This lady is living on benefits and caring for 3 vulnerable teenagers, one of whom is 6 months pregnant. She suffers from severe anxiety and depression, but somehow keeps going for the young people in her care. Recently her main oven has failed and she can't afford to repair or replace it (it needs a new fan/element). She is now cooking for four on just the hobs, which is not as economical and is costing her more to feed everyone.
S is a single mum doing an amazing job looking after her son. She is hard working and works long shifts through an agency. She has recently had a physical health issue which has meant that she has not been able to work and is on statutory sick pay which has reduced her income. She has been struggling to pay her gas and electricity, and she would be enormously grateful if you could help with this.
This 58 year old man was homeless for a long period before obtaining a council tenancy. He has been diagnosed with depression and anxiety and is receiving treatment. He has little to furnish his home with and spends a lot of his time walking the city streets because the property is so inhospitable. A local charity has agreed to provide him with a new single bed and he has seen a sofa for £120. Any help with this would allow him to live in a more comfortable environment.
D has recently just found out she has cancer having fought it 4 times previously. This time she is unable to have any treatment and she has been given a time frame of 1 year to live. She lives with her young son who is taking this news very badly. She is in receipt of all appropriate benefits however still lives on a low income. Her washing machine has broken and she is finding it difficult to purchase another. Please help this lady towards the cost of a washing machine during this difficult time.
J has already received help from generous Acts 435 donors to buy a cooker but needs further help to cover delivery and fitting of the item. She has severe mental and physical health issues. When we initially visited the lady we found the house in such a bad state and she wasn't eating properly. We have continued to support her from the foodbank and things seem to be improving.
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.
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 lady suffers from loneliness and poor mental health and she struggles with self care. A church member, who befriended her at a coffee morning, has been helping her put her home and personal life in order. The lady needs two chests of drawers in which to store her clothes, which are currently kept on the bedroom floor.
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.
O lives in Lancaster and needs £120 for supported housing over the Christmas period. After a bad accident at work in 2011 he suffered severe anxiety and depression and an alcohol addiction. He receives Universal Credit, and a Discretionary Housing payment has partially met his needs, but this ends next month. He has a place in supported housing with therapy, but needs £120 to pay the rent over the Christmas period, after which he expects to be housed by the Council. Can you help him with the £120 he needs?
S is a single person living alone after her parents have passed away. She is claiming Universal Credit and is currently unable to work due to mental health problems. The fridge-freezer in the property is broken which is making grocery shopping more expensive as S has no means of storing food at the correct temperatures. S was recently at risk of eviction due to rent arrears but the court have agreed she can stay provided she repays the arrears, so she has no spare money to buy a fridge.
This client is a working single mum with physical health difficulties and a 13 year old son to care for. She has been struggling with crippling debt, but is working hard with accessed support to improve her budgeting skills and living conditions. Despite this she remains in financial hardship. This money will be put towards decorating materials for the home and will make such a difference to the conditions they are currently living in.
This elderly gentleman has incurred heavy travel costs taking taxis to the hospital due to medical complications with his eyesight and hearing. He is exploring the possibility of reimbursement via his medical practice but finds himself short of money in the meantime. Would Acts 435 be willing help with these costs?
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.
J had a stroke last year which has really affected her lifestyle. As a result she has had to apply for benefits but until this comes through she is having to survive on the bare minimum. Her bed has recently broken and she is unable to replace this herself. Please help her to do this so she can sleep properly at night.
This young family with three children would appreciate your help towards gas and electric costs this winter. Their income has significantly reduced while dad is off sick from work having rehabilitation following a stroke. Mum is now also unable to work due to illness and is on a zero hour contract. They are currently struggling to make ends meet and worried about how they are going to meet the basic needs of their family. Having credit on their gas and electric metres will help significantly.
J and M have been coming to our local foodbank. They are struggling at the moment both financially and from ill health. I asked M today what would make a difference and she told me that she finds it difficult to deal with the laundry with her health and a tumble dryer would really help. We would love to support this local family by helping them in this way.
R is a father of two who suffers from various mental health issues. He recently had to give up work as he was no longer able to cope in that environment. He has got into debt in several areas and now is struggling to make repayments and keep on top of day-to-day finances. He qualifies for a Debt Relief Order. This would clear his debts and free up enough money to cover his family's living costs without getting into further debt. This would be a fresh start but he needs the £90 fee to do this.
M has manic depression and is on Universal Credit. He has had multiple bereavements in the past year. He used to be homeless, then lived in supported accommodation but now lives alone in his own flat, managing his own budget and tenancy. He has no internet, so uses the library to access his Universal Credit account. Buying a phone for this client will mean he can contact his support worker, access his Universal Credit account and his online rent account ??“ and support him as he rebuilds his life.
Last year L was working as a support worker in a care home. He became unwell with gout and some days could not walk, so lost his job. At the same time his divorce came through and he fell into deep depression. He took loans out to cover his rent and bills causing debts to build quickly then in March attempted suicide. L is now sticking to a very tight budget . He has signed on to benefits and is getting support for his mental health. A Debt Relief Order would help lift the burden of debt.
G needs urgent help in counselling as he is not dealing with his Grandfather's suicide. His temper is easily aroused as he cannot understand why is Grandfather did this to himself. His mother died a few years ago and he has not grieved properly for her as he cannot understand why she died either. He self-harms and has a suicidal tendency. He has no self-esteem and wants desperately to learn how to be kinder to himself. He originally was paying for counselling himself but is now unable to.
This woman has fled domestic violence and has poor mental health because of this and other traumatic events in her life. She lost her job in February and has been really struggling on Universal Credit to make ends meet. This has resulted with her going without food so that her teenage son can eat. This has led to her becoming very ill and weak. She feels she is letting her son down and has talked about sending him to live with her sister. This would devastate them both, please help to keep them together and well.
This client is living in rented accommodation alone. S/he is in receipt of state benefits and is a recovering alcoholic. After discussing what debt strategies are available, the client would like to submit an application for a Debt Relief Order as this would address their debt issues and allow them to focus on dealing with their health issues.
This client has suffered from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) for approximately 4 years but it has recently become worse. She has had to be resuscitated and spent time in hospital. She is on medication but also needs a nebuliser and has tried the hospital and her GP who inform her they do not fund these. As she is on Employment Seeker's Allowance and has just enough money for essentials she has asked for help to purchase one for herself.
This hard-working mum with 3 children was working as a cleaner as well as volunteering for the local foodbank. She has recently been struggling with serious eye problems and is facing surgery but she's been told there's a chance it could leave her blind. Unable to work currently, she was refused any disability payment and is getting some support to appeal the decision. In the meantime, she is struggling through loss of work income and is unable to pay her electricity and gas bills.
This is a 26 year old who suffers from a range of mental health problems and for many years has been of no fixed abode. They have recently moved into accommodation which has no carpeting. Due to the range of mental health problems they face, having carpeting would allow a degree of comfort and help them settle into their new house allowing them to create a new home.
D was recently helped by Acts 435 when his flat was burgled, taking almost everything he had of value. But he is still struggling financially. His claim for Universal Credit is floundering as he has not got his passport as proof of ID. The fee is £81. He can afford the fare to the Portuguese Consulate in Manchester, but needs help to cover the cost of the passport fee. His mental health is poor so this really helps relieve his stress and keep him on a level.
This single mum of two would appreciate support towards heating costs. She has been off work all year following an injury and her boiler has just broken leaving her trying to heat the house with electric heaters whilst she waits for it to be fixed. This has been an unexpected expense when finances are already stretched.
Miss J moved into the property six months ago and it is a 2nd floor flat. There are no carpets so she can sound quite loud to the people living below when she is walking around. This has resulted in complaints which have really upset her. She has hearing difficulties so listens to television and talks louder as well, although not on purpose. She is deaf and has a cochlear implant. She would like to replace the current lino with carpet so that the people living below can't hear her anymore.
Our advocate is supporting a man who has just been given secure accommodation for two years through the charity Hope into Action. He is currently off work due to ill health and is awaiting Universal Credit payments. He is without money so a gift of £60 would help him to cover the cost of gas and electric bills that he shares with the other tenant for the next couple of weeks until benefit payments are made. Thank you.
£90 is needed to supply and fit a car battery for this young woman. She is aged 28 is struggling with both physical and mental health. Her partner abused her for years until she fled to a refuge. Her two daughters, now aged 5 and 7, were removed into care and she did not see them for two years. She is trying to rebuild her life has now been given fortnightly access to the children but her health issues make the journey difficult. Having the use of her car again would be such a help.
R is the mother of a 16 year old daughter, straight after her daughter was born they were rushed into a women's refuge. They were then rehoused into a 1 bedroom flat and she worked in a care home for many years until her back gave way. Her elder daughter came to the UK and sought refuge but was sent to a hostel in Derby and this has now been granted. R was signed off sick and has been unable to work since. She received a letter from the home office stating her leave to remain had expired, but this has now been renewed. She is now having some trouble with rent arrears. Any help you could give her would be very much appreciated.