Family Fund Sleep Support Pathway Study

Family Fund is excited to announce the beginning of a study into sleep support for families raising disabled children. Following on from Tired all the Time, Family Fund wanted to look at what sleep help and support is available to parents and some of the ways that it might help.

The Sleep Support Pathways Study is aimed at families experiencing sleep difficulties and will look at the impact of different types of sleep support across a group of parents in the Lincolnshire area; this will be compared with parents not receiving any support.

The University of Hull has been asked to do the study by Family Fund and is working with some of our partners who provide sleep support to families raising disabled children: The Children’s Sleep Charity, Kids and the Sleep Unit at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

We hope that the study, which is expected to finish in June 2017, will give us academic evidence about the value of supporting those who are experiencing sleep deprivation, and inform us how to best help families in the future.

The structure of the study is as follows:

  • A questionnaire conducted by the University of Hull - View the questionnaire here
  • A free workshop aimed at supporting families to learn new techniques and sleeping tips, and implement changes in routine
  • Follow up support after the workshop if needed
  • Four online questionnaires to complete the study

When the process is complete, families will rewarded with a £10 Love2shop voucher.

Click on each of the workshops below to find out more:

Lincoln – 29 September 2016
Grantham- 30 September 2016
Skegness – 5 October 2016
Boston – 18 October 2016
Lincoln - 17 October 2016
Scunthorpe - 9 November 2016
Leicester - 11 November 2016

If you would like any further information about the study, including how your information will be used, please email us at

*Please note that by completing the questionnaire; you will be providing your information directly to the University of Hull and not Family Fund.  The University of Hull is hosting the questionnaire, they will analyse the results and let you know what happens next. Please be assured that all of your comments will remain confidential and will not affect your relationship with Family Fund. University of Hull is a member of UKRIO and therefore abides by the Data Protection Act 1998 and carries research out in accordance with Code of Good Research Practice.