Angela was working on a zero-hours contract before the Coronavirus lockdown began. She was advised she was in the shielding category due to medical issues and had no other choice but to give up work.
With such a sudden change to my income, I started to struggle with my bills and quickly found myself in arrears.
Angela was referred to The Welcome Centre by her GP and we provided her with several 7-day food packs, delivered to her at home. Cath, our Advocacy, Guidance and Support Manager contacted Angela and offered her budgeting advice on how to manage her bills.
The Welcome Centre not only delivered food to my home, but they helped me get a voucher from Local Welfare Provision to top up my gas and electricity which had nearly run out.
Angela was also referred to Uniform Exchange who provided her with free school uniforms for the children and Cath advised her how to access the summer "free school meal" voucher scheme. With the support and advice Angela received from The Welcome Centre, she is coping on the reduced income she suddenly found herself with.