Rachel is a single-parent living with her three children aged 16, 14 and 12 in rented accommodation, and she requires assistance purchasing school uniforms for her two sons. As Rachel has recently completed a Debt Relief Order, it is difficult for her to obtain credit and she wishes to avoid getting into debt again, so receiving support from Acts 435 would be a huge help for her. Rachel has been unemployed for the long-term due to several mental health conditions.
This young man came to the foodbank in a desperate state having been made homeless a few days earlier. He had lost everything and only had the clothes he stood up in. The church provided him with temporary accommodation but he urgently needs a new set of clothes. His next benefit payment is not for another 2 weeks. Please can you help. Thank you.
Ben has paranoid schizophrenia. He has accommodation and some support but has a profound distrust of the outside world and keeps very isolated. He writes a great deal on his laptop, finding this helps him control his life. He has sought help from Citizens Advice because he would like a small desk and chair to use his laptop more easily. In addition, it became evident that he needs new shoes, which he also can't afford. A kind donation for these would be great for his morale and comfort.
This young man is applying for a job at a dairy. He needs specific boots and clothing for the job. He is currently on benefits and will need to wait for any wages to be paid after he starts working so is unable to pay for these himself. Please would you help him to buy these items so that he can start this new job by giving a donation. Thank you.
Jack (27) has had a difficult childhood but he is now putting his life back together looking for work whilst on benefits. He is just about getting by but any money needed above and beyond day to day living is very difficult, nigh impossible to find. He now lives in rented property which means his two young children can come and stay. The flat does not have a washing machine and Jack needs one as he cannot afford laundrette cost for himself let alone his children
O is currently involved in a court case to get back custody of her 3 year old son who was taken away by her sister after a fall-out. To provide a secure and stable home for her son, she has been spending her limited income on the things he will need, and has left herself short of money to cover her food costs and other bills. She is especially anxious about having something suitable to wear to court as all her clothes are in a poor state. Help from Acts 435 would be really appreciated.
"After starting work part time and coming off benefits my husband and I have found ourselves falling behind with rent and paying bills. I have 4 children who are desperate for school uniform but we do not have the money to buy them which is causing me a great deal of stress and worry as I strive to make sure my children attend school and enjoy their time there. If I am able to access support to buy replacement uniform I can concentrate of paying my other debts and be less stressed."
This gentleman has been a regular client at the Day Centre for many years. He came to the UK as a student from Ghana about 10 years ago but he became ill and has been in and out of the Maudsley Hospital for some time. During his last psychotic episode he threw away all his clothes and is now desperate to replace clothes but to buy some smart clothes for church in particular. He currently receives £30 per week from the mental health team which is not sufficient to buy any clothes.
We are seeking to help a young teenage girl buy some new clothes and toiletries. She unfortunately became a victim of crime after being placed in foster care after one of her parents died. She is being supported by a national children's charity that has asked if we can help. A grant of £100 would enable her to choose some suitable clothing for herself to replace what she has lost during this traumatic time.
Marie's middle boy will be starting a high school in September. She will need to buy him school uniforms which includes a blazer and PE and Rugby kits with the school logo on. They do not now sell school badges that could be sewn onto the pocket of the blazer anymore. Marie has been coming to us with debt problems and she is slowly sorting them out. This gift would certainly help her
C has just started coming to Church. He has struggled with poor mental health for the last few years and he has put on weight recently. He is finding that most of his T-shirts and jeans no longer fit. C is having help for debt from the charity CAP, he has a low income and is trying to make a fresh start. New clothes would really help with his social confidence.
Client has just got a new house (studio flat) to start a new life after separation from wife. He's unemployed and has used the money he has to buy few things in the house e.g bedding set, toiletries, some of kitchen stuff but still need Microwave, kettle and some clothes as wife destroyed clothes during violence
Young man with severe anxiety and depression on low income benefits in desperate need of new clothing and shoes as his clothing and shoes has holes in and shoes have wear left in them.
J was referred to us by a family support worker. She has lived most of her life in care and is now a young mum struggling with poor mental health and bringing up 2 young children on her own. She doesn't have any spare income and is desperate to get her children some new clothes..they are similar ages but have outgrown all the pass me downs. J is thrifty and will make any donation go a long way. Thank you for helping this small family
B came to the UK several years ago and has made a home for herself here. She is an active member of her community and volunteers at the Centre. She opened up about how she struggles financially and how she cannot afford to buy clothes for herself and her two young children who are growing fast. She tries to stretch out her benefits but is unable to buy food AND clothes and she is very sad that her children are doing without. Thank you for helping this thoughtful Christian lady.
Just £65 for a Rainbows Uniform for a little girl who is one of 5 children whose father abandoned them 6 months ago. Mum is socially isolated after her husband had made the family move away from where they grew up and she has been left financially in dire straights and had to move into rented accomodation. Rainbows gives one of the little girls an opportunity to flourish and also gives mum a break for at least an hour.