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Belfast Met Charitable Trust - Previous Support

We Need Your Help!

The Trust Funds have decreased considerably over the years because of the very necessary projects we have funded. The Trust has no other source of income, other than through fundraising.

To help continue to address the many challenges our students face we need your help. Money donated will go directly to help students make the most of their educational journeys.

Please donate now to support our programmes and learners! Go to: to support our work.

Who We Are and What We Do

The Charitable Trust was established in 2006, and has, over that time, supported a number of initiatives for many learners within the College.

Scholarship Scheme

The Student Scholarship Scheme was designed to give Belfast Met learners the opportunity to gain life changing training, work experience and knowledge in a chosen subject of study. Whether it be fashion and design, technology or catering, the Trust supported its learners by providing opportunities to access an award between £500 and £1,500.

Since it began the Trust has enhanced the career and life experience of over 160 Belfast Met learners. Some examples of successful learner applications funded or part-funded by the Trust include:

  • Attending a week’s work experience at a two-star Michelin restaurant at Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland.
  • Attending a two-week course on Prosthetic & SFX Make-up in Media City Salford.
  • Attending a four-day Costume and Set Design Course in Wimbledon College, London.
  • Undertaking a Degree course at Royal School of Needlework.
  • Attending a Foundation Chocolate Course in Callebaut and the Chocolate Academy in Bradbury, Oxfordshire.
  • Undertaking a Degree course at Royal School of Needlework.
  • Attending a Foundation Chocolate Course in Callebaut and the Chocolate Academy in Bradbury, Oxfordshire.

Covid-19 Response

The fallout from COVID-19 added even greater pressure to the Further Education Sector’s already stretched resources. With modest funding, the Trust was able to finance a range of interventions at short notice to support learners including:

  • Provision of 100 dongles and Wi-Fi sims and 40 tablets for those experiencing digital poverty.
  • Establishing a Breakfast Club and providing more than 1,400 free breakfasts to learners in Autumn 2019.
  • Provision of 20 on-line Health and Wellbeing workshops to over 1,000 learners experiencing mental health pressures during COVID-19.
  • Delivery of free hygiene products in all four of our college campuses to address period poverty.
  • Provision of over 190 transport vouchers to learners struggling to cover the costs of travel to college.

Student Mentoring Programme

The Trust helped fund a college initiative to support learners from various backgrounds of disadvantage to secure the mentoring support they required to successfully complete their programme of study. This initiative supported learners who were:

  • Care experienced.
  • Homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
  • Single or young parents.
  • Criminal justice experienced.
  • Carers themselves.
These learners were referred to a Learning Support Mentor, funded by the Trust.

The Learning Support Mentor supported their assigned learner with the organisation and management of their work. This helped ensure that they met course deadlines and course work schedules which may be under threat because of the nature of the particular challenges that they face.

Get in touch

If you want further information, are aware of any specific challenges faced by learners (or potential learners), or indeed any projects you believe the Trust could help support, please get in touch via email: charitabletrust[AT]belfastmet[DOT]ac[DOT]uk