GUIDANCE NOTES

WHO CAN APPLY?

We welcome applications from or on behalf of children and young people up to their 25th birthday, who need specialist mobility equipment or a wheelchair to help them become more independent. The child or young person must be resident in the UK.

WHAT YOU CAN APPLY FOR

We can supply powered, manual, off road and sports wheelchairs.

We can also fund other mobility equipment for specific purposes including specialist trikes, scooters, buggies, walkers and car seats.

This list is not exhaustive and if you are unsure please phone our Mobility Services Team on 020 8347 8111.

We will only provide aids that are not normally available through the NHS. Wherever possible we ask Wheelchair Services to provide vouchers or part funding towards chairs.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

We provide aids in one of two ways depending on the type of equipment.

  1. Powered wheelchairs are usually (but not always) supplied on a permanent loan basis. This means that they remain the property of Action For Kids who will then be responsible for repairs and maintenance.

  1. Other types of equipment are the property of the family or individual.

We will not consider funding for equipment that has been purchased already. We encourage part funding with other charities and welcome contributions from families’ own fundraising efforts. We also work closely with families to help with their individual fundraising, for example by applying to local charities on their behalf.

HOW DO I APPLY?

Please read this information carefully before completing your form. If you are filling the application form out on a computer, please save it first.

If you are a parent or carer please try (where possible) to complete this application form together with the child or young person who will be using the equipment, particularly when answering questions about their life experiences or interests.

Please complete all sections of the application so that we can get a clear picture of your situation and needs.

This application form is an agreement between the recipient’s family and Action For Kids and by signing it you are agreeing to abide by our Terms and Conditions. It is important, therefore, that you read them carefully before signing and returning your application.

Step 1

Before applying to us you will need to arrange an assessment for the applicant with a representative of the equipment supplier(s) and an occupational therapist or physiotherapist. Assessments can usually take place at home or in school or college.

For equipment costing more than £1,500 we usually ask that the applicant has two assessments and sends us two quotations for different brands of equipment, that offer similar functions. This is regardless of whether you are contributing to the cost of the equipment. There are several companies that provide equipment from a range of brands, including chairs with specialist features. The supplier can come to the applicant’s home with a couple of chairs or more that might meet their needs. They can undertake an assessment and provide two quotes in one visit. Companies that offer these assessments include Midshires at www.midshiresgroup.co.uk on 01889582332, Gerald Simonds at www.gerald-simonds.co.uk on 0800 220975 or GBL at http://www.gblwheelchairs.com on 0208 8672461. This list is not exhaustive and you might want to contact other suppliers.

The supplier will provide you with a price quotation for the equipment you want and the physiotherapist or occupational therapist should provide you with a letter setting out why your child needs this specific brand and model of equipment and the functions and benefits it offers.

For specialist trikes, Action for Kids works closely with Theraplay Trikes (the preferred provider for a range of charities). We usually like one of the quotes to come from Theraplay, say if the applicant has already had an assessment with Quest 88 or Tomcat. Theraplay is at www.theraplay.co.uk on 0141 8769177.

Action for Kids usually funds the less expensive of the two pieces of equipment, unless the therapist confirms that it does not meet the applicants’ needs.

Step 2

Complete the application form. You can download the application form, save it, fill it out on your computer and email it back to us. If you prefer, you can print it and post it to us.

If you have any questions, please contact our Mobility Services team on 020 8347 8111 or via mobilityservices@actionforkids.org

Our waiting list for equipment can be up to nine months or sometimes a little longer. We do hope to shorten the time, particularly for items under £1000. A wait for a powerchair can be up to eighteen months or even a little longer.

Step 3

Return the completed application form together with the quotation/s and the therapist’s supporting letter. It can often be helpful to us to have a photograph of the applicant, for example to help with fundraising appeals. Please enclose a photograph if you feel able to.

You can return these by scanning and e-mailing them as separate documents to: mobilityservices@actionforkids.org

Or post them to:

Mobility Services Action For Kids

15a Tottenham Lane London N8 9DJ

DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION FORM HERE