Success Stories

We donate to a variety of homelessness charities, but we primarily support Family Action’s Open Doors programme. Here are some success stories from the programme. Identities have been protected.

Sarah was a victim of domestic abuse, and she became homeless when her and her son had to abandon everything.

She received support to help her to navigate the justice system and find a home. But when she had finally found somewhere to live, her and her son still needed beds.

A grant from the programme was able to buy beds for both Sarah and her son. “When I heard that I’d got the grant, a smile came to my face – I hadn’t smiled for months.”

“When you come from a domestic abuse scenario and you hear no, no, no all the time, when somebody turns around and says YES, it makes you feel positive, you feel you can achieve something, you can do it.”

Sarah was a victim of domestic abuse, and she became homeless when her and her son had to abandon everything to get away.

She received support to help her to navigate the justice system and find a home. But when she had finally found somewhere to live, her and her son still needed beds.

A grant from the programme was able to buy beds for both Sarah and her son. “When I heard that I’d got the grant, a smile came to my face – I hadn’t smiled for months.”

“When you come from a domestic abuse scenario and you hear no, no, no all the time, when somebody turns around and says YES, it makes you feel positive, you feel you can achieve something, you can do it.”

Lucinda (in her 20s) escaped from very serious domestic abuse, but she then had to start from scratch. After fleeing she had absolutely nothing, only the clothes she stood up in.

She received support to help find accommodation and education opportunities, and her Open Doors Grant was able to buy her basic furniture, including a baby chair and table.

Her three children have settled well, and she has used the leftover money to buy cleaning products and the material needed to make curtains. Lucinda says that “the grant helps me see that I am strong.”

“I feel confident that life can get better, I am on my way forwards. The grant has made things so different: I am happy, the kids are happy and I know I can help myself now. You have given me the start I need. Thank you, really.”

Lucinda (in her 20s) escaped from very serious domestic abuse, but she then had to start from scratch. After fleeing she had absolutely nothing, only the clothes she stood up in.

She received support to help find accommodation and education opportunities, and her Open Doors Grant was able to buy her basic furniture, including a baby chair and table.

Her three children have settled well, and she has used the leftover money to buy cleaning products and the material needed to make curtains. Lucinda says that “the grant helps me see that I am strong.”

“I feel confident that life can get better, I am on my way forwards. The grant has made things so different: I am happy, the kids are happy and I know I can help myself now. You have given me the start I need. Thank you, really.”

Before receiving a grant, only 14% of recipients report feeling in control of their lives. After receiving the grant 73% feel in control.

Receiving a grant helps recipients to feel that they can ‘take charge’ of their lives. Even for those that do not yet feel in control of their lives, grants can still have a really significant impact:

”I don’t think I feel in complete control yet, but the grant showed me that there is a way out – before I was stuck and trapped” – Grant recipient

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