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Ever increasing need for help

We received two cases in one day from the same agents.  The first case was a young mum with a one year old daughter.  She has fled a domestic violence situation with her daughter and ended up in a completely different area with very little in the way of personal belongings.  The only way of cooking she has is to warm up ready meals in a microwave, which is not good for her or her daughter.  She is currently at college, training for a career so that she can provide for her and her daughter in the future.  We agreed to send to her £70 so that she could use that money to source a second-hand or reconditioned cooker in the area where she lives.

The second case was again a young mum, who had fled her previous tenancy with a newborn and ended up homeless.  She has been sofa surfing with her young baby with various relatives and has finally, after a lot of hard work, been able to secure a flat for her and her daughter.  She has very little in the way of belonging and has been living out of a suitcase.  She needs a cooker and a washing machine, and the places our agents usually try for grants are not available at the moment, due to lack of funding.  We agreed to treat this case the same and offer £70, and then she could choose which to buy, the reconditioned cooker or washing machine.

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Single parent of three under threat of eviction

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.

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A Frosty Situation

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.

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