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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.

Our Impact

Ami, Enquiries Officer

I don’t know why I felt compelled to work in the charity sector – in all honesty, when I was starting my A Levels, I wanted to be a doctor! I studied International Relations at the University of Exeter and started to see all these issues that were affecting people’s lives – very quickly I…

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Paul, Fundraising Support Officer

I’m from south London, born and raised in Croydon. I worked initially in the travel industry before joining my family’s construction business, which I ran for 20 years.   I joined freemasonry in 1994 and soon became involved with masonic charity. I realised that the charity sector was where I wanted to work, but because…

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Roy, Lincolnshire

When my daughter became ill four years ago, we took in our two young grandchildren, Adam and Amymae. Of course we were very happy to have them live with us, but we didn’t realise just how much it would increase our outgoings. With two extra mouths to feed, the electricity bills and the cost of…

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Ted and Sally

After a premature birth, Ted developed cerebral palsy which means that he can’t walk or stand unaided. Sally’s father is a freemason and got in touch with us to see if we could support the family in any way. Ted now has an ‘Upsee mobility harness’ that we part funded and allows him to walk…

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