John’s story

One in three people that we help are children and young people…

John

Helping people to feel positive about the future

John’s search for work was made extremely difficult due to the pandemic. He is a recent care leaver and has no family and very few friends which has made him feel isolated and alone. He now has his first ever proper home but, whilst a positive step forward, this is also causing anxiety as he is currently on a very limited income and cannot afford the very basic items he deserves, such as a cooker. Thankfully we’ve been able to provide John with this essential item so that he can start cooking for himself and to help him feel more positive for the future.

"It’s fantastic to see all the ways the community comes together to improve the lives of people in need. From undertaking challenges, to dress-up days, quizzes, raffles and cake-bakes, to donating, setting up a regular gift, volunteering or spreading the word, it all helps to ensure people living in hardship are warm, safe and fed and have the basics in life that we all deserve."

Phil’s story

Referred to us by another charity, Phil is a carer for his adult daughter who has learning difficulties and a number of health conditions, including epilepsy. She is also incontinent and needs considerable support. When their landlord wanted the furnished…

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Issac and Shona’s story

Imagine having to use a bus as a bedroom… A council lettings team referrer got in touch with us for urgent support for a couple who were in desperate need. Issac and Shona are both in their early sixties. They…

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Joel’s story

Joel is in his early twenties and has two younger sisters. The siblings were receiving grief counselling after recently losing their mum to cancer. They’d not had contact with their dad for several years and had no extended family to…

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Viola’s story

Viola lives alone in a council tenancy and receives state retirement pension and pension credit. Viola tries to be as independent as possible and relies on bulk cooking to save time and to help her make ends meet. However, when…

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Jake’s story

Jake is a single dad. He has been unable to work since taking on full-time caring responsibilities for his daughter. With little support from family and friends, Jake and his daughter found themselves homeless for several months. Jake was delighted…

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Nigel’s story

Nigel was referred to us by his housing support worker. Nigel has experienced a huge amount of upset in his life. Having had a career in the construction trade, he has been unable to work for some time after suffering…

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Monnie’s story

Monnie lives alone in a council tenancy. She juggles her state pension as best she can to make ends meet, but as prices of essentials continue to rise, this is getting harder and harder. She tries to be as independent…

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Dan’s story

After being homeless for a few months and impacted by a mental health disorder, Dan has obtained an Independent Housing Association tenancy to improve his quality of life. However, he’s been unable to purchase all the essential items needed to…

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Ruth’s story

Ruth suffers from severe fibromyalgia, which limits her mobility. She lives with her son in a house left in a trust to her by her parents. Unable to work, she is struggling to make ends during the cost of living…

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Freya’s story

Freya and her three children fled an abusive relationship and moved to another property. Unfortunately, her partner located them and visited the property, destroying a lot of their household items. With support, they have moved to a safer location but…

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