This month we have a brilliant story about a Liverpool church pulling together to give practical support to a family in their local community.
Mum is a single parent living in Mersey with three young children. She has had a difficult past and struggles with anxiety and depression. Safe Families were brought in when the children were identified to be ‘in need’ partly due to their poor living conditions. The walls of their bedrooms were bare plaster, there were no curtains at the windows and the garden was completely overgrown. Mum had purchased wallpaper, curtains and poles but because of her poor mental health she was unable to make the necessary improvements to her home alone.
A Safe Families Family Friend named Amanda started to support the family and soon learned of this situation. She immediately went back to her church and asked if they could do something to help. In no time the church had gathered a group of 10+ and on a dry day in November they staged their own DIY SOS and set to work on the house. These amazing volunteers worked alongside mum and her eldest son to strip and paper three bedrooms, hang curtains and in just one day totally transformed the overgrown wilderness outside into a safe spacious garden. One mature lady in church who wanted to help donated money to send out for Starbucks coffees as a treat for the mum and the workers, a new experience for the family who had never had such a thing!
Mum was very emotional throughout the day as she was so touched by the kindness and generosity of strangers. At the end of the day her eldest son announced, “This has been the BEST day of my life!”