Additional Needs

Want to make your children's and youth work inclusive?

As Urban Saints work towards our strategy for 2020, we are committed to be at the leading edge of inclusion and wellbeing for children and young people in the UK and Ireland. We are passionate about inspiring, equipping and enabling children's and youth leaders to include everyone, whatever their ability, in all that they do.

  • Through All Inclusive? we have trained thousands of leaders from hundreds of churches and groups in how to do this well.
  • We've jointly founded the Additional Needs Alliance to bring people together who are passionate about working with children and young people with additional needs or disabilities.
  • We've also launched an initiative, All Inclusive:2U to offer churches personalised expert advice during one of their group sessions.
  • We're also working towards greater levels of inclusion across all our camps, holidays, mission trips and other experiences, to ensure no child or young person feels left out.

Mark Arnold is Urban Saints' Additional Needs Ministry Director, and leads the work we are doing in this area.

Mark has over 20 years of youth work experience and is the father of James, a boy with Autism.



In April 2017 Mark joined Premier's Ruth and Jamie for an episode of The Youth and Children's Work Podcast. Listen here.

As many as 1 in 5 children and young people have an additional need of some kind; we owe it to them to make sure they can access all that we offer and be fully included. You can find out more about all of these exciting projects, and how to get involved, by choosing from the options on the right hand side of this page (yellow buttons).

We've also got training on the Energize website to help leaders understand and support group members with special and additional needs: 

7 ways to make your group more inclusive

Full ADDITIONAL needs training section

Urban Saints is a Churches For All partner and has been accepted as a member of the Council For Disabled Children.

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