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Already depressed man is sanctioned by the DWP

Our help was asked for in respect of a man who is battling depression.  He missed an appointment with the DWP and consequently the DWP have sanctioned his money and he was left with no money to cover his bills, which he now in debt with, nor any money to buy food.  When our agent visited him, he was very tearful and feeling unable to cope, so they asked us if we could help him until he could get a claim for Universal Credit submitted.  Our agents are taking him to his local CAB office next week to get the UC claim started and we agreed in the meantime to send him £100 to help him out.

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Woman sanctioned by DWP following death of her partner

We were approached regarding a woman who has recently lost her partner and is under serious stress at the moment, due to other issues beside this.  With all this stress she missed an appointment with the DWP and as a result her money has been sanctioned and won't be back in payment for at least four weeks.  She has some arrears regarding her rent and council tax, and no money to pay bills or buy food.  We were asked if we could consider helping her out in the interim.  We agreed to send her £100 to hopefully tide her over until her payments can restart.

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Single lady with no means of cooking

Our agents are helping a lady that suffers with hearing and sight loss, as well as a degenerative condition.  She is existing currently on only £55 a week to cover everything she needs, such as utilities, bills and food.  While they were visiting this lady they realised she has no means of cooking in her accommodation apart from a toaster.  They asked us if we could help her out by sending enough money for her to be able to purchase a microwave oven, as she is struggling to meet her current needs let alone have anything left over to save.  We agreed to send her £50 to help her out.

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Single Mum starts work

Our agents contacted us about a single mum who was previously not working and in receipt of Employment Support Allowance.  She has now started working, 16 hours a week, but because she doesn't receive any payment for a month, she is struggling to cope.  She will be in receipt of working tax credit eventually, but that too will take time before it is in payment.  We agreed to send to her £100 to help her out through this month.

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Domestic Violence survivor needs help

We were approached about a young woman who lives with her two children.  She is a survivor of domestic abuse which has impacted her mental health, resulting in her losing her job as she was unable to fulfill the role.  She has been switched over to Universal Credit which has resulted in her getting behind with her rent while it was being sorted out.  Her PIP application is currently at the appeal stage and she won't know the outcome for some weeks yet.  She does receive some money, albeit not the full amount.  Her child tax credits are paid to her next week but in the meantime she is without any money between now and then.  We agreed to send across £50 to help her out.

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Son dealing with mental health issues following the death of his mother

We were asked to help a young man, who gave up being self-employed to become a carer for his mother.  His mother has sadly died and this has impacted her son enormously, to the point where he is now feeling sucidal.  He has fallen into arrears with his rent while caring for his mother, and his private landlord has offered to overlook the arrears which amount to over £2,000 if he agrees to move out quickly.  He is without any income and needs to move all his and his mothers belongings and we were asked if we could contribute towards the cost of doing this.  By doing this it alleviates him falling into even further debt, and hopefully he can be eventually rehomed elsewhere.  A friend has offered to store his belongings in their garage.  We agreed to send him £100 to help him out of this dreadful situation.

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Man with very little food to eat

We were made aware of a man that was posting on social media to say that he was existing on a very meagre diet and struggling from one benefit payment to another, unable to buy anything but the absolute minimum.  We contacted him and arranged for £40 worth of groceries to be sent to keep him going.

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Man released from prison

We were asked to assist a man who after a lengthy period has been released from prison.  He is determined to stay out of trouble and not return, but has been released with nowhere to go to or any support in place.  He has had the sense to seek out help for himself and with their support has signed a tenancy in a hostel.  He doesn't have anything to his name though, and would need to visit the charity shops in his area to get some bits, such as clothing, plates, cups, saucepans, bedding even.  We agreed to send him £100 to help him out as we believe this help could be lifechanging for him.

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