Walsall College has received a £20,000 bursary from the National Express Foundation to support students who are wheelchair users or have mobility difficulties, to continue in further and higher education.
The funding will be spread over two years and will help students to access off-site educational visits, higher education open days, interviews, and voluntary placements to increase their confidence and employment opportunities.
Rachel Davies, Head of Foundation Learning at Walsall College said: “Walsall College prides itself on creating an inclusive environment and offering equal opportunities for all students, irrespective of their circumstances, so we are delighted to be working with the National Express Foundation. The funding will help to support more students with disabilities to reach their full potential and follow their chosen career paths.”
The National Express Foundation, a charity set up in 2012 to help disadvantaged young people, has awarded a total of £145,000 in community grant and educational bursary funding this year.
To date the Foundation has already helped over 11,500 young people. This year’s funding is expected to benefit over 2,700 young people by supporting them with the cost of their studies and also helping groups deliver positive activities in the community.
Anthony Vigor, Chairman of the National Express Foundation said: “We are delighted to announce the National Express Foundation funding awards for 2017. Our £145,000 funding will help deliver even more positive and engaging activities for local young people and help those who might not otherwise be able to continue with their studies in further and higher education.”