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ruthmainruthmain Member Posts: 3 Listener
Hi I have a friend who is due to get a bungalow soon due to health reasons ,the problem is she is on benefits also she is living in a caravan at the moment ,so when she gets her bungalow she has no furniture as such ie bed cooker sofas fridge as they are all supplied in the caravan, was just wondering is there any help available for her from any local charities  that could provide any help to her many thanks .


  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,631 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @ruthmain
    Welcome to the community! Are there any local charities nearby which sell furniture and appliances?
    Disability Gamechanger - 2019
  • ruthmainruthmain Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Yes but money is a major factor to be honest ,she doesn't have any savings ,and is in real poor health aren't there any charities that donate  .
  • Liam_AlumniLiam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 1,113 Pioneering
    edited September 2018
    Hi @ruthmain,

    Welcome to Scope's online community! It's great to have you here. :)

    Whereabouts is your friend based? Has your friend considered contacting their local Citizens Advice Bureau? They may be able to offer some advice and support about organisations which could provide further help and information.

    I hope this helps. Do let us know if you have any other questions!
  • ruthmainruthmain Member Posts: 3 Listener
    She s based in doncaster and thanks .
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Depending on what benefits she claims and how long she's been claiming them she could get a budgeting loan from DWP. How much she gets will totally depend on her circumstances, if she's single, has dependent children living with her etc. These loans have to be paid back and the money is deducted weekly from the benefits. https://www.gov.uk/budgeting-help-benefits

    There may also be charities in her area that donate household goods but you'll need to google what's in her area. Other than that there's lots of free sites on the internet where people give away their unwanted items. Facebook have lots of these, gumtree, free cycle etc, all you need to do is search her area.

    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
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