Carer turns teacher thanks to financial helping hand from the Engage Foundation

Posted in: Foundation Last updated: 24 Jul 2014

A Buckinghamshire resident will fulfil her lifelong ambition of becoming a teacher thanks to a personal grant from the Engage Foundation.

Kate Camara, from Princes Risborough in Buckinghamshire, had dedicated the past nine years of her life to caring for her mother who suffered from dementia, and as a result had put her own ambitions on hold. When her mother passed away last year, Kate decided to finally focus on pursuing the career she’d always dreamed of: teaching English to speakers of other languages. Even more exciting, Kate is 61 years old and as she said: “You’re never too old to follow your dreams.”

Kate applied for the financial helping hand from the mutual’s Foundation, which has set aside £1m as an exclusive benefit for its customers to make their lives and their communities better. Selected in a monthly draw from more than 700 other worthy personal grant applications, the £500 will allow Kate to fund a five day residential course where she will study teaching English as a foreign language and become a qualified teacher.

Kate said, “I’ve always had a of contact with people from other countries through work and family, and being able to teach English is something I’ve thought about doing all my life. Unfortunately, while my mother was ill I wasn’t able to do a great deal for myself as most of my time was spent caring for her needs. She had been a very adventurous person and I know that she would be very proud of me.

“The money from Engage will allow me to do something I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve had foreign students board with me before and always enjoyed helping them develop their understanding of the English language. I’m extremely grateful to Engage – this opportunity is one I wouldn’t have had without the personal grant. It’s really made my future possible!”

Since the launch of its personal grants in January 2014, Engage Mutual has made a significant difference to the lives of 45 deserving customers, in need of financial help to make their lives easier.

Customers can apply to help themselves, their family and close friends, or their corner of the world (the communities in which they live). All customers need to do to be considered is apply. The funding pot is made possible due to the financial stability of the customer-owned organisation which provides life and health insurance, and a variety of savings products.

Anna Drabble, Head of Community at Engage said: “We have around half a million customers in the UK, and we’re extremely proud to be able to offer them our personal grant customer benefit. At Engage Mutual, the welfare and wellbeing of our customers is hugely important to us, and we set up the Foundation with the clear aim of creating a meaningful and lasting impact on their lives.

“We’re delighted to be able to help Kate to complete her teaching course. She’s given so much of her time to caring for her mother, and although the circumstances are incredibly sad, Kate is now able to do something she’s aspired to all her life. We’re extremely happy to be able to make her dream of teaching a reality.”

Customers can find out more about the Engage Foundation and apply for a Personal Grant at: engagemutual.com/foundation