Fun and games for Doncaster lad

Posted in: Foundation Last updated: 30 Jul 2015

A young boy from Doncaster, who has suffered from ADHD, autism, dyspraxia and right-sided hemiparesis for most of his life, is celebrating today after receiving a personal grant from OneFamily that will enable him to enjoy some much needed independence.

Owen Kaveney, 11, who needs constant care due to being unable to speak and having mobility problems, was awarded the grant to fund outdoor play equipment for his garden.

His father Neil, who is a member of OneFamily (formerly Engage Mutual), applied for the grant from the Foundation to pay for the climbing set that will allow Owen to spend more time playing outside. 

Neil said: “Sometimes life can be difficult for Owen as he is not always able to enjoy things other children his age can. He needs constant supervision as he’s not very good at walking and he can’t talk so someone needs to be there to communicate for him. Although he enjoys playing on climbing frames, he doesn’t like places where there are too many people as the noise makes him nervous and that means it’s not always appropriate to take him to the park or other public play areas.

“The grant will make a real difference to all our lives and for that, we can’t thank OneFamily enough.”

“This new equipment will help us all a great deal. Not only will it encourage Owen to spend more time outdoors, it will also mean that we can be safe in the knowledge that he is having fun in a safe environment, freeing us up to get on with other day-to-day tasks that can sometimes be difficult as Owen needs around-the-clock care. 

“The grant will make a real difference to all our lives and for that, we can’t thank OneFamily enough.”

The OneFamily Foundation aspires to make £5 million available to its members over the next five years to help them, their families and their local communities. The Foundation has already helped hundreds of members with its personal grants since its launch in 2014.

Members can apply for a grant to help them personally, or even to assist a family member or close friend. Community awards are available to help boost a project in their local area. This unique member benefit is made possible by the financial stability and mutual principles of the member-owned organisation which provides savings, investment and protection products to enable families work together to meet the financial demands of modern life.

Julie Stead-Connor, community manager at OneFamily, added: “We’re thrilled to have been able to help the Kaveney family purchase this equipment for Owen. Being active is something a lot of us take for granted but it can be a struggle when you have a child that suffers from these sorts of conditions.

“We hope that the set will help Owen regain some independence and that he will enjoy it for years to come.”  

The recent merger of Engage Mutual and Family Investments to become OneFamily means that members of both organisations can now apply for OneFamily Foundation funding.  Members are encouraged to visit https://foundation.onefamily.com/  to apply for a personal grant. Money is available for members which may be used to help them and their families in times of hardship or when support is needed to make things a little bit better.


Editors notes:
The OneFamily Foundation (formerly the Engage Foundation) was set up to benefit its customers, their families and the communities in which they live and work. There are two ways they can benefit; personal grants or community awards.  A number of personal grants of up to £500 are available every month to help them, or someone close to them in times or hardship, or simply to make things a little better. Community awards are open for nominations in Spring and Autumn, with awards of up to £5,000 and £25,000 available to help fund projects in their local community.