Support for families

What can Buttle UK help with?

Our Chances for Children grants can now provide an enhanced package of support for children and young people dealing with a variety of issues ranging from, but not limited to; kinship care arrangements, domestic abuse, estrangement, physical and mental ill health, and substance abuse. Read on to find out more.

Please Note: If their only need is to establish a home you should apply here

How we help

Here’s how we helped two families set up new homes and start to rebuild their lives after escaping domestic abuse

Note...

This scheme is only appropriate if a child is experiencing lasting emotional, social or educational difficulties due to domestic abuse. If their only need is to establish a home you should apply here.

Emotional and Social needs

Exposure to domestic abuse can impact on how a child or young person processes their feelings, interacts with others and can affect their mental health. They often experience significant upheaval, losing everything familiar to them. They may need help adjusting to their new surroundings and coming to terms with their experiences.

Some examples of how we can help tackle these issues include:

  • Therapy – for example art therapy or play therapy
  • After-school clubs to help them integrate into a community or build relationships with their peers
  • Activities that allow a child to express themselves; for example drama or art clubs

Things to consider

Is the child or young person demonstrating any emotional issues, for example withdrawal, depression or lacking self-confidence?

Do they have a safe space to talk about their feelings?

Are they isolated or struggling to adapt because they have moved away from their family and friends?

Do they need an outlet to help manage behavioural or emotional difficulties?

Is their relationship with their parent or siblings a positive one?

Household needs

We understand that families fleeing domestic abuse are often forced to leave their homes in a hurry, leaving many of their personal belongings behind. That’s why we can also help set up a home as part of the grant. We can consider things such as:

  • Essential home furniture such as a cooker or a child’s bed
  • Items to decorate or personalise a child’s bedroom
  • Clothing and school or work uniform
  • Toys and baby equipment
  • Help with moving costs

Things to consider

Does the family or young person have the basic essentials needed to take care of their fundamental needs?

Does the child have things to stimulate them in the home?

Do they feel safe and secure in their new bedroom?

Educational needs

A range of factors such as estrangement, domestic abuse or a move to kinship carer can often disrupt a young person’s education. We can help by offering support including paying for:

  • Educational supplies such as laptops, stationery and equipment
  • Books and educational toys
  • School uniforms
  • Tutoring lessons
  • Homework club
  • Tools and technical equipment
  • Travel costs to and from college

Things to consider

Has their schooling been significantly disrupted?

Are they behind their peers in school?

Do they have all the tools they need to excel in school or college?

What are the material barriers to their training or education?

Are they eligible?

Who can we help

To be considered for enhanced support applicants must be:

  • Children aged 18 or under living with parent(s) or carer(s) or young people aged 20 and under who have recently experienced domestic abuse and are in the rehousing or post-housing stages.
  • In financial hardship.
  • Receiving on-going, regular support from a professional organisation.
  • Normally resident in the UK with the intention to remain in the country long term.
  • Applicants must have ensured that every effort has been made to check that a statutory, education or governmental body cannot fund the activity or item being requested.

Applicants must have already exhausted all other sources of public funds for which they are eligible, including their Local Authority’s Welfare Provision Scheme. You can find your local scheme on the Child Poverty Action Group Website

We are unable to help:

  • Children who are Looked After by the Local Authority
  • Where there is any other clear statutory responsibility for meeting their needs

If your client is not eligible for this funding stream there may be others here

Key stats

Percentage of applications last year that referenced domestic abuse as factor

28%

London boroughs we've given grants in

28 of 32

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Applications must be completed by an organisation that is supporting the family or young person and is capable of assessing their needs. The referrer should also be able to administer and supervise the grant on our behalf.

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Can't find what you're looking for?

We can consider a broad range of requests provided it is demonstrated to meet the needs of the child or young person. While Buttle UK has to work within specific criteria, we also aim to provide a flexible grant programme to assist those most in need. Follow the link to access our general enquiry form

Please note you must commit to sending us receipts for each item purchased with the grant. If you are unsure as to whether we will be able to consider your request and you wish to discuss a case prior to making an application please contact us on info@buttleuk.org or 0207 828 7311.

If the only need you identify are essential household items, you should apply here


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We are very grateful to both the City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge Trust for their support of our work in London as well as Comic Relief for their support in Birmingham and the West Midlands.

City Bridge TrustFunded by Comic Relief