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It is possible to apply to charitable organisations for financial assistance with mobility products, whatever your age. Each charity has its own criteria however TGA work with several organisations, both regionally and nationally, to make the process as easy as possible.
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Here is a selection of organisations that can offer funding, grants, subsidies or discounts for TGA mobility products:
TGA is the charity’s chosen specialist supplier of mobility scooters and wheelchairs. All people with Parkinson’s receive a 7.5% discount on every new TGA mobility scooter and a 5% discount on Approved Used models.
To qualify, telephone: 0800 804 8377 by quoting 'Parkinson's UK' or visit here.
Access to Work
Access to Work (AtW) is a government programme aimed at supporting disabled* people, aged over 16, to take up or remain in work. Access to Work is a discretionary grant scheme that provides personalised support for disabled people and can fund assistive equipment such as mobility scooters, wheelchairs and powerpacks. Funding doesn’t affect other benefits and AtW is only applicable to people who met certain criteria in England, Wales and Scotland.
For further details, telephone: 0800 121 7479 or visit here.
* As defined in the Equality Act 2010: 'a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on [your] ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities'.
The Multiple Sclerosis Society provides Health and Well-being Grants which can pay for items that will 'have a significant positive impact on your life'. These grants can help fund mobility scooters with a maximum contribution of £1,500. Up to £3,000 can be allocated towards the cost of a wheelchair or powerchair. If you have MS and live in the UK, you can apply for this grant. You can also apply if you care for someone with MS in the UK.
To apply, telephone: 0300 500 8084, email: email@example.com or visit here.
Aspire is a national charity that provides practical help to people who have been paralysed by spinal cord injury (SCI). As part of its diverse range of support services, it offers the 'Aspire Grants' scheme which can assist with the purchasing of assistive equipment such as TGA wheelchairs and powerchairs. Potential funds are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Barchester Healthcare Foundation
The Barchester Healthcare Foundation supports older people and adults with disabilities living in England, Wales and Scotland. It is able to help individuals with the cost of items that enhance mobility, independence or quality of life. This may include items such as a TGA wheelchairs, wheelchair powerpacks, powerchairs or mobility scooters – grants range from £100 to £5,000. All applications must be supported by a third party such as a social worker or healthcare professional.
This regional charity offers financial assistance to individuals seeking mobility equipment in North East Essex. It has also recently expanded its funding assistance to cover all areas within the CO Postcode, including Sudbury where the TGA national headquarters are based. Through its partnership with TGA, Colchester Catalyst can provide up to £1,000 towards the purchase of a new TGA mobility scooter.
Friends of the Elderly
Friends of the Elderly supports older people in England and Wales so they can retain independence and dignity. It is able to provide one-off grants for essential items such as wheelchairs. Applicants must be over 60 years, on low income and have minimal savings. All applications for a 'Home Essentials' Grant should be made by a third party such as Citizens Advice, Social Services or Age UK. Average grants are £300 with a maximum of £500.
To apply, telephone: 0330 332 1110, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit here.
The Headley Trust
One of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts, the Headley Trust provides grants for elderly and disabled people along with carers. It has a small grants programme providing funds up to £2,500 for equipment such as TGA mobility scooters, manual and powered wheelchairs. All disabilities are included and applicants must be over 16 years.
Within the "Health and Social Welfare" category, 'Aids for Disabled People' applications should be referred by a third party such as a registered charity, social worker, hospital or Citizens Advice. Any grant awarded will be for no more than half the total cost of the equipment and will be released via the referring organisation, when funds to meet the total cost have been raised.
The Hospital Saturday Fund
This charity provides grants to individuals from the UK and the Republic of Ireland seeking specialised equipment. These can include mobility products such as TGA wheelchairs and mobility scooters.
If you are an: "individual with a medical condition or disability who would benefit from assistance with the purchase of specialised equipment or from particular forms of treatment" you can qualify. The maximum grant value is £2,000.
The Joseph Patrick Trust
The Joseph Patrick Trust (JPT) is the welfare trust of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. The trust provides financial support towards specialist equipment to help promote mobility and independence for people with muscular dystrophy, or a related muscle disease. Equipment can include TGA powered wheelchairs, manual wheelchairs or wheelchair powerpacks with the following maximum values donated:
- Electric Wheelchairs (Adults) – Up to £2,500
- Electric Wheelchairs (Children – under 18) – Up to £1,500
- Electric Scooters (Adults) – Up to £1,000
- Electric Scooters (Children – under 18) – Up to £900
- Manual Wheelchairs (Adults & Children) Up to £500
To apply, visit here.
The League of Helping Hand
The League of Helping Hand (LHH) provides one-off grants for specialist, essential equipment that helps people experiencing illness or disability. Grants up to £250 are possible for wheelchairs and scooters however applications must be submitted by a third party such as a social worker or healthcare professional. These 'sponsors' need to vouch for the application and take responsibility for distribution of the funds.
To apply, telephone: 01444 236099, email:email@example.com or visit here.
This fund awards grant assistance to women in the UK who are ill. Healthcare professionals such as doctors, nurses, charity workers and social workers will need to apply on behalf of the women in their care. Grants are available for 'disability aids'.
To apply, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit here.
The Mobility Trust
The Mobility Trust specifically provides wheelchairs and larger mobility scooters (not folding/transportable designs) for people who have severe disabilities and who cannot obtain such equipment through other means. Following an assessment by an independent Occupational Therapist (OT) sent by the Trust, the OT will then prescribe the most suitable piece of equipment for an individual. Equipment is only provided if it is not available from statutory sources or unable to purchase privately.
Steve Morgan Foundation
This foundation's "Enable Fund" provides support for disabled people, in financial hardship, to obtain specialist equipment that cannot be supplied by the NHS, Education or Social Services. Beneficiaries must live within North Wales, Merseyside, West Cheshire and North Shropshire. It can provide grants for mobility aids such as wheelchairs and electric wheelchairs. Applications must be accompanied by a medical reference from a healthcare professional such as an Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, hospital consultant etc.
Wheels for Martin's Friends
Wheels for Martin's Friends helps provide assistive equipment for people of all ages with disabilities, living in the South Cambridgeshire area. If individuals are unable to obtain funds from the NHS or do not have the funds themselves, Wheels for Martin's Friends may support the purchasing of TGA mobility products.
To apply, email: email@example.com
Blesma, The Limbless Veterans, is a charity that supports serving and ex-Service men and women who have suffered life-changing limb loss or the use of a limb, an eye or loss of sight during active duty. It can provide financial assistance towards the provision of mobility scooters and other specialist equipment. They consider grant applications on an individual basis - based on specific needs and can assist with the purchasing of mobility scooters, wheelchairs and powerchairs .
SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Air Force Association)
This UK Charity provides welfare and support for those serving in the armed forces, veterans and armed forces families. It can assist with the purchasing of mobility scooters, powerchairs and wheelchairs to ensure ex-army, RAF and Navy personnel remain independent.
To apply, telephone: 0800731 4880 or visit here.
Up to 18 years
Caudwell Children provides practical and emotional support to disabled children so they can lead happy, active and independent lives. It will fund 70-80% of the cost to purchase a powered wheelchair for children aged 18 or under. The child's household annual income need to be less than £45,000 and applications must be endorsed by an Occupational Therapist or healthcare professional.
Family Fund is the UK's largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. It will contribute towards the purchasing of mobility equipment.
Boparan Charitable Trust
The Boparan Charitable Trust aims to help children and young people up to the age of 18, across England and Wales, who are disadvantaged either through poverty, disability or terminal illness. It may fund mobility equipment for young people or contribute towards the cost.
Newlife, the charity for disabled children
Part of its extensive support services, Newlife provides funding for essential community equipment such as paediatric wheelchairs and powerchairs. Its equipment grants can improve child health, reduce risk of significant injury and pain, as well as support delivery of care – while enabling childhood experiences and encouraging independence. Each application is assessed by a Newlife Nurse and 'fast track' priority can be assigned if the need is urgent.
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