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Disability Grants News - October 2019
October 06, 2019

Welcome to the October 2019 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.

New Page

Secondhand Furniture and Household Items

Thank you to everyone who let us know about furniture schemes offering second hand furniture and household items.  These have all been added to our map.

We now have a new page with a form for you to send your information.

Do keep your suggestions coming in as we still have a long way to go to cover the whole of the UK.


Grant News

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



  • The Mobility Trust provides powered wheelchairs and scooters for UK residents who have severe disabilities and who cannot obtain such equipment through statutory sources.


  • The George House Trust provides Welfare Grants for essential household items, white goods and help with utility bills for people living with and affected by HIV.


  • The Terrace Higgins Trust offers hardship funds to people with HIV on low income. The funding is available for short term financial need or in a crisis.


  • Financial assistance to existing and past employees of the timber trades industry for those on low income and with minimal savings from the Timber Trades' Benevolent Society.





  • Funding for small charities from Wales and the north of England from the Jill Franklin Trust for self-help groups to support people with mental illness or learning difficulties and bereavement counselling.


  • The Ben offers support for people of all ages who have worked in the licensed trade in Scotland for at least 3 years. Includes help with home furnishing and household bills.


  • If you live in Scotland a new benefit the Funeral Support Payment helps pay towards funeral costs.  This appears to be easier to negotiate and more generous than the Funeral Payments  in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  For all you must be in receipt of certain benefits.


  • Funding for small grass roots and volunteer driven organisations in Merseyside and Northern Ireland from the John Moores Foundation.


  • The Eleanor Rathbone Charitable Trust provides funding for charities benefiting women, girls, young people and families, who are economically deprived or/and socially excluded in Merseyside.


  • The Kent Community Foundation administers charitable funds for both the individual and community groups. This includes funds that support children and young people, vulnerable adults, the elderly and carers. 


  • Garfield Weston supports a broad range of charitable causes across the UK from small and large charities. This includes disability, health, special needs and the elderly.  Applications can be made at any time.


  • Funding is available from the Winifred Tumim Memorial Fund for projects that support innovation in good charity governance.  Closing date: 28 October 2019.



  • Charlottes Tandems lend, at no cost (i.e. for free), tandems and tag-alongs to (and only to) people with disabilities or additional needs, who are unable to ride a bike safely on their own, so that they can enjoy the wonders of cycling.


  • Thrive provides advice on gardening with a disability with tips on tools and equipment to help with gardening. It also provides training for professionals to promote therapeutic gardening with a range of disabilities.


  • TCV offers the opportunity to join a green gym as an alternative to traditional gym or fitness activities. It aims to improve individuals physical and mental health and wellbeing, by being outdoors, active and social interaction. 


  • Liberty Drives provides a transportation service free of charge for individuals with disabilities (along with caregivers, friends and family) to visit inside Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.  They are able to accomodate wheelchairs.


  • DASH is a Disability led visual arts charity. It commissions exciting new work by disabled visual artists and runs workshops; mentoring for artists and training.


  • The Trusted Charity Essentials is a free online tool designed especially for small charities as a way to do a basic health check on how your organisation is doing.



  • Udemy online courses start at £12.99 during their October savings from 14th October 2019 to 17th October 2019.  This includes a course "At Home with Dementia" which is suitable for anyone caring for a loved one with Dementia.  Promotion Code:UDEAFFOS1019


  • Dogalogue – the Guide Dogs catalogue is offering 10% off orders in October.  Discount code: D19G010



  • Kids Pass are offering a 30 day trial for £1 of their Kids Pass membership.  It gives discounts on family days out, cinemas and restaurants. 

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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