Family Fund’s impact goes beyond the provision of a financial grant to a family raising a disabled or seriously ill child. As more and more families come to us for grant support for the first time, we can provide vital information and signpost to other support services that our families can use. This can be local, regional or national. We use our website and social media channels to share up to date information about other organisations and agencies that offer information, advice or support services to disabled children and their families. See where else to get help. This helps parents and carers to get all the information they need from Family Fund in a swift and efficient way, saving them time and hassle.

We measure our impact on both the short term and the long term benefits of our grants and services on the whole family.

Read our impact report for Quarter 4 of 2015/16.

For more information on our impact, read our Annual Review of 2014/15.

You can also read our accounts for 2014/15.

We exist to help all families raising disabled and seriously ill children and young people have the same opportunities as others. That is our mission, and this is how we strive to achieve that.

Families helped

In 2016/16 we received 85,027 applications for a Family Fund grant, and helped over 89,000 families across the UK. This meant that 105,268 essential items were awarded to families, including computers, tablets, kitchen appliances, beds, bedding, days out, much needed family breaks and help towards hospital visiting costs.

We helped 2,583 families with urgent help, where grant awards are given within 48 hours of their application through our urgent referrer network. 

Our Take a Break scheme, which provides grants for short breaks to disabled children and young people and their families in Scotland, helped 1,616 families.

We also provided 350 families with information and advice to claim their full allowance of the disability element of tax credits, and provided grants to 690 siblings of disabled children through our Siblings Matter Too grant programme.

Overall, we provided support to 89,423 families with over £36 million of grants and services.

Read our families' stories for how our grants impact on a family life.

Reaching out
One of our biggest challenges is reaching out to those across the UK who do not know about Family Fund and may be eligible for our help. We work hard to communicate as widely as possible, using all our existing resource and contacts to deepen our messages in local, regional and national communities.

In 2015/16, Family Fund had over 1.3 million interactions with families, sector professionals and supporters through our main communication channels – telephone, social media, website and events.

Our wider impact
Family Fund is constantly looking for opportunities to better support families raising disabled and seriously ill children and young people. Does your organisation help families raising disabled and seriously ill children or young people in England? Is there an opportunity for us to work together to better support these families? If yes, please get in touch.

You can also tell us about the impact your grant had on you and your family by sharing your story with us