New fund to support families of disabled or seriously ill children

The fund will provide practical and essential grant support to help improve the quality of life and ease some of the additional daily pressures faced during these difficult times by many disabled children and their families.

The Family Fund, a national charity supporting disabled children, has been given £10 million from the Department for Education to provide this support to children aged 0-18.

This emergency fund has been provided in response to the crisis presented by the coronavirus pandemic and will help more parents and carers to look after their children.

Families can apply for the grant to make their lives easier while implementing social distancing measures, including computers and tablets, outdoor play equipment and sensory toys.

Councillor Yvonne Johnson, cabinet member for schools and children said, “Our first priority remains the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children, including those with special educational needs and disabilities. At this time, there is immense pressure on families, particularly those whose children have the most complex needs, and these parents deserve some extra help to look after and educate them at home.

“From computers and tablets to household items that many of us take for granted, this new funding will directly benefit tens of thousands of families, making sure parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities get the support they need at this difficult time and beyond. We encourage community and voluntary groups who know families in need to apply for the funding.”

Find out more about the Family Fund.