Hosted by: Elmhirst Trust

The Elmhirst Trust provides grants to adults who need to improve their education or training, usually to enable them to seek employment.

The Trust offers a second chance to adults who, for any reason, did not take full advantage of the education system the first time around. Applicants
• Must be residents in, and on the electoral roll of, Barnsley, Doncaster or Rotherham MBC.
• Are normally aged 30 or over (there is no upper limit)
• Have very limited financial resources.

Grant Application Process
This very small Trust, which has no office, telephone or email facility, is almost completely reliant on volunteers and communicates initially with applicants by post only. When an eligible, completed application form is received, an assessor will telephone the applicant to arrange a meeting at an agreed venue. The assessor will then discuss the application with the applicant and, where necessary, advise the applicant how best to proceed before preparing their report and recommendation. This report is emailed to all Trustees who circulate their recommendations so that a consensus may be obtained. The average grant awarded is about £500 and course fees are paid directly to the college/ training provider.

The Trust is looking for people –
To act as Trustees. Trustees are expected to make comments on 10 to 25 grant applications PER YEAR. Thus the time commitment involved is very limited and can be undertaken at times to suit the Trustee. We hope that most Trustees could make their recommendations within a week of receiving a copy of an application. In addition the Trust meets at lunch time in Barnsley as a Management Committee just three times per annum. Some, not all, Trustees act as assessors also. This is optional.

How many volunteers are needed:


Recruitment process:

Contact Paul Elmhirt on 01904 728213

Skills and quaifications:

A knowledge of education and training is an asset.

Type of activity: Trusteeship