After several months of focusing on food parcel distribution and operating a limited furniture and clothing provision, on 12th April the Resource Centre’s vans were out again collecting and delivering across the city as full service resumed. The team regularly come across people who have been through very difficult experiences. One such client was Sukhy. Here she tells her own story.
‘I am a single mom to a 7-year-old special needs boy. In 2012 my fiancé left me when I became pregnant, so I was left on my own. I was living in Slough at the time and couldn’t find accommodation that would accept housing benefit so I worked as much as I could.
When I was 5 months I eventually broke the news to my mom who told me to come back to Birmingham. I couldn’t find work but was lucky to get a very small private one-bedroom flat. It was on the 3rd floor which was a struggle but the landlord was kind and put safety handles on the stairs. The council refused to help.
My son was born 2 months premature and was a very low weight (2.1 pounds) and poorly. He was in an incubator for nearly a month so I had to give up work to be with him. He was also born hard of hearing and with speech delay so he was in and out of different schools as they didn’t know how to communicate with him or support him.
I had to home school until he was nearly 5 when his speech therapist discovered a school for deaf children who happily accepted him.
I tried to get back into work but having a 5-6 year career gap no employer was willing to accept me so I could never afford brand new things unless I was lucky enough to find something really cheap in the sales. So I always buy from charity shops and occasionally have had small things given as birthday or Christmas gifts. I have started doing voluntary work in a Barnardo’s charity shop which I’m hoping will eventually help me secure paid employment.
We had a dining table from a charity shop which was slightly broken on delivery. It cost £80 so I couldn’t afford another. We haven’t been in our current flat for long as last year our previous flat was put up for sale. We got offered temporary accommodation but the landlady kept putting the rent up so we were forced again to move, so that was another £180 to a man with van.
We have always gone through hard times and struggles but every day are grateful to have a roof over our heads and somewhere to sleep. Food-wise we are lucky to have our Sikh gurdwaras where we can go anytime to eat if we don’t have anything at home or have run out of money on our meter.
We are very lucky that there are still some caring people in the world who are always happy to help. Thank you ever so much for the sofa and your kindness. It is really nice and comfortable. My boy loves it.’
Because of the Covid situation, the Resource Centre team has had to specify the items that they can accept as donations.
Please give the Resource Centre a call on 0121 766 6603 (option 1) before bringing in your donations to help with keeping numbers low in the building. Thank you for your continued support.