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Grieving man struggling to cope

This case was brought to us because our contacts needed help for a man they are helping, a former alcoholic.  His partner died two weeks ago and he has been struggling to cope with the breavement and also staying on top of his need to drink.  He is supported by an outreach project and is travelling there everyday, taking a day at a time to stay on top of things.  The cost to get there is seriously eating into the money he has available and following the funeral things are seriously going downhill.  He also suffers with depression and anxiety and has applied for PIP (Personal Independence Payments) as he is already in receipt of Employment Support Allowance.  We agreed to send him £150 to keep him going, as the application for PIP will take at least 8 weeks to get sorted, and he is currently paying £17 a week for a bus pass which he is using daily to get to his alcoholism support group.

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