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Families InFocus


We awarded almost £5,000 to help support families of children with special educational needs or disabilities

Essex based charity, Families InFocus, is committed to supporting families of children with special educational needs or disabilities.

Family Support Project

The charity’s Family Support Project helps over 1,000 families in each year. Focusing on improving health, well being and resilience, the charity strives to improve quality of life for the whole family. Family Support Advisers help families who are struggling to cope by offering practical and emotional guidance. They can assist with a wide range of issues from help with completing disability benefit forms to advice for children who are struggling at school or who have behavioural problems. The project aims to improve physical and mental health by reducing the stress that families are put under.

In 2016, Families InFocus received almost £5,000 to help fund the Families Support Project.

We are extremely grateful to the Masonic Charitable Foundation for their fantastic grant of £4,980 towards our much valued Family Support project which offers free specialist information, advice and practical support to any Essex family who has a child or young people with any disability or special need. This may include emotional support, assistance with education issues to ensure the child receives appropriate support or additional resources in the classroom and help with obtaining disability related benefits for the child to help with extra costs. It can mean financial gain, improved physical health and emotional well-being and a better quality of life for the whole family. For many we are a real lifeline, summed up by one parent who said, “Families In Focus made me feel I was no longer alone. They gave me hope”.

Thank you on behalf of all the families who will directly benefit.

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