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COVID 19 - SEND updates and resources

Accessing support as a vulnerable family

8 June - New hardship fund available for families in Richmond struggling to access money to pay for food (opens a page on the Richmond council website)


19th May - £37 million to support children with complex needs

Children with special educational needs and disabilities in England will benefit from £37.3 million of direct support in 2020-21, which is expected to help more than 75,000 families in England. The multi-million-pound settlement will help low-income families with seriously ill or disabled children with the cost of equipment, goods or services. The multi-million-pound settlement for Family Fund, detailed today by Children and Families Minister Vicky Ford, will help low-income families with seriously ill or disabled children with the cost of equipment, goods or services - from washing machines and refrigerators to sensory and educational equipment that they might not otherwise be able to afford. The grants are typically worth £400 to £500 per family, but vary depending on need.

Read more and how to apply on GOV.UK

Flexible use of the local Activity Fund for children and young people with disabilities.

Due to the current situation and restrictions in place, the way in which AfC offer the Activity Fund will be flexible. The Activity Fund usually provides £140 towards activities for eligible children and young people to take part in, each financial year. These activities include activities such as swimming sessions, annual passes, and activity clubs during term time and during school holidays. As these activities remain unavailable for the foreseeable future, we are offering alternative use of the Activity Fund until the usual activities can be accessed again.

Read more here



4th May - Unpaid carers added to list of essential workers for COVID19 testing

The government has now included unpaid carers, like parents with disabled children, to its list of essential workers and those prioritised for Covid-19 testing in England. You can find out more about who is eligible for testing, how to get tested and the different types of test available at GOV.UK


My child has significant health needs (e.g. significant respiratory condition).  How can our family be added to the official government list of vulnerable families so that we can receive additional support from the Council and supermarkets know our situation?  I think the NHS should have included us already and we seem to have been missed off. 

The official list is being updated on a regular basis and councils are then being sent the updated versions.  To be added to the list follow the instructions here:

If I am not on the official list of vulnerable households, can I still apply for access to additional support?

Yes.  You do not need to be on the official "vulnerable list" to apply for additional support.  
In Kingston you should contact Kingston Stronger Together on 020 8 547 5000 or or complete an online form at

In Richmond you should contact the Community Hub on 020 8871 6555 or