The Salvation Army/Society of St Vincent de Paul offer toys and gifts to families who are suffering financial hardship at Christmas time. All gifts are new and are suitable for all age groups; from babies and toddlers to older teenagers.
Applications should be made via a Health Worker, Probation Officer, Social Worker or if the applicant has no involvement with these agencies, an application can be made directly to the local branch of the Salvation Army.
Hopefully, the contacts above may help some of those single parents who are struggling to make ends meet. If, however, anyone reading this hub has had an application refused, or do meet the necessary criteria, then please visit www.turn2us.org.uk. This website offers a detailed and comprehensive list of all the charitable organisations throughout the United Kingdom, and provides details regarding eligibility criteria and how applications should be made.
Those of you who may be struggling to cope financially can also contact the Citizens Advice Bureau. Specialist volunteers can help with problems relating to housing, debt, immigration, conflict with neighbours and more. Finally, should you find yourself in a position where you need money urgently, please think twice before approaching short term money lenders. Unfortunately, the annual rates of interest are exorbitant to say the least, and borrowers can expect to pay rates of interest of between 1000 and 2000% APR. In addition, fees for late payment can cripple an individual who is already struggling to cope. If you are already in this situation, please contact the National Debt helpline on 0808 808 4000 for advice and support.