Helen is a 31 year old mother of 5 children; ages 1, 2, 7, 8 and 12.
Her youngest child has health problems and has had some periods of hospital stays due to respiratory problems. Helen’s partner is also currently in prison.
Because of her children's young age and needs, Helen is unable to work and the family have found themselves in financial difficulty after receiving miscalculated benefits. Having fallen into arrears with their rent and they have now been issued with a repossession order on their family home.
After engaging with support from Aspire, the family are now claiming the correct benefits and Helen’s partner will get the support he needs on release from prison to retrain and gain permanent employment.
Helen is also working with Aspire to support her into permanent work in the retail industry once her youngest child is in nursery and is completing some online courses, education and training to help her to be work ready in the interim period.
But to make sure that this young family avoids homelessness, their rent arrears have to be paid off.