David Garnett Bursary

David Garnett

A good education can help people to meet their potential and live their dreams and we, at Two Rivers Housing, want to help our tenants achieve their goals if we can.

That was the purpose behind the Two Rivers Housing David Garnett Bursary, set up in honour of our retired Chairman (pictured) to support tenants who may want to improve their lives through training and learning.

A total of up to £1,000 was available each year for three years, to support one or more of our tenants – or their immediate family living with them at the same address – to follow a course or study which could improve their work or career prospects.

This could have been a single day or week-long training course or a longer period of study leading to a qualification, or it could have been used to cover the cost of books, travel, accommodation or child care, which made it easier to attend the training.

We also offered help with some practical aspects, such as CV or interview preparation or providing work experience at our offices.

Between 2016 and 2019 the David Garnett Bursary gave the following support:

  • It contributed towards the costs of a beauty therapy course for a single mum who wanted to retrain and improve her job prospects.
  • It funded one year’s membership of a professional association for a tenant who used this to keep up-to-date with best practice and learning.
  • It helped a single mum with expenses associated with studying for a degree in accountancy and financial management.
  • It supported a young family man who decided to change his career and train to be a Quantity Surveyor.
  • It paid for a single mum to train as a nail technician, with a view to improving her family’s future and ultimately set up her own business.
  • It helped a couple, both studying for degrees, to improve their family’s life chances.