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What a difference 3 months makes, when you have Filwood Hope

Filwood Hope’s aim is the prevention or relief of emotional, spiritual or financial hardship by providing access to advice and services which might not otherwise be accessed. They provide a drop-in advice service and help with a variety of issues and hardships.

One such situation involved a young couple – we’ll call them P and Q – who lived in a chaotic way, whose benefits had stopped and they were sofa surfing/sleeping rough. Q was beginning to want change and was beginning to recognise that their partner was abusive. We spent a lot of time listening to Q and hearing this desire to change and be part of their growing extended family – but they felt stuck.

Filwood Hope worked with both, setting up Universal Credit accounts, making it possible for them to keep to the conditions of their benefit by helping them log in. They helped them face up to and sort out crises that occurred. They supported them when their benefits were sanctioned and contacted Department of Work and Pension to appeal decisions.

Q reached the end of their patience and told P they were finished unless they got clean.

Change is not easy; this was a rocky time for them. However, as Q told us – ‘not as rocky as it has been for years and years!!’
Fast forward 3 short months – they now have a flat; attending the job centre every week and more importantly P is clean; Q is much happier and they both look very well.

We’re infinitely grateful to our Sponsors:

Burges Salmon
Bank of Ireland

Quartet Community Foundation brings together people who want to help the local community with projects that make a real difference. Our main focus at Quartet Community Foundation is to change people’s lives for the better across the West of England. We are part of a national network of 46 quality accredited Community Foundations that match those who want to give money locally with those organisations and charities working to improve local communities.

Bristol Giving Day joins together businesses and local community causes to spread generosity across the city. One day in the year we strive to inspire extra charitable giving and right proper fun to make a big difference to local causes. Organised by Quartet Community Foundation with the support of the Bristol business community, Bristol Giving Day calls proud Bristolians to join together to love our city.

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