This week, we’d like to help a 19 year old woman from Shropshire called Josey and her newborn baby boy.
Until recently, Josey was living in a YMCA, as she had nowhere else to go. Josey used to live with her mum, but their relationship was strained and broke down, mostly due to her mum’s chaotic lifestyle. So she now has no contact with her parents.
She managed to move out of the YMCA and into supported housing for young mums, but she has been struggling. Towards the end of her pregnancy, Josey was suffering from a condition that made it difficult, and painful, for her to walk so she had to get taxis to her anti-natal appointments, which left her with very little money. While she was at the YMCA she built up some rent arrears, and she also had to take out a crisis loans to cover her gas and electricity when she moved into her flat, and also some essentials for her baby. Josey has to pay these back each month, but with so little money coming in she doesn't have enough left to cover her living costs.
Josey was nominated by one of her NHS support workers, who said Josey and her baby are now relying on food banks. “Josey is doing a fantastic job and is keen to do the best for her baby in every possible way. She has support from us professionals, but we have limited resources to provide the support that she so desperately needs.”
"She really just needs a break to get on top of her finances and to be able to enjoy this precious time with her baby without the overwhelming stress of debt and bills and an income that doesn't cover them."
Josey hasn’t had an easy start in life and is struggling to stay on top of everything. Some kindness in these early months as a new parent would make such a big difference to her state of mind, her life, and the life of her baby boy.
Josey has asked for very little – some help to buy healthy food and a few things for her baby...but we’d like to do much more for her than that. With your help, we’d like to pay Josey’s arrears, to give her and her little boy a fresh start.