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Laura Scholes (She/Her) 

Trusts and Philanthropy Officer

What do you do at Become? 

I’m a Trusts and Philanthropy Officer, generally working with small trusts. I research potential new donors, keep tabs on donations, and maintain relationships with the lovely Trusts who have already supported us. I write different grant applications for donors who can help us in different areas. There’s a lot of writing and research, but it all goes towards supporting care-experienced children and young people.

Can you say a bit about your past experience and qualifications? 

I have a background in education, particularly teaching English as a Second Language. After graduating from university with an English Literature degree, I gained my TEFL qualification and moved to Seoul to teach for two years. Once I moved back to Manchester, I continued teaching ESL students online. I began volunteering with a national children’s charity around this time. I studied for and gained my Teaching Assistant Level 3 qualification while working as a Learning Assistant for SEN secondary school students. I’m thrilled to have made the leap into the charity sector and particularly happy to work for Become. 

What do you like about working at Become?

Everyone here is passionate, committed, and open. There is a real drive to improve the lives of care-experienced children and young people, while also taking care of each other. 

What drives you?

Kindness, equality, and the knowledge that change only happens when we fight for it. 

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

I love to read and write. I’m a city girl at heart, but I enjoy spending time in the Peak District with friends. Ask me about my Star Wars opinions if you have a few hours to spare.