This young lady has two young children and is worried about how she can get everything together over the summer for her children to go back to school. She needs uniform, shoes, PE kits, stationery and wants to buy them both new lunchboxes. She would so appreciate help with this. She is doing really well not getting into debt and budgeting and is getting help from her local Citizens Advice to maximise her income. She wants to be proud to send her children to school looking smart in September. Thank you so much.
This lovely lady is a single mum who has always struggled with her mental health. She is very worried about how she will be able to afford school uniform for her children for September, including shoes, stationery and school trips which need paying for. Her children are very understanding but she really wants them to go to school looking smart and for them to be involved in all the school activities, even those which need paying for. She would really love some financial help with this.
J had a fire in his flat, he lives alone and was able to put the fire out but not before it had damaged his mattress and clothes. He is on benefits but has no savings or insurance and so he cannot replace these items. He has been sleeping in a chair since the fire but he has back problems and this is making it worse. He now has one pair of jeans and two t-shirts that aren't damaged but he cannot manage with just these. Please could you help him to get this damaged items replaced? Thank you.
This mum is currently engaged with a recovery service and is making great progress. Finances are tight and she can’t afford to buy the new clothes for secondary school which her child will be attending in September 2021. Any assistance you could give towards this would be so appreciated.
This client was seen at Lewisham foodbank during the week and made a request for help with clothes and shoes. He has recently been discharged from hospital and is struggling in many ways. He has lost 20kg due to ill health and hasn't enough money to buy food or pay his bills. Due to the weight loss he is in much need of new trousers and clothes in general. Thank you so much for your kind consideration of this request.
R is a single mum on benefits with two primary aged boys. The boys are growing rapidly and R needs to buy new school shoes and uniform over the summer. She cannot afford to do so as she is also trying to pay off rent arrears with the help of Christians Against Poverty. Please could you help towards the boys' school uniform?
T is part of the local travelling community and very recently his brother committed suicide totally unexpectedly. Not only has this devastated him, but he has no financial means to pay for petrol to cover the 132 miles each way for the funeral or to buy a suit to attend. He has mental health issues and is on the basic Universal Credit allowance. Any contribution to make it possible for T to say goodbye to his brother in person would be truly appreciated.
R is a single mum claiming Job Seeker's Allowance, Child Tax Credits and Child Benefit, she works as a supply teacher but now as it's the summer holidays and due to the pandemic she has not had much work over the last couple of years. She needs help with a school uniform for her son, she has been able to get some hand me downs from friends whose children have outgrown their old clothes but she still has a large amount she can't afford to get herself. The school is very strict on uniform and little help is available.
A is a single parent who has 7 children, 6 of whom are at school. She has recycled the uniform down the ages but number 5 starts in September and the uniforms are threadbare. With this money, she will be able to get two school logo sweatshirts per child from the supplier and will get the remaining uniform from her local supermarket. She is grateful for any assistance with uniforms as she has stretched them out as far as they will go. She has sourced shoes and coats from a local clothes bank. Thank you.
T has two children starting high school in September but her twins need logo sweatshirts and jackets and she is unable to fund these alongside their other needs such as PE kit and shirts, ties, shoes and bags. She has tried to pick up second hand ones, but missed the swap meet, not knowing it was on. She is a single parent and is struggling to make ends meet after losing work through Covid-19. Could you help her?
C is a single young mum who has a daughter who starts school in September. She has recently been allocated a home for them both and needed items to set up, so she is struggling with uniform costs. She can get everything she needs for this amount and has calculated everything based on her local supermarkets prices. She will be very grateful for any help provided.
L is a single father with a son going into secondary school from September. He contracted Covid-19 and was unable to work, and is now reliant on benefits. He is unable to meet all the costs for his son's new school kit and uniform and is requesting this amount which is the shortfall in the amount needed. He has purchased a blazer and rugby top, pens and a bag, he has trousers that still fit - however his son needs shirts, ties and PE kit still and he is appealing for help. Thank you.
C is a single mother of two children living in rented accommodation and currently working part time claiming Universal Credit and Child Benefit. C is on a low income wage and has only recently returned to work due to the pandemic. She is not getting the hours needed to maintain her household and afford to buy new school uniforms for the kids. She also hasn't been able to save up due to not being able to work over the last several months, mainly due to the pandemic but also due to completing a university degree.
N is a single mother with 2 dependent children living in rented accommodation. They recently started trading on a self-employed basis claiming Universal Credit and Child Benefit. N came to the UK 12 years ago and has right to remain, although she has to pay fees currently to the home office to renew her visa so that she can remain in the UK, and this is eating up all her money. Her children start school in September and she needs help with their uniform for this year, the school is very strict for the uniform and she is struggling to afford this.
D has been working with Christians Against Poverty for debt help. She is a single mum with an eight year old at school and a baby on the way. She has been struggling for the last few years to keep her head above water. She is being supported by the local foodbank, and is just starting to see hope for the future as her debts are beginning to be paid back. Thank you for your support at this challenging time.
M was thrown out of his family home by a relative, he wasn't allowed to take any belongings or clothes and cannot return due to the extreme threat of violence. He has approached the police for help but they cannot offer anyone to escort him to the property. He is on benefits and won't be paid for another 3 weeks, so he cannot afford to get replacement clothing and only has the clothes he was wearing. Please help him to get some replacement underwear, socks, t-shirts and jeans please. Thanks.
The family consists of four young children aged under 10, the children currently have PTSD due to an ongoing court case. As well as these current difficulties the family are on a very low income due to physical and mental health conditions preventing the family from working. The family are requesting help with purchasing school uniform for the four children for the next academic year.
S is a single mother of two dependent children, she is currently claiming Universal Credit and Child Benefit. S receives no help from the child's dad for looking after the children and with only benefits to rely on she is unable to pay for one off expenses such as school uniforms. This year she has not been able to save anything as the children have been out of school due to the pandemic which has increased her monthly costs for them being in the house all the time.
C is a single Mum with a 6 year old son. On Sunday due to torrential rain, their house flooded with rain water and raw sewage. They have had to move out and lost everything. They didn't have contents insurance as they just couldn't afford it. They access our foodbank. We are helping them to furnish their temporary social housing studio and with clothing for her son, but Mum needs some basic clothing too. They are having to rebuild their lives. Any help much appreciated.
S is a single Mum in temporary accommodation. Her daughter is due to start school in September. She has been saving to buy her uniform but needs some help with school shoes. Mum works 5 hours per week while her daughter is at nursery and is hoping to increase this when she is at school. She has been left short of money as her council tax was wrongly calculated by the council and she now owes them some money, which she is paying back monthly. Mum is really trying her best to be independent.
C is a single mum with three school-age children and one older child, who is unemployed. Two are going to a new school and so need a full uniform change. C works part time because of the children, but is on a low income and has mental and physical health challenges to manage alongside the needs of her children. She saved for the uniform little by little and has managed to get the majority, but she does not have enough to buy new shoes and sport shoes for school at the end of the holidays.
D is due to have her baby in the next three weeks and has been turned down for a baby grant to get the last bits and pieces she needs for the baby in the way of clothes, changing mats and other accessories. She does not have any family to support her and it starting to get very stressed and anxious about the baby having nothing to wear when she is born, and no way of making sure she can care for her. This is not helping the baby. Any help would be amazing and would really give them both peace.
M is a single Mum who's daughter is starting school in September. Mum has been in and out of hospital and is classified as vulnerable health wise. She has some support from her family, but has had to spend any spare money on taxi fares to hospital appointments, as she cannot travel on buses, due to infection risk. Some of her wider family have helped her get some uniform for her daughter but she is struggling to fund shoes and trainers ready for September. Any help is appreciated.