Family Fund and schools At Family Fund, we want to ensure as many families as possible know about our support. Schools are one of the best ways for parents to find out information about the extra help that could be available for their child. We are keen to work with schools and education professionals to spread the word amongst potentially eligible families. Who are we? Family Fund is the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families on low incomes raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. Last year, we provided 89,423 grants or services worth over £36 million to families across the UK. What do we do? We believe that all families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people should have the same opportunities as others. We aim to support this by providing grants for a wide range of essential items such as washing machines, sensory toys, family breaks, bedding, clothing and computers/tablets. It can be a struggle financially, emotionally and physically for families raising a disabled or seriously ill child, and these grants help break down many of the barriers families face, improving their quality of life and easing the additional daily pressures. What can we do for schools? We want to make sure that we are reaching as many families as possible that could be eligible for our support. As an education provider dedicated to special educational needs, we want to help you ensure that families at your school are aware of how we could help. You can order leaflets to share with parents/carers, or download our poster to print and put on parent noticeboards, or even in parent packs to encourage families to apply. Our application forms are available to order by post, or to download and print. We would be more than happy to come along and speak to your staff and/or parents and carers to explain more about the support we can offer. If you are interested, please get in touch and we will arrange for somebody to visit your school. Further information about disability criteria and eligibility is available here, or if you have any other questions, please let us know. Parent Carer Groups We are currently holding joint school parent carer group meetings in Birmingham, Manchester and London areas. This brings together the parent carers from nearby schools to hear more about our Family Fund services as well as learn more from other local and sector organisations such as Contact a Family. We do the majority of the work, just ask that you help promote with your parents and provide a room if possible. Not only will parent carers find out more about the support services available to them they will also gain valuable peer support from meeting other parent carers in their area. If your school would like to get involved, get in touch How have we helped children? We helped Emily, who has global development delay and dyspraxic difficulties, with an adapted bike. Her mum told us that “not only is it amazing for her motor skills, but it also helps to build her confidence”. Fred, who is severely sight impaired, received an iPad, which has helped his learning and development and reinforces what he learns at school. “It is very important that he is able to use what sight he has alongside technology to achieve his potential” his mum, Karen, told us. “It is astonishing to see how quick he has picked it up and is using it in all kinds of useful ways”. Bethany has a rare condition called Mowatt Wilson syndrome. Her mum Kirsty applied for an inflatable spa, telling us “Bethany misses out on using the pool at school because of infection, so it’s really great that we have a space at home now which we can use for her hydrotherapy”. Read more families' stories.