We are thrilled to have your support with transforming lives across Derby City through our many projects – Jubilee Debt and Advice Clinics, Safe Space (a respite space for the homeless), Street Pastors and our Winter Provisions to name a few.

The disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected many people's incomes, leaving them with less money coming in, but with debts and bills to pay. If you're worried about your finances, are homeless, threatened with eviction or struggling to make ends meet, you're not alone. We can help!

Situation

Many of the people that come to us are in a state of desperation and feel that their lives are spiralling out of control. Some feel ashamed and embarrassed about debt and loss of income even though they were furloughed or lost their job. They struggle to put food on the table, pay their bills and are threatened with eviction, or worse still are already homeless. Like many of our partner organisations, we are preparing for the flood of people who'll need our help later this year.

Solution

Eviction protection and the furlough scheme will cease later this year - we are training more volunteers and recruiting staff to help meet this rise in demand. We will meet with each person quickly, avoid evictions, assess benefit entitlement to maximise income, assess and manage debt with each individual. We also look at the other needs such as provision of a food parcel, mental and/or physical health support 1:1 befriending, employment support/skills development, help with finding a home.

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What can you do to help?

This festive season we are working with The Big Give Christmas Challenge from 30th November 2021 to 7th December 2021. The Big Give agreement means every pound you give is doubled.

During this small window we're asking all who can to help us raise funds through this Big Give campaign.

We're asking people across the county and beyond to express your creativity with a Christmas jumper/ dress down day. And then we're asking all who take part to kindly donate £1 or more via the Big Give link below.

The world is full of possibilities, all we ask is that you send your donations in between 30th November 2021 to 7th December 2021.

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If you want to contribute in another way or you have any questions about the appeal, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us by emailing, [email protected] 

Sarah Fowler - Poverty Prevention Manager at Derby City Mission - Photo Taken during a Jubilee Debt Advice Clinic

What will your contributions go towards?

- We aim to employ 1 additional Benefits Advisor will be recruited and trained to carry out benefits assessment. Depending on how much is raised this could be a full time position.
- Food parcels will be distributed to families and individuals who are struggling to provide for themselves / their families.
- 4 additional volunteers will be trained in carrying out an initial interview to assess need and prepare the paperwork for the Debt Manager or Benefits Advisor.
- Face to face clinics will be held at areas across Derbyshire where there is greatest need. Should further Covid restrictions cease face to face, sessions will be held virtually.

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Thank you