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Your Stories

Elizabeth's story

SEN teacher stress and workload

When Elizabeth, 56, a special needs teaching assistant in Staffordshire was at her wits’ end with her husband and daughter seriously ill and an extra workload at school she had no hesitation calling our helpline. We helped her manage her stress and find her own coping strategy.

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Amanda's story

Primary school teacher feeling unsupported by headteacher

Primary teacher Amanda felt that her headteacher was ‘gunning for her’ with constant pressure and negative feedback. She was signed off sick with anxiety and depression but with our support she managed to get back to school and manage her anxiety. 

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Tanya's story

Grant for teachings housing

Primary school teacher, Tanya fell into severe financial difficulty and had to sell their house and move into rented accommodation. They had no money for a deposit on another home. Find out how we helped. 

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Brenda's story

Brenda's story - grants for lecturers

When Brenda, 60, had to have a mastectomy she fell into financial difficulties we helped her out with a grant to pay arrears on her gas, electricity and phone bill and to help pay her mortgage.

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Don's story

Don Fraser - grant for retired teacher

When retired teacher Don Fraser’s relationship broke down he became jobless and homeless overnight. After he found a new flat but couldn’t afford a washing machine. We provided him with a new washing machine to relieve some of the pressure he faced.

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Andrea's story

Andrea Glover - training grant for teachers

Andrea Glover had always wanted to be a dyslexia teacher but she couldn’t afford to fund the highly-specialised training. We provided her with some of the funding to get her started so now she can realise her dream.

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Victoria’s story

Victoria - grants for school support staff

​Victoria works as a school admin. When her husband left her and their four sons, she was unable to keep up her mortgage payments and went into arrears. Luckily she contacted our grants service who were able to help. 

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Tara's story

Tara - teacher housing crisis

Teacher Tara approached us last years after being told a week before Christmas she was going to be made homeless.

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Venessa's story

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Venessa found it difficult to balance studying for her diploma, working at a placement and dealing with a part-time job. Thankfully she was able to receive a grant from us that took some of the pressure off and allowed her to focus on her studies.

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Jennifer's story

Grants for retired teachers - stairs

Jennifer always wanted to be a teacher but wasn’t able to join the profession until after she had children. Unfortunately due to ill health she had to retire early. She and her husband have limited income and when she needed a stairlift, they turned to us for help.

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