"I have suffered with Anxiety and Depression since the death of my parents and I do not leave my home due to becoming anxious. I also have to rely on benefits and have no spare money to help with decorating my home and repairing things that are broken. With support from my Better Life worker I am trying to improve my health and improve my living conditions so this will have a positive impact on my mental well being. If successful in my application for £120 this will be a massive help to buy the things I need to decorate."
"Due to relying on benefits due to my chronic ill health, including musco-skeletal problems, and having suffered the sudden bereavement of my partner I have now had to apply for Universal Credit. As a result of waiting 6 weeks for my benefit to be processed and paying additional bedroom tax I cannot afford to buy a replacement mattress as suggested by my consultant. If I am successful in my application for £120 this will enable me to get a mattress and help to relieve pain at night time."
G suffers from severe mental health issues and is on a low income. He cannot afford a fridge freezer and is not able to put enough aside each week to save up for one. Having been homeless, and then living in a hostel, G moved into his own tenancy in May. He is being supported to live independently, and a freezer would really help him to be able to stock up on food each time he is paid that will last him until his next payday.
R has mental health difficulties and needs support. She now has a helpful support worker who has secured new accommodation for her. However, the flooring is badly damaged and splintered. R can contribute to the cost but would be very grateful for the £100 which she needs to be able to go ahead with new flooring, so that she can walk around safely. This would make her feel really at home in her new surroundings.
A has multiple physical and mental health problems, caused in part by alcohol issues. He now fears he may have cancer. He has lost all contact with his family but is receiving help from local support services. Because of his health, he has not kept up to his home. He needs a deep clean of his kitchen, but is not well enough to do this himself and cannot afford the cost. It would boost his spirits to know that he is not alone and there are others who care and want to help him improve his life.
J lives alone and claims Employment Support Allowance. She has epilepsy and long term anxiety and depression. She has regular fits and is reluctant to leave the house for fear of fitting outside, as she can’t control her behaviour. This is causing her to be socially isolated. Her cooker has stopped working and it is not feasible to repair it due to it’s age. Help with the cost of replacing it would be really appreciated as she would really love to be able to cook properly again.
N was in an abusive relationship with her partner. She has now been able to leave him but is left with a lot of debt in her name. The abuse has meant that N struggles to deal with many aspects of her life. She went to Citizens Advice, who believe that a Debt Relief Order is the only viable option for her and should remove some of the accumulated distress, for which N is receiving counselling. N would be very grateful for help with the fee.
"I suffer with stress and anxiety to the point that I cannot leave my home without a family member being with me, and I depend on benefits to pay my rent, bills and buy food. I have not had a good nights sleep for a number of months due to my bed being old and worn out which is making my anxiety worse as I cannot afford to buy one. If I was successful in my Act application for £120 this would enable me to get a better nights sleep and this would help to improve my sleep and health."
M is on benefits and is a father to two children aged 4 and 7. He is married and his wife is off work due to breast cancer. They have been sleeping on two sofas for the past six months since their bed broke, so they are desperate for a new bed. They are having to rely on a local foodbank for support so any help would be greatly appreciated.