The Sunshine Fund

The Sunshine Fund provide grants for specialist equipment and resources for children and young people with complex needs and disabilities living in the North East of England.

The Regulated Social Fund

This fund is to help you pay for specific extra expenses arising from maternity, a funeral, periods of cold weather and winter fuel payments. (You will need to be in receipt of a qualifying benefit)

Carers Allowance

Carer’s Allowance is extra money to help you look after your child if they have substantial caring needs. You could also get Carer’s Credit so there won’t be any gaps in your National Insurance record. Carer’s Allowance is £67.25 a week. You don’t have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for. You must be 16 or over and spend at least 35 hours a week caring for your child.

Telephone: 0800 731 0297 

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children

DLA for children can help you with the extra costs of looking after your disabled child. Your child must be under 16 and have difficulties walking or needs more looking after than a child of the same age who doesn’t have a disability. The DLA rate is between £21.80 and £139.75 a week and depends on the level of help your child needs. Your child might need an assessment to work out what help they need.

Disability Living Allowance telephone: 0345 712 3456


Turn2us helps people in financial need gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help – online, by phone and face-to-face through our partner organisations.