Gordon MP Richard Thomson has announced that Family Fund, a highly-respected charity which supports families with disabled or seriously ill children or young people, will be coming to Huntly next week to raise awareness of the support and assistance they can offer.
A representative from Family Fund will be at the Gordon Rural Action office at 55 Gordon Street, Huntly, between 10.00am and 3.00pm on Friday 12 May. The event follows on from the successful Cost-of-Living advice event held by the MP in Inverurie in February.
With families in Scotland raising disabled and seriously ill children amongst some of the hardest hit by cost-of-living price rises, Family Fund want to share the news about the essential grant support they can provide.
Family Fund has grants available for parents or carers on a low income raising disabled, or seriously ill children, up to the age of 18 to help ease pressures caused by the rise in the cost-of-living this winter. The charity is also keen to promote the ‘Take-a-Break’ scheme, which is funded by the Scottish Government, and provides grants to parent carers (unpaid carers and eligible kinship carers) of disabled children and young people, aged 0-20 who have complex additional support needs.
This 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, this is to help meet the interests and circumstances of the carer.
Commenting, Richard Thomson MP said;
“I’m delighted that Family Fund have agreed to visit Huntly and I’m very grateful to Gordon Rural Action for hosting their visit.
“This respected charity provides vital support to parents and carers of disabled or seriously ill children and young people and it’s important to get the message out to those who could benefit that support is out there.
“I’m particularly keen to help promote the Take-a-Break scheme aimed at parent carers and eligible kinship carers of those who have complex additional support needs. Self-care is important in these situations and highlighting the support available is important.”
As well as individuals, local organisations are encouraged to come along who may be unaware of the opportunity to access support on behalf of eligible children/families from BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme and also Family Fund Business services.