The following charities may be able to assist you with funding applications, or for advice and general guidance with any issues you may have with regards to special needs and sensory impairment. As we are based in the South East, we have listed organisations near to us first, and then generally across the UK including those who may specifically have funding available for sensory equipment or rooms.
We do not affiliate with any of the organisations below, and the information supplied is their responsibility. This list is not comprenensive, and we strongly advise that you look into charities local to your area, or those that are specific to a certain condition or special need. We cannot advise on the criteria each charity may require, or help with the process of applying for funding- we can, however create quotations that can be sent directly to your contact in a chosen charity/organisation.
Charities/Organisations in Essex:
1. Face Essex: http://www.face-essex.org/
Families Acting for Change Essex (FACE) is run by parents.
We represent the views and experiences of parents and carers of children and young people with disabilities and additional needs to influence the services they receive in Essex.
Membership of FACE is free and gives access to current information and the chance to contribute to focus groups and consultations and to become more involved in any way that suits you and your family.
2. Wipe Away Those Tears: http://www.wipeawaythosetears.org/
is a charity which aims to grant a wish and bring a sparkle into the lives of terminally or seriously ill children in Essex. We have no overheads or administration costs, so every penny that is raised goes towards helping very special children
3. Autism Anglia: http://www.autism-anglia.org.uk/
Life presents challenges to all of us from time-to-time and it's on these occasions that the right knowledge coupled with the appropriate support can make all the difference in how you cope. Autism Anglia believes that individuals, families and professionals should have access to the information and support they need to enable them to lead fulfilling lives and create positive interactions within their communities.
4. PACT for Autism: http://pactforautism.org.uk/index.php/about-contact/about-pact
We support the families of children and adults with autism and other special needs and disabilities by providing various services such as a Parent Helpline, holding monthly meetings (with guest speakers), sharing useful information via email, Facebook and our online Forum, sign-posting to partner agencies.
5. SAFE (supporting Aspergers Families in Essex): http://www.aspergers.org.uk/
Since we were formed in 1997 hundreds of people have made contact with us and many find that talking to others with Asperger syndrome and their families, sharing experiences and feelings, helps them cope.
SAFE offers a valuable opportunity to exchange information on practical topics such as how to claim benefits, how to obtain a Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), how to access support, how to get into the job market, how to get help developing social skills and planning for the future.
6. ECDP: http://www.ecdp.org.uk/
is an organisation run by and for disabled people and our origins are firmly rooted in a belief that the voice of disabled people, both as individuals and collectively, is vital if the lives of disabled people are to be enhanced.
We currently provide a wide range of practical support services, alongside information, advice and guidance services. We also play a key role in influencing the agenda of tomorrow to effect real social change to enhance the everyday lives of disabled people.
1. Ambitious About Autism: https://www.ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk/about-us
Ambitious about Autism is the national charity for children and young people with autism. We provide services, raise awareness and understanding, and campaign for change. Through TreeHouse School and Ambitious College we offer specialist education and support.
2. Mencap: https://www.mencap.org.uk/
We don't have a 'standard' approach at Mencap - all our personal support and services start with us spending time to understand you as an individual.
3. The NAS (National Autistic Society): http://www.autism.org.uk/
We are the leading UK charity for autistic people (including those with Asperger syndrome) and their families.
We provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for autistic people.
4. Action for Children: https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/
From before they are born until they are into their twenties, we help disadvantaged children across the UK.
5. Cerebra: http://w3.cerebra.org.uk/
We're the charity dedicated to helping families with children with brain conditions discover a better life together.
Specific Sensory Equipment Grant Help:
1. Variety the Children's Charity: https://www.variety.org.uk/what-we-do/equipment-grants
We aim to provide whatever is needed:
It may be medical, such as monitoring equipment.
It may be basic care like feeding tubes or hoists.
It may be sensory play or mobility equipment for a nursery or playgroup.
2. The Caudwell Charity: http://www.caudwellchildren.com/
Our aim is to change the futures of all disabled children providing access to the services, equipment, therapies and treatments they need.
3. Children Today: http://www.childrentoday.org.uk/
Children Today is a charity that raises funds to provide specialised equipment and services for children and young people with disabilities throughout the UK
4. Newlife Foundation: http://www.newlifecharity.co.uk/
Newlife is the UK's largest charity funder of children's specialist disability equipment. We also run the UK's only national emergency equipment service, for terminally ill children.
5. The Family Fund: https://www.familyfund.org.uk/
We provide grants for a wide range of items, such as washing machines, sensory toys, family breaks, bedding, tablets, furniture, outdoor play equipment, clothing and computers.
6. Action for Kids: https://www.actionforkids.org/
We work with young people with learning disabilities from the age of 14 to help with their transition to adulthood and to help them prepare for work. We also provide mobility equipment for disabled children and young people from 0 to 26 years of age.
7. Make A Wish Founation: https://www.make-a-wish.org.uk/
We exist for one reason – to grant magical wishes to enrich the lives of children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.
Whether it’s starring in their own films, walking with dinosaurs, going on an amazing holiday, meeting a celebrity hero, or having a life-changing bedroom makeover; our wishes are varied, personal and, most importantly, magical.
8. Rays of Sunshine: http://raysofsunshine.org.uk/who-we-are/
Rays of Sunshine Children's Charity was formed in 2003 to brighten the lives of children who are living with serious or life-limiting illnesses, between the ages of 3-18, across the United Kingdom
9. Starlight: http://www.starlight.org.uk/
Granting wishes to seriously and terminally ill children and entertaining over half a million children every year in hospitals and hospices throughout the UK
10. When you Wish Upon a Star: http://www.whenyouwishuponastar.org.uk/
When You Wish Upon a Star has a simple mission, to grant the Wishes of children living with a life threatening illness.
11. Elifar Foundation: http://www.elifarfoundation.org.uk/
The Elifar Foundation is a small charity which aims to help improve the care, facilities and equipment available to profoundly disabled children and young adults both at home or in residential care. We fund the purchase of a wide range of highly specialised equipment, which would otherwise be unavailable because of a lack of funds or because there is no statutory provision.
12. Resources for Autism: https://resourcesforautism.org.uk/
Resources for Autism is a registered charity. We provide practical services for children and adults with an autistic spectrum condition and for those who love and care for them.
13. One Family: https://www.onefamily.com/
As a OneFamily customer you can apply for a Personal Grant of up to £500 at any time for yourself or someone you care about. Perhaps you need help managing a disability, or, if you’re someone’s carer, you’d like a well-earned respite break. Personal Grants are there to help with the practical issues of modern life.
If you require a quotation from us to apply to your chosen charity, please ask. We have experience in the process and can assist where we are able.