POTENTIAL FUNDING & SUPPORT SOURCES FOR FAMILIES

http://www.sfcharity.co.uk

The DTD Charity, the charity (formerly known as SF Charity) provides financial support for disabled individuals of all ages for both equipment and services that make a significant difference to their lives. They are able to fund items such as trikes, powered wheelchairs, AAC communicators, computers, adjustable beds and mobility scooters. Applications may be submitted either by the individual (with a supporting letter from a professional) or from an organisation on their behalf. To make an application complete the on-line Enquiry Form. The fund operates in the Midlands covering the counties of Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Warwickshire & the West Midlands.

 

Roald Dahl  http://www.roalddahl.com/charity/family-grants

Marvellous Family Grants are for families facing financial hardship while caring for a child with a serious illness. They provide support to help families cope, from funding specialist equipment and creative therapies to hospital travel expenses. They are only able to accept applications completed via a health or social care professional employed by a statutory organisation (NHS or local authority). This could be a nurse, doctor, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, social worker, family support worker, health visitor etc. Ideally, this should be someone who knows your family and your history and would be happy to complete an application on your behalf.

 

http://www.nihalarmstrongtrust.org.uk/

The Nihal Armstrong Trust is a small charity that provides children (up to and including 18 years of age) with cerebral palsy with essential pieces of equipment, communication aids or specific services that their local authority does not provide. The grants are for equipment items under £ 1000 and the application must be supported by the child’s doctor, school, social worker, health visitor, speech, occupational therapist or physiotherapist.

 

 https://www.specialeffect.org.uk/

We put fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities by helping them to play video games.

By using technology ranging from modified joypads to eye-control, we’re finding a way for people to play to the very best of their abilities.

But we’re not just doing it for fun. By levelling the playing field, we’re bringing families and friends together and having a profoundly positive impact on therapy, confidence and rehabilitation.

If you think Special Effect can help either call on 01608 810055, e-mail info@specialeffect.org.uk , complete online web form at https://www.specialeffect.org.uk/contact or get in  contact via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

 

my AFK https://www.my-afk.org my AFK (formerly Action For Kids) is a national charity supporting disabled children, young people and their families. We do this by providing mobility equipment for disabled children around the UK, as well as preparing students with learning disabilities for life after school through our accredited education, training and work experience programmes.  They help disabled children, young people, their parents and carers in three main ways: by providing mobility aids, work related learning and by offering family support services.

Caudwell Charitable Trust (www.caudwellchildren.com)
Caudwell Children is a national Charity that exists to transform the lives of disabled children and their families across the UK. Applicants must live in the UK, be 18 or under and fit the Charity’s financial criteria. They can provide the following equipment: powered wheelchairs, buggies, car seats, therapy tricycles and sensory equipment. In addition they can provide  funding for specific therapies for children affected by CP/acquired brain injury and Autism. Caudwell Children’s Enable Sport Programme provides sports equipment to enable disabled children to take part in competitive sport and their Destination Dreams holiday to Florida is an annual fully-supported group holiday for children fighting a life-threatening condition. The Charity can also offer fundraising support for some treatment abroad and they have also launched a family service programme in selected regions which provides practical and emotional support for families. For further information please contact 0845 300 1348.

Cerebra (www.cerebra.org.uk)
Cerebra grants are to help children (aged 16 or younger) who have disabilities because of a brain related condition or injury. The condition may be of a physical nature, a learning disability or both. Cerebra offer direct and practical assistance to improve the quality of life of children and young people, e.g. sensory toys, tricycles and quadricycles and touch screen computers. Applications must be supported by two references, one of which must be from a medical professional. Grants are paid to suppliers, not directly to the child/family.

 

Children Today Charitable Trust (www.childrentoday.org.uk/)
Children Today raises funds to provide special equipment for children and young people with disabilities throughout the UK. Their aim is to ensure that every disabled child and young person fulfils their potential and leads an active childhood. Funds donated by their supporters enables them to provide grants to purchase special equipment such as: electric wheelchairs, walking aids, trikes, educational toys (specially designed for children with disabilities), communication aids, adapted car seats, lifting and sleep equipment.

 

Elifar (www.elifarfoundation.org.uk)
Elifar aims to help improve the quality of life mainly of profoundly disabled children and young adults, whether living at home or in residential care, but they might also consider applications from children and adults of all ages with any form of physical or learning disability. They fund the purchase of a wide range of specialised equipment, therapies and respite, which would otherwise be unavailable because of a lack of funds or because there is no statutory provision.

 

 

Family Action (www.family-action.org.uk) nu

 

Family Action transforms lives by providing practical, emotional and financial support to those who are experiencing poverty, disadvantage and social isolation across the country.

Family Action has small grants available for medical treatment, services, facilities or equipment (including communication aids) for those who are sick or physically disabled. Supporting evidence is required from a relevant professional. There is also a general grants program which can meet needs such as clothing, fuel bills and household needs such as beds, cookers and washing machines. In addition to providing general grants, Family Action also provide grants for educational needs, particularly for the additional costs associated with education such as travel, books and equipment. Assistance is primarily targeted at families and individuals on low incomes, particularly those living on benefits. Funds are not available for items covered by statutory funding.

 

Family Fund (www.familyfund.org.uk)
The Family Fund helps low-income families caring for a severely disabled child up to age 17 in Scotland and Northern Ireland and up to age 18 in England and Wales. They give grants for things that make life easier and more enjoyable for the disabled child and their family, such as washing machines, driving lessons, hospital visiting costs, computers and holidays. Family Fund cannot assist where there is a responsibility on a statutory agency to help with the requested item.

 

Independence at Home (http://www.independenceathome.org.uk)
Independence at Home provide grants for people with a disability or long-term illness towards the cost of adaptations, equipment or other things to help you to manage at home. The grant must go towards an item to assist a child to live at home. Independence at home cannot provide grants when the item may be provided through public funds. Applications must be supported by a professional involved in the child’s care, usually an occupational therapist or a social worker.

 

Joseph Patrick Trust (www.muscular-dystrophy.org)
The Joseph Patrick Trust (JPT) is the welfare trust of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. The trust provides financial support towards specialist equipment to help promote mobility and independence for people with muscular dystrophy, or a related muscle disease. For example, powered wheelchairs, adapted computers and electric beds. The grants cover pieces of equipment that the health and social services do not provide, but which are still vital for maintaining independence and quality of life.

Lifeline 4 Kids (www.lifeline4kids.org)
Lifeline 4 kids provides essential equipment to help improve the quality of life for children (0-18 years) with disabilities and special needs. For the individual child they provide the full spectrum of specialised equipment such as electric wheelchairs, mobility aids and varying items including specialised computers. They are also one of the only UK charities prepared to help a special needs child from a low-income family with essential smaller items such as shoes, clothing, bedding and specialist toys.

 

(www.newlifecharity.co.uk)
Newlife provides grants for equipment for disabled children. The equipment applied for must be essential and disability relevant. The equipment can vary from a wheelchair or a bed through to a communication aid and therapy equipment shed, they have also funded equipment such as replacement clothing and braille machines. Newlife do not fund adaptations and fixtures to homes. All applications need to be supported by professionals who can specify the particular type of equipment needed in the interest of the children’s welfare, safety and benefit. The grants are open to benefit all seriously disabled and terminally ill children that are permanently resident in the UK and who are 18 years or under. Newlife don’t means test, but due to limited funds they do take a view of the whole circumstances of the family.

 

The Nihill Armstrong Trust (www.nihalarmstrongtrust.org.uk)
The Nihill Armstrong Trust is a small charity that provides children (up to and including 18 years of age) with cerebral palsy with essential pieces of equipment, communication aids or specific services that their local authority does not provide. The grants are for equipment items under £ 2000 and the application must be supported by the child’s doctor, school, social worker, health visitor, speech, occupational therapist or physiotherapist.

 

React (Rapid Effective Assistance for Children with potentially Terminal illness)(www.reactcharity.org)
React is a charity working to improve the quality of life for financially disadvantaged children with life-limiting illnesses living in the UK. They supply a wide range of equipment from specialist wheelchairs, beds, baths, and mobility aids, to essential everyday items like washing machines and tumble dryers.

 

 

Strongbones Childrens Charitable Trust (www.strongbones.org.uk)
Strongbones have funds available to donate towards arthritis, scoliosis, brittle bone disease and all other conditions of the bone. To be eligible the child must be under 21 years of age, and suffer from one of these ailments. They provide grants for medical equipment, computers/software, toys, sensory equipment, short breaks away, days out and proven household bills. Grants are normally £250 per child, but this figure is open to discussion depending on the child’s circumstances.

Variety Club, The Children’s Charity (www.variety.org.uk)
The Variety Club works to help improve the lives of sick, disabled and disadvantaged children and young people up to the age of 19 years across the UK, providing basic items that will improve the lives of individual children. Each year they donate electric wheelchairs, specialist beds, car seats, sensory equipment, standing frames and many other items that can change the life of a child in need.

 

Cerebral Palsy UK Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/cerebralpalsyuk/

For those affected by cp…. a place to offer advice, support or just general day to day moans 🙂 uk based group only, those from outside the uk should make attempts to find more local support, this is due to the healthcare provision differences across the globe.xx

 

Whizz-Kidz (www.whizz-kidz.org.uk)
Whizz-Kidz provides essential mobility equipment – powered or manual wheelchairs and recreational equipment such as trikes – that are customised to meet individual children’s needs. The service ensures children get the right mobility equipment, advice and training at the right time. The wheelchair training programme includes improving the use of your wheelchair, new wheelchair skills and road safety awareness.

Mobility Trust Donating  https://mobilitytrust.org.uk

Mobility Trust provides powered wheelchairs and scooters for people who have severe disabilities and who cannot obtain such equipment through other means. We aim to assist as many people in need as we possibly can.

If you are in desperate need of a powered wheelchair or scooter and cannot obtain one through statutory sources or afford to purchase such equipment yourself, you can apply to Mobility Trust.

Online application to apply.

 

 https://styleacre.org.uk

Style Acre enables nearly 95 people to live successfully in 35 homes, with peers or with family across Oxfordshire. The people we support range from those with complex learning, health and/or physical disabilities needing 24 hour care, to those who need only a few hours per week.

Style Acre employs a Work Manager and a Job Coach to facilitate work experience and employment opportunities for people who are supported by Style Acre services.

The benefits of work experience are numerous – as well as earning money and learning work-skills, work opportunities increase self-confidence, communication skills and help people feel like a valued member of a team and society. We provide work experience at our tearoomcharity shop and bookshop. We currently support 89 people in the programme and in 2016 we introduced 53 new work placements, many of these with local companies.

http://meru.org.uk/

At MERU we supply and design standard and custom made disability equipment for children and young people. Our aim is to improve the lives of young disabled people and to help all disabled children, young people and their families to live life to its full potential.

We aim to create new possibilities by designing custom-made disability equipment for children to help them feel more healthy, safe and comfortable. Our custom made disability products can also provide independence, liberation, the opportunity to learn and achieve, and the chance to have fun and make friends.

We also offer a range of ready-made disability products designed and manufactured in-house by our engineers and volunteers in response to requests from families and therapists. Sales of these affordable solutions help support our custom-making service.

 https://www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/

The Children’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury.

We provide expert rehabilitation, education, therapy and care at our specialist centre in Tadworth, supporting children and families across the UK. We also offer services in communities around the country and online support for parents around the country and online support for parents.

 

 

 

 

 

www.kids.org.uk

Providing a wide range of support services to disabled children, young people and their families. We support children with any disability from birth to 25 years of age. We offer our support to the whole family with the aim of giving disabled children a brighter future.

We cannot change a diagnosis and we cannot cure but we can, and we do, make a very real difference to the lives of families with a disabled child through high quality, practical and tailored services delivered by dedicated professional staff.

KIDS provides over 120 different services and works with 80 local authorities throughout England.

We run vital, life changing services to disabled children and young people, aged 0-25 years, along with their families.
Our services are catergorised from Early Years, School Years, Transition into Adulthood, Family Support & Promoting Inclusion.

 

     www.chilterncentre.org.uk

We can assist families who care for a child with a complex medical need, profound learning or physical disability. A short break from caring 24 hours a day, 365 days a year can help the family continue to support their child in the long term.