Our 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.