B is a refugee from Eritrea who has recently been evicted from his asylum accommodation and has been given a room in a shared house. He has very little furniture and although he has been to some charities has been unable to get any bedding. He is actively looking for work and is very keen to integrate and find security in the UK. He would be very grateful for any help for him to buy some clean bedding and some clothes as he has very few warm clothes for the winter months ahead.
D is a gentleman who is receiving Employment Support Allowance and is unable to work due to epilepsy. He is managing to support himself but has no spare money to replace his broken Vacuum Cleaner, which was purchased second hand some years ago. He would be very grateful for any help you can give to enable him to purchase a vacuum. Thank you.
J is a Christian who escaped persecution and came to the UK 5 years ago with her family. They struggled with life in the UK, with the parents suffering mental health problems and the husband finally leaving the family with large debts. J is now working hard to get debt free with Christians Against Poverty and to rebuild their lives. She recently moved from an apartment to a more appropriate family house and she now needs more furniture for the bedrooms.
D. was homeless and was moved by a council in London into a bedsit in Bradford. This accommodation was unsuitable and is having a negative effect on her health. She is moving to a council flat soon but has no money for removal costs, and very little furniture to move in with. Any support would help her on this fresh start.
This gentleman from Iran has failed his asylum claim, he became homeless and is not allowed to work in the UK. He has been living in unsuitable accommodation at a car wash. He urgently needs help to pay for temporary accommodation, and we are also working with others to help resolve his destitute situation and immigration problem.
T was brought to us for money advice by her family support worker. Following an abusive and controlling relationship T is in debt. She moved out of the toxic relationship but the debts, put in her name, have followed her. There is no way she can pay these and provide food, heating, new uniforms for her two young children and no-one to ask for help. Getting a debt relief order would get rid of debt so she'd be in a better position to provide for her young family.
G has come to us for debt advice. Following illness and then changes to her benefit she became homeless last year and has been in a bad place. With the help of a local rehousing charity she is getting back on her feet however debts from her past are affecting her future. Getting a debt relief order would allow her to focus on rebuilding her life and get rid of much stress and anxiety about her debts which, at the moment, are out of her control!
B's start in life hasn't been the easiest and he is desperately in need of a debt relief order. He has attachments to his Universal Credit meaning he has £150 a month to live on - his stomach aches from not being able to eat! There are no family members to ask for help - we really someone can help this young man not just survive but live! Thank you.
L is a single mum of 2 young children. She has an apprenticeship and is therefore on low income. She has struggled to pay old debts but isn't getting anywhere. She doesn't want to give up her job - she wants to be a good role model for her children - but is having to think of every option. Getting a debt relief order would mean she could keep her apprenticeship and get a fresh start so she can focus on being the best mum she can be. Thank you for any help offered.
D is a single mum of 3. She borrowed money to survive during the changes in her benefit and is now struggling to pay the debt whilst providing ongoing food, heat, a roof over their heads. Getting a debt relief order would immediately alleviate this problem meaning she would have enough money to spend time with her children without worrying where the next meal will come from. Please can you help?
L has been depressed and homeless since his wife left him. He has been offered a flat with access to support so he can get help with his anxiety and depression and work towards having his son stay with him. In order for his son to stay with him he will need a collapsible bed as the flats are not big enough for two beds to be out permanently. We have sourced a bed but need help to buy it. His son is looking forward to the time when he can sleep over at the flat. This would help that happen.
Two years ago, K's 8 year old daughter had a stroke which has resulted in her suffering from severe epilepsy. At a check-up, they discovered that she has a brain tumour for which there is no cure. This has been devastating for the family and they are trying to make it as normal as possible for the children. A two seater and three seater settee would make a massive difference for them as it would allow them to spend much needed family time together while they still can.
J has been caring for his alone, since the boy's mother was found to be putting him in danger with her drug addiction. He has special needs due to the drugs his mum used while she was pregnant with him, and his dog has been an integral part of coping with the difficulties he’s had with his mum. The dog was recently diagnosed with cancer and they need £110 toward a £400 bill to afford the care it needs. The dog is a vital part of the boy’s life and we need your help in keeping him healthy
D has been struggling mentally and physically from an abusive relationship. He has been living with a parent, who also has been financially and mentally struggling with their situation, trying to help her son with a fresh start. Recently D has been offered accommodation but has nothing to take with him. It would make a huge difference to have some help with a cooker so he can cook and take the financial pressure of his mum as she has very little income. Thank you so much for your help!
This lady is 3 months pregnant and looking forward to the birth of her longed-for baby in February. She has some learning difficulties and has struggled to find paid work. At the moment she is unable to work due to ill health. Although she is receiving Universal Credit, she cannot afford to buy new clothes and her existing clothes no longer fit her because of her pregnancy. She would be very grateful for any help you could offer her with this.
M. is a failed asylum seeker from Pakistan. He does not have a work permit and is destitute. We are trying to find him suitable accommodation but at the moment he is staying at his friend and he needs £80 towards his £120 rent for a month.
An asylum seeking family new to Leeds have been granted a school place for two children, but they are unable to afford the full price of school uniforms. They have some of the funds but still require £120 to provide the children with the full uniforms. Please help them to have what they need for school.
J lives alone and has large debts for rent arrears, council tax and other debts run up by his ex wife and for which he is liable. He has been out of work since April and receives Universal Credit. He has so many deductions from his benefits that he is left with around just £16 per month to live on. He has been advised that his best option is a Debt Relief Order but he has no money for the fee. He would be grateful for help with this, which would give him the opportunity to make a fresh start.
K has just moved into a flat after a period in prison. Prior to that, he had gone through a painful divorce and lost his home and everything he had. This led to mental health problems, but with the aid of support workers he is trying to get back on his feet. He receives Universal Credit, but is struggling to afford the things he needs to furnish his flat. He would like a cooker so he can prepare proper meals instead of living on cold food and he would be really grateful for help with this.
NV has just moved into a flat where she has no furniture or cooking facilities. She has tried to get help from friends or family and they have supplied a bed and duvet but they cannot do any more for her. Please would you consider helping NV to buy a microwave so that she can have hot food in her new home? Thank you.
We recently visited a lady of 64 years old who had no heating nor hot water due to a broken boiler. We have managed to get her a grant for new boiler but she has other issues. She owes money to the energy supplier and other organisations after being forced on to long-term sick due to suffering from Arthritis and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. She has no cooker and no washing machine, therefore we are making this request on her behalf for £120 to purchase a cooker. Many thanks.
C has cancer and requires surgery in another town. There is no hospital transport available so it will cost him £40 to get there and back. Due to his health condition he is unable to work and cannot afford this cost. He would really appreciate any financial help at an already very challenging time for him.
ZH is 62 and has applied for asylum, but she has no documentation to prove her situation and sadly it hasn't been granted. She is trying to get the evidence she needs to put in a fresh claim but in the meantime the church has let her stay in a flat that they have. Every one has rallied round to furnish the flat but we really need your help to get her a fridge, so that she can keep food fresh. She loves to cook traditional meals and having fresh veg would be amazing. Thank you for your help.
ES has been homeless for 2 months. She had a fall out with her Stepdad and was asked to leave. She doesn't feel she can go back and has now been offered a small bedsit. She is looking forward to moving in and making it her new home but she has to wait 5 weeks for her first benefit payment and she only has a mattress to move in with. Please could you help her to buy a counter top hob and oven so she can have hot food? Thank you.
JM is very vulnerable & now lives in supported accommodation. His ex-partner asked him to leave their home, which he did, leaving everything in it for his ex-partner and their son. JM does not manage his own finances his benefits are paid into his mother’s bank account, she pays his bills and gives him money as he needs it. She has been helping him to save up for essentials but he still needs a hob, which he cannot afford. Once he gets a hob his son will be able to stay with him
LR has been diagnosed with fused vertebrae, which cause him pain. He has been advised to buy a new bed, whilst he waits for an operation to correct this disability, but cannot afford one. He has asked for a loan at the job centre but because he is already paying back an advance they have said he doesn't qualify for a loan. Sadly he is waking many times during the night as he is in pain. Please can you help him to buy a new mattress and bed base? Thank you.
A. is currently being taken through an insolvency process with Christians Against Poverty. Finances are extremely limited due to his low income relating to serious health issues. He has a wife and four children. He urgently needs a passport, as it is the appropriate ID required to open up a basic bank account. The account that he currently uses charges a monthly fee plus a £3 charge for every cash withdrawal- an expense that they cannot afford. The cost of a new passport is £85.50.
S is a middle aged woman who tries hard to keep her flat clean and tidy, despite being in considerable pain. Five years ago, multiple health issues forced her to give up work, and her physical difficulties have affected her mental health. In recent years she has incurred debts, which she finds it impossible to clear, as necessities take up most of her income leaving just £10 a month for extras. S is asking for donations towards the fee for a Debt Relief Order, so she can have a fresh start.
S is a warm, communicative young woman who has been the victim of sexual exploitation and domestic violence. As a result of her experiences, S had a breakdown a few years ago. Severe mental health issues mean she struggles to cope with everyday challenges. She has a son, who is currently looked after by his grandma. S has been advised to request a Debt Relief Order (DRO), in order to get a fresh start financially, and hopefully physically and emotionally. She requests donations towards the DRO fees.
S approached Christians Against Poverty for help after struggling to make ends meet for her family, she has worked hard to pay off most of her debts but is not able to clear the last few debts and as a result doesn't have enough money to feed herself and her 4 young girls. She has no spare money for school uniform which is causing her great anxiety on top of the stress of relying on Foodbanks. Your gift would make a big difference to her family at this time, thank you.
N is from Iran and has been granted refugee status. He is currently in asylum accommodation and his eviction date is mid-August. He is on waiting lists for temporary accommodation, however as the waiting lists are so long he has been advised it is unlikely he will get anything. He has no money and is waiting for benefits which will be another 5 weeks. He is in real need of funds to pay for a hostel for a few nights and for food.