In 2019/20 we helped 6,324 families with grants across Scotland. This meant that a wide range of thousands of essential items were awarded to families, including computers, tablets, kitchen appliances and much-needed family breaks. We receive funding from the Scottish Government.

Read our annual report for 2019/20.

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 Scotland and how it corresponds with relevant outcome-based policies in Scotland. Read the study.

We work with a number of organisations in Scotland and are a member of Children in Scotland, Together (Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights) and For Scotland's Disabled Children (FSDC).

As part of Together, we support Scottish Government's work to incorporate child rights into Scots law, and take a rights-based approach to our work. Click here to download the UNCRC training tool from Scottish Government.

We also support GIRFEC as the very nature of the Family Fund’s work aligns closely with the 14 values and principles underpinning the core approach. Getting It Right For Every Child is a national approach in Scotland aimed at supporting children to get more responsive and effective support for their wellbeing wherever they live or learn. They have just updated their Practitioners Pack determining how Practitioners will communicate with you in your area, read more here

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.

Take a Break

Take a Break is Scotland’s short break fund for the carers of disabled children, young people and their families in Scotland. In 2019/20, we provided 2,156 grants that gave carers and their families the choice and opportunity to access a single or ongoing break from caring.

Take a Break grants enable those caring for a disabled or seriously ill child or young person to have the opportunity to choose how they would like to take a break, with a view to improving the quality of life, health and wellbeing of the whole family.

Visit the Take a Break website.

Get involved

Does your organisation help families raising disabled and seriously ill children or young people in Scotland?  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, Salena Begley, via email or on 07789 993921.