Welcome to the September 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.
Can You Help?
Our most frequently asked question is where to find grants for household items and all our information is on one page "Grants for Household Items"
To support this we have started to recording the locations of organisations who distribute or sell second hand furniture to individuals on low income.
So, if you know of any schemes do let us know and we will collate this information on our new map "Second Hand Furniture and Household Items".
National Disability Discounts - Days Out
Here are some of this months updates and additions....
- Climbing Out offer fully funded 5-day residential outdoor activity programmes for young people aged 16 to 30 years facing life changing injury, illness or trauma. Check out the programme dates for 2020.
- Over the Wall offers free therapeutic recreational activity camps for children and young people aged 8-17 years with a wide range of life limiting illnesses and conditions. They have introduced a Request for notification when camp applications open for 2020
- Caring Cancer
Trust offers healing holidays of creative adventure for children and young people recovering from cancer treatment. It also provides emergency funds for adult cancer sufferers.
- Caudwell Children provide match funding for specialist sports equipment for disabled children.
- Financial support from the MFPA Trust Fund for physically disabled children and young people to enable participation in the arts, music and dance.
- S C Witting Trust provides small grants for families in need for furniture and white goods and educational items for children and young people 15 years and younger.
- Ski 4 Cancer provides respite opportunities for individuals and their families living with a Cancer diagnosis or a recent bereavement.
- The Ambulance Staff Charity offers a range of welfare advice and financial support for current and retired ambulance personnel in both the NHS and independent sector.
- Financial support from the NASUWT Benevolent Fund for existing and former members of the NASUWT (the Teachers Union).
- The Carers Trust are able to continue with their grant programme for carers as the Pears Foundation has continued its
funding for the next two years. Carers in need of support may be able to receive a grant as part of a package of support from your local Carers Trust Network Partner.
- The Performing Arts Charity offer drama, music and movement workshops in Hampton, Eastleigh and Colchester for children and young people with physical and/or learning difficulties.
- Applications for the National Church Trust’s Cornerstone Grant Programme will reopen at the end of August 2019 and the next deadline will be 4th November 2019. It will consider projects that include accessible toilets to enable increased community participation.
- For help towards school uniform in England check your local councils’ website. You can also get help in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Eligibility is usually based on being in receipt of certain benefits.
- Young people aged 16 to 19 years may get help with education-related costs through 16 to 19 Bursary Fund up to a maximum
of £1,200. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have continued the Education Maintenance Allowance for students aged 16-19 years.
- If you are having difficulties with your child’s education and require support contact:
- IPSEA - free independent legal advice and support for appeals and tribunals.
- ACE – Advisory Centre for Education gives
advice on current education law and how to work with their child’s school to resolve concerns.
- Contact – Education specialist helpline advisors available Monday-Friday 9.30-5pm. Telephone: 0808 808 3555
- Enquire – Factsheets on attending school, disputes and school transport.
- Govan Law Centre – Their Education Law Unit is Scotland’s expert legal resource on education
- My Future Choices is a free magazine from the Transition Information Network. It is for for disabled young people, their families and people who support them.
Department for Education have launched a consultation on the revised statutory home to school transport guidance, this is following Contact's instrumental inquiry. The consultation now gives you the opportunity to comment on the changes and make suggestion for further improvements. The consultation is open for feedback until 31 October 2019.
- New edition of Accessible Britain now available. Guide can be viewed online or downloaded.
- Dogalogue – the Guide Dogs catalogue is offering 10% off orders in September. Discount code: D19G009
- Baker Ross great for art and craft supplies – at home and at school are offering a saving of up to 34% on its autumn and winter new arrivals.
- Kids Pass are offering a 30 day trial for £1 of their Kids Pass membership. This gives discounts on family days out, cinemas and restaurants.
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