Covid-19 (Coronavirus) notice

The Teaching Staff Trust is trying to work normally through this period. If you are facing financial difficulties you can download and complete our application form from this website or you can complete a contact form and we will forward one to you as soon as we can. We won’t be answering the phone but you can leave a message which we’ll pick up and try to respond to you. You can email us at enquiries@teachingstafftrust.org.uk and we’ll reply as quickly as we can.

We do understand what a difficult time this is going to be for everyone and you might find that some of the following will give you advice and information that you need:

www.gov.uk/find-local-council - this website will help you to get in touch with your local council if you have immediate food, money or housing issues.

If you’re struggling with anxiety at the moment please look at www.anxietyuk.org.uk/ who have produced a useful guide - www.anxietyuk.org.uk/coronanxiety-support-resources/.

You can find out more about symptoms and advice about covid 19 at www.gov.uk/coronavirus and www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.

MIND have put together a helpful webpage with advice about self isolation - www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/.

ACAS have produced information for employers and employees which you might find helpful - www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus.

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How We've Helped

We know you don’t find it easy to ask for help, so we'll always treat your application with the utmost respect and with total discretion. Here are some of the people that we've been able to help - although their names have been changed, the circumstances of their applications are all true.

Karen

Karen was unemployed when she contacted us. She had worked as a Teaching Assistant but had to give up her job due to depression and coping with the loss of her son.

"When I was ill, I had to give up my position as a teaching assistant. TST supported me so I could get back on track"

Denise

Denise is a retired teacher, she came to us at the age of 74, when she was being evicted from her flat. She was the sole carer for her disabled daughter, and had no family living nearby.

"I spent so much looking after myself and my daughter I ran out of money for the essentials. TST gave me the chance to move closer to family"

Angie

Angie works in a school for people with special educational needs. Due to a family crisis she had to leave her home and ended up living more than 50 miles way from her work, in a place without hot water.

"When a Housing Association found me a home near work, TST helped me to pay my first month’s rent and gave me money for carpets and furniture."

Jon's Story

Jon had a serious car accident and couldn’t work. He needed some adaptations at home to maintain his independence and we said ‘yes’ when he asked for our help.

"I felt as though my world was falling apart with the serious nature of the jobs that needed doing - a truly heartfelt thanks for all your help."

Sarah's story

Sarah was overwhelmed by a combination of different financial pressures when she had to pay for her husband’s funeral so we were happy to meet some of the cost.

"Thank you so much for your help. Reading this email after a long hard day has brought tears to my eyes as this has been a stress on my mind."

June's story

June needed support for increased travel costs to help her to retain her mobility after an illness.

“I am more grateful than I can say that you have paid towards the costs of my travel. It has lifted such a worry off my shoulders”

Graeme's story

Graeme found himself suddenly having to care for his small grandchildren and needed our support to cover increased heating bills. We supported him with this and some other essential bills.

“It’s a great comfort to know that my heating is secured for the next few months. The weather has been very rough and it’s good to know that the heating can be turned on.”