How we can help

WHY DO DEAF OR HEARING IMPAIRED STUDENTS OFTEN NEED EXTRA SUPPORT?

All through their education, in a system heavily biased towards the hearing world, deaf and hearing impaired people experience communication difficulties. To overcome this, students often need to study harder and longer than many hearing people, needing access to books, software apps and special equipment. The Peter Greenwood Memorial Trusts exists to support these individual needs

WHO RUNS THE TRUST?

A small team of volunteers (trustees), including members from the Deaf Community, manages a trust fund established using donations made in Peter Greenwood’s memory. Each year, some of the money in the trust fund is given out as small grants to people who apply to the Trust for this help. The Trust fund is kept ‘topped up’ from time to time by generous donations made by individuals and organisations.

WHAT CAN A GRANT BE USED FOR?

Normally, a grant would be used to buy books and equipment needed for a person’s studies or training. Sometimes a grant may be offered to help with travel or accommodation expenses related to a person’s studies or training. Those who have received our support in the past have successfully gone on to achieve technical qualifications, teaching and counselling certificates, diplomas, BA, BSc and Masters degrees and other qualifications.

AM I ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR A GRANT?

You must be able to show that you are either deaf or hard of hearing by securing the support of a sponsor – this must be someone who knows you well, and who works with you professionally, such as a lecturer, teacher, social worker or doctor. Your sponsor should not be a member of your family or a friend. They will be asked to confirm that you are deaf or have a hearing loss.

WILL I GET THE AMOUNT I APPLY FOR?

If your application is approved, the amount of money you might receive depends on how many other people apply and how much money is available from the Trust fund. The trustees will consider the information you provide in your application and they will contact your sponsor. The decision of the Trustees is final.

HOW CAN I APPLY?

You need to fill in our Application Form – you can do this online from this website – choose the menu option ‘Apply Now’ and fill in the details. Please note that someone from the Charity will contact your chosen sponsor to ensure that your application is in order and that your personal circumstances allow you to apply to the Trust for a grant.