This week, we’d like to help a man called Joe, who is a single father of 3 children.
Joe's ex-partner was using drugs, and he was worried about the children so applied to the courts to care for them full-time – which was granted. Their mum is able to see them for a few hours each week now, and is working with drug and alcohol services to try to get better.
Joe used to work as a caretaker, but had to leave his job to look after the children. He was receiving benefits, but these recently stopped as he hadn't completed a form that was sent to him. Joe isn’t able to read or write, so reapplying for his benefits has taken some time and the long delay has left him struggling.
Joe was nominated by a social worker, who told us that Joe doesn’t have a cooker, his children’s bedroom furniture is old and broken, and the delay in his benefits has meant he isn’t able to provide all the things they need. He's doing his best, but he really needs some support.
We’d like to help.