Single mum of 3 at uni and finding it overwhelming

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    I am struggling with keeping up with studies and with my rent. I dont know how i am going to pay for bills and rent once my student loan has ran out. I have an interview for a part time job but childcare could be a problem as I’m not completely sure on my hours and have to fit it in with uni. Also the majority of my wages will go rent as my i will no longer receive housing benifit. Trying to focus on studies while applying for any bit of help i can get is overwhelmingly hard. I get help with my eldest two (dad) but barley with my youngest. I don’t have family on my side that are able to help either. Iv had to leave my nursing degree last year because of financial difficulty and student finance has took off the overpayment for my change of degree this year. Feels like whatever I try to do to benefit my families is a constant battle. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    Hey bertybassett

    what are you currently studying? I wAs in exactly your situation whilst doing my nursing degree. It was difficult managing the childcare with the shifts, early starts/late finishes/nights etc but I needed to do it to progress. I managed to get the perfect job to run along side my degree which was telephone triage call centre for local care direct/NHS direct. They had this online shift system to book into depending upon your availability and the shifts were anything from 4hours+, it served a purpose at the time. Personally I found it easier to cover 3 long shifts than doing 5 short shifts just to get my hours in. It’s just a big juggling act and pulling favours from those you can

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    Hi there

    Its great to see the experience of others offering support, and I’m sorry that things seem so tough at the moment.  Don’t forget that Gingerbread has a single parent helpline that you can call.  They can help you to explore what options are available.  The contact details are as follows:

    Single Parent Helpline

    0808 802 0925

    Mon 10 – 6, Tues 10- 4, Wed 10 – 1 & 5 – 7, Thurs 10 – 4, Fri 10 – 4</span>

    The advisers are really experienced and are in demand, so please expect to wait a while before getting through.

    I hope this helps.  Justine

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