Disability funding for communication aids and other Assistive Technology can present a real challenge to many of our customers. Therefore we try to keep our prices as low as possible.
If you are struggling to fund your purchase, you may find the information below useful.
(We try to keep this links up-to-date. If you find that any of these links have expired or changed, we would be grateful if you would inform us so that others can benefit too.)
Charities to Approach
Cerebra works to ensure that up-to-date, evidence-based knowledge is available and applied for the prevention of brain damage and for proven treatments. In addition to the programme of research carried out at UK hospitals, universities and Cerebra’s centre, they co-ordinate a ‘Parent Support’ department providing support, information and research.
They also organise a wide range of training seminars, workshops and projects for parents, professionals and children themselves. Their small grant scheme offers direct and practical assistance to improve the quality of life of children and young people affected by neurological conditions. Cerebra grants help children who have disabilities because of a brain related condition or injury. The condition may be of a physical nature, a learning disability or both.
Contact: 01267 244200
Cerebra, Principality Buildings, 13 Guildhall Square, Carmarthen, SA31 1PR
The FWA gives one-off grants mainly to families and individuals with low incomes and particularly those living on benefits. They provide families with essential needs such as beds, cookers, transport, electronic aids, etc. A professional such as a Social Worker or Speech Therapist should make the application on behalf of the individual.
If the funds are available and an application can be accepted, an application form will be sent to the referrer. The FWA’s Grants Panel will consider the fully completed application form, at the next available meeting. The Grants Panel meets 46 weeks per year. All grant payments are made to the referring agency or service/utilities provider. FWA will require you to give a lot of information about your finances.
Contact: 020 7254 6251
Grants Service, Family Welfare Association, 501-505 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AU
Find a Voice
This Charity offers help and advice to parents and carers of individuals with severe communication difficulties in Kent. Although the organisation does not fund devices, it will provide help for individuals who desperately need equipment and are being denied it by the statutory authorities.
They will help with letters of request for equipment or arrange and go to meetings regarding funding for your device, or just give advice on how to obtain the best help available.
Contact: 01233 640 4434
Find a Voice, 49 Beaver Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN23 5NU
Lifeline 4 Kids
LifeLine 4 Kids were formed for one purpose – to provide essential equipment to help improve the quality of life for children with disabilities and special needs irrespective of race or creed.
Contact: 020 7794 1661
LifeLine 4 Kids, 215 West End Lane, West Hampstead, London, NW6 1XJ
Masonic Samaritan Fund
They provide grants to eligible beneficiaries who have an identified health or care need and, faced with a long wait for treatment, care or support, are unable to afford their own private care.
Contact: 020 7404 1550
Masonic Samaritan Fund, 60 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ
Motor Neuron Disease (MND) Association
They are an independent charity devoted to the support of sufferers of MND and their carers. The association has an equipment bank from which they will loan equipment, including Communication Aids to those affected by MND. For equipment not available from the loan bank, the association may make a grant towards the purchase of the equipment. All equipment offered is loaned for as long as required and in cases when a grant has been awarded, the equipment becomes the property of the user.
Funding applications should be made by a health or social care professional to the Regional Care Adviser.
Contact: 01604 250505 / 08457 626262
Motor Neurone Disease Association, PO Box 246, Northampton NN1 2PR
Muscular Dystrophy Campaign
The only UK charity focusing on all muscular dystrophies and allied disorders. They have pioneered the search for treatments and cures for over 40 years. They also provide practical, medical and emotional support for people affected by the conditions.
The Joseph Patrick Trust, which is part of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, provides part funding towards the cost of equipment.
Contact: 020 7720 8055
Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, 61 Southwark Street, London, SE1 0HL
The Aidis Trust
Aidis gives advice, assessment, installation, and perhaps most importantly, training and support to disabled people.
They are currently expanding their training and support services and their programme of workshops in order to help more people and reduce the isolation and social exclusion felt by the disabled people for whom they exist to help.
Contact: 0808 800 0009
The Aidis Trust, Floor 7, 3 London Wall Buildings, London Wall, London EC2M 5PD
The Sequal Trust
This small Registered Charity operates nationally and provides communication aids on a permanent free loan basis. To apply for a device you must enrol as a member of the Trust. You would then be assessed by one of their officers and before the fundraising process begins.
The Trust writes to organisations in your area and any other organisations you are connected to requesting donations. The Sequal Trust will maintain the equipment and meet the cost of any repairs, but will not insure the device.
Contact: 01691 624222
The Sequal Trust, 3 Ploughman’s Corner, Wharf Road, Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 0EJ
Institute of Fundraising
Some people choose to raise money by organising sponsored events such as fun runs, swimathons, parachute jumps, abseils, walks, quizzes, benefit concerts, telethons, fashion shows, talent shows, etc. For the less energetic, why not organise raffles, book sales, boot sales, garage sales, etc. Some people have been successful in raising funds simply by writing to their local newspaper, and by contacting large and / or local businesses.
Other useful charities worth contacting might include your local rotary club, Golf clubs, etc. If you belong to a union or other trade body it may also be worth contacting them to enquire whether they would fund all or part of this type of equipment.
There is some useful information under the ‘Information about Fundraising’ tab. Established in 1983, the Institute of Fundraising is the professional body for fundraising, working to develop, promote and champion excellence in fundraising.
Marion Stanton’s website, Contact Candle also has a page of some useful links