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Grants for teachers and education staff - Anna's story

Anna's story

Our grants team is continuing to receive a high number of applications from supply teachers and term-time only staff who desperately need help paying for essentials during the ongoing Coronavirus crisis.

Here is Anna's story: 

An experienced primary school teacher, Anna* lives alone and began supply teaching early last year, giving her the flexibility she needed to provide end of life care to her Mum at home who had Alzheimers. Her Mum died last April and she had continued supply teaching with a view to securing a permanent role again from this September. Since schools closed everything has changed.

“I had been with the same class since Christmas and the school had asked me to stay on until the end of the Summer. I had put money aside ahead of the Easter holiday when I knew I wouldn’t be earning, however the sudden, unplanned school closures left me with no income. 

“It’s a real worry. I’ve applied for Universal Credit but am waiting for it to go through. It was impossible to get through to anyone to talk to. The umbrella agency I was employed through haven’t furloughed anyone yet as they said the government guidance wasn’t clear. I’ve been able to get a mortgage holiday but I just need to get through the next few weeks with all the other bills.”

Education Support was able to help with a grant of £470 to cover Anna’s council tax and utility bills.

“I found you online. It’s a weight off my mind and has given me a bit more security when we don’t know what’s going to happen. It means I can concentrate on other things and focus on applying for a permanent job hopefully starting in September.”

Can you help?

We were able to give Anna help when she needed us most only due to the generosity of our supporters.

Are you able to give a gift at this difficult time to help teachers like Katie? If you can please donate online. Thank you so much.

How can we help you?

If you are struggling financially and need our help, please get in touch with our grants team. You can call us on 0207 6972772 or visit our grants page to find out more and apply.

*Grant recipient’s name has been changed.