We empower local people on low incomes to know their rights and defend them. Here are some of their stories.

We’re really grateful to each person who shared their story with us, so that we can share it with you. Most names have been changed.

You can also hear from local people we’ve supported in this clip from the BBC’s The One Show earlier this year.

If you’d like to help more people in our communities to get justice, you can. Any gift you can give, and skills you can volunteer, could make a life-changing difference to someone at the most difficult point in their lives.

19 June 2020

My kids had to struggle, they had to go hungry sometimes

‘I used to be very independent. I had a very happy family; I had a good job that looked after the family. Before the troubles started, I had no intention…

20 June 2020

I was drowning in debt and she helped me sort it out

‘After my contract work finished, I had an eleven months’ wait to get my benefits sorted, which was a very long period with no income. I didn’t have any savings because I’d been living on breadline anyway, and I started getting into…

20 June 2020

If I didn’t have this support, I would have been evicted

‘My rent arrears had built up because of Universal Credit problems. When I moved into my current property, I tried to change my address with Universal Credit, but they kept sending payments to my…

19 June 2020

I felt like the weight of the world had been lifted off of my shoulders

‘Before I came to the Law Centre, I was seriously suicidal. I could not bear the thought of me and my son being on the street, but I didn’t think…

19 June 2020

Everything was like a puzzle I couldn’t sort out

‘It was terrifying being in debt because I kept getting all these texts saying if I don’t pay they’ll send enforcement to us. I was so afraid. I couldn’t handle it anymore because we’d lost our home and…

20 June 2020

I felt like an alien. I’d never want to feel like that again.

‘I applied for a new passport and the Home Office came back to me saying they couldn’t find anything to prove who I am or that I’d been here since I…

20 June 2020

From the time I knew I could get this help, I’m feeling good

‘Before I came to the Law Centre, I was feeling destitute with a lot of debts. I wasn’t very well, and I had a big money problem. I was very stressed.  ‘I found the team very helpful –…

20 June 2020

I’ve found a new job and my life is back on track

Junaid came to the Law Centre for help after his employer stopped paying him properly – and then not at all – after Junaid tried to defend his team when their employer threatened…

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