A few weeks ago, Briony’s morning routine changed. She still wakes up and gets her two children ready for the day and says goodbye to her husband as he heads off to work, however, once she walks out of the house, her new life begins.
Briony was successful in securing a graduate placement at a local hospital recently, and is now fulling her dream of becoming a nurse. This has been a long-time aspiration for Briony, who at one point believed this would never become a reality.
Briony and her family faced some challenges during her pursuit of becoming a nurse. Both of her young children have sensory challenges, which makes it tricky to place them into after school care. For Briony to go to university to complete her studies, this put added pressure on her family as she was unable to work her regular hours.
“The final stages of my degree were the most challenging. To complete my studies, I had to secure a placement, however, that meant finding an after school care to suit my children’s needs. We were worried about how we were going to afford this additional cost for the duration of seven weeks – at one stage I thought I was going to have to pull out of my placement.”
“I’m very lucky to have had CHC’s support during my studies. If we weren’t tenants of CHC, I wouldn’t have been able to go to uni. With my children’s medical expenses and with me not working, it was going to be tough for us as a family, however, CHC was able to relieve some of that pressure and I got to go to school.”
“I applied for CHC’s Ken Horsham Education Scholarship and was so lucky to have received money to put towards childcare for my kids. This allowed me to complete my placement and now I will be graduating in a few weeks. Without being able to do that, I wouldn’t have received the placement that I did, which lead to me receiving a spot in an ACT Health Graduate Program. Now that I have a full-time job, my husband and I have been able to start saving for our first home. Again, this wouldn’t have been possible without the help of CHC.”
“I’ve got a real grown-up job now,” says Briony, proudly. “And it’s my dream job, I couldn’t be happier”.
Samuel is also a recipient of the Ken Horsham Education Scholarship. He is a young tradesman living in CHC’s Apprentice House with four other apprentices. Samuel is from the South Coast, where his family still lives. Apprentice House is great for him as he gets to live in a relaxed environment with people in similar situations to his.
He loves to head back home as often as possible to see his family, however, when his computer broke at the start of a new term and he needed new text books, it meant he had to start working a lot of overtime so he could save for these expenses. With his work commitments and study commitments, he wasn’t able to find the time or money to visit his family.
“I applied for the scholarship and received money for my text books, some new tools that I needed and money to put towards my new computer”, says Samuel. “It was great and a big help. It meant I didn’t have to do as much overtime and was able to get down and see my family more”.
“My bosses were amazed that my rental company would do something like that for me. It’s been a helping hand for me and I would recommend for other CHC tenants, who are studying, to apply.”
Ken Horsham Education Scholarship was founded in 2017 in memory of the late Ken Horsham, a founding director of CHC, who passed away suddenly in 2014. Ken had a strong interest in progressing his community and a real passion for social justice. It is in this spirit that CHC brings this initiative to assist CHC tenants in achieving their study goals.
The purpose of this scholarship is to support, encourage and foster our community who wish to further themselves through schooling and study. Applications for the 2018 Ken Horsham Education Scholarship will open shortly.
CHC has been working closely with students from CIT completing their Diploma in Community Services to bring our tenants new training opportunities in the construction and hospitality industries.
Click here to download the flyer and expression of interest form.
Places are limited. If you are interested in attending, please complete and return your expression of interest form by 5pm Monday, 18 June 2018.
If you have any questions, please contact our team on (02) 6248 7716.