In 2015/16 we received 4,692 applications and helped 4,074 families with grants across Northern Ireland. This meant that 4,859 essential items were awarded to families throughout 2015/16, including computers, tablets, kitchen appliances, much needed family breaks and much more. The Family Fund receives support from the Department of Health. We are also a member of Children in Northern Ireland.

Read our impact report for the fourth quarter of 2015/16.

In 2014, we commissioned the York St John’s University to undertake a qualitative study of the outcomes that have resulted from the Fund’s work in Northern Ireland and how it corresponds with relevant outcome-based policies in Northern Ireland. Read the study.

But our impact spreads further than financial grants, we also provide vital information and signpost to other support services, some of which can be found on where else to get help.

Further help

You can find more information on services for families in Northern Ireland at the Family Support NI website.

You might also wish to try Family Support Hubs. These provide early intervention family support services to vulnerable families and children/young persons aged up to 18 years.

Further information about support available for disabled young people in Northern Ireland can also be found at NI Direct.

Get involved

Does your organisation help families raising disabled and seriously ill children or young people in Northern Ireland? Is there an opportunity for us to work together to better support these families? If yes, please get in touch by contacting our Partnership Manager, Ross McCrea via email or on 07818 456378.