We build relationships with those receiving and applying for assistance. Working in this way enables us to engage with families and individuals to tailor the support we can offer.
We would like to introduce several of our clients who worked with their Grants Officers to progress towards their personal goal.
Susan has known the Charities since May 2016. On her first contact with her Grants Officer she had been working part time in retail for about six months, working 16 hours a week. Susan remained in contact with us receiving support, her son also receives support as a Campden Scholar. Susan was keen to increase her hours and look for alternative employment, she received help updating her CV, identifying suitable employment and applying for job vacancies. Susan now works more hours in a retail position in Westfield Shopping Centre.
Algernon approached the Charities in September 2016. He was then seeking employment within a Gym. Before that he worked in care home and retail jobs and as a dancer touring with Starlight Express around Japan and London. Hoping to make use of his relevant qualifications, he quickly found work as a Group Instructor, training clients and running a number of classes for a local Gym. In addition he was supported with a number of IT courses, a CPR course and a Patient Handling Course which enabled him to look for less intense work in physiotherapy. Now he is working as a Portering Supervisor at Charing Cross Hospital.
Rowan began working with the Charities in 2012. She was supported with advice on her CV, and jobs searches in field of media production. Rowan received an interview clothing grant and was one of 10 successful applicants out of 2,000 to a 12-month BBC apprenticeship programme. During that time Rowan completed a BTEC in Creative Digital Media and was supported with travel costs. When Rowan secured work as a Runner at the BBC, she was advised to consider other employment routes and qualifications as a back-up to her career goals, which sparked her interest in journalism and podcasts. Rowan worked at The Guardian as their Podcast Production Manager, where she ran the day-to-day activities of the podcast team. She's now on assignment at Google as an Audio Content Specialist and continues to write a weekly podcast recommendation column, “Hear Here” for The Guardian, as well as managing her own online projects
Delroy has been with the Charities since 2017. As a student he struggled with dyslexia but despite this, qualified as an Art Teacher 10 years ago. He has been working since as a Supply Teacher and has taught a variety of pupils, including students with Autism and Severe Learning Difficulties, many of whom find Art a therapeutic medium. Following the reduction of government funding for Arts, Delroy feels that, by changing subjects, he will be able to increase his employment prospects and earning potential. Delroy has always had a love for English Literature and, with the support of Campden Charities, Delroy is currently studying for an A Level in this subject at Westminster Kingsway College; this will help him on his way to reach his goal.
Sepideh approached the Charities in 2009. After secondary education she completed courses in Health and Social Care. In 2009, the Charities supported Sepideh when she secured employment as a Retail Assistant. A few years later, she received help gaining childcare qualifications and later secured employment as an Early Years’ Practitioner. Sepideh was rehoused in permanent accommodation and returned to work following maternity leave. Sepideh continues to work full-time as an Early Years’ Practitioner
Asmahan contacted Charities in 2014. At the time she was volunteering at St Mary’s Hospital within the children’s A&E department providing childcare. Asmahan has a Nursing degree from Ethiopia and she has completed a Health and Social Care Level 3 course at Kensington and Chelsea College, as well as experience as an interpreter in various volunteer positions. In 2017, Asmahan enrolled to undertake a Bachelor of Business and Healthcare Management degree as a mature student. Her Grants Officer assisted her in the registration and application process for this course. Asmahan has been receiving a student grant from the Charities since she began her course. She hopes this course will lead to full-time employment.
Demir was 18 and was studying for his A levels at college when he first contacted the Campden Charities in 2012. He had ambitions to study a BA Accounting and Finance at Kent University which included a year in indjustry. Demir was supported under the Charities’ Campden Scholarship programme with a student grant and contribution towards student accommodation for the duration of his degree. Demir was also supported with grants for clothing and travel to work whilst completing a year’s work experience as an Audit Assistant. Demir completed his studies and gained a 1st class degree and secured a graduate job. He will be working for an investment platform called SEI as an Associate.
Hibo has been known to the Charities since June 2016. She is a single mother of two young children and, at the time of first contact, Hibo was waiting for her youngest child to start nursery full time. Hibo’s Grants Officer helped her to update her CV, identify career options and search for courses at local colleges. Hibo wanted to use her time to improve her qualifications, which would make it easier for her to secure employment. Hibo remained in contact with her Grants Officer and successfully completed the Childcare Level 2 course. Hibo is now volunteering at a local nursery to gain more work experience and attending a year-long IT, Maths and English course run by the Charities to improve basic skills.