BeverleyOur Grants to Individuals programme aims to improve the financial circumstances or quality of life for low income adults. It helps  by funding education, which will leading to a return to work or career change.  All  promising candidates are  offered an informal  interview, and  Beverley’s story illustrates just how important this personal contact can be.

Her application seemed straightforward ; she wanted to study social work and Bedford needs social workers,  with vacancy rates of 28% in April 2014. But Beverley was asking for support with a long distance commute , when there was a  social work degree on her doorstep.  The interview enabled her   to make a convincing case for choosing  a more distant university . More importantly, her enthusiasm, moving  story of her determination to build a better life for her family after  traumatic experiences and  her commitment to  volunteering to help others in similar circumstances  made a lasting impression on the Trustees and led to a substantial grant.  Resilience is one of our grantmaking priorities, and Beverley is just the person to  help Bedford families  develop this vital quality as she carves out a career in social work.