Around 25% of Trekinetic customers receive funding towards their wheelchair, whether that’s from individual fundraising efforts, support from the NHS or a grant from a local charity.

Whilst Trekinetic have worked with a number of different charities over the year, there are a vast number of organisations supporting people in all different circumstances. We have listed a few funding options below that we’re aware of but we’d also recommend the Turn2Us website which has a great search engine, allowing you to input such details as age, occupation, etc. to find organisations most likely to be able to offer you support.

Personal Wheelchair Budgets

A personal wheelchair budget is a resource available to support people’s choice of wheelchair, either within NHS commissioned services or outside NHS commissioned services. Personal wheelchair budgets enable postural and mobility needs to be included in wider care planning and can support people to access a wider choice of wheelchair.

The personal wheelchair budget model has been developed to include people who are referred and meet the eligibility criteria of their local wheelchair service, and receive a face to face assessment with a clinician. People who are already registered with the wheelchair service will be eligible when they require a new wheelchair, either through a change in clinical needs or in the condition of their current chair. Local eligibility criteria for wheelchairs still apply, which CCGs are responsible for and are based on local population needs. Details of local CCGs can be found on the NHS website.

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Access to Work Grant

If the help you need at work is not covered by your employer making reasonable adjustments, you may be able to get help from Access to Work. You need to have a paid job, or be about to start or return to one. You’ll be offered support based on your needs, which may include a grant to help cover the costs of practical support in the workplace. An Access to Work grant can pay for:

  • Special equipment, adaptations or support worker services to help you do things like answer the phone or go to meetings
  • Help getting to and from work

You might not get a grant if you already get certain benefits. The money does not have to be paid back and will not affect your other benefits.

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Aspire

Aspire supports people with spinal cord injuries in the UK.  Through its Human Needs Fund it is able to offer funding for specialist equipment not available from statutory services such as lightweight wheelchairs, powered chairs, electronic page turners ad assistive technology equipment.  Applications for medical equipment will require support from an appropriate health professional.  To apply, download the application form and guidelines from the Aspire website.

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Whizz-Kidz

Whizz-Kidz mission is to transform the lives of disabled children by providing the equipment, support and life skills they need, when they need them – giving them the chance to develop their full potential. Whizz-Kidz provide disabled children and young people with vital mobility equipment, and life journey services, giving them opportunities to build friendships and have fun, and training to help them gain skills and look forward to a bright future.

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Variety Club

The Variety Club works to help improve the lives of sick, disabled and disadvantaged children and young people up to the age of 19 years across the UK, providing basic items that will improve the lives of individual children.  Each year they donate electric wheelchairs, specialist beds, car seats, sensory equipment, standing frames and many other items that can change the life of a child in need.

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Cerebra

Cerebra grants are to help children (aged 16 or younger) who have disabilities because of a brain related condition or injury.  The condition may be of a physical nature, a learning disability or both.  Cerebra offer direct and practical assistance to improve the quality of life of children and young people, e.g. sensory toys, tricycles and quadricycles and touch screen computers.  Applications must be supported by two references, one of which must be from a medical professional.  Grants are paid to suppliers, not directly to the child/family.

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Children Today

Founded in 1994, Children Today was created to help children and young people with disabilities up to the age of 25 years old across the UK by providing grants for specialised equipment. At Children Today we are proud to support these children and young people by providing grants for equipment including (but not limited to):

  • Electric wheelchairs
  • Walking aids
  • Adapted trikes
  • Adapted car seats
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Please note that funding options listed on this page are intended for UK customers and may not be available to residents outside of the UK.