S lives with her small child and has been suffering with her mental health and rarely leaves her home. She has been struggling with debt which has not helped with her mental health issues. S would like to apply for a Debt Relief Order but she is unable to pay the fee of £90. A Debt Relief order would help her to manage her finances and assist with her mental health issues.
Our client needed to move due to his previous accommodation being in disrepair. He has shared parental responsibility for his autistic son and needs a bed and bedding so his son is able to stay over with his dad. Our client is on a low income benefit and is unable to purchase a bed and bedding. Please can ACTS 435 assist?
Mum has had her child removed due to unsuitable home conditions. Mum is desperately trying to improve these to allow them to be re-united. Providing this family with a carpet would help mum to make the steps she needs to as she is unable to fund this herself.
J is a single Mum of 2. Her youngest daughter has learning difficulties and diabetes. In order that she doesn’t need finger blood tests she has a scanner which is permanently in her arm and they use a device to send all the blood results to the doctor. In order to use the scanner she has to have a windows computer. If she does not get one she won’t qualify for the scanner. Because of her learning difficulties any less stress for her is really beneficial.
This single mum has 4 children under 10, including a 2 month old baby. She is struggling financially but needs a pram for the baby and money won’t stretch to this, although she could put some money towards it. This would help them get out more easily as a family. Please could you help this family and alleviate added pressure?
This family has struggled for years, getting by with both parents working in low paid roles. They have three children and the father in particular works multiple jobs to make ends meet. Their oldest child is studying medicine in Aberdeen, and supporting him has added an extra burden to the family, but they are determine to see their child succeed. The budget is on a knife edge, meaning there are no funds to replace the fridge freezer which has broken down.
JC has recently managed to get a property for himself and his 5 year old daughter after spending many months in temporary accommodation. He has no white goods to move in with and needs a fridge freezer to manage his food budget and shopping. He is being supported by the Ancora 'Help through crisis ' project.
G recently took in two of his children aged 12 & 17 as their mother refused to house them any further. This meant G applying to Purbeck Housing for assistance as the accommodation he was in wasn’t suitable for them all. G and his boys are now in temporary housing and he is receiving Universal Credit. One of the children is due to start a new school in September and the uniform, which is compulsory is unaffordable. It is very expensive as various items will be needed such as blazer, tie, PE kit & shirts.
J is a single parent living with her four year old son in rented accommodation. She works part time as a support worker for a care company, and claims Universal Credit to top up her income. J needs help purchasing a school uniform for her son as she is not eligible to apply to the Care Workers Charity, as she has no health problems and hasn't experienced a crisis situation. J has bought some of the items she needs already but is struggling to afford the rest.
S is a single parent living with her 10 year old son. She is a full-time carer for her elderly father and claims Carers Allowance and Universal Credit. S's son is being assessed for autism and she is struggling to afford a new school uniform and P.E kit for him. S has mental health problems and is under a lot of stress so any help you can provide is appreciated.
M was recently transferred to Universal Credit and had her benefits reduced by £500 a month for herself and her two children who live with her. One of her children starts an art GCSE in September and the school has told the family that they need to purchase the art supplies needed, including canvases, canvas holder, paint, pencils, paintbrushes. This would be hard enough at any time for the family but over the summer when the children aren't having free school meals finances are even tighter.
S is in a dire situation and she has no food in the kitchen 95% of the time. She is fleeing domestic abuse and has with her a 10 year old son who is himself in need of special help. They would be very grateful for your help with food and heating while they wait to be relocated.
S and his partner are expecting their first child. S is on the spectrum and struggles with day to day tasks. They have recently moved into their first home together and have saved for all the white goods in their home. They bought a washing machine secondhand which didn't work for very long so they are now needing for a new one, as having a new baby creates lots of washing. This will save time and money as well as being a skill that S can learn to help him with his daily tasks he needs to do.
N was referred for help by the police following a serious domestic abuse incident. She has a son and is pregnant. N.has separated from her partner in order to protect herself, her son and unborn child. Finding herself as a single mother has been a big struggle financially. She is paying her bills alone; she has applied for benefits but has not yet received any. N is on early maternity leave due to complications in the pregnancy. Baby is due any day and N has been unable to afford baby items.
A is experiencing abuse from the father of her youngest daughters. He threatens to take her daughters back to Pakistan. He has been charged by the police and is awaiting his first hearing. A has taken out a non-molestation order against him, but now needs a prohibited steps order to stop him from taking their daughters abroad. This costs £214 and she simply cannot afford this alone. Any help towards these costs would be such a blessing for her in her stressed state.
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.
L is in desperate need of two cots and mattresses. Her twin boys were born 14th July but they have not got adequate sleeping space. They are currently alternating between pram and moses basket, one in each as the new guidelines state they should not sleep together, but this is obviously not ideal.
This lady receives Universal Credit but is struggling to find money for any extras that are needed. She especially needs help to buy school uniforms and shoes for her children. A donation from Acts 435 would make a great difference to her and her family. Thank you so much.
H, her husband and three children live in a basement, rented flat which was recently flooded from the unoccupied flat above. She had no contents insurance, and through hard work has managed to clean and reuse furniture. However their bedding was saturated, contaminated with fibres from the ceiling boards and quickly developed mould spores. This money will replace the bedding that was destroyed, the beds and mattresses have been replaced via a local scheme as have the carpets.
C is a single parent of 2 children and has been in an abusive relationship. She is trying to rebuild her life and looking at doing a Debt Relief Order (DRO) to clear her debts. She works part time as well. Please help her with the fees of £90 so we can progress the DRO? She has an agreement with bailiffs coming round at present, so the DRO will deal with these and release money to go to basic expenditure items.
K & J both have mental health issues which prevent them from working, and mean that their 3 children have to be in care. They receive the basic level of Universal Credit which just meets their basic needs, and they have no other money to replace their washing machine which has irreparably broken down. Your support in being able to replace this washing machine and help provide some stability in this family would be greatly appreciated.
My client has recently moved to a new property after her previous tenancy had severe issues with damp which had permeated all her furniture and clothes destroying them. Particularly effected was her son's bedroom, and these are the items we are requesting funds to replace. This has been a particularly stressful period for the family which has impacted upon their physical and mental health. I hope this contribution will help make their new house a home and put the experiences they had behind them.
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.
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.
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
A suffers from Anxiety, Autism and ADHD. She is having counselling sessions with Edify as she is not coping with the thought of a change of school in September. Her mother, who is a single parent, is funding the sessions so far but now needs extra help. At present the child is cared for under 2 Counselling organisations.
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.
A is a single mum with 3 children (2 of whom are teenagers) living with her. Her ex husband has just stopped paying maintenance for the children as he quit his job and is living off his partner's wages. A has got to get new school uniforms for the children and some sports clothes too, which she can not afford. She has asked if her ex husband will help, but he has refused. Please can you help before they go back to school on the 4th September?
Please can I request your help to purchase a bed for a child, whose Mum is leaving the abusive father? They have had to flee the family home with no essentials, and they must now try to start afresh elsewhere. They would be very grateful for your help.
S has a 7 week old son who was born with a cleft lip. She has recently had to make a claim for Universal Credit and is awaiting her first payment, which could take up to 6 weeks. Her son has numerous upcoming doctors and hospital appointments and she is struggling find the finances to attend these. She is also finding it difficult to purchase baby milk due to awaiting a payment. Please help this young mother with a small amount to purchase milk and be able to attend appointments with her son.
Ms K has seven children- she is blessed to have 2 sets of twins, but this has meant that she has had to give up work. The wait for Universal Credit has meant that she has got into debt and is struggling to feed her family and pay bills. She is working hard with a debt relief charity to get out of debts and now needs a debt relief order. She would be very grateful for your help to pay the fee for this.
A young mum with 3 children has recently been left by her husband. She does not have any financial support in place yet as she waits for this to be sorted out. She would really benefit from some help with uniform so the children can go back to school in the right clothes and for her not to worry about the start of term.
This family - mum, dad and 10 year old daughter - are clients of Christians Against Poverty. They are going through a Debt Relief Order. They are both unemployed. Dad broke his back two years ago and is unable to get back into work, and he also has the added problem of not being able to read or write. He is having one to one teaching at present. They are on a very low income and have to top up their rent as this is quite high. Money for their daughter's uniform would be very helpful indeed.
This lady has been accessing our debt relief services for some time and is doing really well. She has recently had to cope with worsening mental health and anxiety issues, but is still managing to care for her two children. The older child is due to be going to a new school in September and the cost of uniform is prohibitively expensive. Any help you could give would be greatly appreciated.
K has just got a one bedroom place. She works and has £14k of debt and needs to go through a Debt Relief Order. She is very keen to deal with her debts and move forward with her life. All her children live with their Father and she has been through a lot to get to this point. Thank you.
J has three children at school, one of whom is disabled. She is on benefits and her debts mean that she has no spare money to buy the children their school uniforms. Please help this family if you are at all able.
This single lady suffers from serious mental health issues and is also facing bankruptcy. She tries so hard to do her best for her children but, at times, it all becomes too much for her. If you could lift one burden by helping her to buy new school uniform for her son who is being transferred to a special school, that would be wonderful. Thank you.
D is living in a shared accommodation after a relationship breakdown and just has a bedroom and a small sitting room. He likes to have his children visit from time to time but has nowhere for them to sit at present. Please could you help to buy him a sofa?
This young mother with three children, having fled from domestic violence, needs new school uniforms as they are in a different area now. She does not have any money to pay for two uniforms and feels so worried about her and the children's future. Her youngest child is not old enough for school yet. They have gone through so much and helping her with this would mean so much to her.
This Mother with young teenage children needs help buying school uniforms. They have fled domestic violence with only the black bags they could carry. As they are in a new area they need two uniforms. They have no clothes suitable for the winter either but school uniform comes first on their needs so at least they can begin to get back to a safe routine. They would so appreciate your help.
We are working with a family where Mum is due to have her 4th child in mid-September. Dad is serving a fairly lengthy prison term and this has had a huge impact on mum and the children. She has bought a new bed for her daughter but cannot afford the mattress. I would very much appreciate a donation to meet the cost of this and alleviate some of the stress for this mum as her daughter is currently sleeping on the sofa.
C has 2 young children at primary school. She was working until the start of the summer, when she lost her job due to county council funding cuts. She was then diagnosed with early stage cancer, has had surgery and needs some further treatment. She has been unable to look for another job due to her illness but is hopeful to return to part time work in the Autumn. As a result of this money is tight, so she needs help with the cost of new sweatshirts for her children for school in September.
Our client is a lone parent with a daughter still at school. Unfortunately the family lost all their belongings in a house fire recently. Our client just about manages to balance her budget and supplements her income with a few days here and there of casual work. Whilst she is managing to slowly get life back on track after the fire and has secured new accommodation, she is struggling with large expenses and currently needs to buy new school uniforms. With the new term starting soon, can you help?
This 35 year old woman has been the victim of severe domestic abuse. Despite moving home she was found by her ex-partner and assaulted earlier this year. He is now in prison and she has moved to yet another home with her 4 children, all of whom are suffering from anxiety at the thought they will be found again. Their mother is working hard to set up their new home but they have lost many belongings during their moves. She would love some rugs for her children's rooms as the floors are concrete.
Our client has recently moved into her property, after living in a Refuge in Derby. She is a single parent with a 9 month old baby. She has suffered from Domestic Violence. We have helped her with claiming housing costs on her Universal Credit claim, and we have also helped with household goods, kitchen essentials and a fridge freezer and beds. She only had a blow up bed and blankets and was giving her baby cold milk. She is still in need of a washing machine, as she is currently hand washing everything, and she would be very grateful for your help with this.
Dad is a single parent with two boys at primary school. He is receiving benefits which during the school holidays do not cover the basics and he has had to use the foodbank to get food for the boys. He has no money for new school uniforms and shoes, particularly for his eldest son. Your support for this dad would be greatly appreciated.
G lives with her four children and works as a self employed cleaner. She is in receipt of Child Tax Credit, however she has not received a payment due to confusion with paperwork and this is affecting her financially. This has resulted in her accruing debt upon her electric and gas meters which is causing high levels of stress and anxiety. Please help this young mother to clear the debt and credit her meter until her tax credits payments are in place.
A family in Cumbria would really appreciate support to get bunk beds and mattresses. The grandmother has care of 2 of her grandchildren, and also has adult children and 2 of their children living with her. The boys who are in her care are currently sharing a double bed. Having bunk beds would make a big difference to the boys and give them some space to use their bedroom for playing in as well as sleeping. This would help family relationships. The family would be very grateful for any help.
A family in Cumbria would really appreciate support towards a bed for their 2 year old. The family have 4 children aged 2 and under and can't afford to buy a bed for their 2-year-old. Both parents are not working as mum has recently had a baby and dad has a health condition. They are claiming universal credits. Having a bed will help the 2-year-old settle into her new home.
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.
This client is a lone parent to a 5 year old who is still sleeping in a toddler bed. The client has learning disabilities and mental health needs, and she is pregnant with her second child (due November). The client is a care leaver and was in an abusive relationship with her daughters father (he is currently in prison). She is struggling with her low income from Income Support and Child Benefit and repaying a Budgeting loan used to buy essential items for her unfurnished property. She would be very grateful for your help to purchase a single bed for her 5 year old.
This young mother of a 6-month-old baby was working, but her maternity pay has now stopped. While she's waiting for Universal Credit she can't afford the special (very expensive) anti-reflux milk her baby needs. The cost of this is £150 per month. This request is for 10x 800g packs to last a few weeks. This is obviously crucial to the health of the baby and so will make a huge difference to the mother and her baby.