May 24, 2019
A man in his late 50s is currently living in private rented accommodation where he is surrounded by people much younger than him that are very loud and play music constantly which disturbs him. He has complained to his landlord about this, and because the landlord feels he is being unreasonable with his request has given him notice to quit. Finding himself at risk of homelessness he approached his local authority for help and sheltered accommodation has been found for him in a more appropriate area where he would be living in an area with people his own age. He suffers with an underlying mental health condition and high anxiety, and has been subjected to anti-semetic abuse, which has now meant he feels unable to leave his home safely. Due to the quickness of accommodation being found he has to accept it immediately or this accommodation will be lost. Being only in receipt of job seekers allowance though, he does no savings to afford a man with a van for a couple of hours to move his belongings and furniture. Our agents are very concerned that he does not miss this vital opportunity or he could end up in temporary accommodation which would only be worse for his mental health. We agreed to send him £150.
Mar 28, 2019
We had a difficult case yesterday. A lady who has just been released from her latest period in hospital, this latest was for six months, was in dire need of some money. She has spent over 30 years of her life, more than half of it, sectioned under the mental health act. She is currently living in supported accommodation which they are hoping will work out for her as she doesn't want to have to go back into hospital again. She is though unable to cover the shortfall in her rent, nor pay her gas bill. Her mental health holds her back, but her budgeting skills are not good, so when our agents visited her she had absolutely no food in the house at all. They have put in an application for PIP, but she has only just been assessed so it will be at least another 4 weeks before that is put into payment. We agreed to send her £175, to cover the shortfall in the rent, the gas bill and to pay for some food.
Sep 15, 2018
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.
Sep 13, 2018
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.