Other work we do

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The Family Fund has a unique role within the voluntary sector as the largest grant giving organisation supporting low-income families raising disabled children throughout the UK. Last year we helped over 66,900 families which means we have contact every day with families raising disabled children and often visiting them in their own homes. This gives the Family Fund a unique perspective into the lives, needs, challenges and joys facing families.

Our joint working

We work across the voluntary sector to share this expertise and work together with other organisations to ensure that the voices of families are heard, that the needs of families of disabled children are met and support can be offered when it is most needed. Here are some of our key partnerships within the voluntary sector:

Children in Northern Ireland (CiNI) is the regional umbrella organisation for the children's sector in Northern Ireland representing the interests of the sector and providing support services to member organisations in their work with children and young people. Family Fund play an active role in both the Children with Disabilities Strategic Alliance (CDSA) focusing on informing and influencing strategic policy issues that impact on children and young people with disabilities, and also on CINI’s Policy Sub-Group through sharing knowledge, expertise and developing agreed positions on key policy issues. CINI’s Policy Calls to Action are aimed at delivering better outcomes for children and young people in Northern Ireland.

Council for Disabled Children is a network of over 50 third sector organisations from across the UK whose work focuses on disabled children and young people and children who have Special Educational Needs and their families. The Family Fund is part of the Steering Group which helps to guide the Council.

Contact a Family (CaF) - The Fund has had a long relationship with CaF, indeed CaF often refers to the Fund as its sister organisation as the two organisations complement each other’s work. All Family Fund Advisers give information about CaF at visits and refer families who need more in depth support to their helpline. The two organisations have also worked more broadly together on joint initiatives involving the information needs of families of disabled children.

Every Disabled Child Matters Campaign (EDCM) - The Family Fund works with EDCM to raise awareness of the needs of families raising disabled and seriously ill children across the UK.

Grandparents Plus - In 2011, the Family Fund published its report “I wish I could just be Grandma. Parenting again when you have a disabled grandchild” which was the culmination of joint work with Grandparents Plus about the specific needs of Grandparents who were raising their grandchildren.  The Fund continues to support their work and promote the needs of grandparent carers.

Go ON Gold - Family Fund is a national campaign partner of Go ON Gold to help get disabled people online. The Fund helps disabled children and their families with IT at home by awarding grants for laptops, PCs and tablet computers.  The Fund knows that getting the right technology in the home can help develop motor, speech, language and social skills when traditional methods of communication, reading and writing may not be possible. 

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Value for money, choice and service

  • There are few charities as efficient or responsive as the Family Fund. We strive to reduce costs, we work hard at getting good deals from our commercial partners and we don’t accept waste.
  • Our Independent Assessors add value by visiting most families applying for the first time to ensure they get what they really need and to signpost other services that might help them.
  • We make our grants go further by providing a higher value product or service directly instead of cash, often using products, vouchers or pre-paid cards. Families get quality products and a real choice of brands and styles.
  • All this ensures the best outcomes for our families, funders, sponsors and donors alike.
  • Coming up with innovative ideas which help families while increasing our sources of funding is a priority.
  • We help other charities cut costs by offering them payroll administration, financial accounting and grant-making services.

    To find out more about the other work we do and how we can help your organisation please contact our Communications team by emailing comms@familyfund.org.uk