This client is a lone parent to 2 young children (aged 9 and 1 years old). She has not been able to return to her previous job after maternity leave as she has depression and anxiety. She has been awarded Universal Credit and Child Benefit, but she took an advance on the money while she was being assessed which means she has very little spare after essentials. She lives in a flat and as the baby creates a lot of washing they have damp clothing in the flat which is detrimental to the health of the family.
G's cooker blew up this week. He and his wife have a 3 week old baby and a 3 year old toddler, so they are desperately in need of a new new cooker with which they could prepare healthy meals for their children. Please could you help this little family to purchase a new cooker?
This Portuguese young lady receives no income at all. She needs to obtain a passport and ID from the Portuguese embassy before she can receive any benefits or get a job. She has a 6 year old daughter who is fostered by her grandmother. She would love to visit her but has no money for train and bus fares. The daughter lives over 80 miles away. Please would you help her to be able to visit her daughter. It would mean a lot to her as she has has not seen her for 2 years. Thank you.
B came to us with his partner who is expecting a baby early next year. When they moved their benefits changed and they no longer had support from a disability worker. Their debts are out of control and whilst we can help with budgeting and support, getting a Debt Relief Order will give them massive relief. They have been left to get on with their lives but at the moment this doesn't seem possible with debts hanging over them.
This client is in temporary housing fleeing domestic violence. She has both mental and physical health issues which are limiting her ability to work and care for her 2 young children. V is trying to look to the future by addressing her debt problems before they totally grind her down.
C is a single grandparent who has just become an emergency foster carer for her 1 year old grandson. She has had to temporarily give up her job to care for him. She also has commitments caring for another grandchild while her daughter goes to university. She is struggling financially as she now isn’t working and social services are yet to contribute to her needs. She is desperately in need of a double pram to go about day to day duties and take care of both her grandchildren.
D is struggling to grasp the concepts of life around him. He is becoming increasingly depressed with a lack of understanding about the world and his general surroundings, he is also being assessed for Autism, but in the meantime he would benefit from one-to-one counselling, and this is an urgent requirement for him. This would be a magnificent Christmas present for him.
This mum of a 3-year-old son that has autism has been told she needs a special buggy for him. She is working but has low income; she is in debt and is working to clear this with Christians Against Poverty (CAP). As part of her CAP Plan she has managed to save some money so has £100 of savings she can use towards the buggy, which will cost £200. This request is to top it up to the full amount so she will be able to take her son out safely, which will help him with his development.
This Grandma has mental health difficulties and is caring for her 2 grandchildren full time. Her little 3 year old granddaughter is in need of a new mattress as her current one is so damaged it is unusable and the family cannot afford to replace it at the moment. Please help her to replace this so that her granddaughter will sleep well at night.
C and her 3 small children were housed in a flat by Fledge (a charity that helps vulnerable and homeless young people) a few years ago and have recently moved to a council flat. She has been managing well under a budget that Christians Against Poverty (CAP) set out for her following a Debt Relief Order. She has been doing so well over the last few months and slowly getting back on her feet, but sadly her washing machine has broken and needs replacing. She hopes you can help her as there is nothing in the budget to cover this. Thank you
A is a single mother who is in the process of moving from Germany to Oldham. She has four children all under the age of 10. She and the children have nothing. They need a double bed, two single beds and one baby cot, as well as a sofa to sit on. We have gifted A a sofa and now need funds to get the family some beds. A works 2 days a week but still hasn't got enough money to live on and get what she needs for the children.
This low income family has a child who has special educational needs. She has recently moved to a new school which can better meet those needs. The family can't afford to buy her a new uniform having already bought a one in September. We'd like to help!
F is a very confused child that is suffering from the bereavement of her Grandfather. She is struggling with worry, anxiety, making friends at school, and is a serious worry to her parents. F is extremely anxious about the exams she is due to take and this has resulted in her becoming a recluse. Edify are helping her but her parents need the support to provide her with counselling as they are struggling financially.
S is currently 36 weeks pregnant and recently began her maternity leave from work. She was owed 3 weeks holiday pay on her last wage which she has not received due to an issue with the payroll. This means she has been left with £80 to live on for a month. Her employer is trying to resolve this. This is causing a high level of stress as there is a chance she could go into labour without having any funds to access a hospital. Please help this lady with a small amount during this difficult time.
S is a single mum of 5 very small children, her circumstances have changed dramatically and though we have managed to sort many household items a new cot, mattress and highchair are needed. Mum is engaging with lots of local organisations to get the help she needs. What a difference this will make to them all getting a good sleep and having good meal times.
A father with two children had to sell his home after his marriage failed and he had to quit his job to look after his children. Christians Against Poverty (CAP) have been helping him with his debts, and have also helped him find a new home to rent while the money from the sale is used to clear his debts. But he still needs a few final bits of furniture. This request is for a white wardrobe for his children's clothes as they are currently in black bags and it would be nice to sort this for them before Christmas.
A is a single mum with a disabled child, her washing machine has broken and she cannot afford to purchase a new one. She is having to use a local foodbank at the moment as money is so tight, when she can afford it she uses a local launderette but this is very difficult when she is looking after her son so any help would be really appreciated.
C is married with two children and the family have recently suffered a house fire. They will have to move out of the property for a minimum of 6 months. Although they had buildings insurance they still have to buy clothing and toys etc for their young children so that they can try to keep things as normal as possible. £120 would be gratefully received towards buying toys, clothing and shoes for the children to replace what was lost.
This 12 year old boy has been removed from his parents and is now living with other family who are struggling to meet the additional financial demands of looking after him. His biggest current need is clothing, as he didn't bring much with him when he was removed from his parental home.
D requires £120 to buy a new tumble dryer as her's has broken. She has three children aged 8, 7, and 1, and is on benefits. She is currently in temporary accommodation and cannot afford to buy a new tumble dryer. This is vital as she does not have an airing cupboard and needs to do a lot of washing due to her youngest child. Any help with this would be very much appreciated.
M requires a new carpet as their carpet is mouldy and needs to be replaced. She is a single mother to two children, one aged 8 years old and the other aged 10 months old. She does not have any funds to pay for this. It is vital that the carpet is replaced so that the children can sit and play without worry. Any help you could give her with this request would be very gratefully received.
E requires help in setting up a Sensory Zone for two of her six children who have disabilities. They currently all live in a two bedroom house therefore these two children really need a safe place to go for when they are having a fit or meltdown away from the other children. This money would be used for decorating the sensory zone - items such as furniture, pillows and lights. Any help you could give this family would be very gratefully received. Thank you.
A family within our church lost their 3rd child just under a week after he was born at 26 weeks due to pre-eclampsia. Despite the best efforts of the medical teams, he is now at peace in heaven. Understandably the family are grieving, questioning and still suffering due to the effects of the pre-eclampsia. Please could you pray for this family and support them by contributing towards the memorial costs.
A family within our church lost their 3rd child just under a week after he was born at 26 weeks due to pre-eclampsia. Despite the best efforts of the medical teams, he is now at peace in heaven. Understandably the family are grieving, questioning and still suffering the effects of the pre-eclampsia. Their faith is tested and they're also dealing with recent unemployment, debt, past dependencies. Please pray for this family and support them by donating to their funeral transport costs.
S is on low income and not receiving any benefits. He has a number of debts that he is struggling to clear. The most pressing debt is council tax arrears for which he has been given notice of the bailiffs coming to remove goods from his house to pay the debt. This would cause considerably more stress to him and his family. Your help would be greatly appreciated.
This mom is now a single parent to 4 children living in the family home who have all been significantly affected by the loss of their father last year. Mom struggles with her own mental health and is getting support with this. They are struggling financially but need to replace the lino in the kitchen as most of this has disintegrated and needed to be pulled up, in some patches there is bare concrete and this is hard to keep clean. Please can you help?
N is the father of two children aged 10 and 6 years old and is living in our supported housing. His children live with their Mum roughly 60 miles away. N does not have a car so he is relying on public transport to spend time with his children. He travels weekly by train but is finding this very expensive as he has just received his first Universal Credit payment. Please can you help us bless this father with some train tickets so he can spend more time with his children.
A 25 year old asylum seeking single mum of a 1 year old is trying to manage on the very limited National Asylum Support Service. She receives some help from Meeting Point in Leeds, but we don't have the chest of drawers she needs or the clothing for her son. She has found a used chest of drawers and needs warm clothes for him. Please help her to have what she needs at this stressful time as she awaits the decision on her asylum claim.
M lives alone with her small son. She is currently not allowed to work or receive benefits. Her husband lives abroad and works sporadically, sending her money when he can but she is really struggling to keep their flat warm for her little boy during this cold winter.
This single Mum of 3 has fallen into debt on her gas and electric metres and is struggling to meet the costs of keeping her gas and electricity supply on and paying for food and rent. Support to get her gas and electric metres into credit would be greatly appreciated.
The client came in to us after her mother, who was a long time member of the church, passed away. The lady had been experiencing a lot of pressure having to pay for all the funeral costs and tying up all the bills and expenses. This support would take a big weight off the daughter's shoulders and allow her to pay for a large portion of the extra funeral costs.
S is a single mum who also cares for her sister's two children much of the time. Her sister is also single and often unfit to care for her children responsibly. S takes the children in with no financial support and provides them with a more stable home, food and clothes. She sleeps on the sofa whilst the children share her single bed. We have received an offer of a double mattress and a double duvet. Your help to purchase a base for the mattress would provide some normality in this home.
We are supporting a family with 3 children and the middle child aged 7 is sadly losing her sight. We are starting the process of applying for disability benefits but this will take some time. Mum, herself, has heath conditions and needs support. Due to her daughter's sight problems, her clothes get very messy and dirty, especially at school as she cannot see where paint etc is spilling and loses uniform as she doesn't see when things have dropped. A replacement school sweatshirt would be great.
J is a single mum with 2 children. Both have special needs and one has Autism. J's father passed away in October and due to the fact he lives in Germany J used any available money to fly to Germany to be part of the funeral process there. To date, she has been struggling to make her money stretch beyond the absolute basics. Please help this family to be able to pay for oil to keep the house warm.