Meet Fiona

Fiona was able to avoid being evicted with support from our grants. 

Fiona* came to the UK 16 years ago and spent some of her childhood in care.

She was determined to improve her life and educate herself and has recently completed a PGCE and qualified as a primary school teacher. She explains: “I want to make a difference in myself and inspire others which is why I decided to train as a primary teacher.”

Couldn't make ends meet

Whilst in training, the student loan she received was not enough to cover her rent, food, bills and travel to and from university in London. As the course was very demanding Fiona did not have the time or energy to work whilst studying.

She was constantly struggling to make ends meet and gradually got into debt. Without any family to rely on she had no support to fall back on.

The situation came to a head in June this year when she accumulated substantial rent arrears. She was served with an eviction notice and was afraid she would become homeless.

She did her research and contacted us to find out if we could offer financial support. Fiona applied for a grant with less than 14 days to clear the arrears or become homeless. She said: “I couldn’t afford to lose my flat. I knew this would send me on a downwards spiral, my flat was my only safety and security.”

Our Grants Caseworker, Carl Hanser spoke to Fiona about her case. She explained that she had very little time to clear the arrears. She says “I was really worried and desperate about the situation. Carl was really understanding and empathetic. He made a decision on my case within 24 hours and awarded me a grant which cleared my rent arrears and stopped the eviction.”

Optimistic about the future

Fiona is very relieved and grateful that she has a secure roof over her head. It has made a big impact in her life.

She has also been offered a full time position as a primary school teacher in London starting this September. This will give her financial security for the future. She explains, “I am really optimistic and excited. This is not just a job to me, it means everything. I can now better myself and make ends meet.”

How we can help

Our confidential grants service is here to help you manage your financial and money 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.

*Fiona is not her real name as this grant recipient wishes to remain anonymous.