First posted Thursday, July 10, 2015
This week saw a new budget announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer following the General Election in May. There has been much discussion of the implications of it in the press, and on social media and how it will impact different groups within our society.
Whilst everyone will naturally have their own views on the ‘rights and wrongs’ of changes to benefits and welfare systems, taxation and so on, and indeed their own experiences of how the changes will affect them personally, it does perhaps provide a timely reminder of why PATCH exists and why the work it does is important.
Financial hardship can happen to anyone for any number of reasons. Poverty can’t be depicted only by pictures of someone sleeping rough, or a family crammed together into a one room bedsit. Without realizing it, you may well walk past tens of people every day who are experiencing financial hardship, but who look ‘normal’. Everyone has their own story, their own experience and their own challenges to face.
Some people of course don’t have pressing financial worries. They don’t have to try and navigate their way through Job Centre interviews or endless telephone helplines to access some kind of support to help them with their day to day living expenses. Of those who do have to seek help, many don’t want to, but for various reasons they are caught in a difficult situation where in order to provide for themselves and their family, they require some assistance from others.
PATCH is an independent charity, providing help and support to those most in need at the time they need it most. Anyone who is referred to PATCH through a tried, tested and closely monitored system will be able to have the help they need and given support and signposting to organisations who can provide additional steps to get back to a better financial footing.
Of course PATCH needs support and help to provide this. With Food Banks and Basics banks in a number of locations around the county, donations are always welcome! We know times are tough for many of us, but even just one extra tin of beans or stew in your shopping trolley a couple of times a month can make a real difference to someone else in your local community. If you’re having a good sort through your clothes, pots, pans and bedding, pass it on to PATCH and help someone else with those items.
For details of the different schemes PATCH operates take a look around our website, and if you would like to know more about how you can help, either through making a donation or perhaps volunteering, please do get in touch!