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Something as simple as a pair of shoes

A case we were approached about recently is very sad.  Our contact has been supporting this man for some time.  He has been living on the streets for a very long time, alcohol dependent, which many people are in that position, trying to blot out their feelings, so all they feel is numb.  He has been in hostels for a long time and has finally been offered a real place to live.  He is existing on the absolute basic level of Universal Credit, and has been coping with a sanction on his benefits for the past three months, as he was late for an appointment at the job centre.  This happens so easily, it just needs lack of a bus fare and having to walk all the way there, sometimes several miles, or the bus not turning up to make a person late.  Sadly the reasons why are often not considered and a sanction is slapped into place.  This leaves a person with absolutely no money at all to buy food.  So this man has been relying on foodbanks, and the people at the flats where he lives who have been sharing with him their own meagre supplies.  His support worker was going through his financial statement with him, based on his payments being back in place and she commented that things must be really hard for him trying to manage.  He explained that he didn't need much, but what he wanted to do would be to get out and walk more as it would help him cope and feel much better about himself, but he cannot afford to buy himself any shoes, nor see himself able to save up enough to buy any.  So she approached us to ask if we could help him.  We all agreed to help him, and sent over £50 to enable him to buy some decent trainers that would last him, and any left over he could use towards buying some food.

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