In our webpage we illustrate some of the life stories of individuals who turned to us for help in the course of 2018.
We mentioned last year that Right to Reside complications, as the Brexit story rumbles along, is one reason for an increase in our case load and this is likely to rise further in 2019. Often our applicants are vulnerable individuals who, as a result of legislation, find they no longer qualify for UK social benefits; this can lead to Court action, which itself is a lengthy process adding to stress and adversely affecting the mental health state of our applicants.
Sadly after some 15 years our Care Coordinator / Social Administrator has decided to retire at Christmas. Peter has been the backbone of our Charity acting as the principal point of contact for all applicants; he has done this with firm kindness and always with a deft assessment of cases and complex life stories and particularly helping to think through possible solutions.
As I know, readers will be well aware that the Charity is totally reliant and grateful for the private donations given to us, which help fund our work; particularly as corporate gifting has fallen away. Should you feel you can help us we would be very appreciative and a donation form can be downloaded here.
Just recently in October 2018, the King and Queen of The Netherlands made a State visit to the UK. The Charity was invited, amongst others, to a discussion morning with the royal couple. The Charity was accorded the special privilege to be invited to the State Banquet; in the history of the Charity, such involvement in royal visits is exceedingly rare.
Thank you for all your support.