Before receiving help from the Aycliffe ‘Helping Hands’ project, I had got myself into debt and every day was a constant worry trying to make ends meet even though my partner and I work!
I suffered from depression and anxiety and cut myself off socially as I didn’t want to be seen as the ‘poor one’. I heard about the project from my mum who had also had some help from them.
They arrived at my home with a huge box of household items with practical things like washing powder, bedding and toys and cleaning products, which would help save money in the long run.
I was overwhelmed when I saw how much there was and almost cried! Since getting their help things have become much more positive I have my debt under control, we have a new home and I feel so much happier in myself, its truly amazing how they have helped us and I have met some great people through them.
I am now a volunteer for Helping Hands.
My advice to anyone struggling is to get in touch with Helping Hands who support people in crisis living in the Newton Aycliffe and surrounding areas of County Durham They are non-judgemental and help people, who are found to be in genuine need. I didn’t think we would be entitled to anything but I’m so glad we tried.