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    Contact Scotland – For families with disabled children

    Contact - the charity for families with disabled children Supports families with the best possible guidance and information. Brings families together to support each other. Contact can provide advice for parent carers by calling the free confidential helpline and help them source the right information through parent guides, local office and on-line information including the Transition resource Talking about Tomorrow www.talkingabouttomorrow.org.uk Contact also help families campaign, volunteer and fundraise to improve life for themselves and others.
    Telephone : 07458 046071
    Email : scotland.office@contact.org.uk
    Web Address : https://contact.org.uk

    Family Fund – Helping disabled children

    Family Fund is the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. Grants awarded to families help provide a wide range of essential items including computers, tablets, kitchen appliances and much-needed family breaks.
    Telephone : 01904 550055
    Email : info@familyfund.org.uk
    Web Address : http://www.familyfund.org.uk

    Forces Children Scotland

    The Trust has two major areas of activity. They make grants to the children of Scots who are serving or have served in the British Armed Forces (approx. 300 individual grants per year). 
They also work through their Education Programme in Scotland with schools, local authorities, Armed Forces charities and the military on initiatives to support Armed Forces Children, their teachers and their families in the school environment.

    Telephone : 0131 322 7350
    Email : https://forceschildrenscotland.org.uk/
    Web Address : https://forceschildrenscotland.org.uk/

    Independent Living Fund Scotland (ILF)

    The Independent Living Fund Scotland (ILF Scotland) is a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) and is governed by a Board of seven non-executive directors (appointed by Scottish Ministers).  It provides funding and support to help disabled people in Scotland and Northern Ireland live independently. ILF Scotland currently delivers:
    • the 2015 Fund - providing discretionary payments to disabled people, allowing them to purchase care and support to live independently.
    • the Transition Fund - providing up to £4,000 to help young disabled people, transition into adulthood, and become more engaged and active in their communities.
    • the Person Centred Planning Grant - helping young disabled people plan for the future (ahead of an application to the Transition Fund).
    • the Technology Grant - If you are aged 16-25, helping young disabled people to get online.

    Telephone : 0300 200 2022
    Email : enquiries@ILF.scot
    Web Enquiry Form : https://ilf.scot/contact-us/
    Web Address : https://ilf.scot

    Parenting Across Scotland

    Parenting across Scotland (PAS) aims to support families in Scotland in bringing up their children. They do this by providing information and support for parents, carrying out research and influencing policymakers. For parents and families: - PAS makes it easier to find information and support services by bringing them together on their website. - PAS produces a series of Ten Top Tips offering valuable parenting advice. - PAS works in partnership to make sure their helplines meet parents' and families' needs.
    Telephone : 0131 313 8816
    Web Address : http:// https://www.parentingacrossscotland.org/

    Take a Break Scotland

    Take a Break is Scotland’s short breaks fund for carers of disabled children, young people and their families.  Take a Break grants can be used for a break away, towards leisure activities or outings; sports equipment and much, much more. We provide grants to parent carers (unpaid carers and eligible kinship carers) of disabled children and young people, aged 0 to 20, who have complex additional support needs.  The aim of this fund is to improve unpaid carers’ quality of life, health and wellbeing by providing cash grants to help them access a short break from the day-to-day routine of caring. Take a Break grants can be used flexibly, to help meet the interests and circumstances of the carer.
    Telephone : 01904 571093
    Email : info@takeabreakscotland.org.uk
    Web Address : https://takeabreakscotland.org.uk/

    Talk about Tomorrow

    Help to preparing parents in Scotland for transition to adulthood when they turn 16. Transition simply means change – and for young people with disabilities and learning difficulties, growing up is one of the biggest changes they face. It isn’t just about leaving school. It’s about building an adult life, and that takes time.  We work in partnership with the follow organisations a charity called Contact for families with disabled children, Lead Scotland who are specialists in linking education and disability and Gillespie Macandrew who is a leading independent Scottish Law firm. Our service offers advice and information on:
    • Planning for transition
    • Advice on moving to adult services
    • Looking at options to continuing with learning
    • Advice on legal matters including, Guardianship, Power of Attorney and intervention orders and other legal matters
    • Information and support on benefits and finance and other sources of funding

    Telephone : 0808 808 3555
    Email : helpline@contact.org.uk
    Web Enquiry Form : https://www.talkingabouttomorrow.org.uk/about-us/contact-us/
    Web Address : https://www.talkingabouttomorrow.org.uk/

    Turn2us

    Turn2us is a national charity providing practical help to people who are struggling financially.  We offer support to people facing financial shocks and together we challenge the systems and perceptions that cause financial insecurity. We offer direct services in the following areas:
    • Benefit and grants information pages
    • Check benefit entitlement using a benefit calculator
    • Search for a grant using our grant search tool
    • Turn2us grants, we have developed two national grant programmes, as well as a fund specific to those living in the city of Edinburgh
    • Learn about help for energy and water costs
    • Find a local advisor to help support you

    Telephone : 0808 802 2000
    Email : info@turn2us.org.uk
    Web Enquiry Form : https://turn2us.custhelp.com/
    Web Address : https://www.turn2us.org.uk/

    Western Isles Community Care Forum

    Western Isles Community Care Forum, a voluntary organisation which serves the Western Isles. We serve the voluntary care organisations, informal carers and service users in the Western Isles. If you are caring for someone and would like some practical support, support with finances, or would like to chat we can help. We also provide training and other support get in touch with us.
    Telephone : 01859 502588
    Email : info@wiccf.co.uk
    Web Address : http://www.wiccf.co.uk
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