Wellbeing Fund

The Wellbeing Fund is for things that help with everyday living – such as household appliances, a mobility scooter, a riser-recliner chair, a holiday in the UK or something else that might be difficult to pay for yourself.

Some previous examples include:

  • Equipment for use at home – such as riser/recliner chairs
  • Mobility aids and equipment – such as Motability deposits and pavement scooters
  • Domestic appliances – such as cookers, fridges and freezers
  • Household expenses – such as repairs, bedding and furniture
  • Sundry expenses – such as holidays and computers

Who’s eligible?

You can apply for a grant – typically £50 to £1,000 – if you can show us that you:

  • have a long-term disability or mental health problem that affects your quality of life
  • live in Gloucestershire
  • would find it difficult to afford it yourself
  • have a specific need, that is not provided for by the state

How do I apply?

You can download application forms in PDF (or download the Word version) via this website or contact us and we’ll send the relevant form(s) out to you.

Please note, all grant applications must be made through, or endorsed by, a social or healthcare professional, such as an occupational therapist, social worker, health visitor, district nurse or community psychiatric nurse; someone qualified to confirm what is best for the applicant.

How long does it take?

Wherever possible, we visit applicants at home to discuss their needs in greater detail – and in privacy.

Our aim is to provide an answer within 10 working days of this home visit being made.

What else do I need to know?

Grants are not usually made in the following circumstances:

  • To people living outside Gloucestershire
  • To people with problems relating to drugs and alcohol – unless they also have physical disabilities or a diagnosed mental illness
  • To pay for:
    • Funeral costs
    • Medical equipment
    • Private healthcare (e.g. assessment, treatment or medication)
    • Counselling or psychotherapy
    • Top-up nursing home fees
    • Private education or university tuition fees where a student loan is available
    • Council tax
    • Court fines
    • House purchase, rent deposits, or rent in advance
    • Regular payments to supplement income
    • Needs of non-disabled dependents or carers
    • Debts or arrears

In addition:

  • Those applying for grants are expected to have sought all the State help they may be entitled to before applying
  • Grants will not be awarded retrospectively, or when an item has been ordered prior to the grant application

Please contact us if you would like further details about any of our grants. You can reach the grants team on 01452 611292 or email grants@barnwoodtrust.org. We will do all we can to answer any queries you may have.

Opportunities Award

The Opportunities Award opens up exciting new possibilities – such as training, equipment or clothing that may help you towards a job, volunteering or setting up a new business.  It can also be used to help with materials for a hobby or equipment for a sport you enjoy.

Some examples of what the Award could be used for include:

  • To fund a training course
  • Help towards the purchase of sporting equipment
  • Help towards equipment needed to further a hobby
  • Books, equipment or exam fees to support a training course
  • Specialist clothing for a work placement

Who’s eligible?

You can apply for a grant – typically up to £2000 – if you can show us that you:

  • have a long-term disability or mental health problem that affects your quality of life
  • live in Gloucestershire
  • would find it difficult to afford it yourself
  • have a specific need, that is not provided for by the State
  • are over 18 years of age

If your request is over £500, you will be invited to come and have a conversation with us about your plans. You will be able to bring someone with you for support (if required) and reasonable travel expenses will be paid.

How do I apply?

You can download application forms in PDF (or download the Word version) via this website or contact us and we’ll send the relevant form(s) out to you.

Please note, all grant applications must be made through, or endorsed by, a social or healthcare professional, such as an occupational therapist, social worker, health visitor, district nurse or community psychiatric nurse; someone qualified to confirm what is best for the applicant.

What else do I need to know?

Grants are not usually made in the following circumstances:

  • To people living outside Gloucestershire
  • To people under the age of 18
  • To people with problems relating to drugs and alcohol – unless they also have physical disabilities or a diagnosed mental illness
  • To fund anything normally considered by the Individual Wellbeing Fund such as daily living equipment, computers or holidays
  • To fund University fees or associated costs for which statutory grants or student loans are available

In addition:

  • Those applying for grants are expected to have sought all the State help they may be entitled to before applying
  • Grants will not be awarded retrospectively, or when an item has been ordered prior to the grant application

Please contact us if you would like further details about any of our grants. You can reach the grants team on 01452 611292 or email grants@barnwoodtrust.org. We will do all we can to answer any queries you may have.