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Disability Grants News - February 2020
February 23, 2020

Welcome to the February 2020 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.

It’s been an exciting start to the New Year!

Disability Grants had a makeover to celebrate its 10th anniversary. At the same time our Facebook page reached over 20,000 Likes!

The website now has a fresh modern appearance with a redesigned logo.

The layout is more accessible with a larger font and increased line spacing. Its clean look makes it easier to view on mobile as well as other platforms.

To help you find the right grant the search option has been improved.  The search box is fixed in desktop and moves down when scrolling.  On viewing on a mobile you will see a large search box at the top of each page.

Over the next few months every page on the website will be reviewed. 

In the meantime, if you spot any charity changes and errors do let us know using our online form.


Grant News

Here are some of this months updates and additions.... 


General

 

  • Fulfil the Wish provides bespoke holidays and activities for children and young people with life long and life-limiting disabilities. Offering a chance for families to spend quality time together.

 

  • Vision England is an exciting residential programme for young people with a vision impairment run in partnership with the Field Studies Council.   There are 5 residentials in 2020 for 14-17 year olds and one for 18 to 24 year olds at various locations in England.

 

  • Merlin’s Magic Ward offers complementary tickets to its attractions (includes Legoland and Sealife) for seriously ill, disadvantaged and disabled children.  Only open to families who have not received tickets in the past.  Annual passes for discount entry are also available.

 

  • Climbing Out will be running 8 programmes throughout 2020 for their 5 day residential outdoor activity breaking for young people facing life changing injury or illness.

 

  • Sports Aid are offering grants of up to £1,000 for athletes at the beginning of the talent pathways.  It has previously funded a number of disabled athletes from a variety of sports including disability skiing, sitting volley ball, wheelchair rugby and Boccia.

 

 

  • Support and advice for Jewish people affected by HIV and AIDS from the Jewish AIDS Trust

 

 

  • The Victoria Convalescent Trust offers funding towards short breaks for carers of any age in England and Wales. Applications through a qualified professional or agency.

 

  • With the prospect of snow in the next week a reminder about the Cold Weather Payment Scheme.  It runs until 31st March 2020.  Check to see of you can get a payment in your area.

Regional

 

  • Advocacy support for people with mental health issues, older people and individuals with learning difficulties in the Borders region of Scotland from the Borders Independent Advocacy Service

 

  • The Yorkshire Children’s Trust provide grants for home adaptations, respite holidays, travel costs, baby items, white goods and medical equipment.  They also offer one-off travel costs for a child that is in hospital for at least eight days.

Community

 

  • Grants of up to £1,000 are available from the Woodward Trust to registered charities for the running of summer play schemes.  Preference is given to particular groups including children with a disability. 

 

  • Applications are open to the Peter Cruddas Foundation until 1st March 2020.   It is priorities charities in England and Wales that help disadvantaged and disengaged young people aged 14 to 30 years.

Resources

  • The Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People offer a Tryb4uFly service for children and adults with disabilities thinking about air travel.  Assessments can be made at 3 locations in the UK – Surry, Leeds and Birmingham. 

 

 

  • The Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme (HTCS) may be able to provide a refund of reasonable travel costs if you are referred to hospital or other NHS treatment.  You will need to be on low income or receiving certain benefits.

 

  • If you have been affected by the recent floods Flood Guidance has information on grants and subsidies for repairs.  Covers the whole of the UK.

 

 


Discounts

  • Kids Pass are offering 40% off a monthly membership for £2.99.  This gives discounts on family days out, cinemas and restaurants.  There has been some criticism of their billing practices in the past but they have now updated their procedures.

 

  

  • Alton Towers have a Stay, Splash and Play package from £30 per person until 19th March 2020. 

 

  • Preloved – a great source for second hand wheelchairs and scooters are offering 30% off their premium membership until 1st March 2020.

 


Please don't forget that Disability Grants is a shared resource where everyone helps each other..... So, do participate and share your knowledge and experiences.

Help and Be Helped

All the best

Julia Tyrrell

Founder of Disability Grants


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