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Aberlour is the largest, purely Scottish, children’s charity. Every year we help over 6,000 children, young people and their families to cope with major obstacles such as disability, exclusion, parental drug and alcohol dependency and family breakdown.
In Scotland, the number of children with severe and complex disabilities is increasing. At Aberlour we encourage children to live as full a life as possible and our 9 disability centres across the country provide a home for home for children with multiple disabilities. We desperately need your help to keep these services running to help children like Karen.
Karen has complex physical needs due to spinal scoliosis and she is blind. Karen spends one week in eight at Aberlour’s Bankfoot service in Prestonpans to give her parents and brother a break. Karen enjoys listening to music and likes to play with tactile toys and responds well to foot and hand massages. On behalf of Karen and the many more children we care for. Thank you.
Registered Charity No. SC007991View website Watch video
Action for Children
Since 1869, when we were known at the National Children’s Home, we’ve been giving children the time they need and the love they deserve. Today, we help nearly 170,000 children and young people every year who need our care and support. Whether they are experiencing desperate poverty or neglect, disabled children who need specialist care or children who care for sick relatives – Action for Children will be there for as long as it takes.View website Watch video
After Adoption is a voluntary adoption agency working throughout England and Wales to help all those affected by adoption. From placing children with adoptive parents to supporting birth families and reuniting families separated through adoption, we can work with all groups of people affected by adoption.
Over the past twenty years, we have pioneered work with birth mothers in prison, search and reunion services and work with adopted young people. Adoption has a huge impact on both individuals, their families and the society we live in. Done well, it can transform the lives of children in the care system and give them the opportunity to reach their full potential as adults. After Adoption is here for the 1 in 4 people who have been affected by adoption.
Registered Charity No. 1000888View website Watch video
Barnardo’s vision is that the lives of all children and young people should be free from poverty, abuse and discrimination. We believe in the abused, the vulnerable, the forgotten and the neglected. We will support them, stand up for them and bring out the best in each and every child. As one of the UK ’s leading children’s charities this is our pledge. We believe in children – do you?
Registered Charity No. 216250 SC037605View website Watch video
BBC Children In Need
BBC Children in Need's vision is that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential.
We are currently supporting c.2,500 projects across the UK that are working with children facing a range of disadvantages for example, poverty and deprivation; disabled young people and children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect.
This year’s Appeal is on Friday 13 November and promises to be bigger and better than ever before so please make sure you get involved and help us to make a difference to children who need our help the most.
Registered Charity No. England & Wales no. 802052 and Scotland no. SC039557View website Watch video
“A 5 year old little girl who was told she would never walk surprised us all by walking into bibic for her re-assessment. Her parents didn't tell us she had learned to walk. We were all in tears” – Michelle, bibic therapist
This wonderful charity changes a life of a child living in the UK every day. Every year thousands of children are born with brain conditions which affect their lives in ways most of us cannot even begin to imagine.
bibic children’s charity offers the lifeline that desperate parents need (which sadly the government do not provide) to enable them to help their children reach their full potential, whatever that may be.
There are thousands of children we are unable to help due to financial constraints. bibic does not receive any financial support from the government and cannot compete with large charities who are able to market their cause.
Please support bibic so that one day, every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential.
bibic changes the lives of children with any condition affecting the brain, even if they are undiagnosed, to include autism, cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury, developmental delay, Down’s syndrome and dyspraxia.
Registered Charity No. 1057635View website Watch video
Bliss is the UK charity that cares for premature and sick babies. We are dedicated to ensuring that babies survive and go on to have the best possible quality of life. We provide practical and emotional support for families during an extremely difficult time, so they can give the best care to their babies. Our specialist study days and training supports doctors and nurses to develop their skills. We fund research to improve the care of all sick and premature babies. We raise awareness of the issues affecting special care babies and fight for essential change within government and the NHS.
Registered Charity No. 1002973View website Watch video
ChildHope is a small UK registered charity working around the world with children who are in some of the most difficult and dangerous circumstances.
These include children who are:
- Living or working on the streets or in slums
- In prison or in contact with the law
- Exposed to abuse at home or in schools
- Orphaned or alone
- At risk of HIV or denied treatment for AIDS
- Engaged in the worst forms of child labour or sexual exploitation.
We support projects in ten countries in Africa, Asia and South America that challenge the many forms of violence suffered by children and young people.
Since 1989 ChildHope has provided support to hundreds of thousands of vulnerable children, their families and communities around the world. The projects we currently support give priority to prevention, finding long lasting solutions and tackling the underlying causes of poverty and violence.View website Watch video
Throughout the UK, thousands of children and young people are facing challenges in their lives as a result of illness, disability or social circumstances. Childlife helps to improve the lives of children and young people by raising funds for the work of its four member charities.
Our partner charities supporting children are Ataxia UK, Acorns Children’s Hospice, National Deaf Children’s Society and the National Children’s Bureau. Together they reach many thousands of children and young people every year, providing a range of direct services, information and advice to promote the interests and well being of all children and young people. In their different ways, the four charities are all providing support and information to improve the lives of children and young people every day.
Childreach International works with local communities in Africa, Asia and the UK to unlock children’s potential and protect their human rights. By helping to improve the quality of local schools (such as our school farming project in Tanzania) or supporting children to campaign for their own rights (such as our Children in Charge of Change project in India that is helping thousands of children escape child labour), Childreach International is a unique charity making a huge difference across the globe.
Registered Charity No. 1132203View website Watch video
Children Change Colombia
Children Change Colombia is a UK registered charity dedicated to supporting Colombia 's most at risk children. By working in partnership with local NGOs we aim to improve the lives of children who have struggled in the face of the long-standing armed conflict, poverty, neglect, forced displacement and recruitment in armed groups.
As well as offering immediate relief to these children, we also focus on promoting longer-term, sustainable development through a range of education, healthcare, protection and peace-building initiatives. All of our projects encourage the active participation of children in building a better future for themselves, their community and the next generation. We believe that this type of grass-roots level investment is an important step towards a more peaceful Colombia.
Children in Crisis
Children in Crisis provides education, protection, and better life opportunities for children who because of war, remoteness, and lack of government services, are missing out on quality schooling. At the heart of our work is the belief that education improves health and livelihood, unites communities and builds peace. Education is the key to overcoming poverty and exclusion, so we pay particular attention to children and women who face discrimination or disadvantage, for reasons of ethnicity, gender, disability, income or other factors.
We work in partnership with local organisations and communities to improve education, healthcare and child protection, and we build their capacity to mobilise local resources, plan, deliver change, and sustain that change. We choose to work where few others do, in some of the most challenging places, and in areas affected by conflict or political instability such as in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Registered Charity No. 1020488View website Watch video
The Children's Society is a leading national charity, driven by the belief that every child deserves a good childhood. We provide vital help and understanding for those forgotten children who face the greatest danger, discrimination or disadvantage in their daily lives; children who are unable to find the support they need anywhere else. Our network of projects helps tens of thousands of children and their families each year. Through our pioneering research and influential campaigning, we defend, safeguard and protect the childhood of all children.View website Watch video
Around 1,500 people contact Crimestoppers anonymously every day with information about crimes in our communities.
Children and young people are often the victims of crime and Crimestoppers gives them - and other vulnerable groups - the opportunity to speak out and be heard.
Crimestoppers works in partnership with the police, government agencies and a range of charities to ensure that each piece of information passed to us is dealt with by the right people.
Please help us to continue providing a service to those 1,500 people a day who don’t want to suffer in silence and need our support.
Registered Charity No. 1108687 (England and Wales) and SC0377960 (Scotland).View website Watch video
.....where deaf children learn to listen & speak for themselves
A National Charity providing unique family-centred services in Hampshire, Hertfordshire and West Yorkshire and a Correspondence & Advisory service for families with deaf babies and children, offering education, help and support throughout the UK.
Family for Every Child
Family for Every Child is an international development charity working to stop children growing up vulnerable and alone.
More than 24 million children grow up without parental care, their survival often threatened by greater risk of malnutrition, violence and exploitation; their future lost by missing out on school, and their childhood. Working with local partners we keep children safe when they are alone and at risk. We protect children in danger of ending up on their own by keeping families together. And we get children back to a safe and caring family, wherever we can.
Registered Charity No. 1149212View website Watch video
Great Ormond Street Hospital Childrens Charity
We need to raise £50 million every year to help rebuild and refurbish Great Ormond Street Hospital, buy vital equipment and fund pioneering research. With your help we provide world class care to our very ill children and their families.
These developments include contributing to the rebuilding and refurbishment of two thirds of the hospital and the Institute of Child Health. Funding the most up-to-date equipment and supporting the research into and development of new and better treatments and providing accommodation and other support services for families and staff.
Registered Charity No. 1160024View website Watch video
I CAN is the children’s communication charity. I CAN supports children from 0-19 through our Talk programmes and specialist schools, and through resources and information for parents, families and people who work with children. We work in nurseries and schools across the UK with our evidence-based programmes and run two special schools for children with the most severe and complex needs. We share our expertise and knowledge to increase awareness of communication difficulties and inform policy making.
Registered Charity No. 210031; Scotland Charity Number SC039947View website Watch video
Kidney Kids Scotland
Kidney Kids Scotland was founded in 2000 to help Scottish children with renal and urology problems and their families.
The charity does its utmost to support these families in any way that we can. This can often just be a listening ear or putting them in contact with another family with similar problems or giving them much needed financial help.
Kidney Kids Scotland provides support to hospitals all over Scotland supplying them with machinery and funding for essential posts.
Registered Charity No. SC030284View website Watch video
KIDS is a national charity supporting disabled children, young people and their families.
Established in 1970, we currently work with around 7,000 disabled children and their families each year, providing a wide range of services.
We recognise that in order to support a disabled child, you must also support their family and so we work in partnership with parents and carers to enable disabled children and young people to develop their skills and abilities and to fulfil their potential, hopes and aspirations.
Registered Charity No. 275936View website Watch video
Little Havens Children’s Hospice
Little Havens Children’s Hospice is based in Thundersley near Southend but cares for life-limited children and their families from all over Essex, including parts of Kent and London. It provides respite and end-of-life care for youngsters who are not expected to reach adulthood. Little Havens costs Ł1.6 million every year to keep open with just two percent coming from statutory funding. All of the care and support given to children, siblings and families is free of charge.
Make-A-Wish Foundation UK
Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK has a very simple objective – to grant magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening illnesses. The charity was founded in the UK in 1986 and since then has granted over 5,700 wishes.
With over 20,000 children in the UK living with life-threatening conditions at any one time, our work is never ending. Our aim is to ensure that every one of these children is able to experience the magic and joy of a Make-A-Wish wish.
We receive no government funding or lottery grants, relying on the generous donations of the public and that’s why, for our charity, every donation really counts.
Registered Charity No. (England & Wales) 295672 (Scotland) SC037479View website Watch video
Muscle Help Foundation
The Muscle Help Foundation is a small family charity delivering highly personalised, transformational experiences in the UK called ‘Muscle Dreams’ for children and young people with the muscle wasting disease, Muscular Dystrophy (MD) and allied neuromuscular conditions. Our growing impact is being felt by beneficiaries and their families across the UK – from improved confidence, greater self-esteem, and an increased sense of hopefulness to a powerful shared identity that connects families, giving a platform to share knowledge, memories and establish lasting friendships. Find out more about our work, our impact and the difference your support can make in helping us change lives and give hope.
Registered Charity No. 1096716View website Watch video
National Deaf Children's Society
The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) is the only charity in the UK dedicated to supporting deaf children and young people to have a brighter future. There are 45,000 deaf children in the UK and NDCS works closely with deaf children and their families’ right from diagnosis throughout their childhood and teenage years to help them reach their full potential.
We believe that every deaf child should have the same opportunities as any other child and if diagnosed early, there is no evidence to suggest that they could not achieve the same as their hearing peers. 8 out of 10 children will experience temporary hearing loss at least once due to conditions such as glue ear.
We are here to make sure that every deaf child has the help and support they need.
Registered Charity No. England & Wales (1016532) & Scotland (SC040779)View website Watch video
The NSPCC is the UK’s leading charity specialising in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children. We have been directly involved in protecting children and campaigning on their behalf since 1884. Our work includes 180 services throughout the UK. We also run 2 free helplines: our 24-hour child protection helpline that provides information, advice and counselling to anyone concerned about a child’s safety and ChildLine, the UK's confidential 24-hour helpline for children and young people.View website Watch video
We fight for vulnerable children who live alone at risk on the streets, where they suffer abuse and exploitation.
In the UK, society often denies their existence, and in other countries the problem is so prevalent that it has become ‘normal’
We provide protection and opportunity for children with nowhere else to go and nobody to turn to.
Registered Charity No. 1058991View website Watch video
Rainbow Trust Children's Charity
Rainbow Trust Children's Charity provides practical and emotional support to families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness. For those families life can be unthinkably tough. We have teams of Family Support Workers across England who help families however they may need it; whether it be around the house, in the hospital, or collecting siblings from school. We are contactable 24 hours a day via our helpline for families in crisis and we are there from diagnosis, through treatment and even after bereavement and beyond.
Since Rainbow Trust was first founded in 1986, we have been able to help thousands of families. We rely almost entirely on voluntary donations, and in the past year we have been able to help over 2000 families in so many different ways.
Some of those families have shared their stories in short videos that are available on Youtube. In these clips they talk about the difference that Rainbow Trust has made to their lives. These really help us to raise our profile and tell more people about the work we do.
Registered Charity No. 1070532View website Watch video
Save The Children
Save the Children are working flat out to ensure children get proper healthcare, food, education and protection. We're saving lives in emergencies, campaigning for children's rights, and improving their futures through long-term development work. Without your help we wouldn’t be able to save children’s lives. More than 9 million children are still dying every year before their fifth birthday.
We need to act together, now, to change this appalling reality.
Registered Charity No. England and Wales (213890) Scotland (SC039570)View website Watch video
Shooting Star Chase
Shooting Star Chase is a leading children’s hospice charity caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families.
Whether lives are measured in days, weeks, months or years, we are here to make every moment count. We support families from diagnosis to end of life and throughout bereavement with a range of nursing, practical, emotional and medical care.
Our bespoke support is free of charge to families and available 365 days a year. Our care service includes short breaks at our two hospices (Shooting Star House in Hampton and Christopher’s in Guildford), Hospice at Home, day care, symptom management, end-of-life care, bereavement care and a comprehensive range of therapies and support groups for the whole family.
Registered Charity No. 1042495View website Watch video
Teens and Toddlers
Teens and Toddlers was founded in 2001 to address the social exclusion and low educational attainment of the most ‘at risk’ young people countrywide. Our unique approach transforms negative behaviour and raises the young people’s aspirations and self-esteem, whilst helping them understand the dangers of risky behaviour, such as alcohol, drugs and teen pregnancy.
Registered Charity No. 1099782View website Watch video
The Book Bus
Our mobile libraries are helping thousands of children worldwide improve their education through the power of reading. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, our local teams provide relevant and engaging books and reading support to over 1000 children every week.
Every pound donated helps us provide more libraries and puts more books into the hands of children. Your money helps us make a real difference to children’s lives every day.
Registered Charity No. 1117357View website Watch video
Together for Short Lives
Together for Short Lives is the leading UK charity for all children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and all those who support, love and care for them.
We support families, professionals and services, including all children’s hospices. We work to ensure that every child living with a life-limiting condition and their family get the best possible care and support wherever they are, and whenever they need it.
Registered Charity No. 1144022View website Watch video
Tommy’s is a charity that exists to save babies’ lives as sadly, one in four women will lose a baby during pregnancy or birth. We fund medical research into the causes and prevention of miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth, and provide a free information service that educates all parents-to-be about health in pregnancy. Through our work, we aim to halve the number of babies that die during pregnancy or birth by 2030.
Registered Charity No. 1060508 and SC039280View website Watch video
Toybox is a UK charity with a mission to end the injustice of children living and working on the streets. Street children are one of the world’s most vulnerable groups. We currently work across Latin America, India and Kenya to help to prevent children from taking the final step to street living, to rescue them when they do and to help them to restore their lives and build a new future for themselves away from the streets.
Registered Charity No. 1084243View website Watch video
UNICEF works with families, communities and governments in more than 190 countries to transform children’s lives by protecting and promoting their rights to education, health, childhood, to be treated fairly and to be heard.
UNICEF has more than 60 years’ experience working for children. On the ground we distribute life-saving supplies such as water kits and mosquito nets, and provide support and training. We create opportunities for young people to participate and make their voices heard. We use our influence at the highest levels of government to ensure that laws and policies work in the best interests of children.
UNICEF receives no funding from the UN budget. We are funded entirely by voluntary contributions and are only able to carry out our vital work thanks to the contributions of our supporters.
Registered Charity No. 1072612View website Watch video
Variety, the Children's Charity
Variety, the Children's Charity gives support to sick, disabled and disadvantaged children across the UK, helping them to live enriched, independent lives.
Variety provides both practical help and memorable childhood experiences by providing Sunshine coaches and wheelchairs, specialist equipment making life easier for children with severe disabilities including hoists, feeding tubes, special car seats, sensory toys and communication aids.
Variety supports community groups and youth clubs offering disadvantaged children activities which help prevent anti-social behaviour. Also, the "Variety at Work" programme gives thousands of children the chance to enjoy fun and educational trips to theme parks, farms and museums; providing respite opportunities and helping children engage with their local communities.
Registered Charity No. 209259 (England and Wales) and SC038505 (Scotland)View website Watch video
WellChild supports children and young people across the UK who have serious long-term illness and exceptional health needs. Through all aspects of our work we provide practical support to give these children and young people the best possible chance to thrive at home with their family.
We achieve this through: specialist nurses to get children out of hospital and living at home; research to better equip healthcare professionals, parents and carers; connecting families via social media & support groups; online information for parents and carers; bedroom and garden transformations to enhance daily quality of life. Over 98.5% of our work depends on voluntary donations.View website Watch video
Whizz-Kidz transforms the lives of disabled children and young people by providing the right mobility equipment to fit their young lives. But the right wheelchair is just the start.
We also provide disabled children with opportunities to learn new skills and have fun through wheelchair skills training, work placements, and our clubs and camps.
Our aim is to reach all of the 70,000 young people still waiting for the chance of a full active childhood, and a bright future.
Registered Charity No. England and Wales No. 802872. Charity registered in Scotland No. SC042607View website Watch video
Y Care Internationl
Y Care International is a youth-driven organisation that exists for vulnerable young people to help them free themselves from poverty and unleash their skills, capability, and resilience.
Our focus is creating opportunities through enterprise and employability for young women and men aged 15-24 made vulnerable by inequality and injustice. We provide support for practical, inclusive and local action mainly in sub-Saharan Africa and a limited number of other countries.
Registered Charity No. 1109789View website Watch video