Accessing help where it’s available

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There are additional costs bringing up a child with a disability; adaptions for your home or car, specialist toys or equipment and travel costs attending more frequent medical appointments. Whatever you do, make use of the benefits available, they are there to make life easier.

Here are some links to organisations offering up to date information on the different types of financial support available:

Charitable Trusts

The ACT Foundation

The Grants Manager

61 Thames Street

Windsor

Berkshire

SL4 1QW

Tel: 01753 753900

Email: info@theactfoundation.co.uk

ACT provides grants to individuals and other charities, principally in the UK, with the aim of enhancing the quality of life for people in need, particularly those who have a physical or mental disability or the aged.

The Adamson Trust

P.O Box 26334

Crieff

PH7 9AB

Perthshire

United Kingdom

The Adamson Trust provide financial assistance for holidays / respite care for young disabled people aged seventeen and under with either a physical or a mental disability.

Barchester's Charitable Foundation

Grants Management Team,

Barchester's Charitable Foundation

Suite 304, Third Floor,

Design Centre East,

Chelsea Harbour,

London

SW10 0XF

Email: info@bhcfoundation.org.uk

Tel: 0800 328 3328

The foundation favour applications that help improve people’s mobility, independence and quality of life. Grants range from £100 up to £5,000, and are available for adults aged 18 or over with a physical or mental disability.

The Boparan Charitable Trust

Colmore Court,

9 Colmore Row,

Birmingham,

B3 2BJ

Email: lesley.williams@boparan.com

Tel: 0121 214 9373

The Boparan Charitable Trust aims to help children and young people up to the age of 18, throughout the UK, who are disadvantaged either through poverty, disability or life-limiting conditions.

ELPD Charitable Trust

Maclay Murray and Spens LLP.

1 George Square,

Glasgow,

G2 1AL

Tel: 0330 222 0050 - Angela Meers

ELPD Charitable Trust lend support to individuals as opposed to organisations. Trustees will employ their discretion in deciding which cases to support.

The Family Fund

4 Alpha Court,

Monks Cross Drive,

York

YO32 9WN

Tel: 01904 550055

The Family Fund is the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled children and young people. They provide grants for a wide range of items such as washing machines, sensory toys, bedding, and family breaks, tablets, outdoor play equipment, clothing and computers.

The John Primrose Trust

1 Newall Terrace

Dumfries

Scotland

DG1 1LN

Grants available to individuals who are connected to Dumfries and Maxwelltown either by parentage or by living there. Application form available upon request.

Lenzie Benevolent Society

c/o French Duncan

133 Finnieston Street

Glasgow

G3 8HB

The Society is established for the benevolent or charitable purpose of assisting in relieving poverty and that by grant or otherwise to any necessitous case of hardship, provided such persons have had some connection with Lenzie through parents or otherwise.

The Mickel Fund

1 Atlantic Quay,

1 Robertson Street,

Glasgow

G2 8JB

Email: admin@mickelfund.org.uk

Tel: 0141 242 7502

The Mickel Fund accepts funding requests from individuals through their Hardship Donation Scheme.

The Nihal Armstrong Trust

111 Chatsworth Road,

London

NW2 4BH

Email: info@nihalarmstrongtrust.org.uk

Grants available of up to £1000 for children up to and including the age of 18 with cerebral palsy.

The Talisman Trust

Basement Office,

354 Kennington Road,

London

SE11 4LD

The charity is run by three trustees and makes donations both to local authorities or charities on behalf of specific individuals, and to other organisations with similar objectives to our own.

Turn2us

Turn2us has an online grant search which will allow you to look through 3,000 charitable funds across the country, to find out if you might be eligible for support. You can contct them online here.

Equipment funding

Below are a number of charities that will (help) fund equipment for children in need. Please note that certain charities will only fund certain equipment and also that we have had feedback that certain charities do not fund the maintenance and insurance for the equipment e.g. powered wheelchair.

Action For Kids

Ability House,

15A Tottenham Lane,

Hornsey,

London

N8 9DJ

Tel: 0208 347 8111  

Fax: 0208 347 3482

We work with young people with learning disabilities from the age of 14 to help with their transition to adulthood and to help them prepare for work. We also provide mobility equipment for disabled children and young people from 0 to 26 years of age.

Bruce Wake Charitable Trust

The trust was established to encourage and assist the provision of leisure activities for the disabled. Grant applications related to the provision of leisure activities for the disabled, but applications whereby the potential beneficiary meets one or all of the following provisions will be favoured; potential beneficiaries are physically disabled wheelchair users, improved access for wheelchair users is proposed and a sporting or leisure activity involving disabled wheelchair users is proposed. Grant application form available through website

Cash for kids

C/O Metro Radio,

55 Degrees North,

Pilgrim Street,

Newcastle

NE1 6BL

Cash for Kids provides grants for children aged up to 18 years. You can apply online through your local Cash for Kids team.

Caudwell Children

Minton Hollins,

Shelton Old Road,

Stoke-On-Trent

ST4 7RY

Tel: 07964 356723

Email: victoria.bruce@caudwellchildren.com

The main goal of Caudwell Children is to change the futures of all disabled children by providing access to the equipment, therapies, services and treatments they need.

The Catherine House Trust

Ridge Cottage,

New Cut,

Westfield,

East Sussex

TN35 4RL

Email: catharinehouse@btinternet.com

The Catherine House Trust provides families with IT support or switch equipment for home.

Children Today

17B Telford Court,

Chestergates Business Park,

Chester

CH1 6LT

Email: info@childrentoday.org.uk

Children Today is a charity that raises funds to provide specialised equipment and services for children and young people with disabilities throughout the UK.

Dreams Come True

Exchange House,

33 Station Road,

Liphook

GU30 7DW

Email: info@dreamscometrue.uk.com 

Dreams Come True helps children and young people with serious and life-limiting medical conditions. They also provide vital sensory equipment, wheelchairs or specially adapted bicycles as well.

The Elifar Foundation

42 Bertie Road,

Portsmouth,

Hants

PO4 8JX

Tel/Fax: 0239 281 9562

Email: info@elifarfoundation.org.uk  

The Elifar Foundation is a small charity which helps to improve the lives of children and adults with severe learning difficulty and associated physical disability. The foundation fund the purchase of a wide range of highly specialised equipment, which would otherwise be unavailable because of a lack of funds or because there is no statutory provision.

Fledglings

Wenden Court,

Station Approach,

Wendens Ambo,

Saffron Walden

CB11 4LB

Email: enquiries@fledglings.org.uk

Fledglings provides informed, unbiased advice to parents and carers on what products are available for a wide range of problems, and can supply them at competitive prices. They specialise in sourcing unusual items, often specially designed for disabled children with specific needs.

Get Kids Going!

4 Chandlery House,

40 Gowers Walk,

London

E1 8BH

Email: info@getkidsgoing.com

Get Kids Going! is a national charity which provides sports grants to help disabled children and young people (up to age 26) participate in sport. They also provide bespoke sports wheelchairs.

Handicapped Children’s Action Group

4 Farr Avenue,

Barking,

Essex

IG11 0NZ                  

Tel: 0208 594 4100

Email: ca.davies110@yahoo.co.uk

Handicapped Children’s Action Group is a registered charity working to provide specialist equipment for children with disabilities, learning difficulties and other special needs.

Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children

Newlife Centre,

Hemlock Way,

Cannock,

Staffordshire

WS11 7GF

Tel: 01543 462 777

Email: info@newlifecharity.co.uk

Newlife is the UK's largest charity funder of children's specialist disability equipment. They provide grants for essential equipment such as: pain relieving beds, wheelchairs, communication aids, and much more.

Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity

Montague House,

23 Woodside Road,

Amersham,

Bucks

HP6 6AA

Tel: 01494 890465 

Grants of up to £500 are available to enable families to access a variety of support including; Equipment or expenses so children can join in activities with their friends, access to social communications technology, car seats, walkers, bicycles, pushchairs, mobility chairs and specialist furniture or household appliances required as a result of applicant's health condition. You can contact the charity here.

The Teddy Bear Foundation

Email: info@theteddybearfoundation.org

The Teddy Bear Foundation accept funding applications for a wide range of equipment and items, from weighted blankets to swing seats, for children with special needs.

Variety

110B Maxwell Avenue,

Unit 20,

Bearsden

Glasgow

G61 1HU

Email: scotland@variety.org.uk

Variety can provide grants from anywhere between £100 and £6,000. They aim to provide whatever is needed, whether it be   equipment needed for basic care or equipment needed for medical or play purposes.

Whizz-Kidz

4th Floor,

Portland House,

Bressenden Place,

London

SW1E 5BH

Email:  info@whizz-kidz.org.uk

Whizz-Kidz provides a range of mobility equipment to children and young people with a physical disability to give them independence at home, at school and at play.

Disability Information Scotland

This is an information service funded by the Scottish Government to provide reliable, accurate and accessible information to disabled people, their families, friends, carers and those working in this area.

  • Find information guides on a wide range of topics from benefits to travel concessions and respite care.
  • The Scottish Disability Directory provides information on thousands of disability organisations and support groups, both local and national and includes further information on debts and budgeting, grants and trusts as well as welfare benefits.

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