A has multiple health problems and is receiving support after struggling with drug addiction. He receives Universal Credit but is now faced with a delay in payments because of a problem over obtaining a sick note. With no savings to fall back on he has run out of money. He has little food left, no gas for cooking or hot water and his electric has just a few pence of emergency credit left. He is in a very anxious state and would be very grateful for help to tide him over this difficult period.
T is severely disabled with chronic arthritis, and suffers with asthma. He receives Universal Credit, but large deductions leave him struggling to cover his living costs. He contacted us because he had no money to get to a hospital appointment for tests. He is very worried that he may have cancer. He also revealed that he had hardly eaten for several days because he had no food left, and very little gas and electric. He has 2 weeks until his next benefits payment and any help to meet these costs would be a real blessing.
N lives with, and cares for, her 18 year old son who has complex special needs and is finding it hard to cope with the current conditions. She receives Universal Credit but recent disruptions to her payments have left her struggling to manage. Her son’s special diet and having to shop locally at the moment is proving expensive, and she uses a lot of hot water as her son needs frequent baths. She desperately needs help with food and utility costs to tide her over to her next payment.
J, his partner and 5 year old daughter have recently moved to the area. With the current restrictions, he has been unable to find work and has applied for Universal Credit. He won’t receive a payment until late July and money is very tight. He has no carpet for his daughter’s room or his hallway, but a friend in the trade has offered to supply and fit some carpet at a large discount. Unfortunately it is still beyond his means at the moment and he would be very grateful for help with the cost.
D is a young man who has severe mental health issues. He is on Universal Credit but had to use most of his last payment to buy things back from the pawn shop, and now has no food and no money to pay for gas and electricity. He has 2 teenage children who stay with him part-time and feels so worthless that he cannot provide for them. It would be a real kindness to donate some money to this gentleman in his hour of need. Thank you.
This gentleman, R, lives on his own in a council flat. He suffers from epilepsy and is diabetes. He is currently having to sleep on the sofa because his bed frame has broken and the coils are coming through the mattress. R is in no position financially to buy a new bed and has approached the charity in the hope that people, in their generosity, might be able to help. It would make a great difference to his quality of life.
Mr S and his partner both suffer with mental health issues and are unable to work. Their benefits have been suspended recently and they are waiting for this to be reinstated hopefully soon. They are struggling to find the money to buy a much needed fridge/freezer as theirs has broken down beyond repair. They would appreciate any help towards this need. With many thanks.
C is a young mother with two daughters aged 3 and 1. They are finally moving into a permanent tenancy from temporary accommodation after a stay in a women's refuge following four years of domestic abuse. Their new house is unfurnished and they still need a washing machine, a cooker, a table & chairs and a sofa.
My client is a single parent who was formerly living in furnished private accommodation, but she is now moving to a non-furnished Guinness property. She has been furloughed and is receiving only 80% of her wages, which is due to be reduced to 60% soon. Any money she has had has been spent on various items and appliances, but she now has no money to purchase a toddler bed for her child, who has outgrown the cot. Any help would be greatly appreciated for her to make a fresh start.
C was homeless and after a period of living in a hostel, he now has a flat. C saved his benefit money and managed to buy most of the things he needed for his flat. He is very proud of that, as he has a learning disability, which makes budgeting quite tricky for him. Sadly the second hand cooker he bought didn't work properly and he can't get his money back. This set him back and he now has no savings to buy a replacement. Please can you help C to get a new cooker, so he can finally have hot meals?
Our applicant has two children aged 9 and 4, the 9 year old has health issues (a brain stent). Mum is pregnant, the new baby is due in 3 weeks. The family have just been re-housed in a Wakefield District Housing property due to malicious damage and threatening and abusive behaviour from her neighbours. There is Police involvement. The property is in a poor condition and has required a lot of cleaning and painting. Our request is for some funding to help with the cost of floor coverings for the property.
M is a single gentleman who has served a short sentence in prison. Since release he has turned his life around. He is living alone but admires his two children whom he has contact with. M has a small bedsit and is doing a placement with a local rehabilitation charity in construction where he is proving his ability to work and live on the outside, his progression and confidence is growing. M doesn't have a bed and sleeps on a mat on the floor. This will make his bedsit more hospitable and comfortable.
S has been referred by a local social housing group. S has COPD which makes life difficult for her. She can't go out shopping often because she's in the vulnerable group and therefore only goes shopping monthly. She doesn't have a freezer and is desperate for one to store food in. She doesn't have a support network that could help. Thank you for reading and considering S at this difficult time.
Y needs help with buying a washing machine. Her current washing machine leaks and is not working properly. She has custody of her 13 year old granddaughter and struggles financially with day to day living. She is a pensioner and suffers with COPD which makes things difficult for her. A washing machine is much needed to make daily tasks easier. Thank you for reading this.
S has managed with her gas cooker for over 22 years, for the last year she has been down to one ring working but it has stopped working completely. Sadly this has happened at the worst time as S has lost her job due to Covid-19. She is looking for work again but at the moment she cannot afford to buy a replacement cooker. She is struggling with her bills and has been eating less to try and make ends meet. We have now got food parcels for her. Please could you help her if you can?
G has a learning disability, he lives alone with carers who call in to check on him. Sadly he had an accident and his bedroom carpet had to be thrown out. He has been managing with just the floorboards, but the room is quite cold and the floor is uneven. G has diabetes and has to be careful that he doesn't injure his feet, so potentially getting a splinter from the floor boards is a worry. G doesn't have any savings or money to buy a carpet, please could you help?
M is an amputee who has recently been rehoused after becoming homeless. His new accommodation still lacks the adaptations he needs. He is in debt through mismanagement of direct rent and social care payments. He has support through his local authority social services and housing debts but is unable to find the money to buy essential appliances, namely a cooker, washer, and a tumble dryer. His disability makes him unable to hang washing. Could you help him with these appliances?
A has mental health problems and, being bipolar, is suffering even more because she doesn't have enough to occupy her time during lockdown. Creativity helps to keep her steady, and sewing is a good outlet for her. She needs a sewing machine to replace one that broke some time ago. This will help to keep her on an even keel, and make a huge difference to her everyday life.
Our client is currently homeless and staying in temporary accommodation provided by the council during Covid-19. He has lost all forms of ID and needs to apply for Settled Status as he currently has no access to benefits. Our client needs the funds to be able to apply for a passport but also to pay for the travel to and from the embassy so that he is able to collect it. Any support that you are able to offer would be much appreciated.
This family had just been making ends meet, but when the Covid-19 lockdown started Dad was laid off and Mum was put on furlough. Their fridge has broken down and for weeks they have been trying to manage without. They don’t want to be a burden or borrow any money, but they have no spare money for a fridge. They have 2 teenagers and feel very upset that they can’t financially support them. Both parents are very anxious about how they are going to manage and this would be one less thing for them to worry about.
Our client has been referred to us as he has been sleeping rough for a couple of days. He has been kicked out of his family home and the council are refusing to accommodate him because he hasn't got Settled Status and leave to remain in the UK. We are in the process of challenging this and trying to find our client long term accommodation. Right now he has nowhere to go and is need of emergency accommodation so he does not end up sleeping out on the streets.
Our client is in need of emergency accommodation as he has been sleeping rough for last few weeks and needs to get off the streets. Our client needs somewhere safe to stay whilst we work with him to get long term accommodation but also to help him apply for Universal Credit and get access to the benefits that he is entitled to. Staying in emergency accommodation will be the start of our client's journey to getting off the streets and moving on in his life.
P was homeless for 12 months, he lived with friends but also spent time sleeping rough and has physical problems that affect his mobility. He now has a flat but he is 2 miles away from a launderette. He cannot carry his washing there and back or afford the bus fare either. Ideally having a new washer would mean he could wash his clothes and bedding in his own home as and when needed. He is on benefits but has deductions so cannot afford to buy a washer. Please help if you can. Thank you.
Our client became homeless after he was evicted by his landlord. He is now in temporary accommodation and has very few belongings. His laptop was stolen from him which he was using to develop his interest in writing. He also has every expectation that he will return to work but needs internet access to help with job searching and vocational development. He is asking for a smartphone so that he can access his emails again and continue researching work and continue his writing project.
A 44 year old refugee mother has been given two bikes for her children, which need quite a bit of repair. The teen children are keen to get them roadworthy with maintenance supplies and to enjoy cycling this summer. However they will then need helmets, gloves, knee covers, lights, and a bike pump. All their savings have been used during the pandemic and their spirits are low. Please help them to use the bikes and take up an environmental option, as they have no other transportation.
A 31 year old refugee mum with a 3 year old and newborn has been given housing in Leeds but has no small appliances and very limited funds to purchase anything. She is being supported through Meeting Point in Leeds but we are unable to receive or give these out now. Please help her at a difficult time when she is staying at home with her young children. She needs items such as a microwave, iron and toaster.
This elderly lady is on Universal Credit. She lives in a flat with her son who has major health issues and is shielding. They moved into the flat in August 2019 and the cooker stopped working soon after. Since then they have made do with a microwave. M has approached the charity to ask for funds to buy a reconditioned cooker. It would really improve their quality of life, and the variety of food they can eat.
This client was a care leaver and has never had his own tenancy, he was previously in supported accommodation. He has mental health issues including anxiety and depression. This is his first ever tenancy and his chance to live independently. He has claimed the benefits he needs but has very little to set up his home, he has no money to buy flooring and has very little money left at the end of the month. He would like assistance to purchase some rugs.
M has learning difficulties and suffers from poor mental health. He likes to help others and keeps himself busy by doing gardening for people. He has just moved into a flat after being homeless for 6 months. He has just applied for Universal Credit but won't receive his first payment until August. He has no money for food and has had no gas or electric since he moved into his new flat. He would be very grateful for help with food and fuel costs to tide him over until his benefits come through.
C has mental ill health resulting in lots of problems relating to her finances and managing family relationships. She needs constant support to remember tasks, signatures and appointments she needs to keep. However, she has no support worker and has sought help from Citizens Advice about her debt. A Debt Relief Order is essential to lift this burden and to stop C receiving debt letters which add to her ill health. She would be very grateful for help with the fee.