children back to stay with him several times a week. His washing machine has broken and it is unable to be repaired. He is currently looking to get back into work which will fit around childcare. Any help would be hugely appreciated. Thank you!
This young mum, whose son is currently living with his father, is homeless and has been sofa surfing for the last six months. She has run out of favours with friends and family and is now desperate to get a decent tent to live in over the summer. She is working with her Probation Officer in the hope of finding more permanent accommodation, but has been warned that the options are limited. Please could you help her?
D is a single dad to a six year old and is on a very low income. He is doing a great job bringing his son up, but is really struggling to buy food once his bills have been paid. If we could top up his gas and electric, and fill his food cupboard and freezer, that will give him the breathing space he needs, moving forward, and help him catch up on smaller bills. It will ease his anxiety and stop him worrying that his son could go hungry. It took a lot for him to ask for our help and he would really appreciate your support. Thank you.
This family are struggling to pay bills, especially gas and electric. They receive Universal Credit, but struggle to make it last for the month. Their sixteen year old son is in need of clothes, but they have no spare money to buy him some. They also have to pay off debts every month which were accrued by an ex partner. Please would you help this family as they struggle to make ends meet?
L, who is recovering from cancer and is registered disabled is cared for by her husband. They were renting a cooker, but she has been unable to make the payments and this is going to be taken away. They will really struggle to make healthy affordable meals without a cooker. We would really appreciate your support in helping to purchase a replacement. They were referred to us by their Social Prescriber. Many thanks for your support.
C has lived in her property with her two young children for the last seven years and never been able to afford flooring. She was referred to us by her Social Worker as she was concerned about the impact of the lack of flooring throughout the property. We would really appreciate your support in helping to pay for a carpet in their lounge. Many thanks for your support.
A is a single mum and, as her son has now started school, she has been looking to get back into part time employment. She has been offered a part time position; however, she requires a qualification before she can take on the role. A is keen to start her new position, but is not currently in a position to afford the fee to do the one day course. Any assistance you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
This young person came to us with only clothes, no household items and minimal personal possessions. He has been sofa surfing, following a breakdown of relationship with his family. With your donation, this young person will be able to do a supervised spend on household furniture such as a bed and a sofa, which will him massively as he currently has no support from family and is very isolated.
My client is living on the minimum amount of Universal Credit for a single adult and is paying back a family Tax Credit overpayment that the Department of Works and Pensions incorrectly calculated a few years ago. X is suffering from high anxiety and has been having panic attacks which are making it difficult for her to manage. She is looking for gardening work, but does not have suitable footwear. We are asking for donations towards a suitable pair of working boots to help her with her first job. Thank you!
T has four children, two older and two younger, and is need of a washing machine. Her current machine is not working and, with a busy household, this is very much a necessity, especially with young children. With the increased living costs, this has had a big impact on her finances.
This young lady, who was brought up in foster care and went into supported living after turning 18, has learning difficulties. She now lives independently, but really needs ongoing support. Her Universal Credit benefits have been stopped because she has missed appointments due to suffering from anxiety and struggling to leave her home at times. Her claim for benefits will now have to start again, which will leave her with little income for several weeks. Please would you help her? Thank you!
T has memory issues and is partially sighted with other health issues. She accidently left her grill on whilst she went out to the shops, causing a fire. T is very anxious, as her cooker is beyond repair, and she is really missing her homemade meals.
J has mental health conditions and experience a house fire in January. This resulted in her being admitted to hospital, placed in a sedated coma and on a ventilator, but she has recovered well after time in hospital and recuperation in a residential Care Home. She is now well enough to leave and live in the community with a package care. J has been offered accommodation through the local Council Homeless prevention Team and is in desperate need of a cooker and fridge. Please can you help her?
This gentleman, who suffers with his mental health, has been granted Refugee Status, but is currently homeless. Due to an issue with his Universal Credit, he currently has no income and is struggling, as he doesn't have any means of buying food or paying for transport to his appointment. Please can you help?
X, a disabled person in her fifties, has lived an interesting and varied life and, before receiving her Fibromyalgia diagnosis, had to quit a successful career to care for both of her elderly parents. This has left her reliant on disability benefits and with no disposable income. X wants to retrain as a counsellor, to use her own life experiences to comfort and support others, but is struggling to raise the money needed for the course fees. Please can you help X with a fresh start?
Our tenant has just moved in to her first home when she was asked to leave home, following an argument. She is without support or finances to buy furniture and household items. Our tenant has been sofa surfing since February and these items will make a huge difference in getting her life back on track.
M is a single woman who has struggled with complex mental health issues in the past. She is always keen to get involved in church and give back to her local community. She is currently working with Christians Against poverty to clear her significant personal debts, but has been set back by a vet's bill. Her dog is a very important source of comfort and companionship to her, and has helped her develop healthier mental coping strategies, but M is very worried about its future. Please can you help her?
C is unable to work, due to mental and other health issues, following the death of his mother during the pandemic, for whom he was a full time carer. After her death, C was moved into accommodation which became infested with rodents. He had already lived with a bug infestation, which contributed to ulcers on his leg. Whilst this has now been dealt with by Pest Control, he is desperately in need of a new bed, as a result. Please can you help C to make his home comfortable and safe, as he rebuilds his life?
P is a single dad, doing his best to help out his two children who live with their mum. Both mum and dad are struggling to afford their bills. P recently lost his mobile phone and needs to keep in daily contact with the family, as one of his children is really suffering with his mental health. The family would really benefit from some help toward the household bills too. Please can you help them?
This mum and her four children are getting help from a Family Practitioner, as they are on a low income with no support from the father of the children. Mum has supportive parents, but they are not able to help financially, and she is about to complete a Bookkeeping course which will help in seeking work. We are replacing the cooker, which is old and unreliable, and would like to ask for your help in supporting this family by funding the installation cost, and the fee for recycling the old cooker.
J has to attend medical appointments, as he has back problems that he is receiving treatment for. He struggles to attend because he only receives £8 a week. This cannot be stretched to cover travel to very important appointments, or buy suitable clothing and underwear, amongst other essentials. Please can you help him?
This Asylum Seeker is suffering from Insomnia, due to depression and other health conditions. She attends counselling every week, but doesn't have the money to travel to her appointments. Please can you help?
W is a fifty three year old lady struggling with various health and mobility issues, as well as being on a low income. Because of the nature of her health problems, she needs to change her bedding more frequently and is finding it difficult dealing with her laundry herself. We have helped her apply for a Disability Benefit which, if awarded, will pay towards a laundry service, but in the meantime she really needs help urgently.
A is unable to walk or stand for long as her health is deteriorating very fast. She had to resign from work, due to her health issues, and has difficulty with daily tasks. A has to travel by bus to take her four year old daughter to school because she can’t walk that distance. Because of her low income, and the rising cost of living, day to day life has become very tough, and your support who be greatly appreciated.
M suffered a brain injury in a car accident approximately twenty years ago and has been fiercely independent since, refusing to accept help from anyone. He reached out to Christians Against Poverty, to ask for help with his debts and, as part of that process, has accepted that it is okay to ask for, and accept, help occasionally. Please could you consider helping M by providing the £90 fee required for his Debt Relief Order? Thank you!
E is usually extremely organised with finances, despite having a number of medical conditions which make it difficult for him to work. He is currently being mentored to help him find work and the mentor has identified a debt which is concerning him. During the pandemic, E had an episode of poor mental health and stopped paying his rent. He deeply regrets this, and was repaying it, but the £20 drop in Universal Credit and the rising cost of living, now make this impossible. His best solution is a Debt Relief Order, but he can't fund the fee. Please could you help him?
This older lady, who was waiting for a move to a new Council property for a long time, has finally moved to more appropriate accommodation. The local church, with whom she has been in contact for some time, was able to help her with the move. However, the new property is in need of cleaning and redecoration throughout and the local church has offered to help with painting. Can you please help us provide the paint, brushes and rollers?
G is a single man who was rehoused in unfurnished Council accommodation, following a very traumatic incident which left him alcohol dependent. He has successfully undergone treatment and is managing to improve his situation. He is on benefits and the Council are not supplying a cooker. Donors have already helped with a fridge freezer and we are now asking for your help to buy G a cooker that will enable him to cook wholesome food. Any support will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
This lovely young lady, with a three year old son, is currently working with Christians Against Poverty and has debts that she is unable to repay because of a previous difficult relationship, which has now ended. She needs to go through a Debt Relief Order to clear these debts, which costs £90.00, but is unable to save for this, due to having a very tight budget. She would really appreciate your help. Thank you so much.
L is needing to fund a Debt Relief Order (DRO), but is on a limited income and struggling to get work, due to health reasons. His budget is tight and will not allow him to get his debt under control so a DRO is the best option for him to move forward and have a fresh start. L lost his mum last week so, on top of his financial pressures, he is grieving with the added stress of funeral costs. Thank you for your generosity towards him, in advance.
R is very isolated and his only mode of transport is his bike. This has serious issues and, although a good bike, needs wheel and bearing replacements. This will open opportunities for work and help with his financial pressures also. He struggles with anxiety, so is unable to catch public transport. Repairing his bike will offer more freedom, connect him with more Community Projects and help with isolation. He is working with Christians Against Poverty for his debt, so is unable to fund the repairs. Thank you, in advance.
This single mother of four children had to divorce her husband, due to domestic violence. She has a new claim for Universal Credit which is due to start in July, but is in need of money to buy food and pay her electricity and gas bills until she gets her first payment. Please can you help this lady who visits our weekly Foodbank and is struggling to provide for her children, including a baby?
M, who was made redundant during Covid 19, is a lonely man who lives alone. He was working in a hotel before the pandemic and is now recovering from a Triple Bypass heart operation. He visits our weekly Foodbank and can hardly walk. M is in need of a new mattress and a contribution towards his bills. Please can you help a very unhappy man who has fallen upon hard times?
M, a single mum with four children, suffers with mental health, panic attacks and anxiety, and cannot afford to work. Her children all suffer with various physical, emotional and mental health illnesses. The cooker failed the gas test and was switched off in April. The family have not been able to afford to cook since then. The cooker will cost £300 and her friends have contributed 50% of the cost. Please could you provide the extra £150?
S is married to a disabled man who is much older than herself and they have two children. They live on his Personal Independence Payment benefit and S visits our weekly Foodbank. She is in need of a contribution towards the payment of electricity and gas bills which are in arrears. Please can you help?
M suffered a stroke and, as a result, has some debt. He is very anxious about this and the advice from Christians Against Poverty is a Debt Relief Order which will enable him to become debt free very quickly, and relieve the stress and anxiety. Please can you help him to pay the £90 fee?
This lady sadly lost her husband last year, having been fully reliant on him for her care, all household matters and finances. She is now struggling with debts and bills, but we are helping her get her finances back on track. She had been using a tumble dryer, as she has nowhere to dry her clothes, but her gas and electricity bills are unaffordable. She would really benefit from a rotary washing line to dry clothes in summer and a heated airer for winter, and would be very grateful for any help.
This client came to us after her benefits were stopped and she is now struggling to meet the needs of food and utility costs for her and her two children. She has had three large family bereavements in the last two years, and most recently lost her mother last week so has no close support network. Please can you help her?
J, a single professional mum with a 3 year old, had her life turned upside down when her ex partner had business issues and led to extremely drunk and abusive behaviour. Mum fled the family home and gave up her career, now living in a bedsit with her child. Over the last year she has really struggled, spent her savings and built up a large debt. Shortly she is due in court for non payment of Council Tax. Your support would provide relief to her situation, whilst she sorts out her debts with CAP
H has complex health needs. This includes hearing issues, anxiety, depression and severe arthritis in both knees. She is very unsteady on her legs and she is worried about hurting herself on the concrete floor if she falls. She has tried to save for carpets but due to the increase in energy bills and food costs, this has been impossible. She has been given a small amount and any extra help will ease pressure off H. Carpets will keep the home warmer which will in turn lower her bills.
C is a single mum who lives in Cornwall. She has three children living at home, the youngest is non-verbal and autistic. He is a delightful child but requires a lot of energy and a high level of care. C's partner has just left her and she is having to pay all the bills. She is managing to keep up with most of her payments but is particularly struggling with the cost of her energy bills. Help with this would encourage her at a time when she is feeling particularly vulnerable and worried about the future.
C is a single mum with three children who lives in Cornwall. She desperately needs a new cooker. We have had a new cooker donated but we need £50 to cover the cost of delivery. Help with this would ease her problems as her partner has recently left her and she is having to manage her finances. Her youngest child is non verbal and autistic.
This lady has already been helped by you very kind people, she is just so very very grateful and cries when she talks about the support she has been given. She has very poor health and had to give up work due to this. Her oven broke 2 weeks ago and she has been eating ready meals which she has to go out for every day (due to having no fridge) and they are expensive. She is awaiting an interview re incapacity to work. I suggested a table top cooker as this is cheaper. Thank you
One of our CAP (Christians Against Poverty) clients is in need of a cooker.
We are working with a single mom who has two children living at home. She is struggling with her health and can’t work at the moment as she is waiting for an operation. Her washing machine has broken and she can’t afford to replace it. Please can you help to cover the cost of a replacement machine?
This elderly couple, who have been struggling with the cost of living increase, are in need of a new cooker as their old one has stopped working. Some help for these lovely people would be greatly appreciated.