Jul 6, 2017
We were contacted by a new to us organisation, who had a disabled client they were trying to help. After careful consideration and checking we then put their case to our members to vote on. This gentleman had been released from prison into temporary accommodation, where he had been living for some time. Now finally he had been offered a permanent place of his own, but of course having been in temporary accommodation, he had very few possessions. The agency were supporting and helping him all they could, but were struggling to find him funding that would also cover the cost of a basic washing machine. They had identified a basic one online that came to under £150, so it was put to the vote and agreed that the money should sent across straightaway. The agency were so relieved as they had very little idea of how we operate, and mostly how quickly we can respond if need be. We don't expect lengthy application forms to be completed, we don't even have a form,, but we do only take referrals via official organisations. We do on occasions get requests made directly from individuals, but we cannot accept those as we need to protect the fund at all times from being scammed.
Jun 22, 2017
A man in his 50's who has been living in a hostel was finally offered his own accommodation. He has been refused Employment Support Allowance, despite ongoing psychiatric interventions. He is appealing this decision with support from our agents and only receives £73.10 per week, the pre-assessment rate of ESA. His local council have been very supportive towards him and have provided a fridge freezer, bed and seating, but he did not have access to a washing machine. Service washes at laundrettes are very expensive, and were not accessible to him, nor was ready access to his family where he might have been able to get some washing done. We agreed that we would grant the money to provide a basic one for him.
Feb 21, 2017
This lady we helped had been taken advantage of by her violent and controlling ex husband when he encouraged her to claim for some benefits she was not entitled to. The DWP caught up with her and she was interviewed under caution where she admitted what had happened but that she had no idea she was not entitled. She trusted her husband to have made the correct claim. He promptly disappeared as soon as the money dried up. She has spent the past 8 years repaying this money each week from her benefits. Our agents have arranged with the DWP to lower the weekly repayments as she was only being left with £18.50 per week once the DWP repayments are made and she has covered her bills. This lady suffers with Chron's disease which means that she needs to follow a special diet which she struggles to afford. She also needs to wash her bedding and clothes frequently, as when she becomes stressed she soils these. Her washing machine, that she relied on, had broken beyond repair and she was unable to afford to use the launderette. Our agents had tried many places to secure a grant to purchase a new machine. We agreed to send her £250 so that a new machine could be purchased, delivered and installed for her.