Perennial, UK horticulture industry charity has announced a scheme to offer horticulture professionals funding to help their dependent children should they need it.
Perennial’s new Child Bursary scheme aims to help horticulturists who may not need help themselves but whose child or children have an educational need that their income will not support.
The grant will also help those struggling with the extra cost of feeding their children during the school holidays.
Some examples of the type of thing a Perennial Child Bursary could fund include:
- Laptops, tablets or other electronic equipment essential for school use
- Extra-curricular activities
- Sports training equipment
- Practical equipment such as school bags or uniform
- Educational school trips
- Help with school meals
- Help with meals in school holidays
The scheme is designed to ensure children of people working in horticulture are not missing out on educational opportunities.
Perennial’s Children’s Fund was established when Perennial merged with the Royal Fund for Gardeners’ Children in 2010.
Helen Waddington, head of casework at Perennial, said: “These two child-specific funds are an essential part of our service offering for people working in horticulture on low incomes. So often we find parents will go without essentials in order to fund their child’s education and we are here to help with those costs.
“We would urge anyone who is struggling to make ends meet and who needs additional support for their children’s education to contact us to find out if we can help.”