Learning is the passport to unlimited possibilities, so we will keep striving until we see a day when education is open to all, regardless of background, financial hardship, age or gender. It’s only with your support that we can break down barriers to learning. Together we can fund scholarships and practical support for people from low-income and disadvantaged backgrounds to help them fulfil their dreams.
Our ambition is to harness the potential of the UK’s veterans by supporting the educational development of the 1 in 5 veterans discharged due to disabilities. Disability amongst veterans is unsurprisingly higher than amongst the non-veteran population. It is estimated that 24% of veterans will suffer an illness or disability that limits their physical activity, compared to just 13% of the non-veteran population. Unlike colleagues who make plans for retirement, their unexpected discharge from service life is also likely to mean that these individuals are less prepared for a new life outside of the military.
Around 6.5 million people in the UK currently care for a friend or family member, saving the economy £132 billion per year. Many miss out on education, take lower skilled jobs and put their own lives on hold to care for their loved ones. As a result they can endure higher levels of poverty, ill health and isolation than their peers. By supporting The Carers Scholarships Fund you will give the opportunity of education to those whose lives revolve around the people they care for. They give so much to their loved ones and society as a whole, they deserve to get something back.
There are 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK, and hundreds of thousands more living with neurological conditions and brain injury following illness or trauma. For these individuals their medical condition can make walking incredibly difficult, leaving them in need of care or therapy and with reduced independence.
Your support can help us to conduct further trials and design a device that is robust enough for anyone to use as they go about their daily lives. Ultimately we hope to reduce the costs of care and therapy and enable people to regain the ability to walk unaided or stay mobile for longer.
For hundreds of years, floodplain meadows have been an integral part of Britain’s natural landscape. At one time they were a cherished resource, managed and shared by the community, today they are home to a diverse range of flora and fauna and provide beautiful places to walk and explore nature. Sadly, during the 20th century Britain lost 97% of its flower-rich meadows and now the total land area of floodplain meadow remaining is the size of London’s smallest Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
With your support the Floodplain Meadows Partnership can continue their work and ensure that these unique habitats are retained and managed to make the most of their potential. The specific expertise that the team possess is critical to preserving the meadows and the hundreds of species that live and flourish within them.