It is an unfortunate reality that most of us are not in a financial position to make every accessible purchase that could make our lives or that of our disabled loved ones’ better, but there are a number of charities that can, in the right situation, help.
The Family Fund is one of the UK’s largest grant giving charities and focuses on low-income families with disabled children and young people. They have been providing grants for 42 years and in 2012 gave out over 64,000 grants to a total dispensed amount of over £33,000,000.
The Fund provides grants for household items like washing machines, freezers or clothing and can also fund things like toys, computers or family breaks.
To be eligible for a grant the family needs to:
- Live in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales.
- Have a disabled or seriously ill child or young person aged 17 or under.
- Receive Universal Credit, Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Incapacity Benefit, Employment Support Allowance, Housing Benefit or Pension Credit. If you do not get any of these benefits a grant might be possible if you can prove your financial state.
- Have permanent legal residency in the UK and have lived in the UK for at least six months.
Grants can be applied for every 12 months and if you qualified the first time, the process is far simpler the next time. Once you have applied you are fact checked to make sure of eligibility then visited by a local representative. If the grant is approved you receive a cheque, usually in around 12 weeks to pay for your request.
As with most charities the Fund is always looking for donations and fund raising and if you are interested in helping or donating they have a page for donations here.
If you have a disabled child and are on a low income the Fund should be on your list to investigate.
Source: The Family Fund