The eve brook scholarship fund (ebsf) supports young people, 16 to 25, who have been in care in Birmingham by giving them the opportunity to go to college or university.
The Fund is an independent charity that works closely with Birmingham City Council’s children’s services teams. The Fund was founded by Eve Brook, a former City councillor and Chair of Social Services, in 1998 shortly before her death from cancer. She was passionate about improving the chances of young people in care and celebrating their achievements – the EBSF aims to do just that.
Since its foundation, the Fund has given over 160 grants to young people studying everything from fashion, fine art and performance, to counselling as well as traditional university subjects such as English, maths, engineering and law. The Fund has given grants for artists’ materials, specialist clothing, field trips, musical instruments, travel, childcare, computers and software. In an average year we have spent around £20,000 on supporting 8 or so young people, mainly contributing to fees and materials for undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
All our funds come from individual donations, sponsorship and fundraising events.
The Fund is keen to support young people who have been in care in Birmingham to access and succeed in higher education through scholarships, bursaries and one-off grants.
The fund’s aim is to make their ambitions come true!
We are delighted to report that HCL Social Care – a company working with Birmingham City Council to provide professionals in areas of health and social care – have selected the Eve Brook Scholarship Fund as its corporate charity for 2016. They will be mounting a number of fundraising events during the year. They have already funded this new website and raised £250 from a Halloween dress-down day. We look forward to working with HCL Social Care to support our young people.