Is there any financial help available to support my family/child?

Food vouchers for free school meals

Schools are still supporting children who are eligible for free school meals. This includes schools that are only open for certain groups or are closed. Schools in England may provide free meals using a catering service, a voucher for a local supermarket or a different scheme. Schemes in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland may differ however support for families is still available. Speak to your child’s school if you would usually access a scheme.

If you need to apply to for free school meals for the first time due to a change in circumstances, you can check if your child is eligible and find out how to apply on the gov.uk free school meals web page, along with alternative information for Northern IrelandScotland and Wales.

Family Fund

Family Fund are still taking applications for grants for children who have a disability or serious or life limiting illness. Support with household items, clothes, computers or tablets, assistive equipment and more is available. Full criteria for applications can be found on the Family Fund website.

RNIB's Children, Young People and Families (CYPF) team remain available to support you with advice and information on finances including grants. Contact them on 0303 123 9999 or email them at [email protected].

Guide Dogs Specialist Education Support Team are also available to answer any questions you have about your child’s current or future educational needs. Contact them on 0800 781 1444 or email them at [email protected].

For further information on financial support during the coronavirus (Covid-19) see I’m struggling financially, how can I get essential food supplies?

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