Ross (pictured) moved into a housing association property in 2016 after finding himself homeless following a relationship breakdown. Ross was no longer in work and was claiming Job Seekers Allowance to try and get himself back on his feet. Ross was having to repeatedly reclaim Job Seekers Allowance when he ran out of cash and couldn’t survive until the next payment date. This reclaiming led to his Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction claims being cancelled and rent arrears quickly started to accrue. Ross found this period extremely stressful and was struggling with severe depression.
After a failed attempt to take his own life in October 2016, a few months after being released from hospital, Ross came to Talking Money. We supported him to seek specialist housing support, helped liaise with the local Council to reassess his housing benefit award, and secured a financial contribution of £100 for course books and materials when he made the decision to apply for full time study.
Ross has now successfully completed his Masters in Applied Ecology and, with continued support from Talking Money, works self-employed where he runs wildlife and conservation education programmes for children.
“Talking money made a huge difference to me especially in what were very trying times. Without their help I wouldn’t be in the position I am now – the start of a promising conservation career. I am eternally grateful.” – Ross, Talking Money Client
“Ross went through an extremely difficult time before coming to Talking Money. His resilience and the fact that he was able to access our services and ask for help meant that he was able to get the assistance and support in place to successfully navigate through this time in his life.
After facing a potential second spell of homelessness (within 2 years) and battling mental health issues, Ross’ prospects now look extremely bright and demonstrate that help is out there for anyone who is struggling to get through even the most challenging financial situation.” – Nick, Benefits Caseworker