Charities & Trusts
The Barnwood House Trust
This Trust is based in Gloucestershire and primarily supports people with disabilities in this area. The Trusts main sectors for support are: People with a serious physical disability, people with chronic mental illness and people with learning disabilities.
The Trust also run a day home for older people with disabilities, run sheltered housing and have several bungalows which have been purpose built to accommodate wheelchair users.
Contact The Key Co-ordinator on 08456 583857 for more details of the Trust or contact the Barnwood House Trust direct on 01452 614429 for details about what kinds of things they can consider funding. Visit the Barwood Trust website at www.barnwoodhousetrust.org
There are a number of trusts nationally who are willing to help with anything from the purchase of disability equipment, including wheelchairs and adaptations to driving lessons for sole carers! Here are two that I know of, and know of people who have applied successfully for financial assistance. For more details of these trust, please contact them directly on the numbers provided.
The Family Fund Trust
Phone: 0845 1304542. For families with a severely disabled child under 16 or visit their website at www.familyfund.org.uk
Get Kids Going
Phone: 020 7481 8110. This Charity gives disabled children the opportunity to take part in sports by providing specially built sports wheelchairs. They also provide personalised wheelchairs, trikes and other mobility aids for everyday use. Visit their website at www.getkidsgoing.com
There are many Charities and Trusts who offer grants to disabled individuals and families with a disabled child/young person. Some of these Charities and Trusts offer grants to help with the purchase of equipment, holidays or computers etc., others will assist with the cost of home adaptations.
Most of the Charities and Trusts need to contacted by letter in the first instance so that an application form can be sent out; very often these application forms will then need to be filled in by a third party such as a social worker, G.P. or health visitor.
The Key co-ordinator holds up-to-date Directories of Grant Making Trusts and also has access to ‘Funderfinder’, which is a database of UK Charities and Trusts. To use Funderfinder, The Key co-ordinator will need to know the following:
- 1. Applicant’s age
- 2. Where they were born
- 3. Where they now live
- 4. Details of their illness and/or disability
- 5. Their religion (if any)
- 6. The occupation or previous occupation of the child’s/young person’s parent(s)
- 7. What the grant is required for
Funderfinder will then provide a list of relevant Charities and Trusts who you can then contact to see if they might be able to help.
Contact The Key co-ordinator on: 08456 583857 or email us via our contact form.