Families with disabled children and young people aged 0-19 can now apply for a one-off grant payment of up to £400 per family. To qualify, parents must be resident in Sheffield and Sheffield City Council must have a responsibility for their child or young person (e.g. education).
The money can be used for anything that gives parents a break from their caring responsibilities. For example, you could use it for a family holiday, gym membership, for a carer to support your child to access an activity, or for your child to attend a holiday/weekend playscheme.
The deadline for applications is 31 January 2017, and the money must be spent by 31 March 2017.
You are automatically eligible for the grant if:
- your child receives the high rate care or high rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) OR
- your young person receives the enhanced rate care or enhanced rate mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) OR
- you already receive another form of assessed short break, e.g. residential provision, SNIPS, direct payments
If none of these conditions applies you may still be eligible, but will need to ask a professional who knows your family to fill in an Additional Information Form. If you were awarded the grant in 2015/16 following the submission of additional information, you do not need to resubmit this provided it is less than 12 months old.
If you received the grant last year, you will automatically receive an application form through the post. If you didn’t receive the grant last year, or you prefer to complete the form on your computer, you can download an application form and guidance notes from this website.
If you have any questions, please contact the SEND Information Advice & Support Service (formerly Parent Partnership) on 0114 273 6009 or email CYPF_ShortBreaksGrant@sheffield.gov.uk.