Mhairi Black MP recently met with local parents to find out more about the support they have received from Family Fund, the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families on low incomes raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people.
Last year, Family Fund provided 88,407 grants and services to families across the UK, and supported 103 families in Paisley and Renfrewshire South with grants.
Family Fund also administer Take a Break, Scotland’s short breaks scheme to support the carers of disabled children, young people and their families. Take a Break is currently open for applications until 5.00pm on Monday 17th June 2019.
Family Fund provides grants to families on low incomes raising disabled or seriously ill children for a wide range of items such as washing machines, specially adapted outdoor play equipment, sensory toys or family breaks.
Mhairi Black, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South, said: “This is a smashing service that is being provided and I think it is important that we signpost assistance that is available for families such as this.
“Thank you to Family Fund’s Scotland for meeting with me to hear about the experiences and challenges that come with raising a disabled or seriously ill child.
“I was pleased to hear about all of the fantastic opportunities that Family Fund’s support helps to provide for parents in Renfrewshire.”
Salena Begley MBE, Family Fund’s Scotland Partnership Manager, added: “It is so important and valuable for families raising disabled children to have the chance to share the very real challenges they face every day with those who can take these messages forward to government.
“We heard about the demands of juggling caring and employment or education. We were also reminded of the difference that the provision of timely and relevant information and practical support can make to parent carers, including those of young people in transition to adulthood. “
“Family Fund’s support helps create better opportunities for disabled and seriously ill children and young people and break down some of the barriers they face. Raising a disabled child can be up to three times more expensive compared with other children and we are committed to providing more grants and services to families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people across the UK.”
Photo: (from Left to Right) Elena (a parent who has used the family funds service), Mhairi Black MP and Salena Begley MBE, Family Funds Scotland Partnership Manager
If you require more information on Family Fund and the grants they provide, visit www.familyfund.org.uk. For more information on Take a Break, the short breaks scheme to support the carers of disabled children visit www.takeabreakscotland.org.uk.