Accessing help where it’s available
There are additional costs to living with a disability and bringing up a child with a disability. Make use of the financial support available. It’s available for adaptions for your home or car, specialist toys or equipment and for travel costs against attending more frequent medical appointments.
Here are some links to organisations offering up to date information on the different types of financial support available:
The Grants Manager
61 Thames Street
Tel: 01753 753900
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.
P.O Box 26334
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.
Grants Management Team,
Barchester's Charitable Foundation
Suite 304, Third Floor,
Design Centre East,
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.
9 Colmore Row,
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.
Maclay Murray and Spens LLP.
1 George Square,
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 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.
1 Newall Terrace
Grants available to individuals who are connected to Dumfries and Maxwelltown either by parentage or by living there. Application form available upon request.
c/o French Duncan
133 Finnieston Street
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.
1 Atlantic Quay,
1 Robertson Street,
Tel: 0141 242 7502
The Mickel Fund accepts funding requests from individuals through their Hardship Donation Scheme.
111 Chatsworth Road,
Grants available of up to £1000 for children up to and including the age of 18 with cerebral palsy.
354 Kennington Road,
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 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.
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.
15A Tottenham Lane,
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.
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
C/O Metro Radio,
55 Degrees North,
Cash for Kids provides grants for children aged up to 18 years. You can apply online through your local Cash for Kids team.
Shelton Old Road,
Tel: 07964 356723
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 provides families with IT support or switch equipment for home.
17B Telford Court,
Chestergates Business Park,
Children Today is a charity that raises funds to provide specialised equipment and services for children and young people with disabilities throughout the UK.
33 Station Road,
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.
42 Bertie Road,
Tel/Fax: 0239 281 9562
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 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.
4 Chandlery House,
40 Gowers Walk,
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.
4 Farr Avenue,
Tel: 0208 594 4100
Handicapped Children’s Action Group is a registered charity working to provide specialist equipment for children with disabilities, learning difficulties and other special needs.
Tel: 01543 462 777
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.
23 Woodside Road,
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 accept funding applications for a wide range of equipment and items, from weighted blankets to swing seats, for children with special needs.
110B Maxwell Avenue,
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 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.