Dec 20, 2018
Help was requested for a mother of two children. She had fled a domestic violence situation and had had to move to a completely new area of the country to feel safe. Leaving everything behind them, bar what they could carry, the local council where she was moving to covered the cost of getting them there and they've been housed in an empty property. Her health worker has purchased a kettle and a toaster for them, and they have a toddler bed for the two year old. The other child is sharing a bed they've been loaned with her Mum. The area she has moved to has Universal Credit in place, so she's had to submit an application for that, which will have a knock on effect on the payment of her benefits. We were asked to help her with some money so that she can buy a bed for her eldest daughter and any other things she might be able to pick up cheaply secondhand. We agreed to send her £150 and an extra £50 for the children to ensure that their first Christmas in their new home has some Christmas cheer.
Nov 29, 2018
We were approached to help a woman who following a relationship breakdown found herself homeless. She also had recently lost her expected baby which had had a huge impact on her mental health. She was taken in and supported by a refuge then finally a flat was found for her to move into. Her benefits payments have been impacted resulting in her not receiving her payments one month, which caused her to fall into arrears with her rent. Our agents are helping her to apply for a discretionary housing payment and to get her rent arrears sorted. We agreed that we would send her £30 as a moral boost and to allow her to get some groceries in.
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.
Jan 31, 2018
The Police, has had to remove a lady and her daughter from their home, following a domestic violence situation, perpertrated by one of her twin teenaged sons. They were moved into a B&B and then into a refuge for their safety. Unfortunately just before this happened the mother had settled some overdue bills at the house, paid back a loan and did a large shop for food. Her Universal Credit payment had covered that, but she now suddenly had no money to cover the transport costs to get the child to college, and has to walk 3 miles from the refuge to the home to take food to the second twin. We agreed to send her £50 to help cover the fares for her and her son.