Project information

Siblings Matter Too

The challenges facing siblings of disabled and seriously ill children are often overlooked. Siblings Matter Too provides awards to siblings, who often act as carers. The grants recognise the contribution of siblings giving £50 vouchers to provide respite activities or a gift of the child’s choice.

The project is ongoing.

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  • Need

    Need

    Siblings of disabled and seriously ill children in families on low incomes face numerous challenges in their lives. These young 5 to 17 year olds often act as carers for their brothers and sisters. Household life, including sleep and routine is often disturbed. Parents tell us that there is often not time or money available to support a sibling in their passions whether it’s a hobby like ballet, football or music, or that the parents do not have time to help a sibling with their homework.

    Solution

    This Christmas we want to help 120 siblings by raising £6,000 to provide grants in the form of £50 vouchers to provide respite activities or a gift of the child’s choice. The awards help to promote the sibling’s self-esteem, instigates pride in the sibling’s achievements, increase feelings of self-worth, and give siblings the opportunity to have time allocated to them with their parents to go shopping together. We also gain feedback from the families to learn how we can help siblings in future.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Recognise the contribution of siblings of disabled and seriously ill children.


    Activities

    » Provide 120 grants in the form of £50 vouchers to provide respite activities or a gift of the child’s choice.

    What success will look like

    We will provide 120 awards that enable siblings to determine the use of their grant and gain benefit from the recognition of what they do.


    Aim 2

    Build on Family Fund’s work with siblings and help us to better understand the needs of siblings.


    Activities

    » To further develop evaluation and reporting mechanisms to better articulate the outcome and impact of small grants.

    What success will look like

    We will collect evaluation and feedback on the awards. We will use this to report to donors and to raise awareness of the challenges facing siblings.


    Aim 3

    Building relationships and supporting families.


    Activities

    » Using communication channels to garner feedback.

    What success will look like

    We will build on the relationships that we have developed to identify additional needs of these families, and to find new ways to help siblings.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Family Fund worked with the University of Portsmouth to produce the report Do Siblings Matter Too? Research was gathered from 2,000 families supported by Family Fund and we set up Siblings Matter Too in response. Since 2015 we have helped 3,215 siblings. When Family Fund starts to help a family it is often the beginning of a long relationship. The long term changes are for the children and families who receive the awards, and will be demonstrated over time by the feedback we receive.

    Risk

    Family Fund have over 40 years of experience of mitigating the risks of grant giving which include the risk of a grant not reaching beneficiaries and the risk of a grant being misused. In 2016/17, we provided over 88,000 grants and services to families. We conduct regular audits of grant expenditure, home visits to ensure eligibility for first time applicants, and due diligence with all applications such as documentation checks and contact with third parties who work with the families.

    Reporting

    Pledgers and champions will receive a report that will include case studies, feedback, information on where the siblings live and the primary disability/illness that their brother or sister has. Donors will receive a thank you and a case study.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £6,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15 Printing Printing costs for letters and correspondence with the family
      £59 Postage Cost for posting letters and vouchers
      £226 Administration Costs of administration and reporting
      £5,700 Shopping Vouchers 120 x £50 Love to Shop vouchers. Each costing £47.50 with the generous discount provided by Love to

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Family Fund Business Services £75,000 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    Family Fund is a UK wide charity working with families on low incomes across the UK. We work to identify families who are most in need of our help in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    Beneficiaries

    120 siblings of disabled and seriously ill children, and their families will benefit from these awards. By raising awareness of the challenges facing siblings we may prompt other donations to help more families, and also make families aware that help is available.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Over 45 years Family Fund has developed unique relationships with families on low incomes with seriously ill/disabled children. We have annual funding agreements with the UK governments who awarded us over £30 million in funding in 2016-17. In 2016-17 we gave 88,119 grants/services. We have the only national grant that acknowledges the impact on everyday life of a sibling of a disabled/seriously ill child. This programme allows us to build on existing relationships with the families we support.

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    People

    Ben Calverley

    Ben joined Family Fund in 2009 as an Applications Officer and became Director of Grant Services in 2013. Ben manages the Grant Services Department.

    Sarah Duff

    Sarah joined Family Fund in 2013 as Grant Services Manager and became Head of Grants and Policy in 2018. Sarah manages the Siblings Matter Too team.

    Rachel Ashcroft

    Rachel is an Applications officer who joined Family Fund in 2005 and has been delivering the Siblings Matter Too Scheme since 2015.

    Karen Simmons

    Karen is an Applications officer who joined Family Fund in 2007 and has been delivering the Siblings Matter Too Scheme since 2015.