T was attacked and robbed of all of his money yesterday. He won’t receive his next Universal Credit payment until the end of the month. He has no other financial support during this time. He is understandably very shaken and struggling to come to terms with this. Support in making it through until his next payment would be so appreciated. Please can you offer some help?
E has been furloughed for the past year and has been surviving using her credit card. She has recently been diagnosed with an incurable auto immune illness and is now classified as disabled. E has now reached the point where she can no longer manage her debts and has started to work with Christians Against Poverty to manage her situation, but needs help to make an initial payment to release her from her current debts. E has shared that she is constantly worried about her debts and this is affecting her mental health. Please could we help alleviate this worry?
This mother has escaped domestic violence but now faces the challenge of rebuilding a home for herself and her two children. Life is not easy on a very tight budget and the accommodation she has been provided with is only partly furnished. She has been fortunate to receive help with some items but is badly in need of a washing machine to reduce the expense of launderettes and maintain hygiene for the family. Please could you help?
The client is a single mother living with her son in council accommodation. She works but her hours vary, and she is in receipt of Universal Credit. Her son suffers with a skin condition which is getting worse and has been very distressing for him, especially when it is hot. He needs a new mattress as his is old and uncomfortable and he struggles to sleep well. It would help to improve his wellbeing if he was able to get this.
This gentleman is an asylum seeker in hotel accommodation, he receives £8 a week. His internet will run out next week and he is not sure how he will continue to access his ESOL (English language) classes. He also says that the food at the hotel is really bad and that he cannot travel to the hospital (he has an operation next week). Supporting him with all of these things would improve his living conditions massively.
L is a single parent, living solely off of Universal Credit. She is living in privately rented accommodation and the rent exceeds the benefit cap. She relies on the food bank to supplement her feeding her children and L often goes without. Two of her boys are at secondary school but L does not have the funds to buy them the correct uniform and the children have been receiving unpleasant remarks about the clothing they currently wear. L wants her children to be happy in school and having the correct uniform would make such a difference. Any support would be so appreciated.
We met this client through Lewisham Foodbank. She told us she had run out of food and hadn’t had hot meals for some time, as she does not have any means of cooking food. An electric cooker would be so beneficial to her, as she would be able to heat the tinned items she receives through Foodbank and cook other meals for herself now and again. She is on a very low income and does not have any savings to buy a cooker. She is struggling to find work due to mental health issues and would really appreciate any support in buying a cooker.
N is a refugee from Iran, and has recently escaped domestic violence along with her young son. She has been moved around London many times over the last few months and, in one of those moves, her biometric residence permit was thrown away (by a hotel who N had thought was looking after it). We have arranged for her to receive a new one from the Home Office, which costs £75, and would love to help pay for it for her as she is only on Universal Credit.
N is a refugee from Iran, and has recently escaped domestic violence along with her young son. She has been moved around London many times over the last few months, and in one of those moves, her biometric residence permit was thrown away (by a hotel who N had thought was looking after it). We have posted a separate request for the cost of the card itself. This request would cover the cost of the biometric data collection carried out by the Home Office, which is required for a replacement.
C is a single parent with twin boys aged 14. After years of batting with substance misuse she is now really committed to addressing her addiction and successfully participating in a detox programme. While she is looking forward to a better future for her family, she is currently unemployed and worried that she can’t afford to replace her children’s old mattresses. The boys are embarking on their GCSE year and a restful sleep will make a huge difference to them. Can you please help this family?
Our client has come to us for help with her debts. She is dealing with others’ anti?social behaviour, PTSD, and health issues. She recently left home due to domestic violence. She is just managing on benefits awarded to her, whilst we move forward with her debt plans. She is an expectant mum, and will be caring for the baby on her own. We would like to help to give her & her baby a great start, by providing some grocery vouchers to buy some clothes, bedding, and other initial new baby needs.