H, her husband and three children (the youngest aged two) live in a two-bedroom house without any carpets or floor coverings in the living room or kitchen. Both parents suffer from ill health and they are struggling with debt. A rug to cover the living room floor would mean that the children can play safely instead of on bare floors.
S is working well with Christians Against Poverty but has had several stays in hospital recently due to life limiting health issues. Her cooker is broken which means she has not been eating a brilliant diet. Now home again it would be lovely to provide her with a replacement cooker to enable her and her grown up son to make healthy meals.
A 46 year old asylum seeker is without her own home, living with her cousin. She has no benefit and relies on local charities to help her with food. Because she is living with others, she has no place to store food that is given to her. Please help her with donations for a second hand refrigerator and delivery cost of £90 total.
G had to give up work on health grounds and has physical and mental health needs which over-stretch her budget on top of normal household items. She receives Employment Support Allowance but was refused Personal Independence Payment in the past. Citizens Advice think that G should apply for this again, but in the meantime she needs a Debt Relief Order to give her a fresh start from the build-up of past debts. She would be very grateful for help with the fee.
Our Client from the Selby and District Foodbank has recently been moved into the area as a result of a relationship break-up. Although a place to live has been secured by Housing, she is in need of a head start with her electricity and also to buy 3 pairs of shoes for her children. Her first Universal Credit payment will not come through before Christmas and we are doing all we can to make sure this family is warm, clothed and do not build up debt before her payment arrives. Thank you.
"Due to long term mental health problems I have had to give up work and depend on benefits to support myself and my family. I worry constantly about being in debt and not having enough money to buy school uniform for my child and shoes that they desperately need. If I am able to access some support to buy school uniform for my child then this would help to reduce the amount of pressure I feel under and help me sleep better at night."
K came to the area after fleeing domestic violence. She had been living in a hostel with her 2 young children, but now has her own flat. She is trying hard to make a home for her family but is struggling to cover basic costs. She has run out of money for food and utility bills, and also has rent arrears, which she must pay something towards or she may lose her home. She is receiving help to try to improve her benefits but in the meantime would appreciate support towards her living costs.
R is the full-time carer for her husband who suffers from epilepsy and is registered disabled and unable to work. They were just about managing until recently changing to Universal Credit and, with 12 days until the next payment, have no gas, electricity or money to buy food. Also they owe a final £60 repayment on a loan which they are not able to pay. An error in the calculation of their benefits will take some time to sort out, so they are now in a desperate situation until this is resolved.
S was forced to leave her hospital job when she started to have mental health problems. Her wage was just about covering her living costs but she had no savings. She now receives Universal Credit but she has rent arrears and large debts which she is unable to repay and she has been advised that her best option is to apply for a Debt Relief Order. This would considerably ease her anxiety and depression but she cannot afford the fee. Please help to give her this opportunity of a fresh start.
Our Client form the Selby and District Foodbank is in a financial and emotional crisis. She desperately needs shoes, school uniform and clothing for her family. She is receiving help for her emotional worries but we need assistance to help the family with more practical matters such as the footwear, clothing and school uniform. Thank you so much for any help you can give. The situation is dire in itself but it always seems worse as Christmas approaches, especially when children are involved.
S has gone through a very difficult time in the last few months, both emotionally and financially. His partner died and then he found himself homeless for a time, and he has really struggled to make ends meet. Thankfully, things are starting to improve for him and he has managed to get back into full time work. He won't get paid until the end of the month and doesn't have enough money to cover the travel costs to and from work. It would mean a lot to him to have help in meeting this cost.
C needs £90 for a DRO to help her make a new start. C is a single parent with a daughter who has mental health issues. C has debts she is unable to pay which is causing stress and anxiety. C really needs this DRO to make a new start and be able to concentrate on her daughter. Thank you!
A homeless couple need one week's emergency accommodation, plus money to pay for them to travel to and from the house. One partner had previously slept on the streets, whilst the other was in hospital. They need somewhere safe to stay whilst they consider their options, along with their support worker.
The client is an army veteran who suffers from back pain, caused by the after effects of an explosion whilst on service, PTSD and complex traumas. He was homeless until May 2018, when he settled into his own flat. He cannot sleep on the mattress provided by his landlord and is having serious night terrors as a result. He also recently moved onto Universal Credit, reducing his income, and making it harder to save for a new mattress himself.
C came to us for help with her debts which had escalated after leaving a job where there'd been harassment. Her partner left her and their three children and she is desperately struggling to manage on the small income she has. We are doing a debt relief order for her, so soon she will be debt free but the sofa bed will have to return to the suppliers. As her home is small one of her older children sleeps on the sofa bed and she urgently needs a replacement. Thank you for your help!
Relief from an unaffordable debt burden is needed for a divorced single parent. She had a breakdown following the divorce, became ill for some time and was unable to deal with the many problems that arose from the divorce. Remarkably she managed to look after her little boy through all the difficulties, but her finances suffered, and Citizens Advice believe that a Debt Relief Order is the only solution. A kind donation for the fee would be greatly appreciated.
KL has been granted leave to remain in the UK having applied for asylum. She now has a small flat and is waiting for her benefits to come through but she has no bed or mattress. Please help her to get this essential piece of furniture. Once she is settled she hopes to continue her education and eventually become a support worker, working with asylum seekers.
MR was homeless but has now been given a flat. He has learning difficulties and OCD, so he likes clean clothes and bedding and he currently goes to the launderette a couple of times a week and this is working out very expensive. If he had his own washer he could maintain the standards of cleanliness that he needs to keep his OCD in control without it costing so much- Thank you.
K has been suffering from depression for many years. He also suffers with epilepsy, cellulitis, sleep apnoea and recently had a heart attack. K's flat is in a state of disarray and he is struggling with daily living. K has been offered a continuous positive airway pressure device for his Sleep Apnoea. However his bedroom is cluttered with a very old carpet and he's been told to first clear the room and replace the carpet. He cannot afford to do this on universal credit. Could you help?
AK and her 3 children, through no fault of their own, have found themselves in a very difficult financial situation. Because of an unusual and little known issue with the Child Tax Credit system AK has is not currently allowed to claim tax credits for her children. This issue has been raised with the local MP, who in turn has raised it with HMRC, but apparently nothing can be done and AK cannot not apply for tax credits for her children until April 2019. Please help this family.
AK and her 3 children, through no fault of their own, have found themselves in a very difficult financial situation because of an unusual and little known issue with the Child Tax Credit system which means AK has is not currently allowed to claim tax credits for her children. This issue has been raised with the local MP. AK's finances are a mess and she has got in to debt. A debt relief order will help this family greatly.
Mr G has just got his first property, he has autism and this is a big step for him. He’s getting help from his parents but they can’t help get everything to furnish the property that he still needs. He is struggling to find the funds for a cooker, and would be very grateful for your help.
A single mum with two children living in Armley, studying at college, is on low benefit and her washing machine has broken down. She has seen a machine for £120 and is keen to have a replacement as she is washing everything by hand. Please help her with this much need donation.
S has 4 children and has had a difficult break up with her partner and is trying to make a new life and home for her children. She had saved up £400 to pay for Christmas and presents for her children. Sadly she was pick pocketed in the city centre and now can’t afford to buy the presents she wanted. Her eldest son is autistic and she wanted to get him a second hand games console ??“ he has little interest in other toys or activities. Any help towards this would be much appreciated.
E is 18 years old and has recently moved to her own council property. She has lived in supported housing since her mother asked her to leave when she was 16. She has little income, just £220 per month Universal Credit, has few belongings and would really benefit from having a washing machine as she is struggling to pay for laundrette services. E is keen to budget and develop her independence but really needs assistance with household basics and would really appreciate help from Acts 435.
K has recently lost his job due to ill health, he has a partner and 3 young children to support but problems with their claim for Universal Credit have left them facing a bleak Christmas. They have had to use a food bank and can't afford to have their heating on. Their Universal Credit claim will not be sorted out until the new year. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated.