Hello. My name is Chloe Cotton and I am 24 years old and I live in England.
It has been a dream of mine to become a Social Worker for a long time after I encountered two little boys in desperate need of help whilst I was an assistant manager for Starbucks at a motorway service station. I know that Social Workers are not always portrayed in the best way by the media but I believe this is because there is a shortage of people wanting to study to become a Social Worker who are truly passionate about changing the lives of the most vulnerable members of our society.
Currently I work as a Case Conference Secretary which means I minute Child Protection Conferences. This job has made it even more apparent to me how much a career in Social Work means to me. I have seen first-hand how good Social Work practice can make some a difference in the lives of those families who need some support (perhaps parents who are suffering from alcohol dependence or are victims in a domestically abuse relationship but are truly fantastic parents and are in need of support and help to enable them back on the right path) or unfortunately for those poor children who need desperately saving and protecting from families who are not capable of proving even the most basic levels of parenting.
I was absolutely elated when I was accepted to study a Masters degree at Coventry University in Social Work, due to commence in September 2017. However, last month I received an email informing me that I would not be eligible for a NHS Social Work Bursary as there were not enough to allocate to everyone wishing to study. I had to accept that perhaps I will never be able to achieve my dreams as the cost to study is just too much.
As this is a two year programme, the current fees to study are £14,748 (£7,374 per year). This is without even taking into consideration the cost of living funds as I would have to quit my full-time job as this is a full-time university led course, including 170 hours of unpaid work placement.
I have deferred my university place until 2018/2019 and it is my goal to Save! Save! SAVE! all I can this year from my wages; however I cannot do this alone as realistically I could afford to save enough to fund one semester of the necessary two years. It is for this reason that I asking for any kind donations (no matter how big or small) to help me raise the funds that I need.
I will be forever thankful to each and every person that can help me fulfil my ambitions so please help make my dreams come true.
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my page.