Posted: 14 January 2014

Helping Katarina’s family out of poverty

Katarina desperately wanted to provide for her children, but bureaucracy pushed the family into poverty. Thanks to your support, they found a way out.

‘I live with my partner, my 13-year-old son, my two-year-old daughter and my new baby. When I was heavily pregnant, my partner was self-employed and he couldn’t find any more work to support us.

‘My baby was nearly due, so I had to leave my full-time job and my employer didn’t offer maternity pay. The only income we had for our whole family was £33 a week in Child Benefit.

‘My family was illegally evicted from our home. We couldn’t pay our bills or our council tax on time so we had many debts.

‘We went to The Children’s Society for help and they worked with us so we could support our family. They spoke to the housing association to make sure that we weren’t evicted from our temporary accommodation. They even helped to stop a £1,200 fine that my partner received from the tax office when he didn’t finish the self-employment paperwork on time because his English wasn’t good.

‘The only income we had for our whole family was £33 a week in Child Benefit.’

‘The Children’s Society even helped my teenage son – he took part in two national arts projects and made a film with 19 other young migrants, which taught him research and communication skills.’

Without your support, we wouldn’t be able to help many parents like Katarina, struggling with severe financial problems caused largely by lack of understanding. With your help, they avoid the spiral of debt and poverty, which blights so many children’s lives.

You can help

Please give us your support by donating via our website or by calling Supporter Care on 0300 303 7000.

By Matt Summers-Sparks - Digital team

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