S has been through a very difficult time. She was evicted by her landlord, lost all her belongings and was homeless for over 2 months. She has mental and physical health problems which have been made worse by her vulnerable circumstances. She has now been offered a flat but her benefits are still being processed so she has no money and is struggling to get the things she needs. She would be grateful for help with buying a fridge freezer so that she can buy and store fresh and frozen food.
D has been referred to us by an employment support charity who are working with him to return him to full time employment. D has recently come out of rehab (he is a recovering alcoholic) and is 'dry' at the moment. Unfortunately he has very large debts (over £40,000), with no hope of ever being able to repay them but he is constantly being hounded for payment by the banks he owes money to. D needs some hope for 2020 in the form of bankruptcy, it will be his salvation.
D has diabetes, she has been advised to try and eat a healthier diet and include fresh fruit and vegetables, but she cannot afford to buy a fridge and this will limit the food she can buy, as they perish too quickly in her flat. Please could you help her to buy a reconditioned fridge freezer so she can eat more healthily and learn to better manage her diabetes? Thank you.
S is in a women's refuge as she has fled a violent arranged marriage. Sadly her ex-husband has all her paperwork including her passport etc, so she is struggling to get any benefits, she has no money and no personal belongings or clothes. Please could you help her with a donation, so that she can keep going until the replacement ID documents can be obtained? Thank you.
D has sciatica which affects his hip and leg, he finds it really hard to sit down comfortably and cannot sit for any length of time. He has been advised to get a firm high backed chair, which should help his condition. He has been trying to save from his benefits and has managed to get some money towards the purchase, but it taking a while to get the money together and in the meantime his condition is getting worse. Please could you help him with a donation towards the cost? Thank you.
I, his partner and their three children have recently been granted leave to remain in the country as refugees. Having been housed in temporary accommodation, they are now moving into their own unfurnished property. They are being supported by the council, but have no savings to purchase a cooker, washing machine or fridge freezer, so are unable to wash their clothes or to cook proper meals and eat adequately.
This couple became homeless due to a fire that spread to their property from next door. They managed to escape the incident, but the fire destroyed everything and left the property unfit to live in. They struggled to get a reference for another property. Their church supported them with temporary accommodation and provided evidence until council gave them accommodation. They got furniture from church members, but they need money to replace other lost items and clothing.
N is a middle-aged woman who has had a rough few years with mental and physical health issues for herself and her husband. She has also suffered the sudden loss of two family members and is in a very emotional state. N is receiving help to try to sort out her finances but, with various debts, including rent arrears and council tax, she is in no position to replace her washing machine. Given that she looks after her mum and also cares for grandchildren, a working washing machine is much needed.
S has been referred to us by a local church who are supporting her. S has learning difficulties and has been forced to flee her previous home because of bullying, threats and intimidation from her neighbours. The house she has moved into has no cooker and S has no means of preparing a hot, cooked meal. Please help us to purchase a cooker for her.
This family of four have fled Iran due to political and religious persecution and have been granted asylum in the UK. They have moved into a small terraced house which they are gradually furnishing and equipping. They have managed to find second hand things but they need to hire a van to collect furniture. As the furniture is in different parts of town we estimate the van will be needed for a full day. This will cost £80 and your help with this would be invaluable.
This Polish man is struggling in the UK. He is homeless and is staying at friends' houses. Due to Brexit he needs a passport to be able to get his status in the UK and this will also enable him to get housing. We would like to help him get his passport but need support to cover the fees and travel cost.
W was working but was on a zero hours contract, his hours were constantly changing and his Universal Credit was always in arrears, so he had no money for weeks. Whenever he did have some money, he had no ability to budget so he has quickly fallen into debt. He has been advised that a Debt Relief Order is needed to allow him to work with his creditor for a solution. Can you help him with £90 for the insolvency court fee?
A 31 year old single man has been going through the asylum process and has his travel document paperwork to submit. However, as he is on limited daily funds of £5 per day, he doesn't have the £75 needed to pay for the document. While he is getting help from Meeting Point in Leeds, we are not able to help him in this way. Please help him with this cost so he can continue this journey.
A 33 year old asylum seeking man from Iran is thrilled to get on a barber training course to prepare for the day he can work in the UK. Unfortunately with only £5 per day to live on, he can't seem to save to purchase the hairdryer required for the course. Please help him to get what he needs to train and feel confident in his contribution to life in the UK.
S was referred to Romero from Citizen Advice after speaking to one of their debt advisers. S had to leave work due to mental health problems and applied for Universal Credit but due to the 6 week assessment for benefit fell behind with utility bills and has now fallen into debt. The worry of this is adding to his anxiety and he is unable to sleep. To help him get back on track he needs to apply for £90 Debt Relief Order so he can rebuild his life and reduce his stress levels.
This client is a single mum with 5 children. One child has significant behavioural issues, in receipt of Disability Living Allowance and attends a residential school. The woman has asthma, anxiety and depression and has suffered domestic abuse in the past. She is now seeking help from the mental health team, Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS), and a family support worker. She is unemployed and relies on welfare benefits. Her support worker provides financial capability support as her mental health has caused her debt issues. She has no realistic chance to clear her debts so she has applied for a Debt Relief Order.
L has moved into a new council house but it is completely empty. The carpet has been pulled up and the walls needs painting. L has a disability and had to pay someone to paint the house and also to lay new carpet and tiles. She is now in debt and the people she borrowed from are demanding their money back. She only receives £317 in Universal Credit every month and is still waiting to hear back about her disability benefits. She can't afford to pay this and is very worried. Any help towards this cost is greatly appreciated.
Our client has had a rough time these past weeks. Some conflict in a house-sharing situation has meant he had to relocate. We helped him to find long term accommodation but in order to access it he will need to pay a bond down payment which he struggles to afford. The bond is £390, but we will ensure that the excess is met if we are able to raise support for the first £120.
Our client is on Universal Credit and is trying to save money by batch cooking but doesn't have a freezer to store food. He has come through our Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Debt Help and is debt free but just doesn't have enough disposable income to buy white goods outright. He is attending our CAP Job Club to help find work but can you help him in the meantime?
A man has come into the Foodbank seeking help. He was made homeless because he ended up in hospital due to mental health difficulties. He has recently been housed but unfortunately the flat isn't furnished. He needs a bed, a fridge and a microwave. Can you help him?
S has just lost her mum and has to pay for her funeral which has left her without money for food or gas, electric bills. She has been on compassionate leave from work but does not get paid. She has 3 children, one of which is disabled. She tried to get help from the council but says she wasn't entitled to any help. She is using the foodbank for help with food at the moment. Your help towards this would be so appreciated.
This young family are managing living expenses on their one wage. Their little girl is 3 years old and suffers from hyper mobility which causes her to resist exercise as her joints hurt. They have been advised to encourage exercise to strengthen her muscles to support her joints. They would like to take her swimming as this would strengthen her muscles without causing pain however they have no money spare to pay for this. When she in enrolled she can go in the pool at other times free of charge.
I’m a support worker and my client, D, has a £90 overdraft which, due to his low wages from Universal Credit he has not been able to pay off for a long while now. He has had to keep taking the same £90 out again each month when he is paid to afford his needs. Paying this overdraft off would make a huge difference for him as his financial situation causes him a lot of stress and affects his mental health negatively.
A was asked to leave his family home 5 years ago following a breakdown and has not seen his family since, as they fail to understand his underlying mental health issues. He is engaging well with support in managing his finances, but his income only just covers rent and bills, and he sometimes has to go without meals. Having been in a temporary hostel, he has been matched to a flat but it is unfurnished. We have been donated a mattress, but would love to be able to get a bed frame for it to go on.
T has been rough sleeping, but is now being supported into his own tenancy. The property is completely unfurnished and T has no furniture or savings to purchase any. We have supported him with a starter pack of bedding and essential household items, and we have been donated a mattress, but we would love to be able to purchase a bed frame to put the mattress on.
P and J have been rough sleeping, sofa surfing and living in substandard accommodation for the last 4-5 years. They are now engaging with services, have been supported into their first tenancy and have slowly been building on making the property a home. They have painted with a supported paint package, and bought what they can from their benefit payment. Both are engaging extremely well with support services and are settling into their home, but they would really benefit from a washing machine.
A has just moved from a hostel into unfurnished accommodation. He struggles with his sleeping and his mental health, but is engaging with support and trying to have a fresh start in a new area. He is currently sleeping on the couch as he doesn't have a bed. We have managed to secure him a donated mattress, but we would love to be able to purchase him a bed base for the mattress.
We are a mental health charity working with Z. She suffers from severe depression and anxiety. Z has very large debts, much has been accrued because of an abusive previous relationship (both physical and financial abuse). She tells us with regard to her debt problems: I feel completely overwhelmed which is having a severe effect on my health and wellbeing. The only viable solution is bankruptcy. We have raised some of the bankruptcy fee from other sources but need a final push to get us to £680.
R has 5 children under 14 and is living on her own. She has been struggling without a cooker for over a year now! She has no way of feeding them hot food and things have been deteriorating. She may end up losing her children as she can't feed them properly. If we could provide a cooker for her she will be able to cook, feed her children and restabilise everything and the risk of losing any of the children will be removed. Can you help? We can get a good secondhand one for £110 and she would so appreciate your help!
S had been running a successful business but due to ill health it has failed. He had business debts secured against his family home and as a result his home has been repossessed. He is trying to rebuild his life and is working with a local homelessness charity as well as ourselves (a debt charity) to try and achieve a fresh start. We have already secured a large chunk of the bankruptcy and with your help hope to have enough to complete S's application.
E used to be homeless and a gambler. Amazingly he is now settled in his own flat and has completely quit gambling. He has done very well and is looking for work and is a different person. He has some historical debt from when he was in a bad place and being on basic Universal Credit income has nothing left to make payments on these debts. We want to help give him a fresh start with a Debt Relief Order and see his debt wiped off and see him free of his past once and for all. Can you help?
J was referred to us by the local food bank. She is struggling financially and has no storage for her daughter, which is causing much anxiety. They had been forced to move with not much notice a couple of years ago and since then had slowly been buying all their furniture. Having a wardrobe wasn't a priority but J's daughter's mental health has been affected by the move and having her clothes strewn around isn't helping her move on. J has many issues but getting storage would help so much.
K is on Universal Credit and has seen a big drop in the amount of benefits he is getting, and he is really struggling. He is having to use a local foodbank and has been without an oven for several months as he cannot afford to purchase one. Any help given towards this would be greatly appreciated.
L is a single mum and is currently on a benefits cap. She is in a lot of debt and is really struggling to pay for gas and electricity as well as feeding her 3 children aged 4, 7 and 16. She is getting help from a local foodbank and is seeking help from citizens advice to try and sort her debts as she has been visited by a bailiff. Any help given would be greatly appreciated.
K is an asylum seeker living in Leeds. He has to walk 4 miles to get to his English course every week. He is living on £37 a week as an asylum seeker and cannot afford the bus fare. K is asking for £60 to pay for his bus fare for the rest of his English course. He is really determined to complete his course and keep on studying so he is ready for work when he eventually gets his refugee status.
R is a 67 year old lady, a Christians Against Poverty (CAP) client who suffers from ill health and is going blind. She lives near a river and twice her house has been flooded. The first time her insurance company went bankrupt. The second time her insurance did not cover flooding. She lost everything including all her carpets. Although she has been donated many rugs, they are dirty and need constant cleaning. The dirt exacerbates her ill health. She needs a robust carpet cleaner to keep her rugs clean and to help her health. Thank you.
This client and her daughter recently moved home, and in moving found that their bed had broken. They cannot afford to replace their bed, so they are currently sleeping on mattresses on the floor. Can you help them to replace their bed so that they can sleep well at night?
This mum and her daughter found that their bed had broken when moving house. They are both claiming benefits and can't afford to buy a new bed. They are currently sleeping on a mattress on the floor. Can you help us?