Thetford graduate’s struggle to realise dream of working in social care

Bobbie Dean from Thetford (left) is raising money to fund her Master's degree in social care at the

Bobbie Dean from Thetford (left) is raising money to fund her Master's degree in social care at the University of East Anglia. - Credit: Archant

A budding social worker is racing against the clock to raise funds for her Master's degree after the NHS announced it couldn't fully fund her course.

Bobbie Dean, from Thetford, secured a place for a postgraduate degree in Social Care at the University of East Anglia and is due to start her studies later this month.

However, the 21-year-old received a shock when she was told that the NHS, to whom she had applied for funding for the two-year course, would only be able to cover £4,052 of the £5,200 yearly tuition fees.

Now the Nottingham Trent University graduate has just two weeks to stump up the extra £2,400.

She said she unsuccessfully applied to banks for a loan, and believes she was turned away because of her status as a student.

'I've always had a dream to be a social worker as knowing I have helped others and made an impact on their life is what makes me happy.

'As far as I was aware, I was being fully funded for the course as the government are striving for social workers at the moment.

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'I'll do anything to make my dream come true, even if I only have a short time left to achieve this,' she said.

She has been working extra shifts as a supervisor at The Chase and has also taken on work at The Albion in Castle Street, which is holding a fun day in her aid today.

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