Aug 10, 2018
We were asked to help a single mum of two children, the youngest is only three years old. Two years ago she fled an abusive marriage and they went to live in a hostel. She has now been given social housing, but the house is damp and there are repairs that need to be carried out. Our agents counted 12 separate issues with the property, which they and a solicitor are working on getting the repairs prioritised. This lady left everything behind when they fled, so they are having to start over. She needs bedding, towels, wardrobes, carpet for the stairs as what is there from a previous tenant is worn and dangerous. She has the upcoming expense of school uniforms too. Our agents have applied for funding to help with the uniforms, but asked if we could help with some of the other things she needs. We agreed to send over £100 so she can buy some essentials, and hopefully a secondhand wardrobe.
Nov 28, 2017
Our agents contacted us regarding a lady who has fled a serious domestic abuse situation, taking her three children with her. They are currently being housed in temporary accommodation and the mum has been struggling with her health as a result of the abuse. She has been claiming Statutory Sickness Payments, but that isn't enough to meet her outgoings. She had to leave the family home suddenly and was unable to take the children's birth certificates with her, and without these she is unable to get the child benefit claim transferred to her. The father is currently refusing to relinquish the child benefit claim, even though he is not in contact with them.
We agreed to send £30, which would cover the cost of the three replacement birth certificates, along with a further £220 to allow them to buy some food and essential items.
Nov 13, 2017
We were approached for help with a single parent of a 12 year old. The mother is a surivivor of domestic abuse. She has had to flee 15 different properties in the past six years. Her ex-partner finds her and the abuse starts again, the last time he injured her so badly she has been left with spinal injuries and mental health issues, due to the trauma of the attack. This has left her unable to work and she has had to apply for benefits. As she has to flee without any notice, there is no time to arrange removals of her furniture and belongings, so she keeps haviing to start over again. She is in receipt of Employment Support Allowance and is in over £10,000 of debt and is in need of the £90 required to enable a Debt Relief Order to be put in place. We agreed to raise a cheque for that amount and send it to our agents so that they can begin the process on her behalf.