Independence at Home offer grants to Sefton public

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Independence at Home offer grants to Sefton public

Independence at Home is a charity that exists to support independence at home for people with disability and long term illness.  They do this by providing grants to people on the basis of need, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religious or cultural background. Applications for Independence at Home grants come from all over the UK.  Most beneficiaries are either on or below the Government’s official ‘poverty line’.

Independence at Home’s grants help to meet the cost of disability equipment, home adaptations and other essential items that are required because of illness or disability, yet are not available from public funds.  This includes mobility and travel equipment; special disability equipment; beds and bedding; communications equipment; building work; home repairs; heating grants; general furnishing; therapeutic toys and play equipment.

The average grant is currently £300 – although individual grants range between £200 and £600 – depending on the type of equipment supplied or building work carried out. They often work in tandem with funding from other agencies to enable higher value equipment to be purchased or more substantial adaptations to be made.

They have a special pot of funding available for use by residents of North West England – but receive very few applications for grants from Sefton – Independence at Home would like to increase the number of applications from Sefton.

Independence at Home does not home-visit, and they cannot therefore accept referrals directly from individuals who need the funding. They rely instead on referrals from health and social care professionals or those from voluntary organisations and Citizens’ Advice Bureau workers, who have direct knowledge of their service users’ circumstances gained from a professional involvement in their care.

While Independence at Home is aware of ever-increasing workload pressures on all of these services, they do need the cooperation of front-line staff in making and supporting referrals on behalf of their clients. With this help, they offer speedy, practical and life-enhancing grants to meet your clients’ urgent equipment or adaptation needs.

Independence at Home is happy to take written referrals in respect of individuals, directly from case workers. They will also be pleased to talk to case workers or other members of your team on the telephone (Monday-Thursday 9am to 5pm) to see how they can assist – please call 020 8427 7929 or email [email protected].

If you would like to find out more about Independence at Home, please visit our website which can be found at  

forms and guidance notes can be downloaded directly from there also.

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