M is a working single mum, with one son living with her. Her younger son (10) is living with his dad. The relationship has deteriorated, and M doesn't know where they are living and isn't being allowed regular access to son. She would like to establish regular visiting. In order to do this she is going to have to go through mediation- she has sought advice, but the initial consultation where they will work out whether she qualifies for legal aid is £100. This isn't manageable on her tight budget.
P is paying into the CAP budgeting scheme, however, he is short of the first month's instalment towards his bankruptcy fees. He is supporting his family of 3 children under 11 years old, one of which has special needs. His budgeting is going well but he just needs help with the first month's fee to get him going on his own.
J is a client of Christians Against Poverty(CAP), who are helping him clear debts resulting from a marital split and mental health problems. He lives with his mother and brother- none of whom are able to work due to health issues. His father died recently and J does not have the fare to get to the funeral in Croydon on 25th Feb, nor does he have a suit to wear. He is engaging well with CAP and also now regularly attending local Alpha Course. He says that the suit will also help him apply for work.
This single lady, working with Christians Against Poverty to repay her debts, is looking to fund essential car repairs so she can continue working in her care role in the community. Without these car repairs, she will not be able to work.
N is a single mum of a 6 year old daughter living in a social housing flat and currently on benefits including Universal Credit. She has debt due to benefit changes resulting in over payments and a need for an Advance. She is working with Christians Against Poverty to clear her debt. Her child's father was deported to Jamaica. N is desperate to get paid work and can work as a care worker on a good hourly rate if she can get a DBS check done. This request is to cover the cost of the DBS check.
C is in significant financial hardship due to benefit cuts. After a change in circumstance he had to downsize significantly and place his things in storage. He is no longer able to pay the storage costs and is therefore at risk of losing all his goods. Through working with Christians Against Poverty, the warehouse have offered a settlement figure of £75 to release the goods. This is a great offer and would allow C to access and sell goods to alleviate some of his hardship and move forward.
This single mum is on benefits and has historic debts resulting in large deductions to her benefits. She is now getting help from Christians Against Poverty with her debts but is short for her monthly rent payment this month and worried about putting her tenancy with private landlord at risk. Children are 14,12 & 2. Your help is requested to enable to protect her tenancy. There will likely be a Debt Relief order shortly to clear her debts and she will then be able to afford rent.
M is a member of our local street community and has been known to Hastings Street Pastors for 8 years. He has managed to beat previous drug addiction but is still battling alcoholism. He has a dog who is now getting old- he is worried about the dog but cannot afford the £40 to get the dog checked at the vets. He wants to go for detox r.e. alcohol but will not commit until he knows that his dog is ok and can then leave dog with a friend. We will ensure funds are payable directly to the vets.
ED worked as a teaching assistant and had to give up work due to ill health. She has recently been rehoused into a small bungalow rented from the local council. She has accumulated some debts which are slowly being repaid but has no money to furnish the bungalow and is suffering from having a solid concrete floor throughout. Donations to provide flooring would make a great difference to her, especially in this cold weather. Thank you.
SJ is a single mum of 7 & 5 year old children - she had seasonal work cleaning on a caravan site but it is now down season and she is on benefits. SJ is dyslexic, struggles with forms and missed one journal entry and so her Universal Credit (UC) was suspended for 3-4 weeks. Her only other income is child benefit. Her sisters are currently helping her to feed the family but they have their own families and this is putting them under pressure also. We are seeking £120 to help with food and heating pending her UC restarting.