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SLN Uni Connect: Emergency Fund

Emergency Outreach Fund offers support during Covid-19

Young people and their families have been affected heavily during the coronavirus outbreak– with many juggling home and school, working from home, and everyday stresses amplified by the health, job and finances worries. Those living in areas of low income have been affected particularly hard.

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Sussex Learning Network quickly repurposed its Outreach Hub budget to set up the Emergency Learning at Home Outreach Fund (now closed). The Outreach Fund was open to partners and community organisations to apply for funding to support our more vulnerable students by providing equipment, learning materials and support so they could continue with their studies.

We received a large number of applications and selected on a first-come, first-served basis against criteria that aligned with Uni Connect's aims and those applications that demonstrated additional need. Examples of support given include: 80 fully set-up laptops distributed across schools facing an IT shortfall; a summer school at Worthing High School for 210 incoming Year 6 students; home learning resources for Shoreham Academy and counselling services at Seaford Head School. For more details on what we have been able to fund, click on the pdf above right.

The Emergency Outreach Fund is part of the Uni Connect programme funded by the Office for Students.