We have some new friends, called RAISE who will be referring clients to us when they see real need. Our first arrived today in the form of a 47 year-old lady whose husband has had to be committed to nursing care because of dementia. Her benefits stopped on 10 August and she has insufficient command of English to get them sorted out. RAISE visited her and found her living in very bad conditions, and asked if there was anything we could provide in the way of immediate help, leaving them free to get on with sorting out the ongoing lack of income problem on her behalf.
Indeed we could, and £150 was soon winging its way to this distressed lady via the RAISE admin office.