M moved into his new flat in December with little furniture. He has been sleeping badly on a chair since then. M has long-standing mental health issues, is waiting for knee replacement surgery and is a carer for his elderly mother. Unable to sleep, M’s depression has worsened culminating in an attempted suicide. Being able to have proper rest and a comfortable space would really help him restore some perspective on his life and enable him to start planning for the future.
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R and his family of 4 lived in a single room for over a year. Before Covid-19, R had a steady job but was furloughed and was eventually made redundant during the latest lockdown. They have used all of their small savings and now rely on Universal Credit. They were so relieved to have been offered a 2 bedroom flat just recently but are struggling to furnish it with basic essentials. They desperately need a washing machine as they cannot afford regular trips to the launderette.
A and her 2 children were recently moved to a council house in the Canterbury area from a refuge in London after fleeing domestic abuse. The house is only partly furnished and there are no carpets downstairs, just bare concrete. This means that in addition to being trapped at home during lockdown, A and the children are also trapped upstairs as it's so cold downstairs and dangerous for her very young children to run around on the hard floors. A carpet in the front room would make a massive difference, can you help?
C was the principal carer for her mother until she died two years ago, all of C's savings were used to pay for the burial. C had a five week delay before getting her first Universal Credit payment and since then her debts have accumulated. She had slept on a mattress on the floor for many years but took a budget loan to buy a bed, she has rent and mobile phone arrears. Citizens Advice are helping her to manage her debts and this support from Acts 435 will help her to get ahead on some of her repayments.
H came to the UK with his 3 teenage sons in June. He recently lost his job in the third lockdown. He is awaiting his Universal Credit application to be processed but there have been delays. He desperately needs help to buy food and pay for essential bills while he waits.
This family are seeking asylum from China due to their mother being persecuted for her faith, they are living in Colindale in a B&B. They are not entitled to paid employment but are being supported financially by the home officer with a weekly allowance of £35. They need financial help for livelihood.