This week, we’d like to help a single mum and her two daughters (a teenage girl and a baby), who are going through a really awful time.
The teenager daughter has been dealing with trauma from her childhood and has a history of self-harming. She has a lot of anger issues and has also been excluded from school for disruptive behaviour. She has recently been diagnosed with ADHD but a delay in her diagnosis meant the school couldn’t get a support plan in place in time.
Her social worker said she is in serious distress and wets the bed when she’s in an emotional state. She has been referred to mental health services but is still waiting for support.
She is determined to complete her GSCEs and is now being home-schooled. But at home, they have no carpet, no desk, no computer and they sleep on mattresses on the freezing cold floor. They did have rugs but they had to be thrown away due to soiling.
Their social worker said: “The family needs beds and mattresses urgently. They also need help with carpets, warm blankets and, if possible, some funds to buy gas and electricity and cleaning materials.”
We’d like to try to provide them with beds and carpet, help with their heating, as well as a desk and computer to help with school work.