This 60 year old man from Pakistan is living in Leeds, but he is having trouble and being hassled by people in his neighbourhood. He has been in contact with the police and has been advised to install CCTV to establish his grounds for claiming there has been a crime against him. He has raised some of the funds, but please help him with this remaining amount in order to purchase the equipment to prove his situation and get the help he needs.
This 48 year old asylum seeking woman, with a degree in midwifery, has been volunteering with British Red Cross as a translator, helping others to learn English and supporting family reunion. She would really benefit from having a laptop for this role, as well as for further learning and connecting to others. Please consider helping her to improve her skills and have what she needs to settle well in Leeds.
A is having problems with the benefit cap, and her older children have come back to live with her so her housing benefit has been reduced by over £100/week. She desperately needs to get out of debt so she can use her money to pay rent as her landlord is threatening eviction. She has been trying to save the money for the £90 fee for 3 months but problems keep arising. She is going to get £30 together, but please could you help with the remainder?
A man has been referred to us by a Reverend, as he has been homeless for several nights, escaping violent family conflict. He needs access to emergency accommodation until a longer term solution can be found. We are helping him deal with the situation as he just needs a little bit of assistance.
This lady was referred to Christians Against Poverty having been off work due to ill health. She had used up her savings and is in danger of her house being repossessed. We successfully supported her application to court for extra time to pursue different options and she is now in a position to be able to look for work. One recent interview necessitated hiring a car which depleted the little money she had set aside for interview costs. Some money towards covering these costs would be really appreciated.
K has a gap where her flat-mate has moved out of the house and a new flat-mate will be moving in in November. K is unemployed and looking for work. Her Universal Credit Benefit does not cover the full amount of the month's rent. She is really in a desperate situation and this gift would help her to keep going until her new flat-mate moves in.
This lady with two young children is being threatened with eviction because of debts that her and her partner accrued when they were very young and first living together. Her partner has recently been ordered to stay away from his family because of his violent temper, his name has been taken off the rent book leaving her solely responsible for the debt; she has no means to repay it. The Citizens Advice Bureau have advised her to apply for a Debt Relief Order. £90 would allow her a fresh start.
This lady has suffered significant trauma and abuse and has very poor mental health. She lives in social housing and experienced an issue with bathroom plumbing which has meant her lounge flooded whilst she was in hospital, ruining her lounge decor and carpet. She has been living with a concrete floor for two years but recently keeps getting ill and the heating doesn’t work enough to make it warm. She is embarrassed to have friends round, so is becoming more isolated she is not well enough to work. Your support to help her buy a carpet would make a huge difference.
M and her two children have recently moved house, having fled domestic violence on two occasions. They have minimal possessions and a tumble dryer would really help them to make the best use of their limited clothes.
This 69 year old lady retired to Tenerife with her husband where they rented a furnished flat. Sadly he died, after only 10 months of retirement, leaving her alone and far from home. She suffers from anxiety and panic attacks and did not cope well alone. She is now back in the UK living with her daughter and has been allocated a council bungalow. Apart from a bed, she has no furniture or white goods. Her only income is state pension so she would benefit greatly from any help to purchase a fridge/freezer.
This polish lady has recently come in to use our Foodbank. She has had her passport stolen which is causing her many problems. Not having this ID means the Job Centre needs to look into her case so her benefits are on hold and she can't apply for any jobs. It costs £262 for a replacement passport that has been lost or stolen from the Polish Embassy. A contribution to this will make a real difference to her and would help her obtain this passport. She feels that she could raise the other money herself (if not the church will contribute). She came to church this week.
This family of five are refugees from Azerbaijan. The father was a political prisoner who was tortured there whilst imprisoned by the state. Since his release he has suffered from mental illness. They receive benefits and manage all their living expenses but are not able to afford large items. Their fridge has broken down meaning they are spending more on fresh food so your help to buy a fridge/freezer would help them very much.
After two years of trying to engage with us, T has finally overcome some of her mental health issues and walked through our doors. T is a single mum of 3 children and she has struggled for years with debt she's not been able to handle. She now receives Universal Credit but 40% is deducted before she even sees it. It breaks her heart to use food banks, and she often goes without for her children. Getting a Debt Relief Order would get rid of debt which is crippling her and give her a brighter future.
D has recently moved into a local authority flat after a period of time living in temporary accommodation. He receives Universal Credit and is trying hard to find employment. He moved into his flat with very few belongings and no furniture. Despite being on a very tight budget, he has managed to get a few things together but would really appreciate help with getting a cooker. This will enable him to prepare proper meals and eat more healthily.
Y is a refugee with two young daughters. She is living in a small, cramped house and is struggling to make ends meet due to issues and delays with her Universal Credit claim. Coming into the winter months, she is in desperate need for suitable bedding and clothes for her children to keep them warm. She would be so very grateful for any help that you can offer.
A has been through a very difficult time and has been homeless for over a year. Sometimes she has been able to stay with friends but often has had to sleep rough. She has struggled to get any support and has survived largely by her own determination. After being let down many times, she has managed to get a flat. She has got together most of the money she needs for the bond, but would appreciate help with raising the rest. It would give her a real chance to get her life back on track.
This lady is waiting to be given asylum and is not allowed to work or receive any benefits. She has a passion to be a Professional Beauty Therapist and someone has paid the fees for her to take a course. She now needs a uniform and course kit pack. She is hoping to start her own beauty business as soon as she gets her immigration papers sorted. Furthermore, studying will occupy her and distract her and therefore limit the stress of asylum. Please help fund her uniform and course kit, it would make a huge difference to her.
F and her four children are newly granted refugees. They are in financial difficulty because their Asylum Support was stopped 2 weeks ago and they are still waiting for their first Universal Credit payment. F has just moved into private accommodation and has to spend her Advance Payment of Universal Credit on bills, deposit and the first month's rent. This means she is left with no money to buy food for the family. Please help them during this period of settling into their new home.
This 69 year old lady retired to Tenerife with her husband where they rented a furnished flat. Sadly he died, after only 10 months of retirement, leaving her alone and far from home. She suffers from anxiety and panic attacks and did not cope well alone. She is now back in the UK living with her daughter and has been allocated a council bungalow. Apart from a bed, she has no furniture or white goods. Her only income is state pension so she would benefit greatly from any help to purchase a reconditioned cooker. This is the second request on the lady's behalf, the other being for help to purchase a fridge/freezer.
J lives with her partner who has been sanctioned for 9 months for missing an appointment, so they are now both living on just her Universal credit. J has eczema, which means she has to wash her bedding often, as her skin cracks and bleeds. Her washing machine has broken and she has been trying to go to the launderette, but this is working out to be very expensive especially as she has to go a few times a week. Please can you help to buy a second hand washer for her? Thank you.
A has poor health with arthritis in her hips, depression and also a mild learning disability. She was previously living with her son, but he recently started a new relationship and moved without warning, making his Mum homeless. It then came to light that she had been financially abused by her son, who had been taking her pension money and getting loans in her name. She now has her own flat but has only basic furniture and no bed. She is sleeping on a sofa but this is making her hips worse.
I've been working with this lady since June and only this week she revealed to me that she has been sleeping on a put up bed which she struggles to get out of each morning. She has significant physical and mental health problems and it feels like no-one cares for her so was amazed to hear about Acts 435. She has put a lot of effort into working with Christians Against Poverty and a new bed would help her to get the physical rest she needs each night.
A 27 year old man who has arrived from Sudan is seeking asylum and living in Leeds. He is ill-prepared for the cold weather ahead. He is studying at college and can walk there but needs winter shoes, a coat and a backpack. He is unable to save for these with so little benefit to live on. Please help him to settle well in Leeds.
This young mum and her 2 young girls are in need of winter coats, clothes and shoes. B came to the UK several years ago and has made a home for herself here. She is an active member of the community. She opened up how she struggles financially and how she cannot afford clothes for herself and her two young children who are growing fast. She does try to stretch out her benefits and is very sad that her children have to do without. Thank you for helping this thoughtful Christian lady.
E has had to flee abusive relationship and has been put into a caravan which has no gas bottle. She will have to purchase the bottle with a deposit and then pay for the gas which will come to £80. She has no other means of cooking. Please help this lady as she starts a new life.
E is a really poorly lady and a mum of one. She is also crippled by debt, which is adding to her anxiety and aggravating her illness - some days she cannot get out of bed. She cannot see an end to her problems and is worried about her child. Getting a Debt Relief Order would help her to get rid of the debts that she has no hope of paying, and give her a future to look forward to. She has no one to turn to for help - can you help?
R was referred to us by a local charity. She'd moved to the area in May following domestic violence. She had been living with a friend for 6 months, but this wasn't ideal as she has a seven year old daughter. She needed to try to make a fresh start. Getting a new home has meant debts from her past relationship have caught up with her and she has no way of repaying them. Every day she is anxious about bailiffs and doesn't know where to turn. Getting a Debt Relief Order will give her the solution she needs.
AJ has been granted refugee status but is struggling to make ends meet. He has had problems opening a bank account which has meant a delay in applying for Universal Credit. He no longer receives asylum support and is stuck in limbo in the 'moving on' period, and is currently destitute. While we have been able to find accommodation for him, he has no money to pay for next month's rent, food or for transport to get to class. He is very anxious to settle and integrate fully but is really struggling.
T is on Employment Support Allowance and Personal Independent Payment and has managed well until recently. Unexpected bills from utilities and car maintenance have left T struggling to recover. She is unable to use public transport as she has a disability. Help now would stop a downward spiral into debt. Any help would be greatly appreciated. T has sought advice from a debt management centre and is getting help to create a budget.
Our client is from Poland and has been in the UK for 10 years. He is currently homeless and has been sleeping either on sofas or on the streets. He needs a passport so that he can access benefits, housing, and employment. Please consider giving to this man as any donation would really help him.
Due to the breakdown of my relationship I have had to move home with my 5 year old daughter and apply for benefits. This has been very stressful and difficult, and setting up a family home has been more difficult because I do not have a washing machine. This means I have to wash everything by hand. I cannot sleep for worrying about how I can afford this as I have no spare money available. If I could get some help from Acts 435 this would be a great relief to me.
Due to ill health I have not been able to work for a while and now rely on benefits. I have also been homeless but recently managed to get my own tenancy. However, I do not have any money to buy a cooker that I desperately need and this is making me more worried and stressed, which is not helping my mental state. If I could get some help from Acts 435 then I would be able to try and gain some more control over my situation. I would also be able to start to cook meals for myself which would help my mental state.
J has been in a hostel for 3 months now. He was made homeless after the friend he was staying with lost his accommodation. J has been working with the dual diagnostic team because of the issues he has with his mental health and his substance abuse. They have seen progress with him and he is now engaging with a methadone programme. He has been on benefits for about 2 months, so is not eligible for an advance. J would like to buy a microwave and a single bed for his new flat.
D's mental health began to deteriorate after his mother died when he was 15. He managed to hold down a job from age 16-29 but then lost it after a severe mental health breakdown. Without appropriate support for his mental health, he became suicidal, was sanctioned on Universal Credit and accumulated debts because he couldn't manage his finances at all. He is now getting better support but anxiety about his debts is hindering his recovery. A Debt Relief Order would lift a huge burden and give him a new start.
M has both mental and physical health issues, he has been homeless for about 12 months but now has a bedsit. He has the basic things he needs but is without a cooker. He was a chef when he was working and would love to be able to cook a hot meal from scratch. He has applied for Universal Credit but it will be five weeks before he gets his first payment. He would then need to save for a few months to be able to buy a mini oven. Please could you help him so that he can start to cook healthy meals?
Due to struggling with mental health problems I have fallen behind with rent and council tax payments which have resulted in bailiffs visiting my home. This is very upsetting for myself and my young family. I have now accessed support from Citizens Advice Debt drop in and I am going through the application for a Debt Relief Order to help me get back on my feet. But I still need £90 to complete this application. If I am able to get help from Acts 435 this will help to improve my mental state.
I work part time and also care for my partner, who has mental health problems, and my three young children. I have fallen into debt and we are now being chased for money by court bailiffs. After advice we have now accessed help from Citizens Advice to try and take control of our finances but need £90 in order to apply for Debt Relief Order and we do not have any spare money to pay for this. If I am able to access support for the £90 this will be a great relief to me and help me sleep again at night.
J is a single mum who has struggled for years with anxiety and depression and is living only for her son. She contacted us recently after a visit from bailiffs and was so anxious. This visit has made her realise that she cannot carry on in the state that she is in. We are applying for a Debt Relief Order to give her a fresh start but she has no hope of saving for the fee. J has hope for the future and talks about selling her crafts, which has helped through this dark period. Please help this determined lady.
A and his partner have come for money advice. They have a young family but debts from their past are taking their toll. They are desperate to give their children a happy life but debt is causing massive anxiety which is now restricting their lives. They are afraid to leave their home and don't know where to turn for help. Getting a Debt Relief Order will give such relief - they were in tears when they heard about it and couldn't believe they could be debt free with a future full of hope for their family.
H is single, and is struggling financially. She had a heart attack 2 years ago and is unfit for work. She is awaiting open heart surgery and also has other severe health problems. She moved to a new area to escape an abusive relationship and has secured a flat, but is struggling to get together the basic items she needs to furnish it. She would love to be able to cook for herself but cannot afford a cooker and is having to rely on microwave meals. She would be very grateful for your help.
B is unemployed and despite suffering from depression has tried to get back into work. She recently started a job but found she couldn't cope and had to leave after only two and a half days. She receives Job Seekers Allowance but struggles to cover her household bills, and now fears that this short period of work will cause delays to her benefits payments. She is particularly anxious about not having enough for food, gas and electric. Help towards these would really help to ease her worries.
F is working but with very limited wage. He recently moved to a new unfurnished flat. He managed to buy few second hand items but can't afford to buy the essencial items like fridge, cooker and carpet due to the lack of money. He is very desperate. Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you.
This woman is unemployed and not receiving any benefit. She usually depends on her husband who is working but he can't afford to pay for her other than basic needs. She needs to change her glasses due to her poor sight but she doesn't have enough money. Any help would be much appreciated as she will be very happy and pleased.
This lady is a mother of 1 son. She is just came to the UK and claimed for Asylum. She has limited support from the Home Office which is not suffcient to fulfill their basic needs. She asked some help to buy school uniform for her son and to pay his busfare. She would be very grateful for any help you can offer to support her to pay some of the expenses. Thank you.
M has been living in the UK for a while with her husband and 3 children. She is not entitled to any benefit. She relies on her husband's limited income for her basic needs. She wants to improve her English and gets certificate which she believes could help her to get a paid job. She is doing a various voluntary job with local organisation to improve her communication and confident's skills. She would be so grateful to get some support.
D is disabled with severe arthritis and is wheelchair bound, she also has depression and anxiety. She's been evicted due to her landlord not paying her rent forward. She has been given a flat because it isn't her fault, but isn't able to move in until there is a carpet in there. There is nothing at all but we are hoping that if we can help with some of the other essential goods, that you might help her with a carpet? Thank you so much!
After a breakdown in relationship with my partner I have had to try and build a new life for myself and young children. I work part time but still struggle to pay bills and buy food. My cooker as now broken and I am unable to cook food for my family and worry about this constantly which is preventing me from sleeping properly. If I could get some help to buy a cooker then I can start to provide warm meals again for my family and this will reduce the amount of stress I feel under.