The Department for Education is providing support for families raising a disabled child, with the launch of a grant programme that will benefit approximately 150,000 families in England, subject to eligibility, over the next two and a half years.
The Support for Families with Disabled Children (SFDC) programme will provide parents and carers on a low income with the opportunity to apply for grant items to improve the day-to-day quality of life for their disabled child or young person. A wide range of grant items are available, including clothing, play equipment, bedding, household and technology items, days out and family breaks.
The programme will be managed by Family Fund, one of the UK’s largest grant-making charities, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year. Family Fund was awarded the contract by the Department for Education earlier this year, following a competitive tender.
Cheryl Ward, Chief Executive Officer of Family Fund, said:
“We are absolutely delighted that Family Fund has been chosen by the Department for Education to deliver this important programme to families in England. For many years now the Department has been providing support to families raising a disabled child through Family Fund, and this new programme will be in place for the next two and a half years.
“With so many years of grant-making experience behind us, we know that simple things like a day away, or an efficient new washing machine to help with the family’s laundry, make a huge difference to the quality of life, and that is what the SFDC programme will provide. We’re looking forward to getting that vital support out there to families who need it, and demonstrating the difference it will make to people’s lives.”
Information about the SFDC programme is available at: www.familyfund.org.uk/sfdc.