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Vista Therapy - Paediatric Occupational Therapist - http://https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelle-watson-32164a59

For an independent health professional assessment of your disabled child, Michelle can offer you an Occupational Therapy opinion for any client. If parents need to seek an OT reference for funding applications for equipment, them Michelle can help. Experienced Paediatric Occupational Therapist. Skilled in Sensory Integration, equipment prescription & adaptation advice. Specialising in developmental disabilities, congenital & traumatic Brain Injury and developmental coordination disorder (DCD). Strong allied healthcare services professional with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) Hons in Occupational Therapy from the University of Derby. Michelle Watson (BSc Hons OT) Paediatric Occupational Therapist / Director Vista Therapy michellewatson@vistatherapy.co.uk Tel: 07939 527409


Special Needs Equipment - Charity Funding List

At TwinsUK, we support families caring for children with special needs by providing specialist equipment for disabled children, particularly single and double buggies, that help children lead a more active family life. Our support is for all families - you may one child, twins or two or more different age siblings. Children may have a specific disability that limits their mobility such as Cerebral Palsy and/or a behavioural condition that requires restraint for safety reasons e.g. ASD (Autism). We have supplied buggies and equipment for children with Downs Syndrome, Leukemia, Heart conditions, Limb deficiency, Aspergers along with many other conditions that affect their ability to get and about safely with their family.

Whatever the reason or disability, we are here to help and support you with information and advice on what specialist mobility equipment is available and what would be suitable for your needs. We also supply special schools with single and double buggies, helping more children to get out and about.

Many families are finding that equipment and/or adaptations for their children cannot be funded by statutory services (e.g. NHS Wheelchair Services) and are therefore seeking alternative funding means, in particular charitable funding. To assist you in these situations, we have listed a range of local and National charities, many who have provided funding support to parents.

Before you seek charitable funding or purchase equipment for your child/ children, we recommend that you speak to us for some initial advice - our Helpline is open Mon-Thurs 9am-3pm Tel: 01670 458624 and we can talk you through what is available and what may suit your needs best.

You may need to talk to your medical advisor / health professional to help you plan for both immediate and long term needs and to check whether the equipment you need can be provided by the statutory services (if this hasn't already been investigated). Most charity applications require the support of a qualified health or medical professional and we can provide you with a quotation to submit with your application. We are also happy to talk directly with your health professional or family support organisation should this be required.

For more detailed information on the organisations listed, please click on the title heading of the organisation you are interested in. This will open an external link to their website from where you can read more on their eligibility criteria, how to apply and what they will fund.


The ACT Foundation (www.theactfoundation.co.uk)
ACT's grants generally fall into the following areas: building (funding modifications such as stairlifts, bathroom adaptations and vehicle adaptations), equipment (provision of specialised wheelchairs, other mobility aids and equipment including medical equipment to assist independent living) and financial assistance towards the cost of respite breaks. They will not make grants which would replace statutory funding and/or which would pay for work that has already taken place or equipment already purchased or on order.


Action for kids (www.actionforkids.org)
Action For Kids is a national charity working with children and young people with physical and learning disabilities and their parents and carers. They help disabled children, young people, their parents and carers in three main ways: by providing mobility aids, work related learning and by offering family support services.


Caudwell Charitable Trust (www.caudwellchildren.com)
Caudwell Children is a National Charity that exists to transform the lives of disabled children and their families across the UK. Applicants must live in the UK, be 18 or under and fit the Charity's financial criteria. They can provide the following equipment: powered wheelchairs, buggies, car seats, therapy tricycles and sensory equipment. In addition they can provide funding for specific therapies for children affected by CP/acquired brain injury and Autism. For further information please contact 0845 300 1348.


Cerebra (www.cerebra.org.uk)
Cerebra grants are to help children (aged 16 or younger) who have disabilities because of a brain related condition or injury. The condition may be of a physical nature, a learning disability or both. Cerebra offer direct and practical assistance to improve the quality of life of children and young people, e.g. sensory toys, tricycles and quadricycles and touch screen computers. Applications must be supported by two references, one of which must be from a medical professional. Grants are paid to suppliers, not directly to the child/family.


Children Today Charitable Trust (www.childrentoday.org.uk/)
Children Today raises funds to provide special equipment for children and young people with disabilities throughout the UK. Their aim is to ensure that every disabled child and young person fulfils their potential and leads an active childhood. Funds donated by their supporters enables them to provide grants to purchase special equipment such as: electric wheelchairs, walking aids, trikes, educational toys (specially designed for children with disabilities), communication aids, adapted car seats, lifting and sleep equipment.


Elifar (www.elifarfoundation.org.uk)
Elifar aims to help improve the quality of life mainly of profoundly disabled children and young adults, whether living at home or in residential care, but they might also consider applications from children and adults of all ages with any form of physical or learning disability. They fund the purchase of a wide range of specialised equipment, therapies and respite, which would otherwise be unavailable because of a lack of funds or because there is no statutory provision.


Engage Foundation (www.engagemutual.com/foundation/)
The Engage Foundation aims to give funding to community projects nominated by their customers, as well as giving financial aid to customers in need in the form of Personal Grants. The Personal Grants can include applications from parents needing help to pay for equipment for disabled children.


Family Action (www.family-action.org.uk)
Family Action has small grants available for medical treatment, services, facilities or equipment (including communication aids) for those who are sick or physically disabled. Supporting evidence is required from a relevant professional. There is also a general grants program which can meet needs such as clothing, fuel bills and household needs such as beds, cookers and washing machines. In addition to providing general grants, Family Action also provide grants for educational needs, particularly for the additional costs associated with education such as travel, books and equipment. Assistance is primarily targeted at families and individuals on low incomes, particularly those living on benefits. Funds are not available for items covered by statutory funding.


Family Fund (www.familyfund.org.uk)
The Family Fund helps low-income families caring for a severely disabled child up to age 17 in Scotland and Northern Ireland and up to age 18 in England and Wales. They give grants for things that make life easier and more enjoyable for the disabled child and their family, such as washing machines, driving lessons, hospital visiting costs, computers and holidays. Family Fund cannot assist where there is a responsibility on a statutory agency to help with the requested item.


Handicapped Children's Action Group (www.hcag.org.uk)

Handicapped childrens action group is a registered charity, working to provide specialist equipment for children with disabilities, learning difficulties and other special needs. The children, from all areas of the UK are unable to obtain this equipment from the NHS and because of the cost it is usually unaffordable by the families.


The Hope Foundation for Children (www.childrenshopefoundation.org.uk)
Aims to improve the lives of children and young people affected by illness, disability or poverty. They provide funding for anything (with a few exceptions) that will benefit the child such as mobility and medical equipment, holidays etc


Independence at Home (www.independeathome.org.uk)
Independence at Home provide grants for people with a disability or long-term illness towards the cost of adaptations, equipment or other things to help you to manage at home. The grant must go towards an item to assist a child to live at home. Independence at home cannot provide grants when the item may be provided through public funds. Applications must be supported by a professional involved in the child's care, usually an occupational therapist or a social worker.


Joseph Patrick Trust (www.muscular-dystrophy.org)
The Joseph Patrick Trust (JPT) is the welfare trust of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. The trust provides financial support towards specialist equipment to help promote mobility and independence for people with muscular dystrophy, or a related muscle disease. For example, powered wheelchairs, adapted computers and electric beds. The grants cover pieces of equipment that the health and social services do not provide, but which are still vital for maintaining independence and quality of life.


Lifeline 4 Kids (www.lifeline4kids.org)
Lifeline 4 kids provides essential equipment to help improve the quality of life for children (0-18 years) with disabilities and special needs. For the individual child they provide the full spectrum of specialised equipment such as electric wheelchairs, mobility aids and varying items including specialised computers. They are also one of the only UK charities prepared to help a special needs child from a low-income family with essential smaller items such as shoes, clothing, bedding and specialist toys.


Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children(www.newlifecharity.co.uk)
Newlife provides grants for equipment for disabled children. The equipment applied for must be essential and disability relevant. The equipment can vary from a wheelchair or a bed through to a communication aid and therapy equipment shed, they have also funded equipment such as replacement clothing and braille machines. Newlife do not fund adaptations and fixtures to homes. All applications need to be supported by professionals who can specify the particular type of equipment needed in the interest of the children's welfare, safety and benefit. The grants are open to benefit all seriously disabled and terminally ill children that are permanently resident in the UK and who are 18 years or under. Newlife don't means test, but due to limited funds they do take a view of the whole circumstances of the family.


The Nihill Armstrong Trust (www.nihalarmstrongtrust.org.uk)
The Nihill Armstrong Trust is a small charity that provides children (up to and including 18 years of age) with cerebral palsy with essential pieces of equipment, communication aids or specific services that their local authority does not provide. The grants are for equipment items under 2000 and the application must be supported by the child's doctor, school, social worker, health visitor, speech, occupational therapist or physiotherapist.


React (Rapid Effective Assistance for Children with potentially Terminal illness)(www.reactcharity.org)
React is a charity working to improve the quality of life for financially disadvantaged children with life-limiting illnesses living in the UK. They supply a wide range of equipment from specialist wheelchairs, beds, baths, and mobility aids, to essential everyday items like washing machines and tumble dryers.


Strongbones Childrens Charitable Trust (www.strongbones.org.uk)
Strongbones have funds available to donate towards arthritis, scoliosis, brittle bone disease and all other conditions of the bone. To be eligible the child must be under 18 years of age, and suffer from one of these ailments. They provide grants for medical equipment, computers/software, toys, sensory equipment, short breaks away, days out and proven household bills. Grants are normally 250 per child, but this figure is open to discussion depending on the child's circumstances.


Variety Club, The Children's Charity (www.varietyclub.org.uk)

The Variety Club works to help improve the lives of sick, disabled and disadvantaged children and young people up to the age of 19 years across the UK, providing basic items that will improve the lives of individual children. Each year they donate electric wheelchairs, specialist beds, car seats, sensory equipment, standing frames and many other items that can change the life of a child in need.


Whizz-Kidz (www.whizz-kidz.org.uk)
Whizz-Kidz provides essential mobility equipment - powered or manual wheelchairs and recreational equipment such as trikes - that are customised to meet individual children's needs. The service ensures children get the right mobility equipment, advice and training at the right time. The wheelchair training programme includes improving the use of your wheelchair, new wheelchair skills and road safety awareness.


Wipe Away Those Tears (www.wipeawaythosetears.org)

Wipe Away Those Tears is an Essex-based local charity which aims to bring a sparkle into the lives of terminally or seriously ill children. They have provided double buggies for families with special needs children and a range of specialist equipment to Essex families. They hold an annual charity ball and the founder and mum of four, Gail O'Shea, has raised over 1.2 million for her charity and was named Tesco's Mum of the Year in 2015.

Just4Children Tel: 01892 710155
Web: www.just4children.org

Just4Children provides support for families to help their sick and disabled children. Just4Children is passionate about the relief of sickness and preservation of health of children in the UK and Ireland by providing and assisting in the provision of grants to enable them to obtain medical treatment, therapies, living environments, equipment and holidays which would not otherwise be available to them.

Yorkshire Children's Trust www.yorkshirechildren.org

Yorkshire Children's Trust, a small registered charity offer financial assistance to families with long term sick or disabled children in all four corners of the Yorkshire region. These grants can be used to pay for medical treatment or equipment, hospital travel costs, essential home modifications or a short family holiday for not just the disabled child, but mum, dad and any siblings too.
Telephone: 01422 72 80 80
E: charity@yorkshirechildren.org


Find out more about our range of Special Needs Equipment and visit our Resource Centre for information and advice on children with special needs.


Just4Children - http://www.just4children.org

Just4Children provides support for families to help their sick and disabled children. They are passionate about the relief of sickness and preservation of health of children in the UK and Ireland by providing and assisting in the provision of grants to enable them to obtain medical treatment, therapies, living environments, equipment and holidays which would not otherwise be available to them. Just4Children Tel: 01892 710155


Able Needs - http://www.ableneeds.co.uk

Do you, a member of your family or a family friend have a child with special needs? Able needs is a site that has been designed to assist you in finding information and resources quickly and easily to ensure that your child experiences life to its full potential. Being Able to be who they want to be ensures that a child who has to deal with various problems and frustrations can enjoy their life how they should. Able needs is a signposting information service to provide resources from one site. The site is designed to ensure ease of use and for the user to have at hand a great source of information with no need to use alternative search engines.


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