Today we announce our aspirational five-year strategy to deliver more for families and advance our grant-making and support services for those raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people.

Our new strategy will see us seek to:

  • Increase the number of families who receive a grant, or information and support from services from 88,119 to 150,000, an increase of 70%.
  • Amplify the experiences and voices of families to professionals, policy makers and the public, across the UK.
  • Retain and identify new sources of income to ensure the practical support that families need is available when they need it.

We are the largest UK charity providing grants to families on low incomes raising disabled or seriously ill children.

Our strategy launch coincides with the release of our latest annual review, which demonstrates the delivery of our widest range of grants and support services to date.

Highlights and key statistics from Family Fund’s Annual Review 2016/17:

  • Family Fund provided 88,119 grants and services, including digital training, advice on tax credits, and information, advice and support visits worth a total of over £33 million.
  • Family Fund received 8,000 (11%) more applications for a grant compared with five years ago – with 84,749 applications made compared to 76,466 in 2012/13.
  • Newly developed services reached 25% more families compared with 2015/16, with 15,877 receiving additional information and support over the phone, training for digital devices, or support to receive full Tax Credit entitlements.
  • 2,541 families received funds for an urgent application, such as costs towards emergency hospital visits for their child, within 48 hours.

Cheryl Ward, Family Fund’s Chief Executive, said:

“As the largest UK charity providing grants to families on low incomes raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people, we know that many are in greater need than ever. We also know that beyond those we are reaching, many thousands more families need our help.

“Our Annual Review 2016/17 is the springboard from where we now launch our most ambitious strategy to date - to help more families and to help families more.

“Our support goes far beyond providing a grant for an essential item – we provide practical solutions, timely, targeted information and advice, and help provide some of the opportunities that all children deserve.

“Family Fund owes a debt of gratitude to all of those who support our work specifically our funders, which include the four UK Governments, charitable Trusts, our suppliers and partners and our wonderfully generous donors.  

“By continuing to work together towards 2022 and beyond, together we can break down barriers and make a positive, lasting difference in the lives of families on low incomes raising disabled children.”