Dec 15, 2017
We were contacted to see if we could help a young man, who is currently estranged from his family. He has Aspergers and mental health issues, and is struggling to manage his money. He had unfortunately gone overdrawn on his bank account and when his benefits payment went into his account, it was all soaked up to cover the overdraft. This has left him with nothing for food or energy. Our agents were able to get him some food via the foodbank, but with no energy he is unable to cook any of it. We agreed to send across £5 to clear his overdraft, £20 for his gas and electric and £30 to purchase some food. Our agents said they'd try to assist him with managing his money going forward.
Oct 27, 2017
A couple, both with learning difficulties and health conditions, were offered a bank overdraft, but they didn't understand quite what an overdraft was, and spent money, believing it was theirs, only to find it wasn't and they were now in a lot of debt. They have been working with our agents to find a way out of debt, and remain in touch to stay out of debt. Our agents told us that the couple's daughter, who also has learning difficulties, desperately needs a single bed. The couple are not in the position to be able to purchase one for her, and are afraid of getting into debt again, plus they are struggling now their child tax credit and child benefits payments have stopped. We agreed we would send across £100 as a contribution towards a bed for her.
Feb 9, 2017
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.