Meet Sarah

Single mum got help to pay the bills through our grants scheme.

Single mum got help to pay the bills through our grants scheme.Sarah was a full time teacher for many years but took a career break to have her 3 children. During that time she did some supply work but this needed to fit around her partner’s schedule so she was not able to take a full-time role.

Unfortunately last year the relationship with her partner of 17 years ended when he became abusive and had an affair. They sold their house in London and Sarah bought a house for herself and her 3 children with the proceeds in Norfolk.

Crunch time

Due to being a single mum with 3 small children Sarah was not able to return to full time work. She said “It’s so difficult looking after kids on your own and especially with the high cost of childcare.”

Her income was very low and her ex-partner refused to give her any child maintenance resulting in her struggling financially. “I was living off what was left of the house sale. It’s was really hard! Friends were helping out and lending me money but it's pretty horrible when you have to ask people for money” she explains. Crunch time came when a large electricity bill came in which she could not pay.  “It was pretty scary” she admits.

Offered a lifeline

She referred Sarah to our free and confidential helpline who informed her that we offer grants to those suffering financial hardship. 

Our Grants Officer then contacted Sarah who assessed her case and awarded her a grant to pay her outstanding bill. She says this was offered a lifeline, “The grant helped pay my electric bill. It costs so much to heat a house and feed the children so I was very grateful for the help.”

Sarah is still struggling financially. Her children are unsettled by their parents’ separation and the house move away from London so she does not feel able to return to work full time. In the interim she is doing some private tutoring which fits in around the kids. She hopes to return to teaching once her children are settled but needs to find flexible work that fits in around her family responsibilities.

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.