How you can support the Kids Like Us Bursary Fund
The role of the Kids Like Us Bursary Board is to further Kids Like Us’ (KLU) ongoing commitment to twice-exceptional students by providing opportunities for less privileged students to obtain care and support and to assist in achieving their goals.
Kids Like Us actively raises funds from the community to be able to provide bursary support to families. We encourage all applicants, friends of Kids Like Us and others, to invite their friends and family to support Kids Like Us fundraising events to ensure there are funds available for other families in need.
We receive many applications to the Bursary Fund, with the fund providing support to approximately 20% of those who benefit from KLU services. Our annual fundraising target is $40,000.
Many of these applications are like Pollyanna‘s, at her wit’s end and seeking support for her son, Nate. Pollyanna has kindly allowed us to show her application, which you can see below. Names have been changed to preserve anonymity.
I know we talked about this last term and we didn’t need bursary help then but now we do.
I really am very worried about Nate, and we’ve come to rely on Kids Like Us’ counselling support to keep him level. Last term we could manage, but this term he’s needed a new iPad for school, a new uniform, new school books and our landlord has increased our rent. The money that I had available this term is just gone. My husband is looking at a new place for us to move to that is closer to our original rent, so hopefully we should be back to normal soon.
To the person reviewing bursary applications – Nate was diagnosed as twice-exceptional in April 2018, and we found our way to Kids Like Us in September. We came to see Anne, and Nate has since been having counselling appointments with her, and for a while he came to see one of the KLU tutors. We’ve held back on tutoring this term on financial grounds. He is amazingly gifted in Science – very, very far ahead of his peers, and fascinated by everything space. If you asked him about the planets, he could tell you every last thing about Saturn’s rings, the moon landing or anything like that. He’s fascinated, and someday I hope he’ll go far in this field because I know how much he’d love it.
But he just struggles so very hard to read – he’s getting better – KLU have been amazing with their reading books and the work they’ve been putting in and the recommendations they’ve been making, but it’s slow going for him. If his class are working on a book, he’ll fall behind and kick up a fuss to distract from it. If his class are working on a maths word problem, he’s fine with the numbers, but he’ll lose track of the words and get the wrong answer because of that.
Since coming to KLU he’s found people that get him – that can see when something’s troubling him about what he’s working on and can talk him back. He’s also found kids that are like him which shows him that he is not alone.
He gets so much out of coming to KLU and while I hope one day that he won’t need their support, maybe that he can just come by to say hello, but for now we’re only at the start of this journey and really, really don’t want to turn back to where we were.
I wouldn’t ask for help if we didn’t need it – and we do need it this term to make sure that my son gets the help he needs.
Please, if you can help us this term with bursary support, we’d appreciate it so much.
Thank you, and please get in touch with anything you need.
Kids Like Us Bursary Fund
The role of the KLU Bursary Board is to further Kids Like Us’ (KLU) ongoing commitment to twice-exceptional students by providing opportunities for less privileged students to obtain care & support and to assist in achieving their goals.
Kids Like Us actively raises funds from the community to be able to provide bursary support to families. We encourage all applicants and kids Like Us to invite your friends and family to support Kids Like Us fundraising events to ensure there are funds available for other families in need.
The Bursary Fund provides one-off financial assistance for Kids Like Us students. A new application form must be completed for each school term.
Bursary support is applied for each term, and is open to clients whose families are experiencing financial hardship and for whom there would be an impact on their welfare and academic learning if they were not able to attend Kids Like Us.
Bursary fund eligibility criteria include but are not limited to:
- Full payment of initial new client appointment and following 5 one-to-one appointments.
- Financial hardship
- Client welfare
- Client academic risk
- Fund availability