About our service

Our Student Support team is here to support anyone who is blind and partially sighted, over the age of 16 and who is looking to get into or get the most out of college or university. We are also there for parents and professionals supporting blind and partially sighted students in post 16 education.

We hope that you can find most of the information you are looking for on our Student Support webpages, where we have over 60 pages of information. If you can’t find what you’re looking for,or need more bespoke information then our service can provide one to one information and support via our support service.

Contact us at studentsupport@pockling-trust.org.uk

Or call our student support line on 0203 757 8040. Our line is manned every Tuesday and Wednesday between 10am and 4pm. Outside of these hours, you will be aksed to leave your name, number and a short message and a member of our team will return your call.

Meet the Student Support team

We are really proud of our service and we love speaking to students and helping them to problem solve and to overcome any barriers they may face. Come and meet the team and find out just what drives us!

Tara Chattaway

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Tara manages the Student Support Service. She previously worked as Policy Manager for Children and young people at TPT before taking on the challenge to set up this new service.

She has worked in the charity sector more than 17 years, mainly in policy and campaigning roles.

Likes: running, music, cooking and spending time with family and friends.


Alex Henderson

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Alex joined the Student Support team in January 2021. He previously worked as a Communications Intern at TPT. He is passionate about supporting students with their educational aspirations and is registered blind.

Likes: Latin and ballroom dancing, rock climbing, LotR, Star Trek, fitness, personal development and banoffee pie.

Dislikes: mushrooms!


Molly Hobbs

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Molly has worked within the Student Support Service since its beginning in 2020, and before, coordinated the London Vision student network. She recently graduated with a degree in Business Management, and thoroughly enjoys working in the charity sector.

Likes: baking (especially birthday cakes and cupcakes), painting, daytrips and enjoying a cup of tea in the garden.

Dislikes: banoffee pie (sorry Alex!)

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