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Family Action Grants to Help Those in Need

By: Kevin Watson MSc - Updated: 6 Oct 2019 | 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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I'm a 24 year old living in Lincoln in the UK. I came here initially to study at university two years ago. It was my second attempt at university after my first attempt a year prior in Plymouth ended with me being asked to leave due to my declining mental health. Shortly after that I was kicked out of my family home and spent about seven months on the streets/sofa surfing. My family and myself did later manage to repair our relationship and I spent 5 months with them before I set off to lincoln in september of 2017 for my second attempt at university. The first year went well but I still lacked a diagnosis of any kind and my treatment and medication was constantly changing. Shortly after I started my second year in Lincoln last year, my family and myself yet again fell out with each other and from October 2018 to March of 2019 I had no contact with them. However since march we have kept in contact however irregular it can be but they no longer feel they can help me. In April I was officially diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and since when have been on treatment for such. I am no longer at university as it was not viable for me, since when I have been on universal credit as a health claimant after my doctor declared me unfit for work. This however leaves me with little to do in the day, and little money to exist on. Once I've paid my rent I have about £64 to cover me for the month and from that I've got to cover my food as well as phone and repaying of debts. I literally have no options or ideas on how I can change my circumstances and am in desperate need of help and support
Henryb - 6-Oct-19 @ 2:15 PM
My 14 yr old daughter has been exploited abused and raped, can we get any help. I have had to give up work to home school her and spend 24 hours caring for her as she is deemed extremely vulnerable and self harms ect. What kind of help might we get it’s crushed her and our family.
Teddy - 3-Oct-19 @ 6:13 PM
I'm looking for some help. I have bipolar and am trying to get my life in order. Failing miserably. I am now housed and working but with debts and current expenses I'm always behind. I'm looking for help with carpet.
Fran - 17-Sep-19 @ 8:25 PM
Hi how do I apply for a grant for my complex need child as I need help with a few things for my daughter many thanks
Anonymous - 29-Aug-19 @ 11:05 AM
I was wondering if I can apply for a grant for mental health depression and anixety? And I don't work due too it. Done a health assessment at job centre but not getting any extra money as I'm limited capability of work. I'm struggling too look after myself I have a daughter iam a single mum. Her dad don't provide either as he never seen her and didn't Wana know I hope you can help?
Peach1981 - 25-Aug-19 @ 10:05 PM
I am trying to get some grants for help for young mum who has my grandson and anothsr one and one on the way who has disability her self and my grandson hope to get tested as wellthe grants are for fridge freezer and cooker if you can help or know can please let me know by email or call me on my mobile number 07766516877
Maz - 9-Aug-19 @ 8:09 AM
Hi, I'm not sure how I can apply for a grant. We are in desperate need of finacial assistance. We have been undergoing problems with universal credit since we first got forced onto it last August which has had a serious detrimental effect on my already fragile mental health. I suffer from Manic Depression Anxiety and recently I bavent felt like I want to be here anymore all things universal credit have been made aware of yet still refuse to provide us with any help and we really dont know where to turn. Theyve left us in so much debt that we currently have £22 pounds to live off for the rest of the month. We are a family of 4 (Myself, my partner and our two children aged 2 and 4). We would like the grant so that we are able to continue to get my partner to work. There have been so many times we havent been able to afford to get him there that he was recently given a disciplinary and told if he has any more time off he will lose his job. Again universal credit are aware of this but refuse to help us. Thank you for reading my comment. Hannie
Hannie - 7-Aug-19 @ 9:40 PM
Hi, I'm not sure how I can apply for a grant. We are in desperate need of finacial assistance. We have been undergoing problems with universal credit since we first got forced onto it last August which has had a serious detrimental effect on my already fragile mental health. I suffer from Manic Depression Anxiety and recently I bavent felt like I want to be here anymore all things universal credit have been made aware of yet still refuse to provide us with any help and we really dont know where to turn. Theyve left us in so much debt that we currently have £22 pounds to live off for the rest of the month. We are a family of 4 (Myself, my partner and our two children aged 2 and 4). We would like the grant so that we are able to continue to get my partner to work. There have been so many times we havent been able to afford to get him there that he was recently given a disciplinary and told if he has any more time off he will lose his job. Again universal credit are aware of this but refuse to help us. Thank you for reading my comment. Hannie
Hannie - 7-Aug-19 @ 9:40 PM
Out work 6 week help husband has neck broken on help rent benefits can't pay rent live got new job paid 30 August no money rent 1405 due 2 August stressful up set need help
Anita - 4-Aug-19 @ 5:45 PM
To whom this may concern I have a life long disability due to being born with a condition called craynosintosis which lead me to have an operation on my head at that moment 22 years ago no one knew if I was going to survive but luckily I had someone watching over me that day. Ever since I have suffered with being partly blind and deaf in both ears 3types of epilepsy learning difficulty and everyday is a challenge for me because all though I'm not physically disabled and I only have mental disabilty it's been difficult to cope in life when I feel as though I am being discrinsted by certain professionals. I would like to apply for a grant to help me feel stable again. For more information I would be happy to share. Thank you
Shorty - 2-Aug-19 @ 11:43 PM
I was diagnosed with Bipolar Affective Disorder in 2011 and have 1 dependent. I am currently claiming Universal Credit as I lost my job due to my mental illness. I am in debt and was wondering if there was any financial help available. Many Thanks
Aks - 13-Jul-19 @ 6:52 PM
Hi my name is Stephen I am 40 years old and have 6 children I have suffered with severe anxiety and depression for 5 years I very rarely go out due to my anxiety issues and also have issues with my hygiene and toiletting due to my depression I am really in need of some clothing but don’t have the money any help would be gratefully received thanks
Ste - 29-Jun-19 @ 2:03 PM
Hi I’m rally struggling due to mental health illness and lost my job over this at Xmas I was a nurse and now I can barely feed me and my kids
Maggie - 23-May-19 @ 9:59 PM
Hi my name is James I have suffered with mental illness since I can remember I am 35 now I have been struggling financially for a while and at the moment I have no cooker so any help would be great thank you
James - 14-May-19 @ 9:46 AM
My son had congenital cockayne syndromeand due to his condition I would have to give him cpr and mouth to mouth to bring him back to life 2 -3 times a week but sadly Owen had a heart attack age 4 and passed away ..my heart never healed and every day is a struggle losing my little boy i been so depressed and lonely and heart broken i have financial difficulties and would be nice if i could get help As i got no one to turn to or help . I need clothes ,washing machine a bed so if anyone can help id appreciate every little help ..god bless x from Emma
emma29uk - 4-May-19 @ 9:06 PM
Hi I have a baby and suffer with mental health issues currently suffered domestic violence in relationship and emotional abuse and have not got money for deposit for flat or money to buy items for the flat can you please help
Prinny - 28-Apr-19 @ 7:36 AM
I have suffered mental health issues since the age of 15 and am now under the community mental health team. I have had to give up work as I have been at my worst recently. I am now having to claim UC and am in alot of debt. I have 3 children that Im scared I won't be able to afford the basics for. Is there any financial help I can get?
Stacy34 - 26-Apr-19 @ 9:38 PM
I am enquiring how I can help my Friend who has a Brittle Bones due to having a broken back I am writing to you to enquire how I can help her get funding to pay for a New Bed. My Friend is on low rate ESA & low rate PIP and she is in constant pain and requires a New Bed because the bed that she has at present is Old and this is causing her a lot of pain both at Night and Day. Please can you contact me on Telephone No : 07979287363
Gazza - 14-Apr-19 @ 7:40 AM
I'd love to have a grant to help buy a new washer/dryer. I suffer with chronic diarhea so I am constantly having accident as I can't control my bowels. My washing machine at the moment is a rental one which I'm having problems with. I suffer with mental health aswell as other health complications. Look forward to hearing back from you x
LauraJayne91 - 28-Mar-19 @ 1:25 PM
Hello my name is tracy I have been diagnosed with a unstable emotional personality disorder many years ago I live alone and go out once every 2 weeks to do my food shopping I have lived in my house for just under 5 years I have old broken wood flooring with holes and big cracks in it where the cold comes threw as its just cement underneath I'm in the house all the time and it's affecting my mental health as its horrible to look at and its making my house cold it's making me depressed and there's nothing I can do as I don't have the money to fix this problem I have to sit every day just looking at it feeling uneased and emotional I'm not shaw if I can get any help but thank you for reading this.
Sweetcheeks - 16-Mar-19 @ 3:42 PM
I'm going to try and get a move to a one bedroom ground floor flat asap because I'm disabled I have to climb 3 flights of stairs to my Room in a HMO. I've been there 6 years now and I just can't cope with the stairs anymore.problem I'm having is I'm on low income and just can't afford anything to move in their. I've tried to get a similar Room in another HMO but they have no ground floor ones available. Any ideas has to whom I can get in touch with please?. Many thanks Matt.
Matt - 13-Dec-18 @ 4:39 AM
Hi I have bipolar disorder Now on very low benefit My dog needed operation cost me just under 4 thousand pounds 3 thousand for actual operation Had to get in debt paid on mother’s credit card can’t afford payments This is spiralling my disorder severly Have all evidence that’s needed Is there anyway you could help me please I’m having to go to food banks for little bit of food what they can give
Ann - 12-Dec-18 @ 8:34 PM
Hi, I am a 22 year old women living in Cornwall. I have just been signed off by the doctor as not fit to work due to my deteriorating mental health. I lost the job I love and am now left with no income after 3 psychiatric hospital admissions and several A and E admissions which cost me and my family quite a bit of money each time. I would really appreciate it if you could consider me for a grant and look forward to hearing back from you. Many thanks Abby
Abby - 3-Dec-18 @ 8:27 PM
Please can I get help to buy a new mattress. I have a lot of pain and cant sleep at night. My mattress needs replacing so I can get some much needed sleep. I am a mental health sufferer.
Noggers - 24-Nov-18 @ 11:21 PM
Hi my husband passed away on the 19th of October he had a lot of illnesses and I was his carer we have 3 teenage children he did have benefits and myself Carers allowance but now he’s passed that will all stop and because the debt we have is in both our names it’s £10,000 and I have a funeral costing £5,000 to pay for I don’t know where to start or what to do my husband was 66 and I’m 43 he has 3 pensions but not sure what I’m entitled to and what I’m not
Mandy - 28-Oct-18 @ 6:49 PM
I have recently lost my job due to panic attacks,anxiety severe depression and agoraphobia.and am struggling badly.my daughter needs a new bed and so do I due to them being unfit to sleep in.if you could help me out I would be extremely grateful.
Wraggy - 22-Oct-18 @ 7:13 PM
I have had severe depression,angina,diabetes2,chronic kidneys stage 3,and coronary heart disease and ischemicheart disease,im after help with my debtsand i need house hold goodssuch as washing macine microwave fridge freezer all above have broken down through ware and tare, my debts are significant with my health problems i have not manage bills and well being very well could you please let me no if you could help in any way if not can you try and put me in touch with someone who can thanks for your time
Benno - 21-Oct-18 @ 3:14 PM
Am askinggrants to please help pay for my son bed.
Elton George - 20-Oct-18 @ 9:41 PM
My husband ccimitted suisside in dececmber 201p in our family home. Me n my son found him n had to cut him down . I also suffer now width no polar type 2 now n grand mal epelectic fits whit are not controlled. I take about 8 fits a week . Since My husband died I’ve fallen out with my children my mum n all my siblings. I have pushed everyone awY coza my illness. I live alone with my dog Sasha . I’ve got no friends no one . I sit by myself day after day. I’m only on the low rat rsa benefit . So I’ve fallen into a lots dept now . My house is mortgaged n the Morga company are threatening to evict me now. I’m very desperate with no money wotsover to ge. By on . I’m begging you if you could help me out financially to halo me out please. Thanks for your kindness ms Teresa cromby x my mobile number is 07932126383
Tess - 16-Oct-18 @ 9:07 AM
Hello I've been fleaing domestic violence for a while now spent time in refugee & temp accommodation I have a 3 yr old son, a 2yr old son & a baby girl due in the next 7weeks any help would be amazing thankyou.
Mummy - 15-Oct-18 @ 10:00 PM
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