Josh lives with his mum, dad and three younger siblings; they have had a particularly tough year this year with mounting debt and the struggles of Universal Credit have taken their toll on the family.
Joshs mum suffers from anxiety and depression and often struggles to cope with looking after Joshs infant siblings whilst keeping on top of day-to-day chores. The familys income does not often meet their outgoing spending on rent, food and rising energy costs and they doubt that they will be able to have the heating on over the Christmas period.
This stress and worry has had a distinct effect on Josh. His confidence and self-esteem are low, he avoids school at all costs and he struggles to connect with his friends and peers and he is starting to feel lonely and isolated.
Families Togethers aim over this festive period is to help families like Joshs to have an enjoyable Christmas and create some positive memories. Money raised will help houses feel like home and the support raised will go towards purchasing items such as winter coats, bedding as well as providing respite care for young people like Josh.