Your opportunity-help for 18-24 Yr olds (Family Fund)
Your Opportunity (18 to 24 year olds)
Your Opportunity supports disabled and seriously ill young adults, aged 18 to 24 years old, living at home. We offer grants for digital equipment, clubs and activities, transport and much more.
About Your Opportunity
Your Opportunity is a dedicated grant programme which aims to enhance the life of disabled, or seriously ill, young adults, aged 18 to 24 years old, living at home. Young people cannot apply on their own but applications should come from parents or carers.
Funding for Your Opportunity is limited and applications are accepted from families on a first-come, first-served basis, until funding is fully allocated.
Who can apply?
You can apply for your young adult if you can say yes to all the following:
- you are the main parent, or carer, of a disabled or seriously ill young adult aged 18 to 24, who lives at home with you
- you have not received a Your Opportunity grant, on behalf of this young adult, in the past 12 months
- you have lived in the UK for the last six months
- you are a family on a low income from work, or benefits such as Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit etc.
Our eligibility criteria
The young adult you’re applying for needs to have a high level of support needs, in three or more of the following areas, to meet our eligibility criteria:
- personal care, supervision and vigilance – needs support with feeding, washing, toileting, or needs to be supervised at all times
- access to social activities – needs extra support to access social or leisure activities, including difficulty travelling, or where they are currently socially isolated
- education/vocational training – has additional educational support needs, or needs extra help to attend vocational training
- communication – needs support to listen, speak or understand
- therapy and medical treatment – needs treatment or therapy. We’ll need to know what treatment is given, who does this, how often and when; or where your young adult is unable to manage their treatment or medication needs themselves
- specialist resources used – needs resources such as a wheelchair, oxygen, screen magnifier or electronic communication aid
- the physical environment – needs support with getting around, travelling independently, and keeping safe.
What can you apply for?
You may find the following ideas and examples helpful when thinking about what would benefit your young adult:
- digital equipment – including laptops, tablets or software to help with learning, coursework or gaming
- clubs and activities – membership fees, sports training, support with season tickets or materials for a hobby
- musical instruments – contributions towards an instrument of your choice
- sports equipment – kit or uniforms, specialist equipment, such as a specialist sport or lightweight wheelchair, or wheelchair maintenance
- transport – railcards, train tickets or bus passes
- day trips – tickets for the cinema, theatre, concerts or meals out
- support for learning – books, stationery or uniform, to support further education, training or vocational courses, including conferences or study weekends
- driving ambitions – contributions for a provisional licence, including licence costs, learning materials, theory tests or initial lessons
- bedroom furniture – assistance with beds and bedding, or televisions
- white goods – kitchen items such as fridge freezers, cookers or washing machines, to help with independence.
Your Opportunity cannot consider:
- requests for a family break or a holiday (but day trips can be considered)
- requests for standard or electric wheelchairs (as these should be provided by statutory services)
- any equipment that should be provided under statutory provision through local, education or health authorities.
How to apply
The easiest and quickest way to apply is using Family Fund’s Family Portal. You’ll need to register first.
Registering is easy and only takes a minute. Once you have registered, you can use your online account to make an application, update your contact details, or track your application.
Key documents we need to see, to process your application
You will need to provide these supporting documents:
- your most recent letter of benefit entitlement containing the name of the main carer who has applied for the grant and their current address, as stated on the application
- a document showing the full legal name of the young adult you are applying for. If this is not included in the application it may delay a grant getting to you.
If you are not able to apply online, you can download an application form and a young person’s declaration form, fill this in and post it back to us with your supporting documents.
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