Jane’s ex-partner passed away suddenly, at the time Jane and her three school age children were living in a privately rented property.
The family were devastated by the loss, and whilst Jane and her ex-partner were separated they had a good relationship and he provided financial support to Jane and their children.
Jane was no longer able to afford the rent on their home and wanted to move closer to her extended family but was worried about the impact of further upheaval on her and the children.
The family were also being supported by a School Age Plus Worker who was helping them to access the Beechwood Counselling Service.
Jane was having difficulty managing her own emotional wellbeing, and felt this was impacting on her parenting. Jane wanted some support to help sort her housing situation and financial debt.
Together with her Key Worker, Jane was able to apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) to clear her rent arrears and a payment was made directly to her landlord to clear the arrears. Jane applied for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and received a backdated payment that helped to improve her financial situation.
Jane was able to find a private let closer to her family, and with the assistance of a local removal company was able to move with minimal disruption to her and her children.
Jane’s Key Worker encouraged her to contact Smart Works who work with women to access work clothes and confidence building to help them into employment.
Following her work with the TPA Jane felt that she had the confidence to move forward and apply for jobs independently.