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Throwing a lifeline

We were approached about a young man, who had previously been street homeless but was now in accommodation, safe and dry.  However, his crippling depression and anxiety moved in with him and things have got on top of him.  His finances had got out of control and after paying his bills, his remaining money was sucked up by his bank overdraft, leaving him and his dog without food, or any money for the gas and electricity meters.  We agreed to send across a sum of £80 to allow him to top up his meters and buy some much needed food.  Also, he was supposed to have been previously supported in terms of financial budgeting, but this will now be taken over by a new agency that will fully support him going forward.

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Much needed relief from Debt!

We were approached via an agency about a man in his 30s who had been self employed but had had to give up work last year when his work began to dry up.  He somehow managed to exist by taking out loans to provide some money to live off, but they were now writing to him constantly, seeking repayments which he was unable to meet.  He was already suffering with anxiety and depression, and the constant worry of debt was only serving to escalate that.  He had been advised to arrange a debt relief order which the agency were helping him with but he was unable to push that forward without the £90 it costs to put a debt relief order in place, as the Universal Credit payments he receives do not allow enough money to do that.   We agreed we would send a cheque to cover this amount so that this man could then begin to focus on getting his life back on track and be well enough again to be able to return to work.

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