Family Fund supports more families every year across the UK. In addition to this support, there are other organisations that provide services and advice to families who are raising a disabled or sick child.

It is important to know where to access the correct support for your local area. For each devolved nation have a look at some organisations that we have listed below, to see where you might find further support.

For families in Northern Ireland

SENAC - For advice on accessing Special Education Needs services and supporting your child within school, including school based advocacy and a SEND appeals service, visit SENAC. 

Advice NI - For support and independent advice on Benefits and Finances including how to access benefits or getting advice locally, visit Advice NI. 

Housing Rights - For support with Housing problems including the housing mediation service, visit Housing Rights. 

Minding Your Head - For support with Mental Health and Mental Wellbeing including an online support hub, visit Minding Your Head. 

For families in Scotland

Enquire - For advice on accessing Special Education Needs services including your child’s education rights and parental resources, visit Enquire.

Citizens Advice Scotland - For independent advice on Benefits and Finance including how to access benefits or getting advice locally, visit Citizens Advice Scotland.

Shelter Scotland - For support with Housing problems including advice on private renting, evictions and homelessness, visit Shelter Scotland. 

Healthier Scotland - For support with Mental Health and Mental Wellbeing and links to all Scotland based Mental Health Services, visit Healthier Scotland.

For families in Wales

SNAP Cymru - For support and advice on Special Education Needs services including an advice helpline and specialist local advocacy around SEN school needed, visit SNAP Cymru.  

Citizens Advice Wales - For independent advice on Benefits and Finance including how to access benefits or getting advice locally, visit Citizens Advice Wales.

Shelter Cymru - For support with Housing problems including advice on private renting, evictions and homelessness, visit Shelter Cymru. 

Mind Cymru - For support with Mental Health and Mental Wellbeing including an online support hub and links to local services, visit Mind Cymru.

For families in England

Contact - For support and advice on Special Education Needs services including online resources on accessing extra support in school, visit Contact.

Citizens Advice England - For independent advice on Benefits and Finance including how to access benefits or getting advice locally, visit Citizens Advice England. 

Shelter England - For support and resources on Housing problems including advice on private renting, evictions and homelessness, visit Shelter England.

Mind England - For support with Mental Health and Mental Wellbeing including an online support hub and links to local services, visit Mind.

 

It is always important to make sure you are accessing the support that is available from your local authority. Make sure to check out all the information on your local council site has for help with special needs schooling, benefits and housing support. 

For more national support services that may be able to help you through the Coronavirus pandemic, have a look at our Coronavirus information and support page for a full list of useful links.

Family Fund also provides a range of additional services to support you further then your grant:

Power Up: Our Family Fund Power Up project is a FREE service with the aim to help parents and carers of disabled or seriously ill children develop their confidence online when managing money. Sign up to our learning hub for a range of short courses on how to find internet deals, save money and check your benefits. 

Digital Skills: Family Fund run a range of digital support workshops for families who have received a grant from us. The Digital Skills service allows you to have FREE one-to-one sessions on any topic about what you want to learn.