Family Fund Helping Families

Help with Sports Equipment for Disabled Children and Young People

Family Fund is the UK's largest grant-making charity for families raising a disabled or seriously ill child on a low income. They believe that disabled and seriously ill children and young people, and their families, should have the same choices, quality of life, opportunities and aspirations as everyone else.

Through the Supporting Families with Disabled Children programme in England, funded by the Department for Education, they can award grants for a wide variety of items, including sport and play equipment, family breaks, household items, clothing and IT equipment for families with children and young people aged up to 16. Their Your Opportunity programme awards grants to families with a young person still at home aged up to 24. Families can apply directly online where they can find full information about all grants, eligibility criteria and a phone number to call for help with applying. Family Fund also offer a range of information and digital support services for families.

For more information about their grant schemes, to arrange a presentation for colleagues or families, or to discuss ways of working together to help more disabled children and young people get active, please contact Clare Bonetree (Partner Engagement Manager in England).

Support, Advice and Free Resources from Sense Active

Sense Active are the active team within Sense, a national charity supporting people living with deaf/blindness and complex disabilities. The Sense Active team can support your school in a variety of ways, including:

  • Organise for coaches to come in to deliver sessions within the school
  • Support with finding activities occurring locally for you to attend
  • Provide your staff with training
  • Opportunities that can be shared with families to take part in away from the school day
  • Online activities, such as drumming to music
  • Resource packs so that staff can get ideas of what to include in their lessons.

For more information, check out this resource.

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