After fleeing Syria, Ahlam and her family settled in Elmbridge. She started to learn English but lacked the confidence to apply for jobs. A language course funded by Walton Charity improved her spoken English so she could start to look for work.
When Alan left the Army, he returned to Elmbridge to his partner and daughter. Struggling with untreated PTSD, Alan’s relationship broke down and he had to leave the family home. He found himself sofa surfing while trying to find work.
Amina manages our direct grants programme. Working with people from across Elmbridge or through local referral agencies, she helps individuals and families facing financial difficulty. Here, she shares a typical week in her role.