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Grants, Support and Free Activities

Caring for a disabled child can be hard in many ways, including financially.
Some sources of help and support are listed below.
Please be aware schemes and funding streams can change week to week, so always contact the organisation direct to find out if the scheme is still running.
If you know of other places for support not listed below, please contact the Branch and let us know.

 www.cerebra.org.uk

Cerebra is a charity for those with neurological conditions, including autism.
Cerebra offers grants, a free lending library of books and sensory toys and a speech therapy voucher programme.
Here is info from their website:
Speech and Language Therapy 

Many families find it hard to get access to speech and language therapy for their child through the NHS/Education system.  Our Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) Voucher scheme will fund up to £500 towards the cost of private speech therapy for children who need it but can't get it.  It is a one off scheme and many families have found that the improvement seen from the sessions we fund has helped them get the statutory provision their children need.

We will fund speech and language therapists who are members of the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP). All ASLTIP therapists are certified members of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and registered with the Health Professions Council.

Update: The funds for the Speech Therapy Voucher scheme in 2011 have now been allocated. You can still make an application and if complete, your application will be put on a waiting list. Our financial year begins 2012. We are hoping new funding will be available in January 2012.

Most pre school children in North Yorkshire will be eligible for the voucher as local SALT departments do not provide direct speech therapy (where the SALT works directly with the child) to pre-school children but train nursery and school staff to deliver therapy.

Examples of things Cerebra have funded via grants:
  • Buggies
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Outdoor play equipment
  • Power wheelchairs 
  • Riding for the Disabled
  • Sensory equipment
  • Soft play matting
  • Specialist car seats
  • Specialist seating
  • Standing/Walking Frames
  • Switches
  • Touch screen computers
  • Therapies at recognised treatment centres
  • Trampolines
  • Tricycles and quadricycles
  • Weighted blanket/vests
Cerebra Lending Library: Books on autism and SEN and sensory toys can be sent to you for free on loan. 
Cerebra Innovation Centre: Need a product but can't find it available in the shops? Cerebra innovation centre will help develop a solution. 
CIC was originally set up because although some equipment is available to buy, it often doesn’t look very nice or it does not suit the requirements of some children. CIC develop logical solutions that aim to reduce some of the social stigma attached to disabilities by making really good looking, stylish and functional products.


Caudwell Children is a UK children’s charity, with an ambitious and innovative development programme in order to change the lives of disabled children and their families.

  • Caudwell Children provides specialist equipment for disabled children.
    • Powerchairs
    • Specialised buggies
    • Sensory equipment
    • Sit to stand powerchairs
    • Therapy tricycles
    • Specialised car seats.
  • Caudwell Children provides children with innovative and pioneering Therapy Programmes.
    • Conductive Education
    • The Scotson Technique at Advance
    • Therapy at the Cerebral Palsy Physiotherapy Centre
  • Caudwell Children provides specialist treatments
    • Treatment / surgery not available in the UK
    • Treatment / Surgery where there is expertise abroad
  • Caudwell Children’s UK Autism Initiative unlocks the lives of children with Autism.
    • Nutritional and Dietary Interventions (Biomedical Treatment )
    • Auditory Integration Training
    • The Scotson Technique at Advance
    • ABA Therapy
  • Caudwell Children’s Destination Dreams provides organised group holidays of a lifetime for children with life limiting and terminally illness.
    • Families accompany their child on the holiday of a lifetime
    • Families and children are supported throughout the trip by a team of staff, medics and volunteers.
  • Caudwell Children’s Enable Sport programme provides specifically designed sports equipment to enable disabled children and young people to participate in competitive sport
  • Caudwell Children’s family service programme acts as a safety net and provides practical and emotional support for families with disabled children.
Caudwell is one of the few UK charities which fund ABA therapy.
Local ABA providers include Autism Partnership in Leeds and PEACH, a national charity for ABA.
PEACH and Ambitious About Autism (Treehouse School) also run courses and workshops on ABA.


Family Fund is the UK’s largest provider of grants to low-income families raising disabled and seriously ill children and young people. FF help ease the additional pressures families face. FF can help with essential items such as washing machines, fridges and clothing but can also consider grants for sensory toys, computers and much needed family breaks together.

Did you know Family Fund will now fund ipads with communication software which are helping many children with autism and speech difficulties, including non verbal children, find a new way of 
communicating. Why not speak to your speech therapist about how the ipad may help your child?

Local Charities:

Richard Taylor Educational Trust
Will fund courses and educational materials.
May be worth approaching for educational therapy costs.
Application form attached below.

Harrogate Round Table
Fund raise for local good causes.
www.harrogateroundtable.co.uk

 Local Riding for Disabled Group. 
Offer opportunities for disabled riders of all ages.

http://www.carersresource.org

Local charity for carers offering support with completing DLA forms, a sitting service for families with a disabled child to have a night out once a month, and through its Young Carers group offers activities for siblings and young carers during schools holidays and a fortnightly termtime youth club.
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web genie,
2 Dec 2011, 05:42
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