Skip to content


Many asylum seekers and refugees face considerable barriers to accessing education and employment and paying for all their welfare needs. The SDUC Education and Wellbeing fund has been instrumental in supporting individuals whose education and wellbeing needs could not otherwise have been met.


What is the project?

 The St David’s Uniting Church (SDUC) Fund is a pot of money set up to help refugees and asylum seekers of all ages across Wales pay for education and wellbeing related costs. The fund gives up to £100 a year to eligible applicants. This money has been crucial in removing barriers that Asylum Seekers and Refugees face, paying towards important costs when there is no other option.


Examples of what the fund has paid for include school uniform, glasses, college registration fees, university application fees and travel to lessons.


When was it set up and who pays for it?

The SDUC Education and Wellbeing Fund has been running since 2006. The fund is paid for mainly through the kind donations of St David’s Uniting Church in Pontypridd. If you would also like to support this fund, you are able to donate here.


So what has the project achieved?

Through the SDUC Education and Wellbeing Fund, DPIA has to date been able to support over [100?] individuals to continue their education or training and pay for crucial wellbeing related costs. Donations have filled an important gap in provision and have enabled DPIA to be able to support vulnerable individuals along a route to re-training. 


By assisting Refugees and Asylum Seekers to access education, we help them to develop their skills and knowledge. Over time this has helped sanctuary seekers become more integrated, more confident and self-sufficient.


How can I apply for this grant?

You can apply for the SDUC Education and Wellbeing Fund through this application form.


To apply for the grant you must:

– Be an Asylum Seeker or Refugee

– Be living in Wales

– Have no access to funds to pay for what you require

– Be using the grant for education or wellbeing related costs

– Be able to show us a copy of any receipts/invoices/course-related correspondence in order to prove your need


Once we’ve received your application, we will aim to send you a response within a week. However, sometimes delays can happen so please do call if we have not been able to answer you within this time. 

To find out more about this project or to apply please contact: | 02920 789 733