‘Thrive Not Just Survive’, a brand new education and employment grant, has been launched for young people aged between 14 and 24-years-old who have been diagnosed with cancer and are looking to get an education or career ambition back on track.
CLIC Sargent research found that over two thirds of young people were worried about the impact that cancer will have on their education and almost three quarters were worried about the impact on their future employment.
Under the new grant scheme, young people will be able to apply for up to £5,000 to support tuition or course fees, purchasing tools for an apprenticeship, or equipment/materials for a course such as a laptop or text books.
Applications for the new grant opened on Friday 19 October 2018 for three weeks and will be reviewed by a panel of CLIC Sargent and Societe Generale staff.
Young people are encouraged to get creative and can choose to submit their application in a variety of ways including writing a letter, writing a business case or even creating a video.
“Cancer doesn’t just affect a young person’s health,” said Kate Lee, CEO of CLIC Sargent. “Cancer can also hit a young person’s confidence, their finances and rob them of their independence. It can have a devastating impact on their ability to keep up with school or university when they are receiving treatment miles away from home, for months at a time. They may be forced to give up their job and put their career on hold.
“That’s why it’s so important that we are there to support them to achieve their goals. This new grant will empower young people to feel more in control of their future.”