Tara's story | Education Support

Tara's story

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

She immediately set to work to find a new place to live with her children. But sadly Tara quickly found out she simply couldn’t afford the deposit to rent somewhere new. She tried downsizing, but was still being turned down.

Tara worked long hours, not only as an English teacher, but also as a tutor and exam marker – just to make ends meet. Her salary had been frozen, but rental prices had skyrocketed.

She went to the council and explained her situation, but they couldn’t help either. That’s when Tara realised she was going to be made homeless.

“I experienced this feeling which I can only describe as pure terror. I’ve never been so scared in my life.

I didn’t want to talk to anyone about it, I was so ashamed. I’d always been proud to be a teacher, but if I couldn’t afford to keep a roof over my childrens’ heads, what did that say about my value to society? My self-esteem hit rock bottom.

Eventually it all got too much. I poured my heart out to friends, and thankfully, one had a suggestion. He told me about Education Support Partnership.

I called the helpline and spoke to someone very nice. I don’t remember exactly what she said - it was all a bit of a fuzz. But she understood. And even better than that, she said they could help.”

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Tara was granted the money to pay for her deposit and moving costs.

And it didn’t end there. Because the property Tara had been offered was quite basic, we also bought her a new cooker and fridge. Tara was over the moon!

"Carl, the Grants Caseworker, even asked me what colour I wanted. That was so unexpected, and such a simple thing, but it went a really long way to restoring my confidence."

How we can help you

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.