Things are not good and I can understand. It shows part of your generous and empathetic nature you want to help. Seems almost a case of ingratitude when you help someone and they fail to help you in return. Sadly it happens a lot. I too try to help - however that does two things
Firstly it gives others the impression you have it all together, even wise, and this is not the real you, but a mask. I have found that mask isolates me, keeps me at a distance and does not let others see me or my needs.
Then again consider the ones you have been helping. The fact they needed your help tends to indicate they do not manage well and maybe rely upon others to get though life. Not really the sort of people that give good advice and look after others. Takers rather than givers. Even though by helping them you have raised an expectation it will be mutual, it probably is not realy going to happen.
Mind you there can always be exceptions.
The persons who might help you are probably the ones who have not needed your help in the first place. They, as Therising says, are the ones to take a note of.
Wanting to complete your education -at any age - is another reflection on you your character, a very positive one showing sense and a desire to finish what you start
OK, it makes you a mature age student, which is a good thing. Having taught at uni for umpteen years mature age students were always my favorites. They were focused and not afraid to get help when needed - plus were not busy encountering a social life for the first time, to the detriment of their studies.
Getting out on the M7 gave you a glimpse of elsewhere, where your everyday worries could be seen as only a small part of a bigger world. While going that far all the time might not be practical perhaps incorporating some bike riding every day might be pretty beneficial.
Being a volunteer, particularly RFS right now, is a different world again, not only do you feel better about yourself by having accomplishment, but those around you will treat you well with appreciation. There are all sorts of opportunities in all sorts of organizations, from kitchens to shops, sorting to deliveries
If you have difficulty communication it will be OK, they can take that in their stride. It is learning and then putting that knowledge into practice that counts, and you won't be forced, but can go at your pace
Any ideas about an organization near you to cut down travel costs?
I'd like to talk some more