Safe Families are supporting two little boys who have complex additional health needs and sensory issues. They lost their dad two years ago very suddenly within two weeks of him having a diagnosis of cancer. Both children are currently undergoing specialist services support for their emotional and mental wellbeing. These sensory aids will really help to provide comfort and enable the boys to self soothe and regulate their feelings and emotions.
S has been granted refugee status and now has to move from Newcastle to Manchester. S lives with his daughter and wife. As asylum seekers they received £5 a day from the Home Office to live on. This was not enough to help them hire transport to move their belongings to a new city. £150 would help them cover the cost of moving city to start a new life as refugees together.
L is a client working with Christians Against Poverty. She has made significant steps away from her life of drug addiction, and an abusive relationship, and is looking for a fresh start. She has unmanageable debts, some of which were taken out without her knowledge by her ex-partner. The Debt Relief Order needs a sum of £90 in order to go through, which L cannot pay as she is not working at present, and on Universal Credit.
Client R is a recovering heroin addict who lost all of his family due to his behaviour whilst at the peak of his addiction. Over the last 12 months and during his treatment R has started to rebuild his life. He is now living in a new town in a small flat and has managed to furnish it but is still in need of a used cooker to enable him to cook a hot meal. R is volunteering in a community café to build new skills and is working with a support worker to help find permanent employment.
We have a 23 year old female client who has had to move unexpectedly due to domestic violence and a mental health breakdown. She has been advised by Citizens Advice to apply for a debt relief order and has not got the funds to apply for this. Her ex partner got her into a lot of rent arrears. These require clearing so she can have a fresh start and opportunity for long term housing for her and her children.