Additional Needs Charity Directory
In Car Safety Centre have worked with charities over the years to help provide support to families, whether this be through advice and emotional support, or through funding. We work with those of all ages and abilities to help give this support to hopefully make everything a little easier for your family. Below you will find some of the charities who have worked alongside us over the years. Those with an ‘F’ beside provide funding/grants and you may be able to receive help by applying. Get in touch with them for more information.
Barnardo’s help children, young people, parents and carers across the UK. They do this through individual work, children’s centres, family hubs and school-based programmes.
Find out more here: https://www.barnardos.org.uk/
Caudwell Children (F)
Caudwell children help to support disabled children by providing access to services, equipment, therapies and treatments. They aim To enable disabled children to lead an active and independent life. They offer practical and emotional support as well as financial support for necessary equipment.
Find out more here: https://www.caudwellchildren.com/
Cerebra help children in the UK living with brain conditions. They offer solutions and advice to help these children and their families to enjoy lives full of hope. The Cerebra Innovation Centre designs bespoke products to help disabled children engage with the world around them. They also offer support, factsheets, legal advice and a book and toy library.
Find out more here: https://cerebra.org.uk/
The Elifar Foundation help to improve the lives of children and young adults with severe learning difficulties and physical disabilities. They provide grants for a variety of items to help improve the lives of those affected and their families.
Find out more here: https://www.elifarfoundation.org.uk/
Family Action helps to transform the lives of those who are experiencing poverty, disadvantage and social isolation by providing practical, emotional and financial support.
Find out more here: https://www.family-action.org.uk/
Family Fund (F)
Family Fund is the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families of disabled or seriously ill children and young people. They aim to improve the lives of low-income families by providing items and services. They provide grants for a wide range of items which helps to improve quality of life and helps to ease the additional daily pressures.
Find out more here: https://www.familyfund.org.uk/
Fashion and Textile Children’s Trust (F)
The Fashion and Textile Children’s Trust believe that no family should struggle financially to meet their child’s basic needs. They support families through the application process and offer a confidential and non-judgemental application process.
Find our more here: https://www.ftct.org.uk/
GeeWizz Charitable Foundation
The GeeWizz Charitable Foundation support children and young adults through East Anglia who suffer from life-threatening conditions, a disability or cancer. They provide support to families, help to fund specialist equipment, support education and research into cancer treatment, develop fundraising events and support local special needs schools.
Find out more here: https://geewizzcharity.com/
Independence at Home (F)
Independence at Home help improve independence, comfort and quality of life to those with long-term illness and disability. They provide grants to those in financial need who have a physical or learning disability or long term illness.
Find out more here: http://www.independenceathome.org.uk/
Lifeline for Kids
Lifeline for Kids are a UK national charity helping distressed families, and helping children from birth to the age of 18 regardless of race, creed or colour who have problems. They provide equipment to help improve the quality of life of those with disabilities and special needs. They do not award cash grants.
Find out more here: http://www.lifeline4kids.org/
Mencap support people with learning disabilities, and their families and carers. They have a network of over 400 local groups to reach people across England, Northern Ireland and Wales. They want those with learning disabilities to be valued equally and included. They fund research and also campaign for a brighter future, as well as providing support.
Find out more here: https://www.mencap.org.uk/
Motability is a national charity that aims to help disabled people with their personal mobility. They provide charitable grants to those with disabilities who are unable to afford the vehicle or adaptions they need. They often provide grants for specialised car seats for children.
Find out more here: https://www.motability.org.uk/
my AFK (Formerly known as Action for Kids) (F)
my AFK (formerly known as Action for Kids) is a national charity that supports disabled children, young people and their families. They help those with learning disabilities and autism to prepare for life after school through things such as training and work experience programmes. They also provide funding for children and young people (up to the age of 25) who need specialist equipment.
Find out more here: https://www.my-afk.org/
New Life Foundation for Disabled Children (F)
New Life have a dedicated team of nurses, researchers, volunteers and supporters that help to support families through childhood cancer, birth defects, accidents, diseases and infections. Their Care Services team provide supportive care through a free national Helpline, and they also help financially through grants and emergency equipment loans.
Find out more here: https://newlifecharity.co.uk/
Promobility is a family run business that sets out to serve the needs of those with disabilities. They aim to provide honest advice as well as great service and quality products to their customers. They offer special needs child seats, harness systems, wheelchair safety and ramps.
Find out more here: https://promobility.ie/
React (Rapid Effective Assistance for Children with potentially Terminal illness) is a charity that works to improve the quality of life for children with life-limiting illnesses. They support financially disadvantaged families throughout the UK. They supply equipment such as specialist wheelchairs, beds, baths and mobility aids, as well as essential everyday items like pushchairs and domestic appliances.
Find out more here: https://reactcharity.org/
Scope are a disability equality charity in England and Wales who provide helpful information and emotional support to those affected by disabilities. They campaign to create a fairer society, provide their Scope helpline, have community engagement programmes, and more support services.
Find out more here: https://www.scope.org.uk/
Steps is a charity that works alongside those whose lives have been affected by childhood lower limb conditions. They support children and their families with helpful information and guidance, and are there throughout their journey to offer a listening ear. We work alongside Steps in providing our Loan Scheme which helps to support children who have had surgery and are now fitted with a Hip Spica Cast, Ring Splints or Pavlik Harness. We provide a modified seat to suit your children’s needs to make this journey easier for you.
Find out more here: https://www.stepsworldwide.org/
Strongbones Children’s Charitable Trust (F)
Strongbones Children’s Charitable Trust are a national charity which offers emotional and practical support, provides disability equipment and educational opportunities and provides support for parents and carers. They provide grants for children with complex needs that also have a diagnosis of scoliosis, brittle bone disease, spina bifida, bone cancer or any other other serious condition of the bone.
Find out more here: https://www.strongbones.org.uk/
The Charlie Cookson Foundation (F)
The Charlie Cookson Foundation provides financial support to the families of children with life limiting conditions. They raise awareness surrounding the difficulties in which parents and carers face, and help by providing information, advice and support.
Find out more here: https://charliecookson.org.uk/
The Children’s Trust
The Children’s Trust a charity for children with brain injury, who provide rehabilitation, education and community services using their skilled teams. They help children and young people restore lost skills or develop new ways of doing things, and provide therapeutic support in their home environment and at school.
Find out more here: https://www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/
The Joseph Patrick Trust (F)
The Joseph Patrick Trust is the welfare fund within Muscular Dystrophy UK that provides grants towards the costs of specialist equipment for children and adults with muscular dystrophy or a related neuromuscular condition.
The Nihill Armstrong Trust (F)
The Nihal Armstrong Trust provide children with essential pieces of equipment or specific services that their local authority does not provide. If you need help funding a piece of equipment, communication aid or a particular service for your child with cerebral palsy, you can apply for a grant of up to £1000.
Find out more here: nihalarmstrongtrust.org.uk/
Tree of Hope
Tree of Hope is a crowdfunding charity that helps children and young people with disabilities and illnesses by supporting families to raise money needed to pay for specialist care. They are an umbrella charity which has supported thousands of children’s campaigns through fundraising.
Find out more here: https://www.treeofhope.org.uk/
Variety Children’s Charity
Variety, the Children’s Charity improve the lives of sick, disabled and disadvantaged children and young people by providing coaches, bespoke wheelchairs, specialist, sensory and recreational equipment for use in the home, school, children’s hospitals and youth centres.
Find out more here: https://www.variety.org.uk/
Whizz-Kidz help to transform the lives of disabled children across the UK by supporting them to become independent young adults. They provide equipment, support and training that will teach them necessary life skills for the future.
Find out more here: https://www.whizz-kidz.org.uk/
Zoë’s Place is a Children’s Charity that helps babies and children from birth to 5 years who are suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions by providing palliative, respite and end of life care. There is no cost to the families. They have 3 hospices in Coventry, Liverpool and Middlesbrough.
Find out more here: https://www.zoes-place.org.uk/