Case Studies

Community Advice Service - Supporting local people in crisis during the pandemic

Dave was referred to Peasholme Charity via York Foodbank.

A market researcher, initially furloughed and then made redundant in lockdown, he found himself with no income and didn’t know who to turn to for help.

Dave applied for Universal Credit but there were delays in his payment. He had never had “outside” help before and was overwhelmed by the idea of it.

Sarah, Community Advice Worker, navigated him through his change in circumstance, issuing foodbank vouchers when he had no money to buy food.

Staying home in lockdown meant Dave’s electricity bill was higher than usual. He had been sitting in the dark in the evenings to keep his bills as low as possible but with no savings and a sudden loss of income, he had no way of paying his bill.

Peasholme Charity used the grant to top up his meter so he could keep the lights on and cook himself meals until his Universal Credit payment came through.

“The Peasholme Charity has been a lifeline throughout this pandemic. I was made redundant at the beginning of the pandemic and they have helped me with everything – from foodbank vouchers to emergency money for my electricity meter.

Without it, I couldn’t have carried on looking for new work or even buy basic essentials.

I can’t praise them enough!” said Dave. The Two Ridings Community Foundation is a very special funder
and we’re extremely grateful for their ongoing support.

If you cannot afford to buy food, are at imminent risk of homelessness or need advice relating to escalating debts, please get in touch on the contact us page.