Jan 23, 2018
Our contact asked us to help a lady who is living in a rented property where the boiler has not been functioning properly. Her landlord has been ignoring her pleas for help with this, and it has got to the point that the environmental health officer has stepped in and given the landlord 7 days to call out an engineer and rectify the issue. In the meantime she has had to run freestanding electric heaters to stay warm. The knock on of this is that over the past three days she has put £40 on the electricity meters, which is money she has had to borrow from a relative. We agreed to send the lady £60 so that she can repay the £40 and have £20 spare to put on her meter.
Jan 18, 2018
Our agents contacted us about a single mother of three children. Her oldest child has behavioural issues and is consequently tutored at home, as mainstream school cannot manage his behaviour. Her middle child has a health issue, and the youngest is only 3 years old. The middle child is 11 years old and has a heart problem, which means he needs surgeries to correct this, has to take medication to keep his blood thin, and has oxygen problems. She has applied for Disability Living Allowance, but has failed to achieve this. We guided her to some agencies that can help her apply for this, and support her through the process and sent over £80 to help her with the extra heating and transport costs.
Jan 16, 2018
Our client is a young man who has been street homeless for sometime. He has now been offered a permanent place of his own, but obviously has nothing to his name in terms of furniture or white goods. Our agents have applied to his local council for a welfare grant and they have supplied a fridge, kettle and a toaster. A cooker and a washing machine have been applied to one grant for, and for a freezer to another grant. This means he still needs a bed and a chair or sofa of some kind and we were asked to help with this. We agreed to send him £100 so that he can access his local Emmamus to get both of these from them second hand. Any left over money can be used to purchase some bedding.
Jan 15, 2018
We were made aware of a single mum to two children, a three year old and a four month old. She has been literally starving herself, so that she can make the little amount of food she has available to her children. She now has no money for gas or electricity or any food. She usually budgets really well, but as with many people in January she finds it a very long month.
She tried to make Christmas good for the children, as their father has now been imprisoned for domestic violence towards the mother, but it has backfired as she now finds herself struggling so much. We agreed to send her £100 to allow her to buy some gas, electric and some food for the three of them.
Jan 15, 2018
Our clients asked if we would consider funding a DRO (debt relief order) application fee for a single mother, with a 21 year old son. He is at College, but not in receipt of any income whatsoever. She is only in receipt of £73.10 per week Job Seekers Allowance. She is drowning in debt, which come to almost £15,000, not all of it credit card debt, it is rent arrears due to the government introduction of the bedroom tax, plus utilities arrears, as her £73.10 a week do not come even close to covering her day to day living costs, let alone catch up with any debts. The DRO will allow her to have a fresh slate and try to plan for the future, without the constant worry of debt collectors.
Jan 13, 2018
Following a surgery to fuse this man's wrist, in an effort to deal with the constant pain, this man is now having serious complications, resulting in the surgery site constantly reopening and not healing properly. They are now considering plastic surgery or a skin graft to hopefully encourage the surgery site to heal properly. At the moment he is unable to cut his food up, dry himself after a shower, or dress properly as he is unable to use this hand and wrist as it goes into spasm.
He was in receipt of DLA and when invited to apply for PIP, he then failed and now is not in receipt of benefits. Fortunately he still lives at home so his family will make sure he doesn't starve, but he needs to be able to visit the hospital for appointment, and generally be able to live. We offered to send him £80 to help him with this. He has been to the DWP and is currently job searching to see if something suitable comes up, and is also in contact with a debt charity to help him resolve his debt issues.
Jan 13, 2018
One of our very own Biscuits came across a man in the week who was sat out in the street with people passing him by. She commented that he was so cold he had frost visible on his face. As he has a dog, he is unable to access any of the homeless shelters, plus because he has a history of alcohol and substance abuse, he is trying to stay away from places where he might get drawn back into that lifestyle again.
Our agent bought him a fleecy sweatshirt and a couple of blankets in the sales at one of the main highstreet stores and gave him £10 to buy some food with. She said he burst into tears as she handed him the sweatshirt, she'd only paid £5 for it, but to him it meant so much more. She also gave him some food for his dog. Hopefully she'll be able to help him access some local support to assist him get into accommodation of some kind that will also allow him to take his dog with him. Until that happens, he will stay on the streets with his dog, as having his dog with him has at times literally kept him alive.
Jan 8, 2018
It was an urgent request we received to help a man who has been long term homeless. He has been offered a home to move into but has absolutely no furniture whatsoever. Our agents have applied to the emergency fund with his local council to help purchase some items, but they wanted to know if we could help with some money to get him started. He is in receipt of ESA and PIP but has no spare money to purchase anything. We agreed to send him £100 and hopefully with that and the support of our agents he will be able to pick up some low cost items second hand on local selling sites.