The Ruth Hayman Trust is a charity which awards small grants to support the education and training of adults who have come to settle in the UK, speak English as a second or other language and have difficulty paying for their studies.


The Trust has no paid staff. The trustees, who are all volunteers, raise money by holding events and activities. Friends and supporters also donate money to us. We then give the money out to people who have applied to us. Find out how you can support our work.

The Trust gives small grants to about 170 of the roughly 500 applicants who apply each year. As fees for courses increase and education budgets are cut, the Trust’s financial support is needed more than ever.


The Ruth Hayman Trust was set up in 1983 by the National Association for Teaching English and other Community Languages (NATECLA) in memory of its first secretary, Ruth Hayman.

Who we are

The trust is run entirely on the work of volunteer trustees and with the help of supporters. Many of our trustees have a background in teaching and managing ESOL, advising refugees and asylum seekers, or as a refugee. 



Annual Report

In 2016/17 the Trust awarded over £40,000 to 178 applicants.  Click here  for a summary of the key points of the Annual Report 2016-17.