Changing Vulnerable Lives

We’ve helped people in need for over 140 years; our work remains as vital as ever.

Since 1876 Charity Link has been working to ensure that people in need are warm, safe and fed and have the basics in life that we all deserve. We believe that until these basic needs are met, it is simply not possible for people to move forward and reach their full potential.

Whatever crisis, illness, disability or difficulty someone is facing, we aim to be there to ensure that individuals and families in financial hardship throughout Leicester, Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire receive help. This is only possible with the support of the local community.

We help thousands of people every year, a third of which are children and young people. And, behind every statistic, there is a personal - and sometimes heart-breaking - story.  Your support really does change lives.

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Together we make a massive difference

Rachel’s story

After the separation of her relationship, Rachel moved into temporary accommodation. With both mental and physical illnesses and a low income, Rachel was struggling to buy the essential items she needed for a decent standard of living.

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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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In the last three months together, we have helped 1562 people, including 599 children and provided £234,403 of support.

That's 1202 items to help improve vulnerable people's lives.

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In the last three months together, we have helped 1562 people, including 599 children and provided £234,403 of support.

icon-utilities

131

icon-cooker

363

icon-bed

174

icon-clothes

24

That's 1202 items to help improve vulnerable people's lives.

icon-washing-machine

336

icon-fridge-freezer

221

Who we help

Charity Link helps people of all ages and backgrounds who find themselves in financial hardship, including:

  • Frail elderly people
  • Victims of domestic violence
  • Carers
  • People with a chronic illness or disability
  • Those facing mental health issues
  • People impacted by job losses or those in low paid work or on zero hour contracts
  • People who have been affected by family breakdown or bereavement
  • Those in crisis, such as after a fire in the home
  • Working families struggling to make ends meet
  • Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic we have also helped thousands of people who have been directly impacted (including those who have lost jobs and livelihoods and those who are struggling due to long-COVID).  Read our COVID Impact Review which outlines all we achieved together during the first year of the pandemic.  Our Impact Review (found in our Downloads section) also provides further information.
  • People finding themselves in need due to the cost of living crisis

Where we work

Charity Link began helping people in need in Leicester in 1876. In 1975 we expanded our work across all of Leicestershire and Rutland and in 2012 we further expanded to help those in need in Northamptonshire.

 

The support we offer

We help by providing everyday items that the majority of us take for granted, such as clothing, a bed to sleep in, a cooker to prepare a hot meal, and, in emergencies, food. These items may not cost much, but they can make a massive difference to people’s lives, both immediately and long term. They can help restore dignity, independence, hope for the future, and enable people to fulfil their potential in life.

 

How we work

We work with over 250 local organisations that are out in the community working with individuals and families in need. We support these organisations, along with professionals working with those in need (teachers, GPs etc.), to assist them in referring clients to us for support via our application process. Working in this way keeps our overheads to a minimum, increases the efficiency of our services and ensures that we get the help to those who need it when they need it most. Once a referral is received, we act immediately. If the need is urgent we can help the same day.

 

OUR UNIQUE SERVICE: TURNING YOUR £10 DONATION INTO £50 OF ESSENTIAL ITEMS

Our dedicated team have an expert knowledge (gained over our long history) of the thousands of benevolent funds and charitable trusts in the UK that have money to assist people in need.

This means that for every £10 donated (which funds our vital casework service), we can raise £50 from charitable trusts that are available to help people in need – 100% of that £50 goes directly to provide essential items.

Once we have obtained the necessary funding for a client, we purchase the goods so desperately needed and deliver them direct and install them if required (often via our social enterprise, The Goods Depot).

Every pound you raise or donate really will change lives.

 

For every £10 you donate we can raise £50 from charitable trusts.

£5

= £25

£10

= £50

£30

= £150

£100

= £500

All of that £50 goes directly to provide essential items for people in need,

meaning your kind gift really will change lives.

For every £10 you donate we can raise £50 from charitable trusts.

All of that £50 goes directly to provide essential items for people in need,

meaning your kind gift really will change lives.

£5

= £25

£30

= £150

£10

= £50

£100

= £500

"For me in these tough times you have been a huge help. I am extremely grateful – without you guys I would have really struggled. Thank you.”