• Christmas Cheer December 20, 2015 - We found out about a group that were trying to put on a Christmas Lunch for the homeless in the Salisbury area.  They wanted to book a hall, put in place some temporary beds and offer a warm bed, some Christmas company and a decent meal.  Obviously not a permanent fix, but a gesture of… Continue Reading
  • No Food For a Week December 16, 2015 - That is what this Client was facing.  The stretching of their available money had finally reached snapping point for this disabled couple.  They didn't even have anything that they could drink as a hot beverage! Our agent who posted the case suggested that we should give £100 to a food delivery for them, but we… Continue Reading
  • JSA Pickle December 9, 2015 - A man who is undergoing treatment for prolapsed discs, which have caused him agony for the past year, became one of this month's benefit losers when his ESA was stopped.  He's been forced to claim JSA instead, but at the initial meeting, the JCP clerk refused to acknowledge or note documentation from the man's qualified… Continue Reading
  • Christmas boost December 9, 2015 - This statement, from a father to his twop children (6 & 7yo) was overheard by a member of a group frequented by one of our members, and posted to that group for discussion.  The situation was that a man had been left by his partner.  They have three children between them and the woman had… Continue Reading
  • Easing the grief a little November 29, 2015 - We were told of a young woman whose father passed away very suddenly.  He was in receipt of the State pension, while his wife receives Disability Living Allowance (DLA).  The young lady herself is in receipt of ESA and was not due another payment for a few more days yet. The food cupboard was running… Continue Reading
  • Christmas Dinner November 27, 2015 - The lovely people at the Beacon Project put out a shout for help with getting their Christmas dinner for homeless people together.  Our agent got in touch with them and learned that they'd already had a large number of donations to the dinner side of their work, but that they were also looking for sleeping… Continue Reading
  • Power for Working Mum November 10, 2015 - We made one lady very happy with a £50 gift, to help her top up her electricity meter and pay off money that she'd already had to borrow to do a previous top-up.  She's not on benefits - she is one of those people for whom work pays, but not enough to put food on… Continue Reading
  • Energy Debt November 2, 2015 - We were told of a young mum with an 18 month old son, who was being stitched up with regard to the repayment of a debt via her prepayment meters, with the supplier taking far more than they had agreed from her weekly top-ups.  She doesn't drive, suffers terribly from cold temperatures and was was… Continue Reading
  • One Man and His Dog October 30, 2015 - This client, at age 49, has been left homeless after nursing his seriously ill mother until she passed away.  He rescued a dog from a group of youths who were intending to drown it in a local canal, and the person who referred him said that he puts the welfare of the animal above his… Continue Reading
  • Forms and Deadlines Aren’t Always Right October 29, 2015 - We were introduced to this client while she was struggling to obtain back-payments due to her from - again! - the tax credits authorities.  Due to some family issues her forms had reached Concentrix too late and the claim had been stopped automatically.  She had £4.66 to her name, had borrowed from friends to keep… Continue Reading
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