Meet Elissavet

How London teacher Elissavet got a space of her own with our help!

Elissavet and her partner moved to London from Leeds as she was offered a great teaching job in North London.

She did not have enough to rent a flat as unfortunately due to her father’s death in Greece she had had to pay funeral expenses as well as helping out her mother and sisters. Therefore when they moved to London they stayed in her partner’s flat paying his mother rent and the majority of the bills.

The space was overcrowded with herself and her partner, her partner’s mother, brother and nephew all living in a two bedroomed flat. This left Elissavet and her partner with no space at all. “We were literally living on top of each other,” she admitted.

Elissavet felt physically and financially trapped

There was a lot of tension in the house due to the overcrowding. Her relationship with her partner’s family deteriorated and the situation was also starting to have an impact on her relationship. 

She was also in a busy and stressful teaching job travelling three hours a day, leaving at 5am and home by 9pm. When she came home, “I couldn’t relax or unwind. I didn’t have a life”, she says.

As she was the only person with a permanent job she was paying the majority of the bills on top of the rent. Another blow came when her partner had to stop working as due to a knee injury. This meant that she and her partner had no way of saving for a deposit and first month’s rent for another flat. She had also tried to get a loan but was unable to due to her debts.

She felt so stressed and tired and it was begin to take a toll on her teaching job. She felt, “I can’t do this anymore! I was quite desperate and needed a way out of that house” she adds.

A way out

This was the point she started to look for help. Her school’s Head of English gave her a list of organisations to turn to. One of which was the Education Support Partnership website. It was here she found our grants scheme and applied online.

Our Grants Officer contacted her and was awarded £1000 for a rental deposit. “He was really helpful and really understanding” she comments.

“He really helped me and was really supportive and gave me hope that I would find eventually find somewhere to live,” she adds.

He also advised her to contact NUT Benevolent Fund which awarded her £500.  With these grants and some money she had managed to save, gave her enough for a deposit on a flat and first month’s rent on a flat of their own!

This has transformed her life: “We now have peace and quiet and it much closer to work. It’s a big one bedroom flat and I finally have my own space. Finally I can start my life in London”.

“I am really lucky I found you!” she says.

How we can help

Our confidential grants service is here to help you manage your financial worries to get you back on track when you are struggling.

If you are working in or retired from the education sector and are suffering financial problems caused by unemployment, ill health, sudden life events, bereavement or a personal injury we may be able to offer support.

Please visit our grants page to find out more and apply.