Jul 11, 2017
Our agents approached us about a single parent of three they are helping. She is recovering from a domestic violence situation and last year unfortunately was the one that discovered her brother dead. This has triggered her PTSD and has resulted in her almost giving up and not opening her mail. This action, or lack of has resulted in her discovering she is now under threat of eviction and she has missed two appointments for Work Capability Assessments for ESA. She is receiving help and support with this, being forced into claiming JSA while she waits the outcome of her ESA appeal. Her benefits are already subject to deductions and she is now without any money until the end of the week to buy food to feed her and her three children. We agreed to send her £50 to tide her over until Friday.
Nov 22, 2016
We were made aware of a 58 year old woman who had to flee her family home following a domestic abuse/violence situation. This meant for her, living in a woman's refuge for 6 months while she tried to get her life together again. She was eventually offered a one bedroom apartment, which she has frugally furnished with help from her family. She is in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance of £73.10 per week, but having to repay a Crisis Loan from when she fled the former family home, at a rate of £8.00 per week, leaving her with £65.10 to pay her bills and buy food with.
The issue she has is that she does not have a fridge or freezer, so any perishable foods she buys goes off quickly, and means her having to replace that in small quantities. On the money she is supposed to survive on this is very expensive. We agreed to send across the sum of £150 to purchase a budget fridge freezer, so that she could safely store her food. She will now be able to purchase items that are heavily reduced because they are close to their sell by date, and then freeze them if appropriate to do so.