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Family Action Grants to Help Those in Need

By: Kevin Watson MSc - Updated: 22 May 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
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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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Hello I have been diagnosed with paranoia schizzophrenia.ill for 7 years since 2011.i live in wath upon dearne. I have a wife and 2 minor young children.recieve all benefits such as pip and esa . Finding it hard to make ends meet.on anti psychotic drugs.thinking of grant for the first time in 7 years didn't know if I could. Don't know how to go about and applying for a grant and which one so many.any help thank you.
Max - 28-Apr-18 @ 11:34 PM
Hi I am in a mental health health crisis and my own mental health team are not interested in helping me at all. The home treatment team come when they like, tell me nonsense and most of the time spend 15min with me and yet when we talk about admission I am constantly told their are no beds and that after a 7 min visit I do not fit the criteria to be admitted privately.I think otherwise as I know I am in mental trouble but no one seems to help me. Please can someone help me. Thank you
T.J - 11-Apr-18 @ 5:51 AM
I’ve had my daughter with medical ce feb she refuses to go back to her dads he has a residency order and is still claiming for her but I’m getting no help and I’m really struggling now can I get financial help from any where ?
Jonesy - 9-Apr-18 @ 11:20 AM
I just want to know do you help with annoying, grants like furniture for the house
Ruby - 28-Mar-18 @ 12:06 PM
Buster - Your Question:
Hello im looking for help to get a double bed.i have only a few days ago come out of hospital having taken an overdose of 50 zapain tablets and half a bottle of liquid morphine. I suffer from depression and in so much pain I also have ulcerated colitis in my rectum and heavy mucus and blood discharge. I have to have a toilet constantly free. I also have an iliostomy as a result of having my large intestine removed. Full of colitis.i also have Arthritis in my spine and knees heart problems 2 very large Hernias. I suffer from diabetis type 2 and sleep apneia. I am on lots of medication that includes liquid morphine for the pain. I am on high rate pip for both parts and support group esa but I am also in a IVA have no savings so extra money for house hold items are non existent.becouse of the constant leaking from my rectum and  iliostomy my. Washing machine  and tumble dryer is in constant use. My bed and bedding are very old approximately 15 years old but now im at my wits end and having to use stained thread bear clothing and bedding and my bed is stained from leakage from my rectum and iliostomy leaking I am inn so much need for help. Kind regards Paul Gough 

Our Response:
Speak to your GP/consultant first of all. Then try your local council or the Turn2 Us grant search
GrantsExpert - 21-Feb-18 @ 2:49 PM
Hello im looking for help to get a double bed.i have only a few days ago come out of hospital having taken an overdose of 50 zapaintablets and half a bottle of liquid morphine. I suffer from depression and in so much pain I also have ulcerated colitis in my rectum and heavy mucus and blood discharge . I have to have a toilet constantly free. I also have an iliostomy as a result of having my large intestine removed. Full of colitis.i also have Arthritis in my spine and knees heart problems 2 very large Hernias. I suffer from diabetis type 2and sleep apneia. I am on lots of medication that includes liquid morphine for the pain. I am on high rate pip for both parts and support group esa but I am also in a IVA have no savings so extra money for house hold items are non existent. .becouse of the constant leaking from my rectum and  iliostomy my. Washing machine  and tumble dryer is in constant use. My bed and bedding are very old approximately 15 years old but now im at my wits end and having to use stained thread bear clothing and bedding and my bed is stained from leakage from my rectum and iliostomy leaking I am inn so much need for help. Kind regards Paul Gough 
Buster - 21-Feb-18 @ 12:53 AM
Kaylz - Your Question:
Hi I have had an absolutely horrific years of abuse but I have many diagnosed mental health issues. Bipolar, BPD, severe anxiety disorder, PTSD, I am trying to resettle after beating drug addiction I don't have any family to help me. I can't sleep in my bed. Nothing works. I live in dunfermline fife Scotland. Can you please help or pass me on to someone who can. Thanks so much x

Our Response:
Ask at your local GP practice if there are any organisations locally where you can get help. You could try MIND as well, they may be able to put you in touch with people in your area.
GrantsExpert - 20-Feb-18 @ 11:58 AM
Hi I have had an absolutely horrific years of abuse but I have many diagnosed mental health issues.. Bipolar, BPD, severe anxiety disorder, PTSD, I amtrying to resettle after beating drug addictionI don't have any family to help me.. I can't sleep in my bed. Nothing works. I live in dunfermline fife Scotland. Can you please help or pass me on to someone who can.. Thanks so much x
Kaylz - 15-Feb-18 @ 8:32 PM
Karen - Your Question:
Hello I have ptsd and other illness also suffer from being in a wheelchair and with mobility problems and my daughter is suffering from pdst she been throw art therapy and nspcc and camms she is really low.I AM NOT GOOD AT WRITING OR SPELLING SO SORRY IF IT SOUNDS MIXED UP.WE ARE LOOKING FOR A HOLIDAYVGRANT THEY IS ME AND MY HUSBAND AND 3 CHILDREN.IF YOU KNOW WHERE WE COULD FIND A HOLIDAY GRANT IS I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE SOMETHING FOR MY CHILDREN TO REMEMBER AND NOT BAD THINGS

Our Response:
Please see our Guide to Family Holiday Grants here ...this contains contact details for some organisations that might be able to help.
GrantsExpert - 31-Jan-18 @ 2:37 PM
Teresa73 - Your Question:
My son is 15 and will be finishing school in summer. He’s always suffered with anxiety and so won’t travel alone or to strange places. He will not catch a bus alone either and walks to school in all weathers, rather than catch a bus. He doesn’t want to be at 6form but is willing to try further education. Unfortunately he will have to travel for this and my only option is to either bus it with him and be there to travel back with him or taxi him there. Is there any funding available for this? I myself am Bipolar and am on ESA I don’t claim PIP because of the fear of the medical. I don’t claim anything for my sons anxieties but we won’t be able to stretch our budget to travel every day.

Our Response:
We don't know of anything unless he has a diagonised disability. Check out some support charities like MIND for advice on where you could get help.
GrantsExpert - 31-Jan-18 @ 12:34 PM
HelloI have ptsd and other illness also suffer from being in a wheelchair and with mobility problems and my daughter is suffering from pdst she been throw art therapy and nspcc and camms she is really low.I AM NOT GOOD AT WRITING OR SPELLING SO SORRY IF IT SOUNDS MIXED UP.WE ARE LOOKING FOR A HOLIDAYVGRANT THEY IS ME AND MY HUSBAND AND 3 CHILDREN.IF YOU KNOW WHERE WE COULD FIND A HOLIDAY GRANT IS I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE SOMETHING FOR MY CHILDREN TO REMEMBER AND NOT BAD THINGS
Karen - 30-Jan-18 @ 9:33 PM
My son is 15 and will be finishing school in summer. He’s always suffered with anxiety and so won’t travel alone or to strange places. He will not catch a bus alone either and walks to school in all weathers, rather than catch a bus. He doesn’t want to be at 6form but is willing to try further education. Unfortunately he will have to travel for this and my only option is to either bus it with him and be there to travel back with him or taxi him there. Is there any funding available for this? I myself am Bipolar and am on ESA I don’t claim PIP because of the fear of the medical. I don’t claim anything for my sons anxieties but we won’t be able to stretch our budget to travel every day.
Teresa73 - 30-Jan-18 @ 2:29 PM
Need help with paying rent arrears
sue - 29-Jan-18 @ 8:30 AM
Liz - Your Question:
Can you advise if you are able to offer a grant for financial help in keeping my car on the road. I have mental health as well as physical health problems which mean I am desperate to keep my car running as it’s my lifeline and the only way I will leave the house, I have anxiety, personality disorder and I suffer from psychotic episodes , I can’t walk far due to arthritis in knees and my back. I am in a terrible financial state and am working with the citizens advice to manage my debt. I have absolutely no spare money to help me pay for essential works on my car and cover the cost of the insurance. If you are not able to help could you advise anywhere else I could try I am desperate.

Our Response:
Have you tried the Step Change charity? Most of the emergency grants and loans are for vital costs like food and heating, we can't find much that covers running a car.
GrantsExpert - 26-Jan-18 @ 12:54 PM
Can you advise if you are able to offer a grant forfinancial help in keeping my car on the road . I have mental health as well as physical health problems which mean I am desperate to keep my carrunning as it’s my lifeline and the only way I will leave the house, I have anxiety, personality disorder and I suffer from psychotic episodes , I can’t walk far due to arthritis in knees and my back. I am in a terrible financial state and am working with the citizens advice to manage my debt. I have absolutely no spare money to help me pay for essential works on my car and cover the cost of the insurance . If you are not able to help could you advise anywhere else I could try I am desperate.
Liz - 24-Jan-18 @ 1:13 PM
Ash - Your Question:
I suffer with Emotionally Unstable Boarderline personality dis PTSD,anxiety&Depression&have alot of physical prob.I have recently lost 3 dress sizes I have nothing but 2 sets of clothes tht don't fit I have no dry warm shoes as I walk very badly and worn I cannot go out at all now as this is making me paranoid id just like to know if I could get help to get some clothing&footwear thank you.

Our Response:
Try you local council or the Turn2Us website for some suggestions. Local foodbanks sometimes have clothing items available too.
GrantsExpert - 13-Dec-17 @ 2:34 PM
I suffer with Emotionally Unstable Boarderline personality dis PTSD,anxiety&Depression&have alot of physical prob.I have recently lost 3 dress sizes I have nothing but 2 sets of clothes tht don't fit I have no dry warm shoes as I walk very badly and worn I cannot go out at all now as this is making me paranoid id just like to know if I could get help to get some clothing&footwear thank you..
Ash - 11-Dec-17 @ 3:16 PM
Angela Cadden - Your Question:
I have suffered mental illness an anxiety for many years. I am living in a hostel with my 3 children an I'm struggling to buy Xmas presents. I have no support from the father or family. An I am scared to see that disappointed look on my kids faces when I can't afford much. Please can I apply for the family grant thankyou

Our Response:
Your local council or Citizens' Advice might be able to tell you about any locally available support for this. You could also try the Turn2 Us website
GrantsExpert - 22-Nov-17 @ 12:55 PM
Sella - Your Question:
Hi I've fled domestic abuse from southern Ireland and am now living in a women's refuge in the UK I'm moving into a council flat soon and I have absolutely nothing to move in with no furniture/kitchen appliances/flooring/ I don't have anything and my son is asmathic is there any help out there that I can get please let me know

Our Response:
Try your local authority and Citizens' Advice. They will be aware of any grants specific to your area. You can find out if you are entitled any benefits help via the Turn 2 Us website
GrantsExpert - 20-Nov-17 @ 2:29 PM
Hi I've fled domestic abuse from southern Ireland and am now living in a women's refuge in the UK I'm moving into a council flat soon and I have absolutely nothing to move in with no furniture/kitchen appliances/flooring/ I don't have anything and my son is asmathic is there any help out there that I can get please let me know
Sella - 19-Nov-17 @ 1:57 PM
I have suffered mental illness an anxiety for many years. I am living in a hostel with my 3 children an I'm struggling to buy Xmas presents. I have no support from the father or family. An I am scared to see that disappointed look on my kids faces when I can't afford much. Please can I apply for the family grant thankyou
Angela Cadden - 18-Nov-17 @ 11:32 AM
Hi my daughter had a still birth and also has bipolar is they any grants that can help her out with rent she owes 3mths she's applying for rent but they won't bck date it. The landlord is threating to kick her out. please any advice will be helpful.
Mags - 15-Nov-17 @ 12:40 PM
I have depression and anxiety and intrested in the family grant Many thanks
Bry - 15-Nov-17 @ 12:17 PM
I have severe mental health illnesses and am in serious financial need. I live in a flat with no furniture, except a bed. And have had no electric for months now. I have bad self harm issues, which are getting worse. I am suicidal to the point I will probably end up acting on it. I don't know what to do
rebec749 - 3-Nov-17 @ 8:31 PM
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
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