Our list of sources of funding and charities providing for Children with Special Needs.
Epilepsy Alarms also offers some advice on funding sources.
The Daisy Garland
Provides grants for seizure monitors for some children with severe epilepsy.
Minton Hollins Building, Shelton Old Road, Stoke on Trent, ST4 7RY
Tel: 01782 600608 Fax: 01782 600269
Contact: Lisa Bates/Jan Warrilow
Caudwell Children help to fund equipment, treatment and therapy for children with special needs. 100% of donations are used for the benefit of the children
Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children
Newlife help to fund equipment for children with special needs. They normally purchase the equipment directly from approved suppliers. Fundraising is partly from the Newlife Fashion Outlet shop in Cannock.
Variety Club Childrens Charity
Variety Club House, 93 Bayham Street, London, NW1 0AG
Tel: 020 7428 8100
Fax: 020 7428 8111
Contact: Madeleine Williams
Variety Club help with the funding of mobility equipment for Children with Special Needs.
Cerebra help to fund Equipment for children with Special Needs. The Cerebra Bulletin also provides support and information for parents and carers.
The Rotary Club of Dorchester Charitable Trust Fund
Greenacres, Winterbourne Abbas, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 9LJ
Tel: 01305 889454
Contact: Patricia Bowen, President
Dorchester Poverty Action Fund
45 Bridport Road, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 2NG
Tel: 01305 260959
Contact: Margaret Barker
Dorchester Relief in Need Charity
8 Mithras Close, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 2RF
Tel: 01305 262041
Contact: Robert Potter
Dorchester Round Table Charitable Trust Fund
Dorchester Round Table, Dorchester, DT1 1XJ
Weymouth Golf Club Ltd
Golf Club House, Links Road, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 0PF
Contact: Mr Bob Mico
Usually Weymouth area only but can help in cases where Weymouth children will benefit.
Lifeline 4 Kids
215 West End Lane, west Hampstead, London, NW6 1KJ
Contact: The Investigations Officer
18 Middlemarsh Street, Poundbury, Dorset, DT1 3GD
Tel: 01305 259039
Contact: Barry Smith
Also Ladies Moose at same address
Contact: Debbie Smith
Lions Club of Dorchester
5 Eldridge Close, Dorchester, DT1 2JS
Tel: 01305 266724
Contact: Rob Smith, Chairman of Community Services Committee
The fund supports children in Dorset and the surrounding area who are suffering from Terminal, Life Limiting and Serious Chronic Illness. It aims to create an environment full of fun, laughter, achievement and memories through providing funds for activities and play which may enrich the lives of children who are suffering with similar illnesses. The Trustees will consider funding holidays, family days out, games or toys, social activities such as swimming or dancing lessons or any other request which they feel supports the aim of the charity.
Children Today Charitable Trust (UK-wide)
Children Today offers financial help towards equipment for children and young people, such as special bikes and sensory equipment (eg bubble tubes). When assessing your application, they will apply a means test. However, Children Today recognise that having a child with a disability can mean that the family have additional expenses and so they say that they will look at each claim sympathetically.
Florence Nightingale Aid in Sickness Trust
The Florence Nightingale Aid in Sickness Trust can provide grants to people who have disabilities where there is a medical need. They can provide grants for household equipment such as washing machines, or bed linen, for example if a child soils their clothing regularly (the medical need being incontinence). They do not provide funding for housing adaptations, clothing, or general home furnishing. You can download a grant application form from their website or you ask for one by Email or telephone.
This website provides information on benefit entitlement and helps you to search for other grant giving charities.
This website provides information on charities that provide grants for disabled people.
Glasspool Trust is a UK wide grants giving charity that provide one-off grants to individuals. This Trust is one of a few charities that have no restrictions on the type of beneficiary. Grants go towards the cost of white goods, beds & bedding, essential household items and other household goods, clothing, including school uniforms, baby needs, travel expenses for hospital visits, contribution towards equipment and adaptations for people with disabilities, flooring where there is an exceptional circumstance for people with disabilities, driving lessons/tests where there is clear evidence of an employment offer, educational computer equipment/television where there is a permanent or substantial disability/illness.
League of the Helping Hand
The League of the Helping Hand provides financial assistance to people who are in hardship due to illness or disability. This includes physical and mental health problems, learning disabilities and people caring for an adult or child with a disability. One-off Grants are generally awarded towards essential household items and specialist equipment not available from statutory agencies and for fares, travel expenses and regular travel costs for hospital visiting . When funds are available, the League of the Helping Hand also offer grants towards carer’s breaks.