A single mum, isolated and living in a refuge, Emilee
knew she needed to turn her life around.
Enrolling on a 12 week personal development
programme, she went on to study for her GCSEs
but struggled to complete assignments as she
only had access to computers at college.
A bursary from the #thrivefund allowed her to buy
a laptop so she could study whilst looking after her
It gave Emilee the determination to complete a
higher education course and she has now been
accepted onto a Psychology course at university.
Melissa, 23, struggled to find work after finishing her
degree and was out of work for 10 months. She had
very low confidence and little hope for the future.
Melissa was finally offered an administrator role
with her local sports centre, which she hoped
would be a step towards her dream of a career in
sport and fitness. The only problem was Melissa
couldn’t afford to pay for both her uniform and the
initial travel costs.
A bursary from #thrivefund gave Melissa the
financial support needed to accept the job.
Melissa flourished and managed to secure a full
time position at the gym a few months later.
I was depressed as a teenager. I moved out. lost my job
and racked up debts with loans companies. When I couldn’t
pay rent anymore. I started sleeping at a night shelter. My
depression got worse and I began self-harming.”
A homeless charity Chloe went to for hot meals put her in
touch with an organisation that supported her to turn her life
around. She managed to start working again and received a
th rivefund bursary to pay for clothes.
“Working gave me confidence. I enjoyed meeting new people
and with the help of my mentor I decided I’d like to work in
Spurred on by her new goals. Chloe completed the relevant
training. and received a #thrivefund bursary to pay for work
“The past 18 months feel like a dream. I’ve been named Carer
of the Month. I live in a privately rented flat with my partner.
and I have my own transport. I love my life now and hope to
become a nurse.
Jorgie was subject to violence within his family to the
point that at 16 he went to social services for help.
With the right support Jorgie got onto a work
experience programme before being offered an
apprenticeship and finding a place of his own to live.
Things were looking up. except Jorgie couldn't afford
to cover the costs of travel, buying work clothes and
“I struggled to pay bus fare to work. I also had to wear
the same clothes all week due to lack of work wear."
A bursary from the #thrivefund covered these costs
untilJorgie‘s first pay day.
Jorgie shares he feels “Excellent" and has “more
confidence in myself turning up for work".