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Samaritan Grant Case Study: “She Was Left Destitute”

The Institute of Psychotrauma received a Samaritan grant of £1,250 to help the vulnerable, psychologically traumatised individuals who attend their clinics with small hardship grants in a crisis. The Institute sent us this person’s story:

“This client was extremely grateful for the support she has received from the Samaritan grant which helped her out of several crises in the last year.

The first difficulty was related to her housing. The housing association did not refund money paid to them by the Department of Work and Pensions, which froze the client’s benefit payments, meaning she was left destitute whilst the situation was resolved – which took several weeks. The Samaritan grant helped her pay bills and buy essential items without going into debt.

The second time, her laptop stopped working and was irreparable. She was dependent on this for her course at college, which is facilitating her moving on from having been on benefits for a number of years. We contributed towards the purchase of a new laptop so that she could continue studying, which is improving her mental health, as she is now interacting and socialising with people, and does not feel as isolated as before.”

If you are a frontline social welfare or advice agency in London and you are interested in applying for a Samaritan grant, find out more on our ‘Grants’ page.

The more money we have available in our Samaritan fund, the more grants we can make from it. If you would like to support our Samaritan fund financially, please click on the ‘Donate’ button at the top of the page, or get in touch.

The Institute of Psychotrauma is a specialist NHS therapy service for people suffering from severe and complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Find out more about them here.

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