Cost of Living Support Guide

Social Welfare Training has produced a quick outline guide of the main points for the various schemes of government support in response to the cost of living crisis. 

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Turn 2 Us

Use their tool to find grants available to you.

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Grants Expert

The GrantsExpert website provides articles about UK grants and funding schemes, to help you find the financial support required.

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The government offers Disabled Facilities Grants to help towards the costs of making changes to your home so you can continue to live there.

For more information please click here.

Disability Grants

The Disability Grant website allows you to find the right grant for you.

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Autism Aware UK

This charity provides families with online support whilst working to increase the awareness surrounding autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). They raises funds which are then used to purchase specialist equipment, which is then donated to schools/groups that educate/support people with autism.

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Sunny Days Children's Fund

This charity make small grants to help as many children and their families as possible, whether it be for day trips, medical equipment, respite or hospital travel.

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Caudwell Children

If your child has a disability, you could be granted funding from the Caudwell Charity to obtain specialist equipment for your child.

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Children Today

Children Today's Charitable Trust provides vital, specialist equipment to families in need.

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Family Fund

Helps families across the UK who are raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person aged 17 and under.

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Action For Kids

Provides specialist mobility equipment not available on the NHS to disabled children and young people up to their 25th birthday, across the UK.

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This service enables disabled people to get mobile by exchanging their mobility allowance to lease a new car, scooter or powered wheelchair.

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CHIPS Charity

Provides wheelchairs for children who would otherwise have no way of getting around on their own. CHIPS funds the wheelchairs that the NHS cannot or will not provide and that the parents cannot afford to buy.

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Independence At Home

Independence At Home helps those with long-term illness or disability in need of financial help towards cost of equipment, home adaptations or other essential items to improve your independence, comfort, safety and quality of life at home.

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Mobility Trust

Provides powered wheelchairs and scooters for people who have severe disabilities and who cannot obtain such equipment through other means. 

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Provides funding for essential community equipment, such as beds, buggies, wheelchairs, seating systems, and much more.

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Part-and-fully fund wheelchairs and specialist equipment for children and young people aged 18 and under who have a recognised disability or long-term health condition. From diabetes monitors to specialist car seats and powered wheelchairs to sensory equipment.

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Whizz Kidz

Whizz Kidz offer wheelchairs and mobility equipment to children and young people across the UK.

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Able Kidz

Provision of specialist equipment, computers and software to the children or school and also assist in funding extra tuition needs of a child.

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Boparan Charitable Trust

This trust provides financial grants for specialist equipment and therapies.

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Cash for Kids 

Supports children from birth up to and including 18 years of age who are vulnerable, come from disadvantaged backgrounds or are living with an illness or disability.

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Percy Bilton Charity 

This charity offers grants for day to day living and special equipment for those with disabilities and on a low income.

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EDF Energy Grant

The Customer Support Fund awards grants to some of our most vulnerable customer households. The Fund also offers grants to buy essential energy efficient white goods such as cookers, refrigerators, or washing machines. 

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Colchester Children's Charity

Financial help for children with special needs and disabilities in the Colchester and Tendring areas (CO postal address). Grants can be awarded to buy equipment or fund sensory assessments, counselling or respite breaks for example.

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Colchester Catalyst

Grant making trust that offers financial assistance on short-term breaks, healthcare communication aids, specialist medical or mobility equipment, short-term loan of disability equipment, and counselling sessions with their counselling partners.

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Essex Gov Emergency Food & Housing 

Offers advice on emergency food and clothing, as well as emergency funds and crisis loans.

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