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The Action Group

The Action Group supports children and adults with learning difficulties and other support needs living in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Falkirk.

It also has a caravan for use by members located at Seton Sands Holiday Village in Longniddry.

Prices start from £185 a week.  Families with school age children are given preference for holidays in the school holidays.

To find out more information email:admin@actiongroup.org.uk

www.actiongroup.org.uk







The Adamson Trust

The Adamson Trust supports children up to 17 years with a physical, mental or emotional disabilities.

It is able to provide financial support towards a holiday or respite break.

Families can apply direct by downloading an application form from the website.  Supporting evidence of the child's disability or illness will be required.

The Trust also accepts applications from groups of children, organisations and other registered charities.

The next closing date for applications is 31st December 2015.  Applications will be considered at the February 2016 meeting.

www.theadamsontrust.co.uk







Age Scotland

Age Scotland have produced a number of useful factsheets on a range of topics that affect older people in Scotland

In particular the following may be of interest to older people with disabilities:

  • Older homeowners - Financial help with repairs and adaptations
  • Self Directed Support - Direct payments from Social Work
  • Disability and Ageing - Your rights to Social Work services
  • Disability Equipment and How to get It
  • Paying for care and support at home

To obtain a copies download from the website

www.agescotland.org.uk







Ayrshire Sportsability

Ayrshire Sportsability are offering non-recurring grants up to £200 to help children and young people with physical, sensory or learning difficulties participate in sport.

They offer grants to both individuals and groups.

  • Individual - Up to £200 for children and young people aged 5 to 18 years and who live in Ayrshire.
  • Groups - Up to £200 towards establishing new activities, purchasing new equipment or funding support staff.

To apply: download either the Individual or Groups application form.

www.ayrshiresportsability.org.uk






Cash for Kids  (Radio Forth)

Radio Forth's Cash for Kids charity gives grants to disabled and disadvantaged children and groups concerned with special needs living in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife.

To apply: download an application form.

www.forthone.com







Cash for Kids (Radio Tay)

Cash for Kids (Radio Tay) supports disabled and disadvantaged children and young people (0-18 years) across Tayside and North East Fife.

It is able to help both individuals and groups.

Applications are considered quarterly.  An application can be downloaded from the website.

www.tayfm.co.uk







Douglas Hay Trust

The Douglas Hay Trust is able to help physically disabled children under 18 years living in Scotland.

It is able to provide money for holidays, education, computers, essentials such as clothes, bedding and shoes.  It may also be able to help towards home improvements.

Applications should be made by the local authority, health/social workers or other charities supporting children.

To apply: download an application form

www.douglashay.org.uk







Dreamz4u

Dreamz4u grants the wishes of terminally ill or long term disabled children living in Scotland.

Previous wishes have included visits to premier football matches, meeting pop idols such as Westlife and a trip to Winter Wonderland in Lapland.

To nominate a child: download an application form.

www.dreamz4u.org







ECAS

ECAS is a voluntary organisation supporting the physically disabled in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

It is able to provide grants usually up to a maximum of £500 for goods and holidays. Recent grants have been awarded for household whitegoods, a lap-top computer, furniture, car adaptations, holidays and flooring.

To apply: download an application form.  Financial details and support from a suitably qualified professional are required.

www.ecas-edinburgh.org







The Edinburgh Trust

The Edinburgh Trust supports residents of the City of Edinburgh in financial need.

It open only to those who receive means tested benefits or have an income 60% below the national average and savings below £10,000.

The trust is able to help with regular payments and support for children with items such as school uniforms and books.

Applications may only be made by an approved organisation.  

Telephone: 0131 243 2795 Email: edinburgh@turn2us.org.uk

www.turn2us.org.uk







Epilepsy Scotland

Epilepsy Scotland support anyone with Epilepsy living in Scotland.

They provide information on Epilepsy and a free helpline 0808 800 2200 as well as help in setting up a support group.

Epilepsy Scotland have a holiday caravan at Sefton Sands in the Lothians for families and individuals living with or caring for someone with a disability.

The caravan is available to book for one week from November of any year.  It costs £70 which is a non refundable administrative fee.   It sleeps 6 people and may be suitable for someone with mobility difficulties.  It is not however wheelchair accessible.

www.epilepsyscotland.org.uk







The Glasgow Care Foundation

The Glasgow Care Foundation provides essential support such as basic household items or grants to those in need where support is not available through Local Authorities or other agencies.

It is able to help with the following:

  • Essential white goods eg: Cookers, fridges, freezers, washing machines etc
  • Beds and Bedding
  • Basic Furniture
  • Children's clothes
  • Grants for holidays mainly in UK

Applications can only be made through a recognised agency working in the community.  Families must have been resident within the City of Glasgow boundary for a minimum of 5 years.

www.glasgowcarefoundation.org







The Hawthornbrae Trust

The Hawthornbrae Trust  (managed by EMMA International) funds respite holiday for people living in Edinburgh with life limiting illnesses.

Applicants must be unable to pay for a holiday themselves and "be of good character".

Grants will not normally exceed £300 per adult and £150 per child. (and may well be less).

They will only cover the cost of the holiday and must only be used to pay for travel. accommodation, food etc.

To apply: download an application form from the EMMA website.

www.emms.org







Gateway Scotland

Gateway Scotland provides free holidays for families who have experienced the bereavement of a loved one or are supporting a family member through a serious illness or disability.

The holidays are provided in a luxury lodge at the Hunters Quay Holiday village on the west coast of Scotland.

The holiday village has two heated swimming pools and a wide range of activities for all ages.

Applications to be made by a referring organisations such as other charities or hospital departments.

www.gateway-scotland.co.uk







The George Crombie Trust

The Trust aims to aid the "prevention or relief of poverty" and "relieve those in need by reason of age, ill health and disability"

This is achieved by providing accommodation in a retirement village and financial aid which may include the maintenance of existing accommodation or furniture.

Application forms are available from:.

Alternatively, write to: Mr. Douglas M Watson, Partner, Ledingham Chalmers LLP, Solicitors, Johnstone House, 52-54 Rose Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1HA.







John Watson Trust

The John Watson Trust awards grants for educational purposes to children and young people under 21 years who have a physical or learning disability or socially disadvantaged.

The trust mainly operates in Edinburgh and the Lothians but may consider applicants from other areas of Scotland.

Previous grants have been awarded for Dyslexia tuition, school trips, bus passes, books, equipment and laptops if required for a special need.

Grants range from £30 to £2,000.  The grants committee meets 5 times a year to consider applications.

To apply: download the correct application form after reading the guidance notes. 

www.wssociety.co.uk







Life After Stroke Grants

The Stroke Association in Scotland provides "Life After Stroke Grants" to individuals who have had a stroke and are in financial hardship.

The grant is a one off payment of up to £300 that does not have to be repaid. It may be used to pay for household items, mobility aids, respite break and more.

To find out if you can apply email GrantsScot@stroke.org.uk

www.stroke.org.uk







MND Scotland

MND Scotland provides support to people with Motor Neurone disease living in Scotland.

It has a wide range of services to support individuals with the condition. This includes:

  • Small grants scheme offering grants of up to £400.  Applications must be made by an appropriate professional.
  • Time to Live grants (up to a maximum of £500) for short breaks for the person with MND and their carer.  Applications can be made direct by downloading an application form.

The charity also have an adapted caravan near St Andrews and adapted chalet near Oban for rent.  Both offer generous deductions to those affected by Motor Neurone Disease.

www.mndscotland.org.uk







RSABI

RSABI helps people (and their dependents) who have worked in a land based occupation in Scotland for at least 10 years.

Applicants must be retired or no longer able to work, have a low income and under £12,000 savings. It will also support those facing a personal crisis such as ill health, an accident or bereavement.

RSABI helps in a number of ways:

  • Long term financial support - such as half yearly payments or a TV licence.
  • Grants - for one-off items such disability aids, home adaptations, respite holidays, car tax and insurance, general living expenses and heating costs.
  • Advice and information - on benefits and other sources of help.

To apply: download an application form. Financial information is required.

www.rsabi.org.uk







The Salvation Army - East Scotland Division

The Salvation Army support families in need with a holiday package to Berwick upon Tweed.

They have 3 six/eight berth caravans at the Haggerston Castle Holiday Park seven miles south of Berwick upon Tweed.

Caravans are available on a weekly basis from March to October.

Complete the application form and post to:

The Divisional Director for Social Services, The Salvation Army, East Scotland Division, 12A Dryden Road, Loanhead EH20 9LZ.

www.salvationarmy.org.uk/east-scotland







The Scottish Government

The Scottish Government have produced a number of guides to help meet the cost of learning for further and higher education.

These include:

Helping you meet the costs of learning: funding for disabled students 2014-15

Arranging Support Workers in Higher Education 2014-15

They are free to download as PDF documents.







Skills Development Scotland

Skills Development Scotland provide Individual Learning Accounts (ILA) to help pay for learning.

Funding of up to £200 is available to people who have an income below £22,000 a year, over 16 years and a scottish resident.

To apply: complete the online eligibility test.

www.myworldofwork.co.uk







The Stafford Trust

The Stafford Trust supports charities in the UK but gives preference to charities in Scotland. Of these, over 50% are charities concerned with child/adult welfare and local community projects.

To apply: Download an application form and return by post to the trustees. Annual report and audited accounts will be required with the completed application form.

During 2011 grants ranged from £1,500 to £15,000. Grant applications are considered twice a year.

www.staffordtrust.org.uk







Take a Break

The Take a Break scheme provides short breaks for Scottish families with seriously ill or disabled children.

Grants can be used for a break, an activity or a day out - whatever your family wants to do. The grants are usually between £200 to £450.

Applicants must be:

  • A scottish resident

And either

  • A carer of a disabled child or young person aged 0-20 years

Or

  • A disabled young person 20 years and under

To apply: download an application form and full eligibility criteria.

www.takeabreakscotland.org.uk







The Voluntary Action Fund (VAF)

The VAF provides funding and support to organisations involved in projects which challenge inequalities and barriers to participation in community life. It currently manages grant programmes funded by the Scottish Government.

The VAF is able to provide grants up to £10,000 through their Volunteering Development Grant to charities to improve and develop the participation of volunteers.  It may be used to increase hours of existing staff, buy in support or pay for volunteer expenses.

www.voluntaryactionfund.org.uk


















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