Buttle UK’s COVID-19 response

23rd March 2020

During the current health crisis Buttle UK is committed to maintaining the distribution of our Chances for Children grants as closely to normal as possible. We still aim for these grants to focus on the social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people and their capacity to engage in education and learning.  However, due to restrictions placed on the UK population because of COVID-19 Buttle UK will not be providing funding for leisure activities, family days out, counselling or anything that involves being in the community for the foreseeable future.

For the duration of these restrictions the support will focus more on:

  • Maintaining educational activity and stimulus within the home environment
  • Establishing and or maintaining internet access and electronic communications  
  • Household essentials

As a result, we are expecting to fund the areas outlined below. However, these examples are not intended to describe the only things we will make awards for during this period, so please do discuss with us other items and costs you feel children and young people need, we will be as flexible as we can.

1. Children and young people will have access to

  • Essential clothing and footwear
  • Educational toys and books for home activity and learning e.g. stationery, board games, arts and crafts materials and if there is capacity garden play equipment

2. Household essentials

  • White goods
  • Kitchen essentials (crockery, cutlery, pots, pans etc)
  • Beds and bedding
  • Storage furniture
  • Essential furniture items (table and chairs, desks/chairs etc)
  • Household safety equipment (stair gates, socket covers etc)

3. Staying connected

  • IT equipment – laptops and electronic tablets
  • Accessories - printers, headphones, data storage
  • WiFi access
  • Access to online learning and revision platforms and online tutoring

For information and advice please contact the Grants Development Officer in your area:

Gari Sparling
Grants Development Officer

Covering London, East of England and East Midlands
Email garis@buttleuk.org
020 7798 6237

Keeley Mudd
Grants Development Officer

Covering London and South East England
Email keeleym@buttleuk.org
Tel 020 3262 0535


Beth McIvor
Grants Development Officer

Covering Northern Ireland and West Midlands
Email bethm@buttleuk.org
Tel 028 8774 6778

John Hamilton
Grants Development Officer

Covering Scotland, North East England and Yorkshire and the Humber
Email johnh@buttleuk.org
Tel 0141 778 2839


Ffion Haf
Grants Development Officer

Covering Wales, North West England and South West England
Email ffionh@buttleuk.org
Tel 01443 408 209

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