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Every child should have a safe and happy childhood.
At Action for Children, we protect and support vulnerable children and young people across the UK. We work in 476 local community services, as well as in schools and online, and campaign for lasting change. Last year, we helped more than 387,000 children, young people and families.
In our nurseries and children’s centres, staff make sure children get the best start in life. Our foster, adoption and modern residential services find children safe and loving homes.
We protect those who have been abused or neglected and help children who care for others or find themselves homeless. And innovative new projects like the Blues Programme give young people the help they need to look after their mental and emotional well-being.
We’ve been helping children and young people for 150 years. But we can only continue our work with your support.
There are hundreds of thousands of children in the UK whose lives are devastated by disease and disability.
It's too many. Far too many. Research can put a stop to this.
For more than 60 years Action Medical Research has helped pioneer treatments and ways to prevent disease that have benefited millions of people in the UK and across the world. Our research has helped to beat polio in the UK, develop ultrasound in pregnancy, fight meningitis and prevent stillbirths.
But we urgently need to develop more new treatments and cures for sick babies and children and we can't do it without you. Medical research for children is underfunded in the UK. For every project Action funds there's another one we have to turn away – simply because of a lack of funds.
Join our fight for little lives today and help save and change children's lives.
Autism NI supports individuals and their families, and campaigns to raise awareness of Autism. A local charity, we provide life-changing services for the 30,000 people affected by Autism throughout Northern Ireland.
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how individuals communicate, their interaction with others, ways of thinking and how they ‘make sense’ of the world around them.
One in forty children in Northern Ireland are diagnosed with Autism and we reply on your help to improve the lives of those affected by this hidden disability.
Our Autism NI Helpline receives over 3,000 calls each year, our and Family Support team co-ordinates work with over 6,000 families, offering information and advice, and early intervention services to those with a child with Autism.
To find out more go to www.autismni.org
Barnardos works to transform the lives of vulnerable children and young people.
We work with around 300,000 children, young people, parents and carers each year running over 1,000 services across the UK. Our work is vital and no more so than now.
Covid-19 has created a storm of acute need for the vulnerable children and their families we help. As fundraising events have been cancelled and our 700 retail shops have had to close, we have already lost a third of our monthly income. We are working flat out to ensure that we continue to provide essential support to those children and families. We're tackling the impact Covid-19 has had on those most vulnerable and all our services are striving to provide as much support as possible to those that need us most.
Every Barnardo's service is different but each believes in the potential in every child and young person, no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through.
We lobby the government regularly using our original research based on the direct work we do with children and young people.
We raise awareness of the issues affecting vulnerable children whilst demonstrating how Barnardos, with your help, transforms the lives of these vulnerable children.
Bliss exists to ensure that all babies born too soon, too small or too sick in the UK have the best possible chance of survival and of reaching their full potential. They work in a number of areas including: improving family centred care, Bliss nurses, resarch and support services (helpline, website, nurses, volunteer network)
Centrepoint provides a safe place to live for more than 2,900 young people, aged 16-25, every year in London and the north east of England. It helps young homeless people to get their life back on track through the provision of: housing, health, education, support to move on. They also help indriectly through partnering with a network of organisations that support homeless young people and influencing policy.
Chestnut Tree House is the only childrens hospice in East and West Sussex and cares for 300 children and young adults from 0-19 years of age with progressive life-limiting conditions from Sussex and South East Hampshire.
•Assessment, advice and information for children and young adults with life limiting or life threatening conditions 24 hours per day.
•Specialist short breaks, emergency and end of life care provided at Chestnut Tree House 24 hours per day.
•Support for the entire family following diagnosis through the whole disease process by the multidisciplinary team at Chestnut Tree House
•Bereavement support which includes befriending, counselling and spiritual care
•Support and advice on the transition from paediatric palliative care services to adult services
At Chestnut Tree House our goal has been to provide the best quality of life for children, young people and their families, and to offer a total package of practical, social and spiritual support throughout each childs life, however short it may be.
Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement. Every year we train c.6000 professionals, helping them to better understand the needs of grieving families.
Child Concern Consortium is a group of three small children's charities raising funds together since 1994.
Each of our member charities works in a different way to help vulnerable children, offering years of experience and expertise and touching the lives of many thousands of children each year.
Originally formed to raise funds through Payroll Giving, we now have nearly 3000 individuals supporting us directly from their payroll and thousands more committed to regular giving via direct debit, collecting change in one of our money boxes, making one-off donations or giving us their valuable time as volunteers.
At ChildHope, we believe that children should enjoy a safe and secure childhood.
But for those growing up in the toughest circumstances, these rights are denied. Born into extreme poverty and violence, they have no protection. We work with local partners to ensure these children’s voices are heard, their rights are upheld and they are able to access essential services.
We believe every child has potential. There are strengths within children, their families, friendships and communities. Policies and systems can be changed, to protect children and give them a better future. By strengthening the net of support around the child, we aim to ensure these children are protected and can thrive.
The childrens society fights child poverty and neglect, and help all children have a better chance in life.
Our frontline services: We run quality services that draw on clear evidence and good practice that are being replicated across the country. We work locally where we can make the greatest possible change for disadvantaged children.
Campaigning for change: We are growing our ambitious programme of campaigning to champion change at a national and local level. We have a strong track record of challenging misconceptions, and changing attitudes and practice. We do this by uncovering desperate situations, exposing injustice and addressing hard truths.
CLIC Sargent is the UKs leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. We provide clinical, practical, financial and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life. We are there from diagnosis onwards and aim to help the whole family deal with the impact of cancer and its treatment, life after treatment and, in some cases, bereavement.
•We provide clinical, practical and emotional support to children and young people with cancer, and their families
•We give financial support including grants and benefits information to children and young people with cancer to help deal with the financial impact of cancer
•We provide free Home from Home accommodation close to specialist hospitals, so that families can be close to their children during treatment
•We offer free holidays and short breaks so that families can spend time together, with the support of our care professionals, away from the everyday challenges of childhood cancer
•We provide children, young people and families with a wide range of valuable information on childhood cancer and its impact
•We campaign and influence others to raise awareness of the needs of children and young people with cancer and to improve the support they receive.
We are Contact, the charity for families with disabled children. We support families with the best possible guidance and information. We bring families together to support each other. And we help families to campaign, volunteer and fundraise to improve life for themselves and others.
We are an innovative charity, exploring ways dogs can help people and communities overcome specific challenges and transform lives.
-We train assistance dogs to support adults and children with a range of disabilities, and children with autism
-We place specially trained community dogs in schools and communities, helping both adults and children overcome specific challenges
-We run PAWS family dog workshops which provide support and advice to parents of children with autism to explore the difference a pet dog could make to their family
We see time and time again the incredible things which can happen when you bring people and dogs together.
"Great Ormond Street Hospital Childrens Charity raises money to enable the hospital to provide world class care and to pioneer new treatments and cures for childhood illnesses.
Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is an international centre of excellence in child healthcare.
Together with our research partner, the UCL Institute of Child Health (ICH), we form the UKs only academic biomedical research centre specialising in paediatrics.Since its formation in 1852, the hospital has been dedicated to childrens healthcare and to finding new and better ways to treat childhood illnesses.
What we do:
Each year, there are over 240,000 patient visits to the hospital.
Most of the children we care for are referred from other hospitals throughout the UK and overseas. There are more than 50 different clinical specialties at GOSH.
Finding new and better treatments and cures for childhood illnesses has always been central to our work. Take a look at our research review to find out more.
GOSH is also at the forefront of paediatric training in the UK. We train more childrens nurses than any other hospital. We also play a leading role in training paediatric doctors."
Home-Start helps families with young children deal with whatever life throws at them. We support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children.
Hope for Children is an international charity that passionately believes every child has the right to a happy, healthy and positive childhood.
Almost half of the world's children are vulnerable and living in poverty. We are changing this by making a safe and fulfilling childhood a reality for more of the world's children.
We are improving their access to education and healthcare, empowering their families to support themselves whilst developing their confidence and self-esteem. Most importantly we are giving them hope.
The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust raises money to support 13 – 24-year-olds fighting cancer. We provide support mechanisms to improve young cancer patients’ quality of life on hospital wards and after treatment; and fund medical research specifically into cancers that affect 13 – 24 year olds.
We are a small charity based in Huddersfield which supports the 43 hospitals which specialise in the treatment of teenager cancer across the UK and Ireland.
Examples of some of our projects:
However, we have teamed up with pioneering scalp cooling company Paxman and launched the ‘Teenage and Young Adult Scalp Cooling Service’ which returns choice and control over treatment to young cancer patients. This incredible offer will have a huge impact on the mental wellbeing of young patients.
We felt that laptops and iPads would help provide distraction therapy, provide resources to breakdown the feelings of loneliness & isolation as well as help young people maintain normality by having contact with friends, families, keeping up with studies and current affairs.
Amongst many case studies from this is a young mother receiving treatment maintained daily contact with her children through FaceTime; reading stories, helping with homework and maintaining family life whilst in isolation.
We propose to start working with groups of young cancer patients to find out from them what their needs are, what currently works for them and where more support is needed. We aim to provide that missing support, whether that is face to face support through an appointment or drop in system or whether young patients would respond better to remote support through devices such as iPads, which could of course be delivered very quickly.
The Lullaby Trust provides specialist support for bereaved families, promotes expert advice on safer baby sleep and raises awareness on sudden infant death. Working with the NHS we run a national health-visitor led service for bereaved parents, Care of Next Infant (CONI) programme, which supports families before and after the birth of their new baby.
When a child is fighting a life-threatening condition, it has a huge impact on them and their whole family. The children Make-A-Wish support are often enduring things most of us could never imagine. They're going through gruelling treatment, endless medical appointments and spending time in hospital away from their home, friends and family. A far cry from the childhood they should be enjoying.
Granting their One True Wish provides seriously ill children with hope for the future, strength to cope and resilience to fight their condition. They're given quality time away from the daily realities of living with their condition and have the chance to make magical memories they can treasure forever - whatever their future may hold.
Over 30 more than years, Make-A-Wish has transformed the lives of more than 11,000 desperately ill children by granting their One True Wish. By giving a regular donation you can help grant these life-changing wishes. Thank you.
Ethan, 6, is living with a complex heart condition. When he turned to Make-A-Wish, funds donated by people like you helped to grant his One True Wish to be an American Police officer for the day.
Mercy Corps is a leading global organisation powered by the belief that a better world is possible. Supported by our European Headquarters in Edinburgh, we work in over 40 of the most fragile countries around the world, saving and transforming lives.
Mercy Corps is dedicated to helping people facing the toughest challenges survive and move toward a stronger, more resilient future.
We understand that communities are the best agents of their own change, so we aim to empower people by connecting them to the resources they need to build better, stronger lives.
Through close collaboration with community members and a wide variety of local organisations, we put bold solutions into action and help people triumph over adversity.
From natural disasters to manmade conflicts and from famines to disease outbreaks, our team members and supporters are united by a desire to alleviate suffering and empower people to live safely, with dignity.
Donate today to help people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within, now, and for years to come.
Naomi House & Jacksplace hospices provide expert care to more than 280 life-limited and life-threatened children, young people and their extended families from Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Berkshire, West Sussex, Surrey and the Isle of Wight.
The National Deaf Children's Society is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people.
We have offices in London, Birmingham, Belfast, Cardiff and Glasgow.
Deaf Child Worldwide is our international development wing. It's the only UK-based international development agency dedicated to enabling deaf children to overcome poverty and isolation.
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is a charity campaigning and working in child protection in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands.
We have over 40 service centres which offer a combination of services to children, families and professionals. We support parents and families in caring for their children and provide therapeutic assistance to help children move on from abuse.
The NSPCC helpline and ChildLine provide help and support to thousands of adults, children and families. Year on year, the number of calls and online contacts is increasing and helping to protect more children.
Our helpline counsellors are there 24 hours a day, ready to help parents, adults and people working with children do whatever they can to protect them.
Everyone who comes into contact with children plays an important part in keeping them safe. We train and support a large number of individuals and organisations so that they have the right skills and effective procedures in place to better protect children.
Our Information Service can help you find the latest policy, practice, research and news on child protection and related subjects. And, its free. To find out how we can help you with your child protection questions and research, call 0808 800 5000, email email@example.com or submit an enquiry.
Plan International UK is a children's charity that's been around for 80 years. We strive to advance children's rights and equality for girls all over the world.
We recognise the power and potential of every single child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And its girls who are most affected. We encourage and help children take an active role in finding solutions to their problems and realising their rights and their full potential.
93,000 children in 50 countries are sponsored through Plan International UK.
When you sponsor a child with Plan International UK, you're not just helping one child - you're making improvements that benefit everyone in their community and beyond. Projects include building schools, digging wells, training teachers and providing vaccinations. Sponsorship educates an entire community, it improves medical infrastructure, it provides water and sanitation and ensures that a community is prepared for disaster, should an emergency happen.
Rainbow Trust Children's Charity provides emotional and practical support for families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness. We support the whole family including parents, carers, the sick child, brothers, sisters and grandparents.
Rainbow Trust support is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. Support is given from the moment of diagnosis to, in some cases, bereavement and beyond. We will support for as long as we are needed.
We believe families shouldn't have to cope on their own at their time of greatest need. Our vision is that one day, every family in England caring for a child with a life threatening or terminal condition will have access to our Family Support Workers.
Refuge is the largest specialist provider of gender-based violence services in the country supporting over 6,500 women and children on any given day. Refuge opened the world’s first refuge in 1971 in Chiswick, West London and 47 years later, provides: a national network of 46 refuges, community outreach programmes, child support services, and acts as independent advocates for those experiencing domestic, sexual, and gender-based violence. We also run specialist services for survivors of modern slavery, ‘honour’-based violence, and female genital mutilation. In partnership with Women’s Aid, Refuge provides the National Domestic Violence Helpline which receives hundreds of calls a day.
Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity helps to make life better for seriously ill children in the UK with Roald Dahl Nurses who provide support to children with serious illnesses, and their families. We believe every child should have the best possible healthcare.
From Bangladesh to Birmingham, Glasgow to Gaza, every child is full of potential
Save the Children helped 17.4 million children through our work in 2014 in 120 countries including UK. We run world-class programs to save childrens lives and challenge world leaders to keep to their promises to give children a brighter future.
When disaster strikes, there is no time to lose. Our teams respond quickly and do whatever it takes to save childrens lives. In 2014 we responded to 97 emergencies in 54 countries - delivering life-saving food, water, healthcare, protection and education to over 5 million people.
Education has the power to transform childrens futures. We are helping millions of children go to school and improve their skills for a brighter tomorrow.
Living on the streets or in refugee camps, or shut away in institutions – wherever children are vulnerable, they need protection from abuse, exploitation and neglect.
Save the Children started in Britain in 1919 and started working with children here soon after. Today we continue, through our UK programmes and campaigning, to tackle child poverty here at home, so children, whatever their background, have the chance to fulfil their potential
SeeAbility is a UK charity supporting people with sight loss and multiple disabilities. Our highly trained staff, supported by SeeAbility rehabilitation specialists in visual impairment and speech and language specialists, work to develop the skills of the people we support, enabling them to make the choices they want and enjoy a fulfilling life with as much independence as possible
We share our expert knowledge proactively across the UK to raise awareness and increase access to eye care and vision services.
SeeAbility's Children in Focus Campaign is currently carrying out the most extensive research to date into sight testing for children in special schools in England, as part of our plans to transform eye care for children with disabilities.
You can find out more about our work at www.seeability.org and read our latest annual report at www.seeability.org/annualreport.
We are Street Child.
We believe every child deserves the chance to go to school and learn.
Currently, 125 million school-aged children are out of education world-wide. Millions more children are in school but failing to learn.
Street Child believes that achieving universal basic education is the single greatest step that can be taken towards the elimination of global poverty.
We recognise that the barriers to education are complex and interlinked, and our projects focus on a combination of education, child protection and livelihood support to address the social, economic and structural issues that underpin today’s education crisis.
Wherever we work, we partner with local organisations and communities and take an outcome-led approach.
We use evidence to drive learning and the constant refinement and scale-up of programmes that create maximum impact for the most children at the lowest cost.
Together for Short Lives is the leading UK charity for all children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions and all those who support, love and care for them. We support families, professionals and services, including children's hospices. Our work helps to ensure that children can get the best possible care, wherever and whenever they need it.
From the moment of diagnosis, for whatever life holds, we help to ensure that families make the most of their precious time together.
There are an estimated 49,000 children and young people in the UK living with a life-threatening or life-limiting condition that may require palliative care services. We are there for every single one of these children, and their families, so they know where to go for help and are aware of the support available to them. With the right kind of information, it can become easier to access care and support, as well as practical and emotional help for the whole family when it's needed most. We help families get this information so they know what to expect at different stages throughout their journey.
Tommy's funds research into pregnancy problems and provides information to parents. We believe it is unacceptable that one in four women lose a baby during pregnancy and birth.
When a pregnancy fails or a baby dies, it causes devastation. Twenty three years ago, frustrated at the lack of research that meant they could rarely tell families why their babies were dying, two obstetricians in St Thomas' Hospital in London were inspired to start a campaign for more research into pregnancy problems.
Soon, their cause was taken up by others and a charity known as 'Tommy's' (after St Thomas' Hospital) was born.Maternal and fetal research image
That was 1992.
Today, we lead the way in maternal and fetal research in the UK.
In 2014, supporters helped Unicef UK raise a record £93.7 million for children in danger, according to our latest annual report.
Highlights included our fifth Soccer Aid event, which raised £6.5 million to keep children safe, and the opening ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, where more than 1 billion people saw Unicef's work for children around the world.
Your support helped Unicef provide:
Emergency aid for children in 19 countries and regions
24 million tetanus vaccines for mums and babies through our Pampers 1 pack = 1 vaccine campaign
1 million sets of winter clothing for the children of Syria
Specialised treatment and care for children and parents affected by Ebola
and much, much more.
Everyone should feel comfortable getting the support they need for issues with drugs, alcohol or mental health.
We work with people on their own goals, whether that’s staying safe and healthy, making small changes or stopping an unwanted habit altogether. We give people support in a way that’s right for them either face to face in their local service, community or online.
We provide a free and confidential service without judgement to more than 100,000 people a year.
We use our expertise to improve the help available and raise awareness around drugs, alcohol and mental health so that more people can get support.
We are working hard to transform the lives of disabled children across the UK, supporting them to become confident and independent young adults.
YMCA is the largest and the oldest charity working with young people in the world. Across England there are 114 YMCAs. Each one is a thriving and active community. A community that is transforming lives.
We focus on young people and help them play an active and fulfilling role within their communities. We call this a youth minded community approach.