The Railway Benefit Fund have helped over 100 Railway Families with their Home Schooling Fund
We have been able to give financial support to over 100 families with our Home Schooling Fund. The Home Schooling Fund ran from early January until February half term and was designed to be responsive to the needs of the industry, after the government announced the closure of schools. In total, the RBF has awarded over 170 pieces of home schooling equipment to 217 children including laptops, tablets and printers.
The fund was created as an emergency measure as we saw that many families did not have the equipment to effectively home school, with classes and home work being conducted on parent’s mobile phones or having to share tablets, laptops, or phones between children. This meant that some classes were missed, and home work could not be completed. Support was available from schools and the government, but those identified as most in need were prioritised. This left a gap in sufficient support for home schooling for those in employment with limited means to purchase the required devices for their children.
The Home Schooling Fund meant that concerned parents were able to receive financial support, allowing them to purchase laptops, tablets and printers to ensure that their children didn't fall behind.
John from SPL Powerlines reached out to the RBF after learning about the Home Schooling Fund. In May 2020 he lost his father to the coronavirus, which deeply affected his family, especially his children. On top of this, they were struggling to keep up with home schooling as they were having to share equipment between the five of them. John reached out to the RBF and we awarded him the essential home schooling equipment for his children. John said:
“Me and my family would like to say a huge thank you to the RBF. The funding that RBF has provided will be a massive help and will take away the pressure, which we all need right now. With my dad having been part of the Railway Family for nearly 20 years, and myself for nearly 14 years, it never ceases to amaze me how much everyone helps each other out when we need it most.”
Nick’s children were struggling with home schooling due to their very old equipment that didn’t work properly. After Nick reached out to us, we gave the family the funds to purchase a new laptop to complete school work from. Nick said:
"The RBF have made our lives a lot easier with their generosity and we can’t thank them enough."
If you want to support the RBF, why not get involved with Railway Family Week? (26th April-2nd May 2021)