What is Your Opportunity?
Family Fund supports families living across the UK who are who are raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person. As part of our grant support, we run a small scheme called Your Opportunity that supports disabled and seriously ill young people aged 18-24 years old who are living at home.
Who can apply?
Your Opportunity has very limited funding and we accept applications from families on a first come, first served basis.
We can only process one application per household, so if you have already received a grant from Family Fund in the last 12 months, or are awaiting a decision, we won’t be able to accept an application to Your Opportunity. This is to help us reach as many families as possible with the limited funding we have.
Please note that young people cannot apply to Your Opportunity independently – the application has to come from the parent or carer, and you can only receive a Your Opportunity grant once.
In order to apply, you need to meet our criteria, which can be found on our website.
How can I apply and what can I apply for?
If you’re thinking of applying to Your Opportunity, you need to complete a paper application form and a Your Opportunity declaration form and send them back to us. You can download an application pack to print off at home, or you can order a free application pack to be sent out to you.
We can help with a range of grants through the scheme, from laptops and tablets, to grants for clubs, sports equipment, musical instruments and more.
Please note, we can’t consider requests for family breaks or a holiday.
The difference a ‘Your Opportunity’ grant can make
Jacob is 19 years old. He is autistic, and has dyspraxia and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS). Jacob’s dad, Joseph, tells us: “It can be a struggle. Due to his conditions, we have to remind him to do certain things every day, such as brushing his teeth, having a shower or changing his clothes.”
“Everything we would usually take for granted, we constantly have to tell him to do. It’s like you have to start all over again. It can be very confusing for him sometimes, and he can get frustrated because he doesn’t understand why we’re telling him what he needs to do.”
Joseph has applied to Family Fund for a number of years, and it was through applying that he found out about Your Opportunity.
“I applied for a recreation grant so we could purchase a tent for Jacob.”
Joseph explains that camping is a great space for Jacob to be independent and have some freedom.
“It also gives him the option of going away with his personal assistant (PA). They can go camping together and I know he’s in a safe environment with them.”
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