As one of our charitable projects, Hft’s Family Carer Support Service (FCSS) is funded exclusively through voluntary donations and grants. For many family carers of a relative with a learning disability, they are an essential service. They provide free support and advice nationally, and ensure family carers have a voice in relevant government policies.

The service empowers family carers to understand and exercise their rights, as well as supporting them in navigating statutory services, such as health, education and social care. It does this through one to one support via phone, email and letter correspondence, through “needs led” workshops and soft or hard copy resources available free of charge, reaching approximately 5000 people every year.

The Family Carer Supporter’s role is not just to provide clear, relevant and up-to-date information. It is also about reducing the sense of helplessness and isolation experienced by many family carers. The FCSS gives them the confidence to negotiate with professionals from an informed position and to be aware of the options that will achieve fulfilling lives for their relative and, importantly, for themselves.

Since the FCSS relies exclusively on funding from voluntary donations and grants, we’d really welcome your support. To donate, please get in touch.

We currently have funding from The Bailey Thomas Charitable Foundation and Skills for Care. In the recent past, funders have included:

  • Whalley White Foundation
  • The Henry Smith Foundation
  • The Sovereign Health Care Charitable Trust
  • The Alchemy Foundation
  • Department of Health
  • The Big Lottery
  • The Freemason’s Grand Charity
  • The Baily Thomas Charitable Trust
  • The European Union

You can make a one-off donation or set up a regular direct debit to help support the FCSS. As a charitably funded project, your donation will have a direct impact on our ability to continue to support family carers up and down the country. Thank you to everyone who has supported us, both in the past and now in the present.