Hi, I’m Ayushaa

A little extra support made a huge difference.

“I came to the UK over five years ago alone as an unaccompanied minor. I was taken into care and was supported by Barnardos to live independently who allocated me a support worker.

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"My support worker helped me find a place to study ESOL at college. I studied hard through the years progressing up from entry level ESOL to achieving a full Level 3 Science qualification in June 2013.

"I was supported to apply for university in 2013 and although I was accepted, it was not in my chosen subject. I needed to re-think my educational path. The college supported me throughout; they gave me advice and guidance about how to increase my chance of receiving an offer in health care. I decided to re-sit my GCSE English part time. But this was not enough for me. I did not want to leave the college so I was supported to gain a place on the carpentry course to keep myself motivated and to achieve a practical skill.

My allocated worker met regularly with the college staff so they were able to identify barriers to my learning

“My allocated worker met regularly with the college staff so they were able to identify barriers to my learning. The staff supported me to apply for the Vulnerable Bursary and helped to remove other barriers I faced whilst studying. The college careers also adviser supported me to apply for my chosen course at university. I was accepted in June 2014 onto the Adult Nursing course at Anglia Ruskin University.

“I needed to secure financial support to start university. The college helped me start my student finance and NHS Bursary applications but I was unable to progress with them because my visa was about to expire and I had not received a decision from the Home Office about an application I had made for an Indefinite Leave to Remain Visa.


The college did not give up on me

“The college did not give up on me and contacted my allocated worker at Barnardos. Together, they wrote a letter to the Home Office explaining my situation and requested a quicker decision. Within days my status was received and I began to believe my dream of going to university to study nursing was within reach.

“I am very excited about starting my Higher Education journey but would like to thank the staff at college for their continued support and for believing in me.”

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