In order to make grants to students, we have to raise money. More than 94% of the money raised goes directly to supporting individuals. Even quite small sums can make an enormous difference.
Course fees are rising sharply and adults, especially those with a first language other than English, find it increasingly difficult to finance their studies.
Changes in funding for ESOL mean that many would-be learners cannot afford to study basic English, so essential to their future in the UK.
Many others with sufficient language skills also cannot afford to study on vocational or academic courses, as they are unable to meet the increasing course, exam and essential materials costs.
The Ruth Hayman Trust is one of the few charities that can help. We can open doors to education and training, allowing people to build new lives and use their skills to contribute to UK society. We support students on a wide range of courses, recently, for example, Security, Beauty Therapy, Plumbing, Hairdressing, Music Technology and all levels of ESOL.
Those who have received our grants testify how even small amounts have changed their lives:
N was awarded a £170 grant to pay IELTS exam fees required for university entrance. It opened the doors to a BSc course in pharmacy and prospects for a successful career.
Z from Bangladesh who has young children and desperately needs to learn basic ESOL. Her husband’s low-paid restaurant job means they’re unable to afford the high fees for her to learn English, so essential for life in the UK.
P, who was a doctor in the Republic of Congo. He can’t afford exam fees for both the English exam and the medical test required to practise here. Without financial support, his skills will be wasted.
A, a young Afghan refugee with limited income needing financial support to study electronic engineering and gain skills for work. Sadly, he has no family in the UK to help him pay tuition and exam fees or buy essential course materials.