Making a Difference

In Luton 1 in 3 children are living below the poverty line. Poverty can put barriers up that mean a child doesn’t love learning as much as they could.

nic_20072In any one school day a child experiencing poverty could:

  • Get cold and wet on their walk to school because they don’t have a winter coat.
  • Stop playing in the playground with their friends at break-time because their shoes are too tight and hurt their feet.
  • Do their colouring homework using a biro because they don’t have any colouring pencils.
  • Miss out on the school trip to Thorpe Park because they can’t afford to go.
  • Feel embarrassed that their school uniform is too tight and short in the arms.
  • Miss out on playing sports because they don’t have a P.E. kit.
  • Dread the school holidays because they don’t have anything to do.
  • Worry that there will not be enough food for them over the school holidays.

We do all we can to stop children having these experiences of poverty at school so that they can love learning alongside all their friends.

Natalie’s Story

Natalie is 11 and goes to a local Luton primary school. This year, Natalie’s dad died suddenly of cancer. Natalie’s Dad had been the main earner for the family and after his death Natalie and her mum suddenly found......

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Frank’s Story

Frank has had a hard life. The lines on his face and the tooth decay tell it without words. He arrived at the Uniform Exchange with a bag containing his daughter’s school blazer and jumper. Sinead, his daughter, was......

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Farah’s Story

15 year old Farah noticed that her school shoes were starting to get too small for her. She wore them for a couple of days but they started to really hurt her feet. Farah comes from a large family......

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