• A Birthday Boost September 21, 2015 - We learned from one of our members that a lady, whose little boy's birthday is due soon, has just been given four days' notice from her employers at the pub where she's been working and pulling in a small but regular wage.  She reckons that the family will be down by £100 a week until… Continue Reading
  • No Tricks, No Catches, No Worries September 14, 2015 - There's an old saying that tells us that if something appears too good to be true then it probably is, and to avoid it.  This Client was very dubious about our offer of £150 to help her family out of the hole that they've been slowly sliding into since the husband left the Army after… Continue Reading
  • Travel Cost Covered September 7, 2015 - We meet some lovely folk while we do our thing.  A young chap had to get himself to an ESA medical appointment but didn't have the money.  Our contact people managed to get his bank details, but then he came back to us and told us that the assessment office had altered his appointment to… Continue Reading
  • Mental Health Help September 2, 2015 - We were introduced by a new referral agency to young man (22) who has been living in mental health supported accommodation, who has severe anxiety and depression.  He failed to attend a medical examination appointment due to his condition, as well as a couple of subsequent appointments for JSA.  He afterwards admitted that he'd booked… Continue Reading
  • Bedroom Tax August 29, 2015 -  was forced to move from her long term home that she had lived in and raised her family because with the bedroom tax she could no longer afford to live there. She is now a pensioner and living in a one bedroom flat, and has given up the garden she loved. Unknown to her, there… Continue Reading
  • From the Streets to a Proper Home August 28, 2015 - One of our Cornish Members discovered a young man who had been living rough for a year before the YMCA provided him with a flat, but he had absolutely nothing to put in it, no money for internet to approach the likes of Freegle etc, and likewise no money for electricity.  A friend had provided… Continue Reading
  • Help Given, Chop Chop! August 26, 2015 - We learned from an associate organisation of a woman, only 29 years of age, who has suffered a stroke and who also has meningioma (a benign tumour in the brain).  She told the referring organisation that the one thing she would really love to have is a utensil that allows people with manual dexterity problems… Continue Reading
  • An Escape From Abuse August 26, 2015 - This Client walked away from an abusive relationship and had managed to secure new accommodation for herself and her two children, but the brave decision to escape had cost her all of her furniture and white goods.  She was sourcing pre-loved items via Freegle, Freecycle and the like, but it was slow going and there… Continue Reading
  • Fit for Work August 24, 2015 - This Client's ESA was stopped when she was noted as "fit for work."  She rang up to appeal the decision and threatened suicide which, she told us, she had tried before.  She was told in a follow-up call that her ESA was still stopped even under Appeal, and that she would need to attend her… Continue Reading
  • Client Quote August 18, 2015 - "Oh my god, I am so unbelievably tearful right now. All of you guys at the biscuit fund are absolute Angels. I never EVER expected this amount of money. I was going to be incredibly grateful with £20. Never did I think you could help me THIS much. Do you know how relieved I am… Continue Reading
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