Acts 435 Giving to anyone who has need

Success Stories

Counselling sessions for a mother and baby in foster care

9th January 2018

This money went towards 6 sessions of therapy for S, who is currently in a mother and baby foster placement, and it was looking like she might have to give the baby up for adoption, however, her Counsellor wrote this in her report: "I have seen a real difference in S since we started the work. With the limited amount that we could do in 6 sessions I think we were able to touch upon some of her attachment blocks and troublesome mindsets."

Even this short term contract has helped S to turn around and change 'enough' regarding her placement requirements; resulting in her assessors re-evaluating their decision and passing her. This has saved a baby going into care at this stage; a remarkable and very positive outcome.

We are looking to continue to support S and her baby in the future.

Thank you for making this huge difference to two people's lives.

The alarm made all the difference

28th December 2017

Emma hadn't had a proper night's sleep for months because she was so afraid that her little boy might have a seizure during the night. As a single mum with two other small boys (one with mental health problems), she was at the end of her tether, exhausted with stress and lack of sleep. She was delighted to receive a seizure alarm, just before Christmas - it was the best present ever! When the Advocate called at Emma's home to hand over the alarm, Emma gave her a huge hug. She said that the alarm would make such a difference to the whole family, because when the little boy was asleep she will be able to sleep properly too, knowing that she would be woken up by the alarm if he had a seizure. She said that she will be better able to cope with the boys and have more energy to do things with them so the whole family will benefit.

Homeless man who now has a roof over his head for winter

5th December 2017

Darren was living on the streets due to his addiction. He had lost all chances of finding some where when he came to the Ark Project where we introduced him to Acts 435. He turned up with his bags a little bit late and so sadly he had to find a friends sofa to stay on, which was a miracle the his friend was at The Ark too. We then found him some where to stay but it wasn't available for 2 weeks and his friend agreed to let him just have the sofa for that time but no more. Dead on the date he had to move out and the flat wasn't ready so we had to find him another place to stay so we prayed with him made some calls and praise the lord he got a shared accommodation where he has a room the landlady agreed to just waver the bond and let him have his room for £120. His mum agreed to lend her pension for this and then the donation came from kind Acts 435 donors, the whole family were amazed. Darren is settled in his new room and doing well he is even thinking about a job. Bless you all as it wouldn't have possible without your donations. You are making a MASSIVE difference in so many peoples' lives.

Overdue Bills

1st December 2017

Our church member is bipolar and has physical disability. We applied for two grants totalling of £100 and £60, both of which were successful. Because of his mental health issues, he had overlooked the lapse of his Disability Payments and had not reapplied. This loss of income over a year meant that he had fallen into debt and was unable to pay ongoing bills. The two grants have helped to tide him over while he reapplied for the benefit which has now been awarded.

We put his situation on the prayer list and my impression is that he gained some hope as a result of the Acts 435 process. It inspired him to seek other help on his own initiative and in addition he has successfully lost two stone in weight. There is still a long way to go but, with God's help and his people, he believes there is a way out.

Replacement Window

27th November 2017

Mum is a single parent to three little boys under the age of 6 years. Her front room window was smashed one Saturday evening by a group of young people who were going down the street throwing rocks at windows. Mum was very scared and she immediately left the home with her three young boys. Mum stayed in temporary accommodation whilst waiting for the window to be repaired, the family would not have been able to pay for this if hadn't been for the kindness of Acts 435. The children were very unsettled and Mum was so worried about what she was going to do. Thank you you so much to Acts 435's kind donation as this has made it possible for Mum and the children to move home and not have to take any loans to get the window repaired. It has taken a huge burden off her shoulders and enabled the family to be home and get ready for Christmas.

Published a book

10th November 2017

This donation went to support one of our people who has had an incredibly difficult life. She was addicted to many substances and working the streets 6 years ago when we first new her. She is now well on the way to a more stable life and that has meant that dreams that she has held are coming to fruition. With the help of a lot of people through crowd funding, Acts 435 the kindness of a publisher and in illustrator Liz has now fulfilled one of those dreams by becoming a published author of a children's book. We're so grateful to Acts 435 donors for their support.

Double Blessing

24th October 2017

P was left homeless after being institutionalised and the council repossessed his flat. Of Italian descent he had no family to sort out his belongings so they were "dumped" and he was left with literally nothing.
He was overwhelemed by the kindness of strangers who responded to his Acts 435 request,and was given Asda vouchers so he can choose goods which are a priority to him, and choose the designs etc. This is so empowering to someone who has been powerless for two years.That is blessing number one.
The second blessing is he has asked to be directed to the nearest church as he wants to offer to volunteer and to seek to know more of God. Heartfelt thanks to the donor (s).

Activity regained

23rd October 2017

C had a stroke and from being very active found herself extremely restricted. Through help and encouragement she is regaining her confidence and is not letting her problems hold her back. She tried a friend's scooter and felt she would be confident enough to have one. Through the help of Acts 435 donors, and help from the church we bought her one. Her life has been revolutionised. She is whizzing about shopping and visiting and is a joy to behold. Thank you so very much.

ACTS 435 made all the difference

18th October 2017

M, an elderly lady of 76, lived with her daughter but was threatened with homelessness when the landlord sold the property. Because of financial difficulties, she was not able to continue living with her daughter who was moving into a motorhome. At the last minute she was offered a bungalow which needed decorating, which we did. However, it had a concrete floor which was cold and dusty. This wouldn't have helped her severe asthma. We applied to Acts 435 who generously donated £120 for carpets which were then fitted to the living room, bedroom and hallway, transforming her little bungalow into a warm and comfortable home. Thank you to those who gave so generously. I only wish you could see the difference it has made to her.

Starting School

4th October 2017

Our client's children faced a new school year without full uniform, due to a problem with family payments being stopped during a time of re-assessment. The decision to suspend payments all together whilst the family payments were adjusted downwards had a huge knock on effect as money planned to be spent on school uniforms towards the end of school holidays was unavailable. The policy to suspend payments for weeks at a time put enormous financial and psychological pressure on this single parent. This current policy around benefit calculations also meant one of our client's children started high school without the proper school uniform, having a huge and negative impact on what should have been a significant and exciting transition from primary to secondary school. The money donated through Act 435 meant that all the children now have full school uniforms, proper fitting shoes and most importantly higher self esteem through the generosity of Acts 435 donors. God bless you!

Fitting of carpets

29th September 2017

This was our first request. Jane made contact with us when suffering with asthma and a cold flat due to no flooring. The bear concrete flooring was unsitely, cold and the dust aggravated her asthma. Being on low income she could not afford carpets. Her neighbour recently passed away and the family donated the carpets to Jane in thanks for being such a good neighbour. Generous Acts435 donors gave £100 for the carpets to be fitted. The carpets have transformed Janes flat into a warm and welcoming home, and bought warmth into her life in many ways.

Relief At Sorting Out The School Uniform

15th August 2017

Different things causes stress to different people. One of our Clients at the Selby & District Foodbank was stressing out about getting the compulsory uniform for her two children. A new uniform is being introduced from September at the School where her two children attend. Mother had probably left it too late to ask at the School for assistance and this was only one of the family's many issues, although one of the main stress factors at this time. Mother was concerned that the children would look "different" if not in uniform and of possible consequences by the children not adhering to the School uniform rules. We decided to ask for help from Acts435 and the response was superb and immediate. One of our Volunteers accompanied the family to the School Uniform Shop and the compulsory part of the uniform was ordered and purchased. Stress removed and relief all round! Who is to judge what causes one person stress compared to another? Acts 435 has done it again!

More than just money, but a servant heart

9th August 2017

Charlotte arrived at our CAP Job Club a few months ago broken and lacking any confidence in herself. We discovered that she was helping to care for her sister's children while her sister was undergoing radiotherapy and that her washing machine was broken so we submitted an Acts 435 application for her to buy a replacement machine. In the mean time we enrolled Charlotte in our free counselling service and began helping build up her self-esteem. After meeting with her yesterday to hand over the wonderful Acts 435 gift she said that she would like to give back by volunteering with our Foodbank team and coming along to the CAP Job Club to help make toasted sandwiches for our clients. Thank you Acts 435 community for helping to turn Charlotte's life around!

Social and secure

21st July 2017

P's life has not been easy. Much of it has been spent looking after her parents to the detriment of her own life.
Through owning a scooter in later life she managed to get to a craft club we run and made friends. She is now an active member of the church with a social life.
The independence the scooter brings cannot be imagined and the loss of it would have been life changing.
Not being able to secure it was a concern which is now sorted through the generous donors of Acts 435.
Thank you very much.

Mother stays by her son's hospital bedside.

7th July 2017

D's son was involved in a critical car accident. He is on life support and there has been brain damaged. D is a single mum on benefits and the hospital is 2 hours away. She needed money to help with transport.
The appeal was achieved in just a few days.
D's son will be in hospital for some time.
This money has offered D real hope and reassurance. She is surrounded by a wall of prayer here and the support of the chaplaincy team. It means so much to her. In this dark time the love of neighbours means so much. Thank you.

Could You Or I Live In A Van?

6th July 2017

Acts 435, through the generosity of its donors, has helped a lady who is living in a van, through no fault of her own. She had to leave the house she rented and started to live in her van. There were no family members who wanted to assist her. She has no recourse to public funds as yet - at least two months on.
The cooking and living equipment the Selby & District Foodbank bought on her behalf through your donations will make a real difference, on a daily basis, to this intelligent and caring lady.She does not fit the criteria of the majority of people we have recently been helping at the Foodbank. In other words, it could have been you or it could have been me. "Food for thought" as they say, which is quite ironic in the circumstances.

Peace of Mind

25th May 2017

Peace of Mind

Des is a vulnerable adult who is housed by a Christian supported housing charity. Due to recent changes at the DWP Des has been left without income through no fault of his own. Understandably, this caused Des a great deal of stress and anxiety, worrying about not being able to keep on top of his rent payments and contributions to utilities. We approached Acts 435 regarding Des's situation, and before long £45 was contributed in order to cover Des's rent and utilities for the period of time he was without income. This has helped reduce Des's stress and anxiety, and has enabled him to continue working as a volunteer at a charity shop, safe in the knowledge that his accommodation was secured.

A New Home

19th May 2017

A New Home

Jim is a man with a new lightness in his step. He first came to us for food 2 years ago; when he was relying on friends for a bed at night. He has suffered with Illness, which led to unemployment and depression. Recently however, he came to us tired but happy that he had been offered a flat after 2 years of sofa surfing and relying on friends. Now with a proper address he was able to access benefits again. However, the flat was completely empty and he had little money to spare after moving in. Friends helped with the smaller bits and pieces but the Acts 435 grant enabled him to choose the larger items he needed. With careful buying from a second hand shop the result is amazing. As he says he now has a HOME.
He is a man transformed and shares his story with everyone, showing them photographs and inviting them round for a cup of tea. He has learnt to laugh once more.

Sara, the local Advocate, went out to see him again recently, to take the picture below;

"I have been to see James today and he is still very grateful for the help he received from Acts 435. He proudly showed me round his flat and pointed out the items he had bought with the grant - amazing how far it went!! He was more than happy for his photo to be used on the website if it would encourage others to help those in need. I am going to give him a framed copy of the photo for his wall to go with the only two family ones he has which are so very precious to him.
We prayed for his dog,Skye,who sadly has cancer but still enjoyed a walk by the river this morning."

Life Changing Gift

13th April 2017

Life Changing Gift

Karen, our Advocate in Cornwall writes; I was heartbroken to hear the story of a couple who describe themselves as 'white refugees.' W and G are UK citizens who have recently returned to the UK after living in South Africa. They had to leave because there was no employment and they simply couldn't survive. They are living with W's brother in Cornwall; it is a difficult situation because the brother is self employed and not getting much work. They are desperate for money just to live and their benefits claim could take 3 months to be assessed.
Feeling utterly despondent, D and W were led to Transformation CPR and Centenary Methodist Church. Joining me for Tea & Toast, they told me this had been a 'life saving and life changing experience.' They had been 'welcomed with open arms and shown true Christian love.'

The £100 they received through Acts 435 was used to purchase toiletries (supplemented by CPR Foodbank), for essential travel to appointments e.g. Jobcentre, and to pay for W's essential prescriptions. It was a lifeline to them.

Creating a virtuous cycle.

9th January 2018

The recipient was shocked at first to find complete strangers had given money to help in their hour of need. The look on their face was one of shock, joy and happiness. The recipient wanted to give £20 back as a donation to support other people in need. After trying to refuse I had to accept £10 donation back to us. Such generosity from someone in dire straits was very touching and humbling.

It was such a privilege to pass on the kindness of strangers to someone who really needed a helping hand.

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