This week, we’d like to help a single mum from Barnet in need of help. Jill has 4 children, 2 of whom have Autism. They have had to move 5 times in the past 3 years. She was beaten by her ex-partner, and her and the children have been moving between temporary accommodation ever since.
The temporary places they stayed were always cold, run down and damp, which has caused Jill's eldest son (who has a learning disability as well as autism) to develop respiratory problems...the photos shown here are of some of the places they've been living. Her latest move was last month – into what will be their permanent flat.
Moving so often meant that it wasn’t possible or practical to have anything other than their clothes and some basic essentials. They used to have furniture, but with no permanent home, and nowhere to store it, they’ve had to leave it behind along the way. So although they are finally in a decent flat, they have very little.
Living in temporary accommodation with 4 children would be difficult at the best of times - but when you add in the extra challenge of disrupting the daily routine of 2 children with autism, it is a traumatic ordeal – and far too much for Jill to have to deal with all on her own. One of Jill’s children struggles to even leave the house, so moving so many times and being in new environment with strange people has been incredibly distressing for them all.
On top of all of this, Jill also suffers from endometriosis, which has caused incontinence and a great deal of discomfort for her.
With your help, we would like to help Jill and her children to get the things they need for the new home.