Mum of two, Kayleigh, was struggling during 2014 to complete her education whilst studying towards a Psychology course at college. It was difficult for her complete coursework and asked for help to find extra money to buy essential computer equipment.
Kayleigh was recommended to get in touch with the Realise charity by her course tutor. She was able to access essential help from the Barriers Fund and purchase a new laptop and printer. After struggling to finish assignments. She was able to carry on studying at home and complete assessments on time. The new laptop meant that Kayleigh had more flexibility and resources available to revise and prepare for exams.
Kayleigh said: “It really helped to support me when making portfolios. I was able to print out everything at home. I began struggling with eye strain when trying to search the internet to complete my college work, so a new laptop with a big screen certainly helped me to feel better and reduce my headaches.”
“If it wasn’t for the Realise charity, I wouldn’t have kept on top of my workload at home and I wouldn’t have been able to progress onto university.”
The support was invaluable, enabling Kayleigh to progress her education whilst leading a busy lifestyle with children. Since 2014, she has gone onto graduate from Staffordshire University.
The Barriers Fund helps people from across Staffordshire overcome obstacles to employment, better health and new skills helping over 150 people each year. Over the past year, Realise charity has invested £11,000 into helping more than 108 people towards new skills and opportunities.