Dec 6, 2017
Our agents wrote to us about one of their clients they are supporting who has a large amount of debt, and might even have to file for bankruptcy. She is a single mum of two children, one 3 and one 8 years old. The oldest childs bed has broken, and is falling apart, mostly because it is only suitable for a toddler. We were asked if we could consider contributing towards the cost of a new or second hand bed, so that the child could have a bed to sleep in, as obviously not sleeping properly will impact negatively on her health. We agreed to send her £100 to put towards the cost of a bed.
Dec 5, 2017
One of our agents spotted a single mum of a baby and a four year old, that is unable to put on the heating during these very cold months as she cannot afford to put it on. What is worse, is that the hot water is heated via an immersion tank, so they are without hot water as well. She has applied for the warm home discount, but it is looking that she will not receive that payment until the worst of the bad weather is over. We agreed to send her £100 so that she can put the heating on and the family can be warm again.
Dec 4, 2017
Our client this weekend is a man who has been battling substance abuse for a long time. He was offered the opportunity to go to rehabiliation to get clean and start a new life, but he was stuck as he didn't have enough money to cover the cost of the rail fare to get there. We agreed to cover the cost as this would be a life changing thing for him, and sent across the £47 needed.
Dec 3, 2017
We were approached about a lady that our contact had noticed online, posting about the fact that she has recently been sanctioned by the DWP, and also has had to deal with the fact that her home had been badly damaged by vandals. We agreed between us to send her £60 to spend on food and keep her ticking over until her sanction can be overturned.
Nov 29, 2017
We were contacted about a lady who is living in accommodation which is in a terrible state. She needs to move, but because she is in so much debt it is not likely this can happen. Our agents requested that we offer to fund the £90 needed for the debt relief order so that she can have this put in place, as she is unable to afford this herself. We agreed to send over £150, so an extra £60 for food and essentials.
Nov 28, 2017
Our agents contacted us regarding a lady who has fled a serious domestic abuse situation, taking her three children with her. They are currently being housed in temporary accommodation and the mum has been struggling with her health as a result of the abuse. She has been claiming Statutory Sickness Payments, but that isn't enough to meet her outgoings. She had to leave the family home suddenly and was unable to take the children's birth certificates with her, and without these she is unable to get the child benefit claim transferred to her. The father is currently refusing to relinquish the child benefit claim, even though he is not in contact with them.
We agreed to send £30, which would cover the cost of the three replacement birth certificates, along with a further £220 to allow them to buy some food and essential items.
Nov 25, 2017
Our client is a man who is employed on a zero hours contract, and quite often doesn't achieve even 8 hours of work. He is being threatened by court action over his water bill which currently stands at £400. The company he works for does corporate events and with Christmas on the horizon he will at least be given some extra hours, so might be able to raise some of this. In the meantime we have discovered his 'employers' have been allowing him to take the out of date sandwiches to eat, so he has some food to survive on, which is not ideal.
He was advised and supported in getting in touch with a debt agency who have negotiated on his behalf, and as he is a single person living alone, the water company concerned have reduced his tarrif to a lower priced one and applied this as a backdated transaction which has reduced the amount owing. The debt agency have got them to agree to stop the threat of court action and have agreed to a monthly repayment scheme for the remainder still owing.
We agreed to send across £50 to allow him to be able to buy some food that is not out of date, and £100 to go towards the next couple of months debt repayments, to allow him to catch his breath a bit.
Nov 23, 2017
We were contacted by our agents asking for help for their client, a man who has been homeless for quite some time. He has been sofa surfing, a hidden kind of homelessness, where you rely on people being able to allow you to sleep on their sofa for a night here and there. This level of uncertainty is quite unsettling for a person. He has finally been offered a flat, but has nothing to go into it in terms of furniture, crockery, small appliances. Our agents have been able to source some of these items for him, but asked for a small amount of help with this. He also hopes to set up a room for his teenaged daughter when he can. We offered to send over £50 to them to spend on his behalf.