Other Funding Sources
ACT Foundation ACT provides grants of up to £2,500 to individuals with the aim of enhancing the quality of life for people in need (specifically people living in poverty, those who have a physical and/or mental disability or the aged). Often for specialised items and not domestic items – 01753 753900
Buttle UK Children aged 18 or under living with parents or carers. Young people aged 20 years and under who are living independently, who are estranged or orphaned. Application must be made by a social worker (unless school fees) – 020 7828 7311
Disability Grants A directory of grants that may be available.
Family Fund Help for families across the UK who are raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person aged 17 or under – 01904 550055
Fluck Convalescent Fund (Gloucester City) Women of all ages and children under 16 who live in the city of Gloucester and its surrounding area, and are in poor health or convalescing after illness or operative treatment. Apply through medical professional, social worker etc – 01452 411601
Glasspool Trust Offers one-off grants to any resident of the UK. Have to apply using online system – 020 3141 3161
Gloucestershire Charities Trust Relief in Need Fund The aim of the ‘Relief-in-Need’ fund is to provide financial assistance to people who are considered: in need, hardship or distress and who are resident in the County of Gloucestershire – 01452 500429
Gloucestershire Disability Fund The Well-Being Fund is open to Gloucestershire residents of any age with a physical, sensory or learning disability who are in receipt of a disability benefit (DLA/PIP/Attendance Allowance) – 01452 614890
Gloucestershire Society Provides grants of money to people who are in difficulties. These are normally up to about £150 to meet an immediate need.
MacMillan Fund Macmillan Grants are small, mostly one-off payments to help people with the extra costs that cancer can cause. They are for people who have a low level of income and savings – 0808 808 0000
The Lady Downe Charity (Upton St Leonards) Grants restricted to the residents of the administrative parish of Upton St Leonards in Gloucestershire, as it was in 1966 prior to later boundary changes (parts of what is now Abbeydale, Abbeymead and Cooper’s Edge are included). Eligible individuals can apply for help in the relief of hardship and for the educational development of young people under the age of 25 – 01452 864873
Matthew Trust A last-stop agency providing Grants to help the specific needs of people aged 8 years old and upwards with mental health problems. Applicants must demonstrate either that no other avenue of funding is open to them, or that they have successfully had their need part-funded – 020 7736 5976
St Monica Trust Community Fund “The Trust’s Community Fund helps tackle issues that affect the lives of older people in Bristol and the surrounding area. The Community Fund currently distributes more than £500,000 each year to individuals, families and organisations across the region. We provide gifts and grants that go directly to those who will benefit the most and we are committed to helping more people by increasing our giving over the next few years.”
Mayfield Home Trust Provides one -off grants to individuals with learning disabilities, or families with a member who has learning disabilities, in Gloucestershire, to purchase items which would improve the life of the beneficiary – 01453 762502
Motability Fund Motability is a national charity which can provide Charitable Grants to Scheme customers who would otherwise struggle to afford the mobility solution they need (vehicle, adaptations or driving lessons) – 0300 456 4566
Severn Trent Trust Fund Grants to meet water and/or sewerage charges due to Severn Trent Water. In certain cases, the Trust can also consider giving some help to meet other essential bills, household needs or priority debts – 0121 355 7766
Turn 2 Us Turn2us helps people in financial need gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help – online, by phone and face to face through their partner organisations.
Warm and Well Funding for those with cold or damp related health issues to replace old or broken-down oil or LPG boilers. As well as cavity wall or loft insulation, solid wall insulation, roof insulation and floor insulation who are in receipt of certain income related benefits – 0800 500 3076
Support for Children and Young People
Childline Get help and advice about a wide range of issues, call them on 0800 1111, talk to a counsellor online, send Childline an email or post on the message boards.
Young Minds “Leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. We’re here to make sure they get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.”
Teens in Crisis “TIC+ (Teens in Crisis) provides face-to-face and online counselling services across Gloucestershire for young people aged 9-21 and their families. At TIC+ we care. We’re here to listen and support you – not to judge you.”
Papyrus “We are the national charity for the prevention of young suicide. We draw from the experience of many who have been touched personally by young suicide across the UK and speak on their behalf in our campaigns and in our endeavours to save young lives. Together we believe that with appropriate support and education, many young suicides can be prevented.”
Winston’s Wish “We support bereaved children, their families, and the professionals who support them. We were the UK’s first childhood bereavement charity – supporting bereaved children since 1992. As the first charity to establish child bereavement support services in the UK, we continue to lead the way in providing specialist child bereavement support services across the UK, including in-depth therapeutic help in individual, group and residential settings.”
The Door Youth Project “The Door’s mission is to bring hope into the lives of young people and their families, through unlocking potential and opening opportunity so their past does not define their future.”
Infobuzz Infobuzz offers therapeutic and practical support for families and young people with complex needs.
Gloucestershire Young Carers Gloucestershire Young Carers is a dynamic charity constantly growing and developing to meet the ever-changing needs of young carers in the county.
Missing People Missing People is the only charity in the UK which is dedicated to bringing missing children and adults back together with their families.
Coram Voice is a national charity that works with children and young people vulnerable to harm or exclusion from society, and who have a particular reliance on the state or its agencies for their rights and wellbeing.
Active Impact – Support and Guidance for the inclusion of disabled young people in community groups
Mental Health Support
Sane Line “SANE is a leading UK mental health charity. We work to improve quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness. Please explore the icons below to find out how we help people.”
Rethink Mental Illness “We help millions of people affected by mental illness by challenging attitudes, changing lives. Here is just a selection about what we do, and what it means for you.”
Mind “We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.”
Bipoplar UK “We’re the national charity dedicated to supporting individuals with the much misunderstood and devastating condition of bipolar, their families and carers. Each year we reach out to and support over 80,000 individuals through our range of services.”
Anxiety UK “Anxiety UK is a national registered charity (number 1113403) (company number 5551121) formed in 1970 by someone living with agoraphobia for those affected by anxiety disorders. Today we are still a user-led organisation, run by people with experience of living with anxiety, stress or anxiety-based depression, supported by a high-profile medical advisory panel.”
Epilepsy Society “A full life for everyone affected by epilepsy. We want everyone affected by epilepsy to have the best opportunity for a full life – as free from seizures as possible. We set out to make a difference to every person affected by epilepsy whatever their background, however seriously it affects them, and whether they have the condition themselves or are close to someone with epilepsy.”
Suicide Crisis “Our Suicide Crisis Centres offer a safe place where you will be supported and helped through your crisis. We have a team of dedicated, caring, well-qualified people who really want to help. We provide face to face crisis support. Our new Centre is open 24 hours a day for people at high risk of suicide. Our Suicide Crisis Centres can support you if you live in Gloucestershire. We also have a Trauma Centre.”
Health, Advice and Advocacy
Glos Assistants is a website that aims to link disabled people and their families with people who are interested in working as Personal Assistants. The purpose of our website is to enable people to choose their own help, care and support, and to encourage more people to think about doing this kind of work.
Shift.Ms is the social network for people with multiple sclerosis. Founded by MSers, for MSers, the charity supports many thousands of recently diagnosed people across the world as they make sense of MS. It’s independent and it’s free.
Healthwatch Gloucestershire “Healthwatch Gloucestershire is the county’s independent health and care champion. It exists to ensure that people are at the heart of care. Dedicated teams of staff and volunteers listen to what people like about local health services, and what could be improved. These views are then shared with the decision-making organisations, so together a real difference can be made.”
2gether NHS Foundation Trust “We provide specialist mental health and learning disability services to the people of Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. We’re an innovative and forward-thinking organisation, with a real commitment to providing a high quality service. We were also the first trust in the country to be awarded an ‘outstanding’ rating for acute inpatient services, crisis services and psychiatric intensive care services.”
Independent Age “Whatever happens as we get older, we all want to remain independent and live life on our own terms. That’s why, as well as offering regular friendly contact and a strong campaigning voice, Independent Age can provide you and your family with clear, free and impartial advice on the issues that matter: care and support, money and benefits, health and mobility. A charity founded over 150 years ago, we’re independent so you can be.”
Citizens Advice Bureau “We provide free, confidential and impartial advice. Our goal is to help everyone find a way forward, whatever problem they face. People come to us with all sorts of issues. You may have money, benefit, housing or employment problems. You may be facing a crisis, or just considering your options.”
Carers Gloucestershire “The services we offer to carers are free of charge, and that provision remains one of the core elements of who we are and what we do. We are the only organisation in Gloucestershire who provide free support and advice for Carers, ranging from a Carers helpline and GP surgery links, to parent carer training and a Carers break service.”
Caring for Communities and People “CCP exists to transform lives. Our priority is to people who have serious and immediate need, equipping them to meet the demands of an ever-evolving society.”
National Drugs Helpline “Need some friendly, confidential advice? Talk to Frank.”
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