L has been homeless, sofa surfing or on the streets for 20 months. The local Council has found him a flat which he has now moved into, but he only has a mattress and a microwave. He is on benefits as he is unable to work due to physical and mental health problems. The local Church has supplied a second hand cooker and fridge. We are seeking £120 to pay for a second hand table and chairs and a better mattress.
This single mum is on benefits and has historic debts resulting in large deductions to her benefits. She is now getting help from Christians Against Poverty with her debts but is short for her monthly rent payment this month and worried about putting her tenancy with private landlord at risk. Children are 14,12 & 2. Your help is requested to enable to protect her tenancy. There will likely be a Debt Relief order shortly to clear her debts and she will then be able to afford rent.
C is in severe financial hardship. He is working with Christians Against Poverty to find a solution. Due to his hardship, he was driven to pawn two rings of his recently deceased father. The reality is he can no longer afford to renew or redeem the rings and so is set to lose them to the broker. £120 is just enough to let him redeem the rings. I'm aware this may not seem like a necessity but for a man who has lost nearly everything I'd love it if we could save him this small piece of heartache.
W is a Chistians Against Poverty Debt Centre client who needs this top up short term to help with fuel costs this winter. W is also a Fibromyalgia sufferer and is known to the Swale Fibromyalgia Support Team. What is Fibromyalgia? Imagine the symptoms of severe flu, multiply by 100 and that is how the sufferer lives on a daily basis. Winter is particularly bad for sufferers. Your assistance to this person would be gratefully welcomed.
D is a Christians Against Poverty client who needs support to move from temporary accommodation to a rented flat in Sheerness. His deposit has already been given, the amount requested is to release his few belongings from storage and make his new flat into a home.
Julie's daughter, who is 11, has been forced to change school due to bullying over her appearance. She has not been in school for 7 weeks, but now has a place at a new school. She is having counselling to help her deal with the issue. The family have also been in emergency temporary accommodation, but are due to move this week to a permanent home. The money requested would enable a new blazer and school skirt to be bought for her new school to help her fit in and have a fresh start.
M is a working single mum, with one son living with her. Her younger son (10) is living with his dad. The relationship has deteriorated, and M doesn't know where they are living and isn't being allowed regular access to son. She would like to establish regular visiting. In order to do this she is going to have to go through mediation- she has sought advice, but the initial consultation where they will work out whether she qualifies for legal aid is £100. This isn't manageable on her tight budget.
U and her husband have just moved out of temporary housing and have worked really hard to source furniture etc for the new place. They both work, but funds are so tight there isn't a penny to spare. They have managed to find a second hand washing machine but cannot find a way to save/afford it. They have 2 small children and have managed to support themselves so far without claiming any benefits. They work so hard and would be so grateful to receive the funds for the washing machine.
J is a client of Christians Against Poverty(CAP), who are helping him clear debts resulting from a marital split and mental health problems. He lives with his mother and brother- none of whom are able to work due to health issues. His father died recently and J does not have the fare to get to the funeral in Croydon on 25th Feb, nor does he have a suit to wear. He is engaging well with CAP and also now regularly attending local Alpha Course. He says that the suit will also help him apply for work.
This single lady, working with Christians Against Poverty to repay her debts, is looking to fund essential car repairs so she can continue working in her care role in the community. Without these car repairs, she will not be able to work.
Our client is going through an insolvency and is on Universal Credit and in financial hardship. His hoover has packed up and he needs a new one. Please help.
C is in significant financial hardship due to benefit cuts. After a change in circumstance he had to downsize significantly and place his things in storage. He is no longer able to pay the storage costs and is therefore at risk of losing all his goods. Through working with Christians Against Poverty, the warehouse have offered a settlement figure of £75 to release the goods. This is a great offer and would allow C to access and sell goods to alleviate some of his hardship and move forward.
M is a member of our local street community and has been known to Hastings Street Pastors for 8 years. He has managed to beat previous drug addiction but is still battling alcoholism. He has a dog who is now getting old- he is worried about the dog but cannot afford the £40 to get the dog checked at the vets. He wants to go for detox r.e. alcohol but will not commit until he knows that his dog is ok and can then leave dog with a friend. We will ensure funds are payable directly to the vets.
This gentleman is on benefits due to chronic arthritis. His teenage daughter visits him at weekends but he desperately needs a new cooker as the existing one only has one working ring. He is going through a rough period at the moment having had a water leak from an upstairs flat and a broken washing machine. Please help him offer proper meals to his daughter and let him know that he is not alone.
This young lady with mental health issues has been without a fridge for six months, consequently her diet has suffered as she has no way of storing fresh food. Her illness prevents her working and because of a problem with her benefits application hasn't received all she is due. A fridge freezer would mean she would be able to store food, which would save her money, ease her anxiety and she could eat healthy meals. She is very grateful for any donations.
A lovely couple, new to the faith, are dealing valiantly with the pressures of a busy family life on a limited budget. Keeping their marriage healthy is one of the best ways for them to love both their children and themselves, but Christian counselling is expensive at £20 a session. The local church is able to pay for an initial consultation (£20) and 3 sessions. A donation from ACTS 435 could more than double the help this marriage could receive. Thank you.
ED worked as a teaching assistant and had to give up work due to ill health. She has recently been rehoused into a small bungalow rented from the local council. She has accumulated some debts which are slowly being repaid but has no money to furnish the bungalow and is suffering from having a solid concrete floor throughout. Donations to provide flooring would make a great difference to her, especially in this cold weather. Thank you.
SJ is a single mum of 7 & 5 year old children - she had seasonal work cleaning on a caravan site but it is now down season and she is on benefits. SJ is dyslexic, struggles with forms and missed one journal entry and so her Universal Credit (UC) was suspended for 3-4 weeks. Her only other income is child benefit. Her sisters are currently helping her to feed the family but they have their own families and this is putting them under pressure also. We are seeking £120 to help with food and heating pending her UC restarting.