May 1, 2019
Support was needed for a young single mum of two girls. The mother was brought up as a looked after child in the care system, due to sexual abuse. She has been the victim of domestic abuse and has recently moved from a women's refuge to a home of her own. Initially she was very scared and vulnerable when she fled the domestic abuse situation, but is now with the help of her health visitor, the early help team and self-help services beginning to address some of the difficulties she has faced. She has begun to address some of the debts she has and now has payment plans in place for those, mostly relating to her previous home. She has been through a lot, even though she is only 21 years old herself. We were asked if we could consider this young lady for a Biscuit Fund boost which we agreed to and sent across £100.
Feb 16, 2019
Our help this time was needed for a young mum who is going through the legal process of her right to indefinite leave through domestic abuse. She is working and not in receipt of any benefits which means she has no recourse to public funding. With a monthly bill for £300 for her legal costs she is left without money for food for her and her 2 year old daughter. She was brought to our attention by a women's support worker, from a charity in her area. We agreed to send her £100 to go towards food and energy costs.
Feb 15, 2019
We were asked to help a young mum of two children, both under 4 years of age. The mum was in business with her husband on a self-employed basis, however he has since left both the family home and the business leaving them both without any income. She has applied for Univeral Credit, but is facing delays as her husband is still listed on the tenancy agreement, so obtaining housing benefit is proving difficult. The husband has been abusive and this is now reported to the Police. In the meantime she has no money for food for her or the children, so we agreed to send her £100 to help her out.
Dec 20, 2018
A dad found himself as sole carer of his three children, after they were placed in his care, due to the alcohol dependence of their mother. The father left the home when the situation became impossible for him to continue with anymore. He is now trying to provide his three sons with a safe and secure place to live. The stress of the situation caused him to lose his job and he is currently in the process of claiming Job Seekers Allowance. The family have the support of a social worker to help them get things sorted out, such as getting the child benefit and child tax credits transferred to him in his name. He is in desperate need of a fridge, freezer and a vacuum cleaner which they were hoping to get hold of secondhand. We agreed to send him £150 to help him out, plus an extra £50 for the children.
Oct 12, 2018
A lady in her forties, fled her home following domestic violence. She was offered a place in a refuge and stayed there for ten months before she was finally offered a single bedroomed flat of her own. She has obtained some items of furniture via a local charity, such as a bed and has managed to buy some bits and pieces herself, however she is without a washing machine. She has issues with her skin and all her clothes need to be washed thoroughly and she is struggling to do this by hand. We agreed to send her £80 to put towards getting a preloved washing machine.
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.