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Disability Grants News - May 2018
May 30, 2018

Welcome to the May 2018 edition of Disability Grants News - a monthly round up of highlights on the Disability Grants website and resources for anyone with a disability, caring for or working with disabled adults or children.

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Grant News

Here are some of this month’s highlights….

  • The Birkdale Trust for Hearing Impaired provides financial support to children and young people with a hearing impairment.
  • The Paul Bush Foundation helps children and adults with physical disabilities with funding for specialist equipment that can’t be obtained from statutory sources.
  • The Royal British Legion – Women’s Section offers welfare support and grants for serving and ex- serving military personal and their families.
  • The Feminist Review Trust supports projects that transform the lives of women including disabled women and girls.
  • The Railway Benefit Fund provides financial support to current and former railway workers and their families.
  • Gateway Scotland provide free holidays for families that have experienced a bereavement or are supporting a family member through serious illness or disability.
  • Donations of musical instruments and lessons for individuals and grants for group music projects from Music for All
  • A small grant programme has been launched by WheelPower to support people with a physical impairment to take part in sport and physical activity.
  • The DM Thomas Foundation for young people supports organisations whose main priorities are children and young people with disabilities, sick in hospital or require palliative care.  The next deadline for grant applications is 24th July 2018.
  • The Les Mills Fund for Children offers funding to organisations to help children lead more active lives. 


  • Free online e-learning training on the Role of Social Care in the SEND reforms. The module takes about 1.5 hours to complete and can be accessed here.
  • The Child Brain Injury is offering free online learning on issues around disabled children.  Book through their Events page.
  • The Child Brain Injury Trust has launched a Brain Injury Information Card for young people aged 11-18 years with acquired brain injuries. Young people can carry the card as they go about daily life and present it in situations where they need a little help and understanding.
  • Kids Pass are offering the current promotions...£39.99 Annual Membership (RRP £75), £3.99 Monthly Membership (RRP £7.50), £1 for 30 Day Trial.

Resources and Other Snippets

  • Flyability offers a pilot scholarship scheme for people with disabilities to learn to fly with a £375 contribution towards training costs.
  • A new guide to answer key questions about funding of students aged 16 to 25 years with SEND from the Preparing for Adulthood programme .
  • Additional advice on applying the Disabled Students’ Allowance can be found on the Disability Rights UK website.
  • The Alzheimer’s Society has released it new report “Dementia – The True Cost:  Fixing the care crisis”. Download from their website.
  • Google maps have introduced Wheelchair accessible routes thanks to a Change campaign by 19 year old Belinda Bradley.  To access the “wheelchair accessible” routes, type your desired destination into Google Maps. Tap “Directions” then select the public transportation icon. Then tap “Options” and under the Routes section, you’ll find “wheelchair accessible” as a new route type. 
  • You can also share your accessibility information by selecting “Your contributions” from the main menu.

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All the best

Julia Tyrrell

Founder of Disability Grants

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