C, 19, is largely isolated in a new town he has recently moved to after being in prison for 2.5 years. We are looking to buy him a bike, which will allow him to cycle to church (he became a Christian 12 months ago), college and back and forth from the gym. It will open up many opportunities to him which can break social isolation and allow him to start living a healthy lifestyle. He is currently unemployed and has no way to break the cycle he is in. Please give what you can to help support C.
R became homeless after her landlord behaved inappropriately towards her, making it impossible for her to stay. This led to depression. She has been staying in supported accommodation for a while, has engaged well, and has now managed to get her own unfurnished flat. R has saved up to buy a bed, and got a local authority loan for a cooker and a fridge, but her flat has no floor covering. A carpet for her living room would really help her flat to feel like home and improve her mental health.
L and her partner have just moved into a Housing Association property, but the donated bed has a very old, worn double mattress and L is suffering with back pain, and not able to sleep properly. The couple are on a very low income and have a large amount of debt, which they are making repayments to as quickly as their benefits allow, but this leaves them with very little for day-to-day living so they cannot save anything towards larger items. A new mattress would make a huge difference to them.
H has been street homeless and sofa surfing for the past nine months having fled domestic violence. She has been exposed to further violence and sexual coercion through being homeless. With support, H has made positive changes, is engaging well with support and now has an unfurnished tenancy where she is able to start her journey of recovery. She is enthusiastic to start a fresh new life and be reunited with her child and family. Some basic furniture would really help with this process.
L is a victim of modern day slavery and his previous passport has been stolen by his traffickers. L therefore requires a new passport, which he is finding very difficult to obtain as he has no funds available to obtain photos or to make the application. Please help him to acquire a passport so that he can begin to move forward with his life.
K has been diagnosed with diabetes and is working with the diabetes nurse to change his diet. He has been ill for some time and missed a job center appointment that led to him being sanctioned. His fridge broke down some time ago and due to lack of funds he has not replaced it. His nurse has told him that he needs to eat more fresh fruit and veg and a new fridge would keep his food fresher for longer, can you help him to get the fridge he needs please?
E had to leave his family home due to his mother’s mental health difficulties and he has recently managed to get his own flat. He has mental health problems of his own, and has attempted suicide, but is receiving support to help him to cope. He receives Universal Credit and is just about managing to meet his day to day bills but has nothing left over to afford the basic items he needs to furnish his flat. He would like to be able to buy a washing machine and would really appreciate your help.
V has a family of five, and she was helped by us a few weeks ago with £50 for her electric meter. This did not go as far as she hoped as the shower power switch was not working. She requires further help to keep the electric on through past Christmas. She's a lady with a big heart, helping many of her neighbours and now asking about volunteering with us.
This lone parent is in need of clothes, uniform, shoes and a coat for her daughter for the coming winter months and new school term. Mum needs to pay for oil heating as they are housed in a rural place. They cannot afford both of these things as well as food and other bills. Mum is working part time and is engaged with us to try and find higher paid permanent employment to try and overcome hardship and bring financial security for her and her daughter. Thank you.
R is a middle-aged man who has worked since leaving school. A year ago he was made redundant and this has led to serious mental health issues, which have left him currently unable to work. In addition he lives on his own and has no support from his family. Recently he has been given help to face up to his financial difficulties and rising debts. R has been advised to apply for a Debt Relief Order (DRO) to get a fresh start financially. He would be very grateful for your help in giving funds for his DRO fees.
We have a mum at school expecting her 5th child which was very much unplanned. She has three children with special needs, one of whom is autistic with complex needs. The youngest child has now outgrown her cot to the extent that it has broken and we would like to ask for help to purchase a new one. Other items needed are a single wardrobe, a Moses Basket, a pushchair, a steriliser and baby bottles. Many thanks for your help.
S lives alone and has recently suffered a mental breakdown. Her Universal Credit payments were stopped at the beginning of October pending a claim for Personal Independence Payment. She won’t receive anything till at least the end of December, and an appointment to review her Universal Credit is not until March. She has nothing left. When we visited, she had no electricity and was relying on friends and neighbours for food. Help to tide her over the Christmas period would be much appreciated.
This lady is a single mum with two children under two years old. Currently both children share her bed but she would like to get them into their own beds. She was moved to Barnsley by the council and has no support from friends and no family in the UK. She feels isolated and depressed but is so grateful to learn there may be some help for her and the children.
X is a single mum living with her son. She came to the UK a few years ago with her partner and has worked the majority of the time. Unfortunately she broke up with her partner and has lost her job. She is hoping to return to her home country but does not have the funds to buy a passport for her son. She is extremely lonely as she only speaks limited English. She would be really grateful if you could help.
D has had no benefits and has been under a lot of stress lately after his flat was burgled. He has failed to comply with an order of the court to pay a £220 council tax debt, and is now needing to pay this debt urgently to avoid arrest. We have met this urgent need today and we are requesting contributions to be made to meet the excess of this debt. D is now due to get some backdated benefits on 23rd December as a result of previous help, but is going to really struggle until then.
M has severe mental health needs and frequent suicidal ideation from hearing voices. She has recently moved into a new flat, her old one was full of mould, affecting her mental and physical health. Since moving in, her suicidal ideation has decreased, but we would like for this to continue as she's much happier in this new place. There are many things needed for the property such as a sofa, but M would like a carpet to start off with first. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
D has been in hospital for the last six months with mental health issues, which have led to him being evicted from his previous accommodation. He has been supported to secure an unfurnished bedsit, but he can't move into it until he has a bed or mattress to sleep on. Due to errors being made in processing his Universal Credit claim, he is currently financially destitute, and has no family or friends around him who can help with the purchase of a bed.
Z was referred to us by Calderdale Carers. Z has recently been separated from her husband after 15 years of emotional domestic abuse. Due to long term health conditions and 5 major abdominal surgeries, Z took early medical retirement in November 2017. She has been diagnosed with relapsing depression, crohn's disease, gastroparesis and fibromyalgia. Z needs to go bankrupt because of the amount of debt that her husband left in her name. She is very poorly and has no way of raising the full fee.
L is a single mum to 4 children. She has had no stair carpet in her home for 5 years. The house is old and cold with the stairs leading off the hallway. The carpet would make a huge difference to the family. L is working with Christians Against Poverty and budgeting as best she can with what money she has coming in but there is no way that she can afford to buy a carpet.
T, a vulnerable lady living alone, woke up one morning to find her partner dead on the sofa, and is suffering with anxiety and mental health issues. Her support worker managed to obtain a new sofa but the old one is still in the property stacked with other stuff in her bedroom. She is unable to use the bedroom to sleep in, so uses the sofa! The cost to remove the furniture is £120. T has been warned by the housing organisation that the furniture needs to be removed, but cannot afford the cost.
S is a carer for her partner who is housebound due to a back condition and arthritis. She is in council tax arrears and has no spare money to help towards this. She is on benefits and is having to use a local foodbank. Please could the donors of Acts 435 help her to pay these arrears? Any donation would be really appreciated.
L claims benefits and receives support from a foodbank and is in debt with her utility company. Every time she puts £10 into her meter the company takes £2.50 off her meter and this means she is finding it very difficult to get back on track. She is seeing Christians Against Poverty for advice.
A is on Employment Seeker's Allowance and is really struggling to make ends meet, he has no bed and is having to sleep on the floor. A suffers with anxiety and depression, so his lack of sleep is really effecting him. Any help to buy him a new bed would be greatly appreciated.
M and T have two children both over 18 and out of work. One has severe mental health issues. The family are struggling due to debts and are relying on a local foodbank. This donation would help them to reduce the debts a little especially in the run up to Christmas.
A has been granted leave to remain and he is delighted that he can stay in the UK and be safe. He will be moving into a property and has been given a bed and a sofa. He is going to save up from his benefits to by a cooker, but it will be months before he can save up enough to buy a fridge. He's diabetic and really needs to eat fresh fruit and veg to stay healthy. A second hand fridge would help him to keep his food fresh. Could you help him?
A was evicted from a private rented property and the council have rehoused him as he is classed as vulnerable. His new property has nothing in it and a lot of his things were damaged by mould in the other property. He would benefit from a cooker as he is not eating properly. He does have mental health issues that are not being addressed at present, having a cooker would help him to settle in and get into a routine. Then hopefully we can get him to engage with the mental health service.
C is estranged from his family and has been staying with friends for 6 months, but he has no had to leave their flat as they have been evicted and he is now homeless. He has been told that he is quite a low priority for council housing and is trying to get a private flat but needs a deposit. We have helped him to apply for benefits and he is going to buy a cooker, but needs your help to buy a bed and mattress. Thank you for considering his request.
J has come to us for advice regarding her debts. She is a single mum with a small child who has left an abusive relationship (both financially and physically). J could not afford a washing machine and has been forced to rent one at a cost of £6 p/w. We're trying to help J balance her budget and save expenditure where she can. Owning her own washing machine rather than renting will be much better for her in the long run. Any support offered will be gratefully received.
W is in her early twenties. She lives alone and suffers from mental health issues. She has no family support. She needs help to buy a washing machine as the one she has has broken and she is currently washing everything by hand. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
L is a single mum. She works in a care home part time when the little one is in nursery. She has been told by her family support worker that she must fit safety gates at the top and bottom of the stairs. Your help with this will mean she can get the gates without needing to miss any other of her payments as she has no spare money for extras.
S separated from his partner and was so anxious and depressed he took an overdose and ended up in hospital. He is still struggling to come to terms with what has happened. He has 3 children who he sees regularly and he has recently got a flat. He receives Universal Credit but has deductions which leave him struggling to pay his bills and he has nothing left over to buy furniture and other basic items he needs. He would like to be able to buy a washer, and would be grateful of help towards this.
After a labour that started off quite normally, things went very wrong for this client. L's baby was born by an emergency caesarean section and has been in intensive care ever since. £65 will let us provide Mum and Dad with a bus ticket for two weeks so that they can visit their baby.
L suffers from mental health problems and is in severe financial difficulty. Errors in his benefits payments have led to his rent not being covered and he is now in arrears, facing court action and possible eviction. This has been going on for some time and has had a negative impact on his mental health, leaving him feeling very low, disillusioned and disengaged. Help to reduce his rent arrears would be much appreciated. It would secure his tenancy and help him regain control of his finances.