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Personal Support Grants

Over the course of 2018/19 we have been reviewing the value and impact of our investment into Personal Support Grants for people living with our conditions.

The charity discovered that while the grants provided positive support for some people, there was similar support available through a range of other organisations. Our review highlighted that our process of application and award was overly complicated, and we weren't clear on the impact of the grants on people's lives. Consequently we set ourselves the task of assessing if:

  1. We could create a simpler mechanism for application and award of the grant to recipients;
  2. We could align the grant to the delivery of our No Life Half Lived strategy; and
  3. We could create a process of award that enabled the charity to measure the impact of the grant for our beneficiaries, Board and donors.

At the conclusion of the review we proposed a new approach and focus for CHSS Personal Support Grants that we would implement in 2020 to meet the above ambition.

The new approach will incorporate:

  1. Awards that will support people to keep physically and socially active.
  2. Utilisation of our network of CHSS Rehab Support Coordinators to act as sponsors for applications.
  3. Impact measurements through alignment with routine personal goal setting and review with out Rehab Support Services
  4. Direct payment of awards to the recipients

The charity will make this transition to pilot the new approach in January 2020 and as a consequence will cease to accept grant applications in their current form as of the end of December 2019

What we provide

Who can we help?
How can we help?
What are we unable to help with?
How do you apply?
Would you like to apply?

 

 

Who can we help?

Living with chest, heart or stroke illness can have considerable implications on the finances of an individual and their family. One of the services we offer aims to help those struggling financially through the provision of a Personal Support Grant. Our grants are one-off payments designed to help those with respiratory, cardiac or stroke conditions purchase goods or services that may improve quality of life, independence, mobility or dignity.

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How can we help?

Our grants can help with a variety of general and specific needs. Some examples of the type of items include, aids to daily living, adaptations, respite care, white goods, heating costs, telephone installation, driving lessons, clothing and travel costs. There are different grant limits for different grant purposes. For example, for ‘standard’ grants the maximum amount that can be offered is £350, rising to £500 for travel costs. There is a higher limit for aids to daily living of up to £750 and in exceptional circumstances, where a grant may enable a person to live independently rather than in care, we can contribute up to £2000. All applications are assessed by the Chest Heart & Stroke Welfare Committee on a regular basis.

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What are we unable to help with?

We are unable to undertake on-going costs or give retrospective grants. We also do not fund nebulisers.

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How do you apply?

Applications must be made through a ‘sponsor’. This needs to be someone like a Local Authority social worker, a health professional employed by the NHS, or in some cases, a representative from a voluntary agency. Applications forms are only ever sent to the sponsor and successful grants can only be paid to the agency or organisation the sponsor represents. A section of the form also requires a short report from a GP or doctor to confirm relevant conditions. Applications for aids to daily living and adaptations must be sponsored by or include a report from an Occupational Therapist.

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Would you like to apply?

Are you, someone you know, or someone you are working with, in financial need as a result of chest, heart or stroke illness? Would a Personal Support Grant help provide a service or item that would make a difference to your or this person’s quality of life? To find out if you are eligible to apply, please follow the links appropriate to you. Bear in mind that if you are applying for yourself, you must have a sponsor.

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