Family Fund’s latest Annual Report demonstrates the delivery of our widest range of grants and support services yet, helping families raising disabled or seriously ill children in every part of the UK  Please note that this report covers the period 1 April 2019 – 31 March 2020 and therefore does not fully reflect the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Highlights and key statistics from 2019/20:

  • Family Fund provided 92,585 essential grants and services to families raising disabled and seriously ill children and young people across the UK.
  • We answered 128,990 calls from families, providing many parents and carers with extra information, support and signposting to other services that could be able to help.
  • A total of 2,400 families received urgent help within 48 hours through our urgent referrer network, intended to help those faced with unexpected financial crises.
  • A total of 14,723 services were provided, including information and support on the telephone and face to face in the family’s home, digital skills training, and advice on applying for the disabled child element of tax credits.
  • Alongside our main grant programme, we continued to offer bespoke grant support for groups identified as being in particular need by Family Fund, or in line with the aims of scheme funders. Our ‘Your Opportunity’ scheme provides 18-24 year-olds with grants to help ease some of the difficulties they face with transition, including help with social and leisure opportunities, education and employment. Funded jointly by The Edward Gostling Foundation and Family Fund, 365 young people received a grant in 2019/20.
  • We were also able to provide 1,045 grants to brothers and sisters of disabled children through our own Siblings Matter Too programme – funded thanks to donated income from individuals and a number of small grants from trusts and foundations secured by our Fundraising team.
  • BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme, administered by Family Fund Business Services, helped a further 16,075 families in crisis. This meant that, as a group, we provided 108,660 grants and services to families overall.
  • We made the funding we received go further – generating £2.8 million of additional income through thanks to the contracts we have negotiated with our suppliers.
  • We continued to be efficiently run, ensuring 93p in every £1 of funding received was spent on direct charitable purposes.

Download the annual report.

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