This lady, a single mum to two children, is in the process of getting a Debt Relief Order (DRO) and would appreciate help with the fee. Due to current health problems she is only able to work part time and is struggling financially to pay off her debts. Having the fee paid would enable her to complete the DRO, become debt free and have a much brighter future for herself and her children.
We have been working with L who is struggling with her mental health. As a result, this has had a negative impact on her fifteen year old son who has become very withdrawn. Mum has been unable to afford gym membership for her boy and this is something that he would really like to do. We would love to be able to get six months junior membership for this lad as it would help him immensely and build his confidence. Any help would be sincerely appreciated.
S has moved from temporary accommodation into a new property, is wanting to make a fresh start for himself and give him some pride about where he lives. He was an alcoholic, but has been clean for five years now, and has some mental and physical health conditions which have been a struggle for him to manage. He is now doing well, and decorating his property will bring him much joy and give him a sense of ownership after being in temporary accommodation for some time.
S is a single mum of a teenage girl and a baby boy of 11 months. C, her daughter, suffers badly from her mental health issues and has made 3 attempts on her life in the last 12 months as a cry for help. C needs a mobile phone to allow her to be in constant touch with family and support workers. Yesterday she smashed it in a crisis moment and it needs repairing in order to make it fully functional again. In good faith the mobile is already in for repair.
N is a young mother who has multiple sclerosis. Her son aged 12 has just been fitted with a colostomy bag which he will need for his entire life. On top of that the news has just come in that her mother (who supports the family in countless ways) has just been transferred to a hospice. Already behind and in arrears with most of the household bills, the extra cost of daily public transport to the hospice is proving too much to bear. Your support would allow the family to visit more often in this very difficult and emotional season.
We are supporting a 50 year old man who is currently homeless and sleeping in a church. He is struggling with his mental health and has no access to any income to cover basic expenses. While we try to resolve some of the root causes, it would be great if he was enabled to buy some new clothes, buy basic toiletries and be able to pay for his bus fares to access essential health and legal services.
T has been working with Christians Against Poverty (CAP) for several months. She has three young children and suffers with ill health that prevents her from working. The fled domestic violence, and was left with some debts- CAP have recommended she goes through a Debt Relief Order, but she is unable to afford the fee to pay for this.
C was brought to London and forced into modern slavery. After years of abuse that left her with dire physical wounds and other deep mental scars, she finally managed to flee. She now lives in safe accommodation and is starting to recover. She recently had surgery and has been referred to the partly funded NHS programme Healthwise to improve her lifelong mobility. She has to pay £200 for the next 10 months. With her small asylum seeker payment, she can’t afford to pay for the full amount for the programme.
H has multiple health issues including diabetes and high blood pressure. Unaware of how the benefits system works he applied for disability benefits all by himself many months ago. He is now receiving help from his local MP and a welfare adviser, but he may still have to wait another 12 weeks for a decision. Meanwhile with his basic Universal Credit allowance he is not able to cover his bills, afford some fresh healthy food, pay for transport to medical appointments and other basic necessities.
K has 2 daughters and a son. The eldest daughter is struggling with mental health difficulties, is being bullied and isn’t doing well in her first year at high school. To give her some personal space the two younger children will share a bedroom so they need bunk beds. These will ensure the younger kids have their own space and we can source bunks with mattresses for this amount. The updating for the single room will be undertaken by their local church. Could you help?
This elderly gentleman has recently been housed by the council after a time of homelessness. He became homeless after his retirement from the NHS where he was living in hospital accommodation. His new flat is unfurnished and our Church is sourcing household items to equip him with the essentials. The floors are bare and would benefit from some carpet to keep the flat warm. It's estimated that £300 would cover the cost of new carpets. Our Church would match fund the extra £150. Thank you.
K has longstanding mental health problems with schizophrenia, as well as physical ailments. As a result, he is unable to work. His washing machine has now broken down, but being on benefits means it is a financial problem that is just too big for him.
This family are struggling with health and finances. They have a young child with global developmental delay as well as multiple health conditions themselves. Their washing machine has broken and they simply cant afford to replace it, so they are doing washing by hand which is causing further pain.
T suffers with mental health and low income due to not being able to work. He has been working with Christians Against Poverty to sort out his debt and due to his low income his budget is not sustainable. He only has a small debt but the only other option is to go through a full Debt Relief Order which is not ideal. The requested amount would clear his debt and give him a fresh start to be able to live in a budget and start to work on his mental health progress. Thank you so much for your support, in advance.
Ms C has been working with us for a few months, she lives with her two children and suffers with ill health. Since losing her job, her debts have spiralled out of control. We have looked at all her solutions with her and she has decided that a Debt Relief Order is the most suitable option, to give her a fresh start. Please can you help her with the fee?
S has been in hospital with severe depression following the death of her father and the loss of the family home. She still has fragile mental health. S has been given a near empty flat so, along with her two loyal friends, we are locating many donated household items. However, she needs a new cooker and curtain poles to hold curtains that have been donated.
B is a recovering drug addict who has been seeking support through Friends First for volunteering opportunities. He needs to stay in contact with his probation officer so that he isn't recalled back to prison, therefore a phone is really crucial to helping him stay on track.
This dad has two small daughters. He has lots of struggles with his mental health and wants to be the best parent he can be for his daughters. We would love to provide him with some counselling sessions to help him build up his self-esteem and confidence, as the family are unable to fund this themselves.
This lady is struggling greatly with her mental health. She is engaging with the job centre but is finding life very challenging at this time. She also suffers with her physical health and can't walk very far. She has no fridge and can't keep anything at the correct temperature so is doing shopping every day. Some days her mental health means she can't go out and then she doesn't eat. Please can you help her to get a fridge so that she can stock it with a few days of food. Thank you.
This lady is asking for support to purchase a double waterproof mattress for her 16yr old son. He has special educational needs and is incontinent. He is 5ft 10ins tall and his single bed is soiled and no longer fit for purpose. An appropriate mattress has been sourced at £199.99 so if Acts 435 could support this family with £150, our charity will top-up the remaining £49.99. This lady will buy the bed base from her limited resources.
Please can you help raise some funds for this Bradford man to buy some new clothes. He became isolated during the pandemic which led to increasing poor health, depression, and debt. His clothes no longer fit him and he has no spare money to buy new ones. He's working well with Christians Against Poverty and the local church but needs new clothes in order to begin going out again.
S is employed part time but her working hours and earnings have dropped as she is attending a 6 week IT course. S is very committed to the course and progressing well. She is now struggling to pay for electricity. S doesn’t have the money required to travel independently for overtime (weekdays she can car share) to work vital additional weekend shifts. Your support would provide security for the remaining 5 weeks of the course by providing the cost of train tickets.
This young child has been diagnosed with a brain tumour. As a result, he has flashbacks of the treatment he has endured thus far and it scares him, which results in angry outbursts and the feeling of hopelessness. Through counselling, he has started to manage his anger in a positive way and uses imagery as a way of communicating how he feels. Can we help him gain more from his sessions by extending them?
This young girl has had attachment issues since her father left the family home when she was a toddler. She has insomnia and cannot understand why she has two homes, and two places to sleep. Her Mum has sought professional help to support her and discuss her problems. Over the years the situation has deteriorated so help is needed to alleviate further deterioration in the child's health. Can we help her? Thank you.
S and her four children have run from domestic abuse. Her present partner has serious health issues, and she herself is under the doctor for depression. Two of the girls sleep in bunk beds, but these have broken and need to be replace but as finances are really difficult they cannot afford this. Please could you help?
This gentleman has just got a flat after living in his van for months. He suffers with ill health and has diabetes and is celiac. He has managed to get lots of gifted items for his flat but needs a fridge freezer and microwave. He is happy to have second hand items and his son is actively looking on Facebook marketplace for items. Please can you help this gentleman? Thank you.
Our client has a parking charge related to driving in a Clear Zone. Around that time, she suffered a heart attack and was in hospital so failed to pay or appeal within the allotted time. We tried appealing on her behalf, but were turned down. She is now faced with possible Bailiffs if the charge isn’t paid very soon. Her health is getting worse, due to the stress this is causing. She has some of the fine payment saved, but we are looking for the last amount to get it fully paid off. Could you help? Thanks.
We have become aware of this young man whom our church are helping a lot. He has major mobility issues, due to nerve damage, so a scooter would enable him to leave his house to do normal activities such as shopping, seeing friends and not being reliant on others all the time. This young man is in receipt of Personal Independence Payment and Universal Credit. He is unable to work and we are helping him with some of the cost. He has some funds available; however, we would be grateful for any help you could give this young man.
This lady is struggling to manage on her pension. She lives with, and cares for, her autistic daughter and is herself being treated for bowel cancer. Her illness means she needs to bathe and do washing daily, but her washing machine has broken down. She is receiving help from her local church and the Foodbank, but hates having to ask. She has brought up seven children alone after being widowed and never thought that she would be worse off as a pensioner. She would be so grateful for your support.
N is a regular attender at our Food Larder cafes every week. He has serious mental health challenges and is diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. His sleep is being seriously disrupted due to the very poor mattress on which he sleeps and the springs digging into the frame make things very uncomfortable! N receives Universal Credit and would appreciate help in purchasing a new mattress plus bedding as he is not in a position to be able to purchase one himself.
A is a vulnerable woman who is currently not working. Her mum, who she is very close to, had her leg amputated three weeks ago at a hospital some twenty five miles away from their home. As you can imagine, both mum and daughter are devastated and A has been visiting her mum three times a week by train and bus at a cost of £42. Her mum may not be moved to their local hospital for many weeks and A is very stressed about managing this financially and being able to keep her mum's outlook positive.
Our client and her partner struggle with serious health issues making it very difficult for either of them to work. Following Benefit System changes they are no longer able to cover all their bills and are only getting by with help from Foodbanks. Their fridge stopped working a few months ago and they have no means to replace it. A reliable new fridge would allow them to keep their food chilled; reduce their food costs, and bring them peace of mind. Please can you help? Thank you.
C is a fifty five year old, divorced lady who has just learned that she has terminal Bone Cancer. She is in much pain, uses a wheelchair and has a history of depression and suicide attempts. Both her and her son have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Her benefits have not been paid, as she had no bank account until 18th May and she will not receive any benefits for several weeks. She has no oil, food or money for an electric top-up. C has a past history of depression and suicide attempts. I have arranged for a Foodbank delivery on the 18th, but she needs help to support her until her benefits are paid. Her need is urgent, please can you help?
K has been sanctioned for the second time and has been paid £5 to last him until 3rd June. He borrowed money from family to pay for his first month's service charges so he already owes that. He recently moved into Supported Accommodation and we identified significant needs in relation to his mental health. We have contacted his GP in order for K to access medication. Non payment of his service charge will place his accommodation at risk and his current financial concerns are affecting his mental health.
R gave up work to look after his wife who is now nearing the end of her life. When she reached pension age they were advised to change her benefits which landed them in a tricky situation, owing £130 to the Local Authority. They've never been in debt, have no buffer, and are so stressed. They contacted the Local Authority for help, but they get 25p per week too much for assistance! Could we help get this dealt with, and the stress gone, so they can enjoy their last weeks together? Thank you!
X, a Palliative Care Social Worker, contracted Covid and Breast Cancer in 2020 and was extremely poorly. In the same year she lost her job, has been unable to work since and is reliant on Universal Credit. She is struggling to pay off the debts she accrued whilst unwell, and now lives in a caravan, in an effort to avoid accruing more. She has agreed a payment plan of £60 a month to pay off a large electricity bill. £120 would pay this for two months. Please can you help?
We are continuing to support H, aged seventeen, to receive counselling for her high levels of anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, due to disturbing events earlier in her life. She has a place on a counselling programme but, to access it, must travel across London. Her anxiety means she cannot use public transport and needs to travel by private taxi. H is cared for by her mother, a single parent who is registered disabled and living on benefits. We are asking Acts 435 to help fund the taxi fares.
S is a young man living with his mum in rented accommodation who has severe mental health problems and is fighting to recover from addiction issues. He has a history of bullying and racial abuse which he is struggling to address. Mum has organised the out of county move as a fresh start for her son where the family support and access to facilities are better. S and his mum have saved towards the move; however, your help would cover the rest of the moving costs. Their moving date is 29th May. Thank you so much.
J has had a traumatic life, having been a victim of sexual assault, held at gunpoint with her two young sons during an armed raid, and suffering violent relationships. Her mental health has suffered greatly due to this. Both her parents have passed away and, more recently, her best friend was killed following a vicious attack. Jane understandably suffers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which has only been exasperated by all of this. We believe that bereavement counselling will hugely benefit her wellbeing.