The Trust can provide individual one-off grants of up to £1,000 to young people to help them overcome financial barriers to achieve their education, training or employment goals in the motor industry. Examples of such items are course fees, tools and help with living costs or anything else that would support them completing their qualification and progression in the industry.
We can also provide welfare grants for items such as white goods, replacement carpets, a respite break and home adaptations for individuals who are, or have been, employed in the motor industry.
We also continue to help children and families in need of stability when the home situation is difficult for a variety of reasons where parents or carers are struggling to cope and there are physical or mental ill-health problems, addiction issues, or children living with relatives where we are able to assist with grants at state and independent schools.
The Trust works with a variety of organisations and charities including the Scottish Motor Trade Association, the Institute of Motor Industry, the Retail Motor Industry Federation, the Motor and Allied Trades Benevolent Fund and the Educational Trusts’ Forum.
Here are some examples of support the Trust has provided:
T is a trainee at a Parts Distribution Centre. He has Type 1 diabetes and a complication caused by diabetes which causes weakened bones in the feet. He had six months off work due to a break in one of his foot bones. He needs bespoke, specialist steel toe-cap shoes to protect and support his feet while at work. These shoes are not available on the NHS.
The Trust helped with £250 towards the cost of T’s work shoes.
N lives with his father and, until recently, his father’s partner, whom he got on well with. However, he has fallen out with his father. He is living temporarily with his girlfriend and her flat-mate. The flat is cramped and it takes him 2 hours to get to and from work (as opposed to ten minutes when he was living at home). His fuel costs have risen considerably. He is upset about the breakdown of the relationship with his father. He wants to move closer to his work and near to friends however, he cannot afford the deposit and rental advance for a flat.
The Trust helped with the cost of the flat deposit.
D was bullied and became a school refuser. She was being home educated. A small caring school was identified as a solution as D’s mother cares for D’s step-father who has spinal injuries. He is severely ill and requires frequent hospitalisation. He worked for a major high-end car dealer after leaving school until 2009 when he set up his own business. Three weeks after opening his garage he was involved in an accident and suffered serious injuries, including three spinal breakages. He is wheelchair bound.
The Trust were able to help D and her parents with a grant towards fees at a small day school.
W’s mother has breast cancer and has undergone several operations. The family live in a remote area and W and her sister attended a state boarding school. The school provides them with stability during their mother’s prolonged treatment. Mother’s partner worked for a period of time installing vehicle production lines in a number of different countries.
The Trust provided a grant towards fees at the boarding school for W and her sister.