Family Fund

The Family Fund is an independent charity, financed by the government, whose purpose is to ease the stress on families arising from the day-to-day care of a severely disabled child.

You can apply for help from the Family Fund if you are caring for a disabled child under the age of 18 and you are entitled to tax credits or certain benefits.

Click here to find out more or you can telephone 01904 550055

What kind of help is there?

Examples include:

  • A washing machine or tumble dryer if you have extra laundry because of your child’s disability
  • Bedding and clothing if there is extra wear and tear
  • A computer for your child, if your child has difficulties in learning
  • Play equipment related to your child’s special needs.


Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is up to date, however changes in the law over time may affect the accuracy of some content. The information provided does not constitute legal or professional advice. You should always check details regarding your welfare rights with a local advice centre or the Department for Works and Pensions.

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Need more help?

If you need to speak with one of Shine’s specialist advisers about spina bifida or hydrocephalus, call us on 01733 555988 or click here to email us.

Our office hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. We aim to respond to all enquiries as quickly as possible!

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