Jun 16, 2018
We were contacted urgently late in the day on a Friday to help a man who has an 11 year old son. The father has been helped to successful appeal and overturn a PIP decision, however the wheels at the DWP turn very slowly and he is still waiting for the PIP to be put back into payment. Being without the money means that he has no electricity as no credit on his meter, nor does he have any food. Our agents although they could get a food voucher for him, he wouldn't be able to use it until the following Monday, leaving them without all weekend. We agreed to help him and sent across £50 to tide him over until he could be paid or a food bank voucher got to him.
Jun 15, 2018
Our contacts asked us to assist a family this time. They are a mother and father, and two children, one 11 months and one born last month, but 7 weeks premature. The youngest child was born not properly developed, and was born without a fully functioning digestive system, so has to have a colostemy bag fitted until the child is old enough to have reconstructive surgery to address its needs. They are currently living in an emergency unit and don't have any spare money at all. They have been assisted to put in a new claim for Universal Credit, but that will take 4-6 weeks to be put into payment. They need to travel back and forth to the hospital and that costs money for bus fares, so the mother has been walking the long distance there with the children in a buggy, however the buggy is now broken and needs replacing which they can't afford. Our agents were concerned because the mother was considering a payday loan so she could replace the buggy and have some money for bus fares. We agreed to send across £150 to allow them to replace the buggy (with hopefully a preloved one to make their money stretch further) and have some money left over to pay for the bus. They should aslo be able to apply for an advanced payment of the Universal Credit, which will arrive sooner than the 4-6 weeks.
Jun 15, 2018
A man in his late 50s, following a relationship breakdown recently had to move into new accommodation. He is keen to work, but is currently too unwell to do so and is waiting on a surgery date for an operation. Now he is living in a bedsit, with shared bathroom facilities, but no cooking facilities whatsoever. He used all his benefits money to pay his private landlord a deposit 2 months ago, but still has some money yet to be paid. He has 70p left in the bank, and still two weeks to go until he receives his benefits payment again. To add insult to injury, he has also had his pushbike stolen, so he is unable to replace that either. We agreed to send him £100 so he could buy a small table top oven, or hob to use to cook food on, and have some money left over to buy food and be able to top up his energy meter.
Jun 15, 2018
We saw a call out on Social Media for a homeless man that had absolutely hit rock bottom. An outreach group had been helping him, and sufficient money had been raised to cover the cost of a deposit and the first weeks rent of a bedsit. However, despite that, he has absolutely nothing to take with him when he moves in, no plates, cups, a kettle, something to cook in, etc, etc. We discussed this between us and agreed to send over £85 to the people that were organising this on behalf of the man, as a contribution to be used to get some things together for him. Hopefully his benefits payments will soon be in place for him.
Jun 13, 2018
We were contacted as a matter of urgency by our agents who are assisting a man who will be 60 years old very soon. Back in December 2017 he was refused Employment Support Allowance, and apart from a couple of very small loans from his local authority and a few food vouchers has had nothing since then. He went to his local doctors and the staff there, donated items from their own lunches to give to him as he was in such a dreadful state. His doctors have prescribed him some supplements, as the lack of food has impacted severely on his health. His health issues, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmony Disease), mobility issues, depression and anxiety, as well as having issues with the mobility of his hands means that signing on to Job Seekers Allowance would not be suitable for him right now. He does not even have the energy to get to the soup kitchens that run in the city where he lives. Our contacts are helping him to appeal the ESA decision, but due to how long it takes for the cases to be heard, it could be several months before he gets a court date. Our agents felt this was such a desperate situation and asked for our help, which we agreed to and sent over £100.
Jun 6, 2018
We were asked to help a single mother who has been desperately trying to get her life back on track. She is currently in receipt of Universal Credit and is using that to take care of herself and her young daughter, but is struggling to make ends meet. Previously she worked as a carer and enjoyed doing that, but to be able to get employment in a similar field she needs to have a DBS (Disclosure and Baring Service Check) done, but cannot afford to do that herself so it is in place ready for being given a job. We agreed to cover the cost of that so that she can turn their lives around.
Jun 5, 2018
We were approached to help a young man whose benefits had been stopped, leaving him without any income. He has had an accident, which has meant numerous trips back and forth to the hospital for checkups to see if his leg can be reconstructed. Being without income means that he is unable to pay for taxis to get him there and home again. Our agents are helping him appeal the benefits situation, and we agreed to send him £100 to help him out in the meantime.
Jun 5, 2018
Our case here is for an adult male who has injured his shoulder and has had to have surgery on it. The recovery time is 6-9 months, and despite the surgery he is in pain and in need of help with day to day activities. His mother has moved in to help him with this, as he is having to take morphine which is leaving him worn out. He doesn't have a spare bed, so his mum is sleeping on the sofa which isn't ideal. We were asked to help by contributing towards the cost of a bed for her. Following discussions with our contact it was felt a folding camp style bed would be a suitable option, so we agreed to send across £50 to cover the cost of that.