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In 2015 The QNI awarded over £136,000 in grants to community nurses who were experiencing financial difficulties for a variety of reasons. Mostly, they were going through periods of physical or mental illness, trying to escape domestic abuse, or experiencing other life crises, such as eviction, family health problems, marriage breakdown or bereavement.
We are proud that we can offer this assistance to our community nurses when they need us. We look at every case on an individual basis and in 2015 we helped 143 nurses, working and retired, who needed our help.
Please note we cannot help nurses in Scotland, who should contact QNI Scotland at www.qnis.org.uk instead.
Last year we were able to help and support six nurses who were escaping domestic abuse, as well as five nurses whose marriages had broken down. Others came to us when they were suffering physical or mental health difficulties and were unable to work, and for whom a drop in income had life-changing consequences. We were able to help with their utility bills, buying white goods, helping with home repairs and a variety of other things.
We also supported a number of retired Queen’s Nurses on low incomes, by paying them small regular monthly or quarterly grants, and sending hampers at Christmas.
Anita’s husband left her several years ago, leaving her to bring up three young children alone. His financial support for them was always sporadic but then he stopped helping altogether. Anita began to fall into arrears with her rent and finally was facing eviction when the house she was living in was to be sold. We were able to help Anita with the deposit towards a new property and supported her for three months by sending her food vouchers.
Wendy had suffered a severe stroke at a young age two years ago and had been left with right-sided weakness with no movement in right arm and hand and her speech was affected. We awarded a grant to help her adapt her car so she could still go out when she was feeling better.
Peter had separated from his wife and children and was trying to maintain the family home and pay rent for a flat nearby. He was struggling financially and not able to cope. He was awarded a grant to get him settled into his new property and then help with utility bills.
Jenny had been diagnosed with aggressive stage 3 breast cancer and was going through treatment, when her husband was made redundant. They had three children living at home. We awarded a grant to help with living expenses until they obtained their state benefits.
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We are also proud to offer educational grants to community nurses on lower incomes who wish to undertake courses that will help them improve patient care, but are unable to find the finances needed to do so. In 2015 we awarded £8750 in educational grants. As with our financial assistance, education grants are assessed on an individual needs basis.
To find out whether you are eligible to apply, and to make an application, please see the links in the left hand menu bar.