Christmas appeal | Education Support Partnership

Christmas appeal

This year, we have seen a steady increase in grant applications, and the most pressing issue is by far housing.

We are hearing horror stories of teachers on the verge of homelessness – when salaries are frozen, but rents continue to rise it’s a disaster waiting to happen.

To meet the rising demand for our help from teachers…we need your help.

Will you donate to help teachers like Tara?

Your support will help teachers like Tara, who approached us earlier this year after being told a week before Christmas she was going to be made homeless.

She immediately set to work to find a new place to live with her children. But sadly Tara quickly found out she simply couldn’t afford the deposit to rent somewhere new. She tried downsizing, but was still being turned down.

Tara worked long hours, not only as an English teacher, but also as a tutor and exam marker – just to make ends meet. Her salary had been frozen, but rental prices had skyrocketed.

She went to the council and explained her situation, but they couldn’t help either. That’s when Tara realised she was going to be made homeless.

I experienced this feeling which I can only describe as pure terror. I’ve never been so scared in my life.”

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“I didn’t want to talk to anyone about it, I was so ashamed. I’d always been proud to be a teacher, but if I couldn’t afford to keep a roof over my childrens’ heads, what did that say about my value to society? My self-esteem hit rock bottom.

Eventually it all got too much. I poured my heart out to friends, and thankfully, one had a suggestion. He told me about Education Support Partnership.

I called the helpline and spoke to someone very nice. I don’t remember exactly what she said - it was all a bit of a fuzz. But she understood. And even better than that, she said they could help”

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Tara was granted the money to pay for her deposit and moving costs.

And it didn’t end there. Because the property Tara had been offered was quite basic, we also bought her a new cooker and fridge. Tara was over the moon!

“Carl, the Grants Caseworker, even asked me what colour I wanted. That was so unexpected, and such a simple thing, but it went a really long way to restoring my confidence."

We love our new home now and I can’t wait to cook Christmas dinner in my new silver cooker this year!

Will you please give more teachers like Tara a home for Christmas?

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  • £10 could help provide information to schools so teachers know we are here to help when they need someone to turn to
  • £25 could help answer the phone to a teacher who needs someone to talk to when it all gets too much. You could help them hear the options available, and know that there is someone who cares and can help
  • £75 could help answer the phone to three teachers who need to talk
  • £112 could cover a week’s rent when a teacher has no other choice. For those like Tara suddenly made homeless, you could keep a roof over their heads
  • £370 could pay for a cooker for a teacher like Tara moving into a new place with little else there
  • £585 could cover a month’s rent when a teacher has no other choice. For those like Tara suddenly made homeless, you could keep a roof over their heads