S is currently living in a winter let in Porthtowan and is somewhat isolated. She is moving into a 2 bedroom property in the new year but has no furniture at all. Her baby is due in April and would like to set up home before then. S has no family here in Cornwall. We are supporting her with midwife appointments and benefit applications. Having a fridge freezer to keep food in for herself and her child would prove to be a valuable item of furniture. We are sourcing other items from donations. Many thanks.
This request has come through Christians Against Poverty working with a lady who has problems with debts and a very bad back which is ongoing. She would like help to purchase a sofa that will give support to her back and enable her to invite her daughter to her home without feeling the constant distraction of not being able to relax and give quality time which is much needed.
R became homeless after her landlord behaved inappropriately towards her, making it impossible for her to stay. This led to depression. She has been staying in supported accommodation for a while, has engaged well, and has now managed to get her own unfurnished flat. R has saved up to buy a bed, and got a local authority loan for a cooker and a fridge, but her flat has no floor covering. A carpet for her living room would really help her flat to feel like home and improve her mental health.
L and her partner have just moved into a Housing Association property, but the donated bed has a very old, worn double mattress and L is suffering with back pain, and not able to sleep properly. The couple are on a very low income and have a large amount of debt, which they are making repayments to as quickly as their benefits allow, but this leaves them with very little for day-to-day living so they cannot save anything towards larger items. A new mattress would make a huge difference to them.
D is a 60 year old gentleman who suffers from diabetes and dementia - his son looks after him. His daughter had been with him for many years but she has now left for her own place taking all the household possessions (which she had bought), but most problematically his fridge which he needs to store his insulin at a low temperature. He found out about Acts 435 at the Food Larder where he had come to get food as he finds it hard to manage on his Employment Seeker's Allowance benefit.
H has been street homeless and sofa surfing for the past nine months having fled domestic violence. She has been exposed to further violence and sexual coercion through being homeless. With support, H has made positive changes, is engaging well with support and now has an unfurnished tenancy where she is able to start her journey of recovery. She is enthusiastic to start a fresh new life and be reunited with her child and family. Some basic furniture would really help with this process.
K has been diagnosed with diabetes and is working with the diabetes nurse to change his diet. He has been ill for some time and missed a job center appointment that led to him being sanctioned. His fridge broke down some time ago and due to lack of funds he has not replaced it. His nurse has told him that he needs to eat more fresh fruit and veg and a new fridge would keep his food fresher for longer, can you help him to get the fridge he needs please?
P has been living in a male refuge after fleeing years of domestic abuse from his partner. He is still very vulnerable but has been offered a flat out of the county. He has had a grant for the deposit and 4 weeks rent. He receives Universal Credit but will get no money for 4 weeks. The refuge are contacting a Food bank in his new area. However there is only a bed in his flat. He desperately needs bedding and all the basic kitchen and dining utensils and crockery. Please help him!
This 38 year old woman and her three children have been in emergency accommodation for over a year. They were evicted from their previous property and became homeless. The mother has now been offered a council tenancy but the family have to vacate their present tenancy immediately. They have nothing to furnish it with, but a local charity has agreed to supply beds to the children. One more bed for the mother is needed and any help would be of enormous benefit.
This client is a single Mum of 6 children who are aged between 8 and 16 years of age. Currently they are all sharing beds with Mum on the couch downstairs. The family have little space and no one is getting a good night's sleep. Mum suffers with poor mental health, previous domestic abuse, and also has physical problems which are made worse by not having a bed to sleep in. Please can we get the family a bunk bed for two of the children to free some space in their home. Many thanks.
A young single Mum of two children has recently moved out of the supported accommodation and been given a property in the community which is unfurnished. Mum is working really hard to make the home suitable, she has little resources and is isolated. The children's clothes are piled up in the room and constantly getting knocked and dirty as there is nowhere to put them. Please can we help the family to get a wardrobe for the children and a dinning room table to eat from as a family. Thank you.
A young single Mum of two young children has no freezer. Mum is finding it difficult to manage without one and it is affecting the food she can buy. With Christmas coming so soon the family would really benefit from having an under counter freezer as she just has a small fridge at present. Many thanks.
S came to our foodbank this week, she explained she has a gas cooker which is slowly running out of rings. It just has one working ring and the gas oven is just about working. She was donated the cooker many years ago by family and it is now on its last legs, it is unlikely it will still be working at Christmas. She isn’t looking forward to Christmas this year as is it will be the first Christmas since a family member's death on 28th December last year. Your kind generosity to provide a new gas cooker for her would make a huge difference.
E had to leave his family home due to his mother’s mental health difficulties and he has recently managed to get his own flat. He has mental health problems of his own, and has attempted suicide, but is receiving support to help him to cope. He receives Universal Credit and is just about managing to meet his day to day bills but has nothing left over to afford the basic items he needs to furnish his flat. He would like to be able to buy a washing machine and would really appreciate your help.
P has four children and was recently made homeless due to a rogue private landlord. They were only able to bring some of their items from their old home and left behind some white goods as they couldn’t afford to hire a van. They are now settled in more permanent accommodation but getting all the clothes dry for 5 people in winter months is tricky. Please help!
L is working with Christians Against Poverty and hopes to be debt free soon, but now her freezer has broken down. L and her family live in a rural location and getting to the shops is not easy and the cost of bus fares is mounting up. Having freezer storage will minimise the number of shopping trips for food.
Can you help B, who has recently been re-housed in Lancaster and needs bedroom furniture? He was previously sofa surfing and also living in his car. He receives Universal Credit and has debts that Citizens Advice are helping him with. He does occasional agency work, but this can mess up his Universal Credit payments due to its occasional nature. He is doing his best to get his life back on track. Please can you help with £120 to buy some furniture?
This 53 year old man had to flee to the UK after experiencing a traumatic event in his native country South Africa which put his life in danger. He now suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and extreme anxiety. He has spent many months homeless and has become alcohol dependent. He has now been offered help with his addiction and is responding well. He has moved into a new home and needs help furnishing it. He is in receipt of Universal Credit so cannot afford all the items he needs.
This married couple have struggled financially since she was refused her Personal Independence Payments following an assessment a few weeks ago. They were distraught to find their cooker has failed just before Christmas and would love to replace it. We are working with them to improve their living conditions and know it would be a real boost for them to have a working cooker before Christmas. Thank you.
This client has a large family and is seriously disabled as she has type 1 diabetes. She also has severe joint and spinal injuries. Her tumble dryer recently broke down and she is struggling daily to cope with the amount of washing her family produces - as it's getting colder it's becoming even harder to dry all the clothes. A tumble dryer would make a huge difference to her and her family.
Having been homeless both on the streets and sofas for the last 30 years, this man has now secured a tenancy with the support of the Council. He is awaiting a Personal Independence Payment assessment, and so is having to meet his bills and equip his new accommodation from his initial Universal Credit payments. As a church, we are hoping to help in terms of furniture and clothing. He is excited at this new start and would greatly benefit from a washing machine. Thank you.
A is a father of five who has been living in the UK, and his family have just arrived from Iran to live with him. However the family have no furniture. We have gifted them some furniture but they now need a washing machine for their clothes. This would make a really big difference as they look to settle into a new country.
We have a mum at school expecting her 5th child which was very much unplanned. She has three children with special needs, one of whom is autistic with complex needs. The youngest child has now outgrown her cot to the extent that it has broken and we would like to ask for help to purchase a new one. Other items needed are a single wardrobe, a Moses Basket, a pushchair, a steriliser and baby bottles. Many thanks for your help.
Miss L was previously in a private rented property which was damp and inhabitable. She has just recently had a baby that was born in August. Please can we help her set up her new home? She has struggled to pay for everything for her new home and is still without a cooker. It would help her so much to be able to cook healthier meals for herself, and even more so as the baby gets older.
This lady is a single mum with two children under two years old. Currently both children share her bed but she would like to get them into their own beds. She was moved to Barnsley by the council and has no support from friends and no family in the UK. She feels isolated and depressed but is so grateful to learn there may be some help for her and the children.
M has always worked but had to stop 10 weeks ago because of health issues. He has 2 young children and has been without income pending the receipt of Universal Credit. Their cooker is broken and he cant afford to replace it. The family are also behind with council tax and water bill payments.
Physically disabled Mum on benefits with four children, all with various disabilities, has recently had to move into a new house with a narrow corridor where her old sofa was impossible to get in. She has found a sofa that will come apart and fit but would like some funds to purchase it. I hope you can help
C is fleeing domestic violence and has been housed in an unfurnished flat. As it is temporary accommodation she is not eligible for most grants to provide some of the basics to allow her to live there. There are concrete floors and she has very young children and no appliances in the kitchen. We would like to be able to buy them a cooker from a local furniture project to enable them to cook meals.
D and S have health issues and are currently applying for Personal Independence Payment having asked for help from Christians Against Poverty. Their washing machine has been broken for 3 months. A neighbour has been helping them out but she doesn’t want her washer being over used. Applications were made for help, but as they don’t have children they weren’t successful. Would you be able to help this couple to purchase the washing machine they need?
P was homeless, then got into a hostel and now has his own flat. He has become a Christian and has furnished his flat with most things but just needs carpets. There is nothing on the floor at present in any of the rooms. We have sourced a carpet someone is getting rid of and £120 will help us to get carpets in the rest of the flat. Please help this lovely guy who has turned his life around get the final furnishings to make his new home complete. He is on Universal Credit so cannot afford to save.
B is on Employment Seeker's Allowance and Personal Independence Payment benefits. She is 60 years of age and has had to move from her 3 bedroom house to older person's sheltered housing. B was not able to take her cooker as it was built-in, which means that she has no means of cooking for herself and her 8 grandchildren who regularly visit. She would really appreciate any help that can be given to her.
L is currently on Personal Independence Payment and Universal Credit. He has recently been rehoused by the council and on moving his cooker was condemned. He cannot afford to replace it. L is well known at the local food bank and at the church. Please help if you are able. Thank you very much.
D has been in hospital for the last six months with mental health issues, which have led to him being evicted from his previous accommodation. He has been supported to secure an unfurnished bedsit, but he can't move into it until he has a bed or mattress to sleep on. Due to errors being made in processing his Universal Credit claim, he is currently financially destitute, and has no family or friends around him who can help with the purchase of a bed.
This lady is in her sixties, she struggles at home looking after 5 children between the ages of 2 months and 7 years. She is currently surviving only on a pension. Her gas cooker is unusable, and the oven door has actually fallen off. She is unable to afford to replace it, and is struggling to feed the children. With Christmas coming up, we're hoping to find her a replacement.
L is a single mum to 4 children. She has had no stair carpet in her home for 5 years. The house is old and cold with the stairs leading off the hallway. The carpet would make a huge difference to the family. L is working with Christians Against Poverty and budgeting as best she can with what money she has coming in but there is no way that she can afford to buy a carpet.
T, a vulnerable lady living alone, woke up one morning to find her partner dead on the sofa, and is suffering with anxiety and mental health issues. Her support worker managed to obtain a new sofa but the old one is still in the property stacked with other stuff in her bedroom. She is unable to use the bedroom to sleep in, so uses the sofa! The cost to remove the furniture is £120. T has been warned by the housing organisation that the furniture needs to be removed, but cannot afford the cost.
A has been granted leave to remain and he is delighted that he can stay in the UK and be safe. He will be moving into a property and has been given a bed and a sofa. He is going to save up from his benefits to by a cooker, but it will be months before he can save up enough to buy a fridge. He's diabetic and really needs to eat fresh fruit and veg to stay healthy. A second hand fridge would help him to keep his food fresh. Could you help him?
A was evicted from a private rented property and the council have rehoused him as he is classed as vulnerable. His new property has nothing in it and a lot of his things were damaged by mould in the other property. He would benefit from a cooker as he is not eating properly. He does have mental health issues that are not being addressed at present, having a cooker would help him to settle in and get into a routine. Then hopefully we can get him to engage with the mental health service.
C is estranged from his family and has been staying with friends for 6 months, but he has no had to leave their flat as they have been evicted and he is now homeless. He has been told that he is quite a low priority for council housing and is trying to get a private flat but needs a deposit. We have helped him to apply for benefits and he is going to buy a cooker, but needs your help to buy a bed and mattress. Thank you for considering his request.
F is a sixty-year-old man who has recently moved into the Gordano area. He struggles to make ends meet on benefits and has to make visits to a foodbank. His only means of heating food is a microwave which has recently broken so he has been living on sandwiches for a number of months. We hope to get him a microwave to replace the broken one.
A gentleman has been homeless for a while after the breakdown of his marriage. He has found accommodation but it is unfurnished, we have helped him with lots of practical items but he is in need of a cooker. He is a type 2 diabetic so good nutritious food is important. He is also an elderly gentleman so the whole experience has been very difficult. He would be extremely grateful for any help towards his new start which has been incredibly fraught.
J has come to us for advice regarding her debts. She is a single mum with a small child who has left an abusive relationship (both financially and physically). J could not afford a washing machine and has been forced to rent one at a cost of £6 p/w. We're trying to help J balance her budget and save expenditure where she can. Owning her own washing machine rather than renting will be much better for her in the long run. Any support offered will be gratefully received.
This lady has been the victim of a sexual assault which has caused severe mental health problems. She has 3 children to look after and is being supported by a specialised support worker who has noted that there is no flooring in the house. We would really like to be able to help this family.
W is in her early twenties. She lives alone and suffers from mental health issues. She has no family support. She needs help to buy a washing machine as the one she has has broken and she is currently washing everything by hand. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
C is a middle aged man who’s struggling to find employment, he has engaged on our job club programme every week. After struggling for years on and off with alcohol and weed addiction he has been clean of alcohol for 2 years and weed for 6 months. C lives in Scotland in a private rented flat and has over the past year made numerous phone calls to his landlord and he hasn’t came to fix either his cooker or his heating. Because of this we are trying to raise money to get him a hot plate and a fan heater for his flat.
S separated from his partner and was so anxious and depressed he took an overdose and ended up in hospital. He is still struggling to come to terms with what has happened. He has 3 children who he sees regularly and he has recently got a flat. He receives Universal Credit but has deductions which leave him struggling to pay his bills and he has nothing left over to buy furniture and other basic items he needs. He would like to be able to buy a washer, and would be grateful of help towards this.
This 49 year old female is a client of the Sue Lambert trust. She has been struggling without an oven for some time and would like to be able to cook her daughter a Christmas lunch. She is a lady who has experienced significant trauma in her life and struggles with her mental health. She is in receipt of benefits and has struggled for several months trying to appeal a lesser award and a sanction, which has left her on a very low income and a great deal of stress. Any help would be much appreciated.
This young man has been in his accommodation since June and still does not have a fridge freezer for his flat. Having one would mean that he could keep food and therefore be cost effective when shopping - rather than shopping for each day as it comes. Please help us to meet this need for him.
A has become a full time carer for his elderly father who had a heart attack this summer. They both were living in their own 1 bedroom flats. Since becoming his full time carer, the local authorities have re-located them into a 2 bedroom home. They are both vulnerable with learning needs and still struggle living off benefits. They need help with moving the contents of their homes and the installation of a gas cooker.