These forms are the ones I filled in at Shildon Alive today. They were really helpful and let me collect a few things that would let us use what we already have to make enough meals to last the three days until Monday and pay the bus fare to get to the Job Centre. It means that the only cash I have in my purse is 65p so I won’t be going mad at the shops!! It’s a horrible feeling knowing that if anything goes wrong you don’t have the money in your purse to put it right – and that you’ve no way of getting more. I can see why people spiral down into depression if they have to live like this for very long – it must become soul destroying very quickly.
I really don’t know how people manage if they can’t cook and don’t have a slow cooker and a freezer and know how to use them. One thing I’m determined to do once this is all over (for me any way) is put together a booklet giving all best tips on how to feed yourself to stay healthy from all the people I know at Shildon Alive who are giving me the benefit of their experience to help me manage. I think everyone who does the care leavers’ challenge should feed back to DCC’s Corporate Parenting committee what they have learned. For a start, it’s much easier for two people to manage together than one person alone.