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Family Action Grants to Help Those in Need

By: Kevin Watson MSc - Updated: 15 Oct 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Family Action Mental Illness Domestic

25% of all people suffer mental illness at some stage in their lives. Such illness can lead to all manner of problems. Half of all adults who have debts, for example, are suffering financial hardship because of depression or some other type of mental trauma.

There are other facts about mental health that make sobering reading. Around 75% of people with depression never receive help or treatment; half of those with mental health problems have children that depend on them; and 65% of children with parents that have mental health problems will themselves experience mental illness.

This means that there are significant numbers of adults and children who are at risk because of mental health issues. Family Action is a charity that provides help to these vulnerable people.

Background

Family Action dates back to 1869. Over a period of almost 150 years since then, it has developed a network of 100 services.

These services give welfare help to more than 45,000 families and children each year. This assistance is in the form of emotional support, practical measures and grants. Family Action also has an education-based information and grants scheme. This assists a further 150,000 people.

The charity’s emotional support and practical measures help resolve the many problems that arise from mental illness such as domestic abuse. An equally important aspect of Family Action’s work, however, is its grants programme. The charity has provided grants since it first began. It now administers educational and welfare grants throughout the UK. Both schemes have a range of priorities. The educational grants also have offshoots such as the Horizons Education Fund and the Mid-Yorkshire Social Work Fund.

Education Grants

Applicants for Family Action education grants must be students at an EGAS-affiliated university or college. EGAS is the Educational Grants Advisory Service. It helps students find grants from charitable trusts.

To be eligible for a Family Action grant, students must usually be receiving welfare benefits or on low incomes. They may also have families.

Family Action gives priority to students studying certain subjects. These tend to be practical rather than academic. They are the type of subjects that increase a student’s chances of gaining work.

Students don’t need to be British citizens to apply for grants. Refugees, people with leave to remain, and asylum seekers are eligible and may be studying International English Language Testing System (ILETS) courses or English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL) courses.

Family Action doesn’t set limits to its education grants. The usual amount of each award, however, is £200 - £300. Students generally apply for such grants to help with education costs such as necessary equipment, travel and books.

Although there is no restriction to the amount of a grant, Family Action gives just one grant per applicant for each academic year.

Welfare Grants

The aim of Family Action’s welfare grants programme is to provide financial help to individuals and families who are on low incomes or who receive welfare benefits.

Grants normally work out at £100 - £300. They cover items such as clothing, cookers, washing machines, beds, medical adaptations and aids to communication.

There is a limit on overall funds for the grants. To control this limit, Family Action accepts applications only at specific times of the year. These are the months of March, June, September and December. The charity doesn’t process welfare grant applications outside these four months.

Family Action targets its welfare grants at priority areas. The first of these is mental health. Applicants, for example, must be aged over 18 and have a clearly diagnosed mental health problem.

The other priority areas are domestic abuse; sickness; disability; young people aged 19 – 25; and older people aged 60 or over. Family Action also offers grants to women living in Greater London who need a holiday to help them recover from illness or exertion.

In every instance, grant applicants should not apply directly to Family Action. They must seek the backing of someone who has worked with them such as a health worker or social worker. These representatives must complete and submit grant forms on behalf of the applicants.

If a grant request is successful, Family Action sends a cheque to the applicant’s representative. Applicants cannot receive direct payment.

Family Action restricts each successful applicant to one grant per year.

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I'm a recent widowed father with 3 children. My wife was killed in a atv accident on June 14 this year and my life and my kids life changed forever. I've been severely depressed and as a result I'm drowning in debt. I'm a very proud man so asking for help doesn't come easy for me but I've ran out of options. I need help to show my children life can get better after their mothers gone.
handles - 15-Oct-17 @ 5:53 PM
Hi I'm currently living with my two children in my sisters 2 bedroom flat and her 3 children she's recently had her 3rd child and it's starting to get very over crowded I can not get on the housing list until I have paid off my rent arrears I'm a single mother on benefits so find this difficult I am trying to find some assistance in clearing this debt so I can finally find a home for my children
Jojo - 5-Sep-17 @ 3:58 PM
Hi , please I need help my violent husband has left me with nothing
Kel - 4-Sep-17 @ 12:01 AM
Grant moving flat need everything grant 300
Tasha - 26-Aug-17 @ 1:47 PM
Hi. I have just started a new job that is full time. My husband is actively seeking work but can only get his stamp paid we are not entitled to any extra help. I owe the tax credits people money due to an overpayment and we are living on food vouchers as i need my money for my car to get to work but the mot is due to run out so i will be made unemployed again. Is there any way that someone can help me till i get my first wage at the end of this month. Thank you.
kazza44 - 9-Jul-17 @ 6:50 PM
I am in poor health myself as I've had two nervous breakdown I have had surgery and today I see a surgeon again I also have a son with a education health care plan as he has is own disability I am looking to see if I can get help to replace his bedroom units that he has smashed with his ADHD can you help please.
Claire - 27-Jun-17 @ 1:21 PM
Jade - Your Question:
My partner became very ill and was of work for 2 months we have fallen seriously behind on rent, electric and other things and are struggling to catchup being a stay at home mum with depression anxiety and bipolar I am unable to work and am getting no financial help from the government I'm scared I will lose my home and any help would be greatly appreciated

Our Response:
Speak to your landlord first of all and explain the problems. Then try the Turn 2 Us website which gives details of any emergency grants and extra help you might be able to access. Citizens' Advice may be able to help point you in the direction of any locally available help and can also help, organise debt repayments and contact creditors on your behalf. Stay strong and don't try to do this on your own, asking for help really does help! Make sure you visit your GP for up to date help with your mental health issues if you haven't already done so.
GrantsExpert - 3-May-17 @ 10:59 AM
My partner became veryill and was of work for 2 months we have fallen seriously behind on rent, electric and other things and are struggling to catchup being a stay at home mum with depression anxiety and bipolar I am unable to work and am getting no financial help from the government I'm scared I will lose my home and any help would be greatly appreciated
Jade - 2-May-17 @ 2:41 PM
Cass - Your Question:
Hi I've been put in a one bedroom flat with 2 daughters and one son, we have no electrical appliances,no beds,furniture,i am on a low income and also under mental health, is there any help out there as rather embarrassing situation,weve sufferd alot of trauma aswell,ive never been able to take them away even on a weekend break,but obvs household items is a must,everything was destroyed

Our Response:
You could try :
Universal Credit
Ask at your local council about the Local Welfare Assistance Scheme
Your local foodbank
Check for other grants on the Turn2 Us website
GrantsExpert - 20-Apr-17 @ 1:57 PM
Hi I've been put in a one bedroom flat with 2 daughters and one son, we have no electrical appliances,no beds,furniture,i am on a low income and also under mental health, is there any help out there as rather embarrassing situation,weve sufferd alot of trauma aswell,ive never been able to take them away even on a weekend break,but obvs household items is a must,everything was destroyed
Cass - 18-Apr-17 @ 7:46 AM
I have a toddler 18 month old &am pregnant due next month. I am not entitled to a maternity grant,but need a bed for my toddler so that the new baby can go into the cot. I also need a double pram/buggy. How can I get help with this please. I put in for a budgeting loan,but got turned down. I am a single mam on benefits,but can't seem to get the help that me &my boys need.
Nic - 12-Apr-17 @ 5:46 PM
Kpdgrg - Your Question:
Hi im in serious need of help. I have 2 children under 3. I have alot of rent arrears. I need to go to drs aswel I believe my depression has come back. Up until 2 months ago it was me and my partner looking after the kids But now he is in prison and im struggling with everything. Iv had a letter about court from my housing association. I really cant go through this right now. Any help would be a great help

Our Response:
The Turn 2 Us website has details of the many grants and benefits that you can search for easily - try this page. You should also go to your local Citizens' Advice and tell them about your situation, they may be able to help point you in the direction of emergency assistance and legal help.
GrantsExpert - 11-Apr-17 @ 10:50 AM
Hi im in serious need of help. I have 2 children under 3. I have alot of rent arrears. I need to go to drs aswel i believe my depression has come back. Up until 2 months ago it was me and my partner looking after the kids But now he is in prison and im struggling with everything. Iv had a letter about court from my housing association. I really cant go through this right now. Any help would be a great help
Kpdgrg - 9-Apr-17 @ 10:47 AM
my two brother and mother are mentally ill.due to family pressure i am too much depress.please kindly save my family.
q - 22-Mar-17 @ 9:20 PM
Hi, I'm in a really bad situation, I'm fleeing domestic violence, i am involved with WA, but there isn't anything currently available, as I won't move too far away from my support networks I.e mental health and antenatal etc as I am also 30 weeks pregnant, with a very eager baby who doesn't want to stay put. I have already had steroid injections to mature his lungs. I am currently homeless and the council are refusing to help me as I won't go to Slough, which is where the perpetrators family live so I wouldn't be safe. Is there anything that anyone can do to try and help me please
Sherrie - 25-Feb-17 @ 2:10 PM
I'm a single parent with 10 kid's,I have clinical bipolar and other physical health issues,I just want to move house, all I get is doors slammed in my face
Sara hare - 16-Jan-17 @ 10:48 PM
I was a full time carer for my mother who had lung cancer, she lived with myself and my 9 year old son for two years .she died in august of this year since then both my son and me have been suffering from post traumatic stress as her passing at home was traumatic and moods are very low but what is making it worse is the day she died my income which was caring based stopped to and I was left with a funeral bill amongst other things and although I am now able to go to work i am struggling to find work and feel things are starting to spiral out of control financially.
Bella - 10-Dec-16 @ 5:29 PM
I have baby 10 months old and iam very ill person is there funding for my baby to go to nursery 15hours per week
Lula - 4-Dec-16 @ 11:44 PM
Due to depression I ignored letters and didn't pay rent now quiet a lot in debt and unable to get a house for my kids
Lauren - 2-Dec-16 @ 12:29 PM
Im a woman that needs help with finance to get clothes coat as i have deppresion ive overcome an illness i was in a domestic violence relationship which ended in me losing my new born baby ive come so far to get were im at in my life now and i have new flat new life my weight has increased so my clothes no longer fit due to weather i need warmer clothes and some furniture .this would really help me over christmas and help me get my life back slowly and positiveley im looking for £300.00
Allie - 29-Nov-16 @ 6:17 PM
Need help with moving finannicial
Chris - 25-Nov-16 @ 3:12 PM
I am liveing in a woman's refuge as I had to fle my X partner I have rent arrears what are stopping me getting re housed in a new area. I woulde like to find out if there is any grant or help I woulde be in title to.
Jeni - 2-Oct-16 @ 12:36 PM
Trace - Your Question:
My son (20yrs old) started a degree in September,by march his anxiety and depression was so bad he couldn't continue,his tutors decided as he had done so well up to then to postpone his course till January ,thus giving his meds ,counselling to work,also knowing he would be going back.His student loans etc have been postponed as well,he is not entitled to ESA ,he has just applied for pip but don't hold much hope out for that.he has no income at all! He lives with us (parents).so won't starve ,but I can't afford to clothe him etc.i f he gave up his course it would be different but he needs to focus on going back in January.pip have said they can take 4mths to sort out! Any help or advice would be appreciated.

Our Response:
Is he in a position to take part time work? You could try the Turn2Us Grants Search facility
GrantsExpert - 21-Jul-16 @ 12:10 PM
My son (20yrs old) started a degree in September,by march his anxiety and depression was so bad he couldn't continue,his tutors decided as he had done so well up to then to postpone his course till January ,thus giving his meds ,counselling to work,also knowing he would be going back.His student loans etc have been postponed as well,he is not entitled to ESA ,he has just applied for pip but don't hold much hope out for that.he has no income at all! He lives with us (parents).so won't starve ,but I can't afford to clothe him etc.i f he gave up his course it would be different but he needs to focus on going back in January.pip have said they can take 4mths to sort out! Any help or advice would be appreciated.
Trace - 20-Jul-16 @ 10:15 AM
colette - Your Question:
Hi I have 4 children aged 17 12 11 an 6 an I am a single parent. I'm 33 an have suffered depression and anxiety since I was 18. I lost my partner an father to my middle to children 9years ago. Since may 20th 2016 I've only been living off my child benefit an child tax there for struggling an having no money for my self. I was claiming esa but missed a medical due to having chronic laryngitis I showed proof but wasn't good enough so I've made a new claim which is taking forever to sort. Is there any way I can get any help from anywhere. I worry for my 2 kids who lost there dad as there now growing into teenagers an want all the latest trends but I can't afford I feel so tight for them. I'm an only child an only have my mum who's a pentioner so I don't like to ask her for help. Please could you point me in the right direction

Our Response:
Try the Turn 2 Us website which has a search function for both benefits and grants.
GrantsExpert - 15-Jul-16 @ 10:48 AM
Hi I have 4 children aged 17 12 11 an 6 an I am a single parent. I'm 33 an have suffered depression and anxiety since I was 18. I lost my partner an father to my middle to children 9years ago. Since may 20th 2016 I've only been living off my child benefit an child tax there for struggling an having no money for my self. I was claiming esa but missed a medical due to having chronic laryngitis I showed proof but wasn't good enough so I've made a new claim which is taking forever to sort. Is there any way I can get any help from anywhere. I worry for my 2 kids who lost there dad as there now growing into teenagers an want all the latest trends but I can't afford I feel so tight for them. I'm an only child an only have my mum who's a pentioner so I don't like to ask her for help. Please could you point me in the right direction
colette - 12-Jul-16 @ 3:17 PM
In addition to pervious post currently nursing student most likely have to quit or take a leave of absence. Due to a financial difficulties.
Dee - 22-Jun-16 @ 11:29 PM
History of severe depression mental health andaddiction. In rent arrears 1500 pounds cannot manage own finances. Recently spplied to go back on ESA. Served letter to state landlord is applying to court to evict her.They already have a notice of seeking possession. Need help and advice.
Dee - 22-Jun-16 @ 11:24 PM
Holz - Your Question:
Please can anyone help my21 year old daughter is about to be evicted from her home. She works but has been avoiding her bills she had her baby at 18 when the baby was 3 months old he was taken from her as he had a broken rib. Unknown to everyone at the time father suspected She was innocent of everything and her baby was returned 4 months later. This has impacted on her she has revived help from GP she's very depressed. As she is a single mum trying to provide everything for her son she's been hiding her bills crying all the time. Can any help be given to clear some of her rent arrears she is desperate

Our Response:
She might be better taking all her bills and documentation to a debt adviser. You may need to offer to accompany her, as it takes a lot to get out of this kind of situation if you're depressed. Here are some good charitable organisations to try:
Step Change
National Debtline
Family Lives
GrantsExpert - 14-Jun-16 @ 2:14 PM
Please can anyone help my21 year old daughter is about to be evicted from her home. She works but has been avoiding her bills she had her baby at 18 when the baby was 3 months old he was taken from her as he had a broken rib. Unknown to everyone at the time father suspectedShe was innocent of everything and her baby was returned 4 months later. This has impacted on her she has revived help from GP she's very depressed. As she is a single mum trying to provide everything for her son she's been hiding her bills crying all the time.Can any help be given to clear some of her rent arrears she is desperate
Holz - 12-Jun-16 @ 9:59 PM
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