ACT makes a huge difference to the lives of the families and individuals who receive our help. By providing that little extra support, we can enable people to face the future again with renewed optimism.
Here are a some examples of applicants we have supported in West Kent and Sussex:
ACT purchased this mobility tricycle for 16 year old Jordan from Hastings. Jordan is delighted to be able to play out with his friends now... a future Bradley Wiggins, perhaps? Its great to see him so happy!
Jane* has been homeless for around seven years excluding two periods where she was staying with an abusive partner. Jane managed to flee her partner and was sofa surfing between friends for several months. Jane found a permanent job but needed help to cover her travel until her first wages were paid as she had no income. ACT was able to give Jane a grant for her first month's travel so she could take the job. Being in employment will make it much easier for Jane to find her own accommodation. (*Name changed to protect identity.)
Household appliances are always a nightmare when they go wrong but some Sussex families find themselves without the resources to buy replacements - that's where ACT has been happy to step in to make sure no-one is going without a hot meal!
More than 300,000 people in Britain – equivalent to one in every 200 – are officially recorded as homeless or living in inadequate homes, according to Shelter. Nick from Bexhill-On-Sea was one of them. We gave Nick a grant for a deposit on a flat and to help take that first stepping stone off the streets. ACT has helped hundreds of people in similar circumstances.
Posted a cheque for a Seaford family to buy new school uniforms. All their savings had been spent on transport visiting their very poorly mum in hospital. We know this small act can make a big difference come September time.
Luke has learning disabilities and his mother needed
him to attend the local playscheme so that she could catch up on the work of maintaining a hectic household of Luke and his two younger brothers. ACT was able to provide funding to enable Luke to go and enjoy the playscheme two days a week for the summer holidays making a huge difference to both Luke and his mother’s lives.