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Family broken apart by domestic violence

A mother of three is having to live apart from her children at the moment as one is with the child's grandmother, and two others are currently in foster care.  This is due to domestic violence within the house and the Police are now involved and will arrest immediately if the father goes near the property.  She had to move away briefly for safety reasons but has now returned to find that everything in the house has been smashed up.  She is in a mess financially as has debts with her housing provider, as well as council tax, etc.  As she needs so much and it is hopeful that the children will be able to return home soon we agreed to send her £200  with a view that if she can be persuaded to apply for a Debt Relief Order, then we would be prepared to cover the cost of that too.  Our agents say that currently she is not in the right headspace to be able to deal with applying for a DRO on top of everything else she currently has going on. 

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Mother in stressful situation

A mother who is currently receiving treatment for cancer, recently managed to escape from years of abuse from her ex partner.  As a result she is in a lot of debt which she is chipping away at.  Her mental health is not good as she recently found out that her son was found dead, and she is still waiting on the outcome of the inquest as to how he died as it was in unusual circumstances.  She has two other dependents that rely on her financially.  We agreed to send her £80 to assist her.

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Lady in refuge without money

A lady fled her home and from a domestic abuse situation and used every penny she had to pay the fare to get to the refuge in another part of the UK.  This has left her without any money at all.  She currently receives payments for Employment Support Allowance being disabled, but won't receive further payment for some time.  We agreed to send her £75 to tide her over until her next payment.

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Mother of two children signing on for Universal Credit

A mother and her two children have fled their family home following bouts of domestic violence.  She is now far from home in a refuge and needs to sign on to receive Universal Credit so that she can buy food for herself and her children.  Her children are ages 3 years and 10 weeks.  She has applied for Universal Credit but needs to wait for an appointment at the Job Centre so that she can confirm her identity.  Once that has happened then she can apply for an advanced payment of benefit but will need to repay that over up to 12 months.  She is still waiting for the appointment and in the meantime has nothing.  We agreed to send her £100 to help them manage until then.

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Young mum of two struggling to manage

Our help was needed for a young mum who was a care leaver following the death of one parent when she was 7, and then the other parent after that as a result of alcoholism.  She got together with someone who she discovered was a gang member, he treated her very badly and was violent towards her.  He is considered very dangerous and has an extensive and violent criminal history.  She and her two children are now far away from him and finally safe, however she is now having to address the huge amount of debt she is in.  Her energy supplier have a warrant to enter her home to install a prepayment meter as she is in so much debt with them.  She admits she has not been good with her money but she has been through so much, plus did not have the guidance from her parents when she was younger, having been orphaned at a young age.  Our agents are helping her to source the proper debt help and she is working towards applying for a Debt Relief Order for which the fee is £90.  We agreed to cover the cost of that fee so she can begin to get her life on track, as well as an extra £60 for her and the boys.  She is working closely with the visiting health team, is attending a parenting course and is hoping to study for her GCSEs.  She wants to become a good role model for her children and work towards giving them a better life.

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Lady flees domestic abuse

A lady fled her hometown to escape a very violent relationship and is currently being housed by a refuge far away from where she used to live.  She has left behind family and friends and arrived without any money at all.  Her Employment Support Allowance payments have also been stopped without any explanation.  Our agents will help her get this resolved however at the moment she has no money whatsoever to purchase food, toiletries and essential items and it is likley getting her ESA back into payment might take some time.  We agreed to send her £120 to help her out.

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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.  

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Single mum suffers domestic abuse

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.

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Young mum of two applying for Universal Credit

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.

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Dad leaves family home with children

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.

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After 10 months in a refuge, lady now has a home

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.

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Single Mum of two, rebuilding her life

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.

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Mum flees domestic abuse situation, taking her children with her

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.

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Domestic abuse survivor needs our help

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.

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