This week, we’d like to help a mother and her two children, who fled domestic violence and are now destitute. They have no income and no access to universal credit.
Kasie is living in the UK on a spouse visa. She has been living here for several years but has ‘no recourse to public funds,’ meaning she isn’t allowed to claim any benefits. She was working as a carer, but her husband didn’t want her to work and so she left to look after their children full-time. Her husband was violent and abusive, and she took her two children and fled to a women’s refuge.
They have been temporarily housed by children’s services, who are able to provide them with £100 a month while they sort out her visa and access to benefits.
Kasie is too embarrassed for us to share photos of where they are living now. But, to give you an idea, where they are staying has two mattresses provided by social services, but very little else.
Kasie is keen to find a job, but until her benefits are sorted out she isn't eligible for any support with childcare costs.
We’d like to provide some of the things they need to make their flat more liveable and to make this time easier for the children. They are only 3 and 6 years old, and have struggled to understand what’s going on. We’d like to provide them with warm bedding, toys, books, clothes, a tables and chairs, grocery vouchers, some kitchen appliances - as well as some gifts she can put away for them for Christmas.