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How can we help you?

Individual grants are most likely to be for amounts between £300 and £2,000,but we will consider awards of up to £3000 specifically in relation to Higher Education fees, depending on your circumstances.

We will only contribute to the cost of Further or Higher Education courses, or Training courses that are not funded by the Local Authority, or where all other educational grant, bursary or subsidy entitlements have been exhausted.

We may be able to cover additional costs associated with a course of education, or training, such as purchasing tools or equipment that are necessary for the course.

We may be able to help with the costs of starting work, or paying for uniforms/work clothes that are not paid for by the employer.

You must already have passed the Driving Theory Test and meet other qualifying factors, for an application for driving lessons to be considered. see Guidelines

The items opposite are not an exhaustive list, but gives some examples of the sorts of things we can help with.

How will I get a grant paid to me?

We will usually pay any grant that we award direct to the supplier of the goods or services you need. In very exceptional circumstances we may make a payment direct to your nominated bank account.

The Trustees generally will not provide grants for

Private accommodation costs, such as deposits and rent, arrears or debts of any kind, daily living costs, food, utility bills, credit card bills, overdraft or bank charges, Driving Theory Test, overseas trips or courses.

We can also offer general advice and guidance for care leavers. We may also refer you to other organisations that may be able to give you support.

If you would like to speak to someone about this

See the Contact Us page or check out these useful links

Education & Training

  • Further education courses
  • Higher education courses
  • Training courses
  • Specialist text books
  • Laptop
  • Essential tools or equipment for study, training or a new job
  • Travel costs to access courses, training, or first week/month at work
  • Driving lessons (See Guidance notes)
  • Practical driving test fee




Essential Household Items

  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Cooker
  • Washing machine
  • Bed; cot;
  • Bedroom storage
  • Sofa
  • Table; chairs
  • Curtains; blinds
  • Basic flooring