Articles, Interviews & Broadcasts

With interest in the area of working with additional needs and disabilities growing, Mark Arnold (Additional Needs Ministry Director) has been interviewed or asked to write articles or blogs by various organisations about his role and the work Urban Saints are doing.

Below are links to some of the articles, interviews and broadcasts.

2017 Articles, Interviews & Broadcasts


The Additional Needs Blogfather


Mark writes the award winning blog, The Additional Needs Blogfather, to share experiences of parenting a young person with additional needs, tips and tricks to help children’s and youth workers who are working with children and young people with additional needs, and some insight into what the Bible has to say in this area.

The Additional Needs Blogfather blog

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Mark has written a resource for our Energize website that unpacks the themes and issues depicted in the film Life, Animated.

Energize at the Movies: Life, Animated

In the January 2018 edition of Youth and Children's Work magazine Premier published an article from Mark entitled All inclusive: Getting started.

Mark is now writing monthly for Youth and Children's Work magazine. Further articles are available on their website or in the printed publication.

In January 2018 Premier Christian Radio aired an interview with Mark about supporting children and young people with additional needs.

Listen here

The Church of Scotland recently published the latest in their successful series of ‘Learn’ books, ‘Learn: Children and Young People’, focusing on the exciting and challenging journey of passing on faith to the next generation.  Mark wrote a chapter for this book about additional support needs called ‘To Inclusion and Beyond’, outlining the journey through inclusion, belonging, and spiritual development for all children and young people.

Find out more

In August 2017 Mark recorded a video based on the content he has contributed.
Video: To Inclusion and Beyond

Firefly are a UK based support community for caregivers or children with additional needs or disability, as well as a retailer. In 2017 Mark wrote a short series of blog posts for their site - see here.

In March 2018 Firefly published a further blog from Mark, about Disabled Access Day