The aim of our Additional Needs Ministry is to encourage, enable and equip children’s, youth and families’ workers to reach, include, create belonging for, and disciple all children and young people, especially those with additional needs or disabilities.
We offer a range of ways for people to connect with, and benefit from, this ministry area, including training, consultancy, an online learning community, and a range of articles and video content as well as a weekly blog.
Three essential seminars for church leaders, youth and children’s leaders, parents, teachers, and anyone who cares about children and young people with additional needs or disabilities.
- Working with children and young people with special or additional needs or disabilities - Accessibility, inclusion and belonging for all.
- Making sense of our senses - Exploring eight of our senses and sensory additional needs and disabilities including Sensory Processing Disorder.
- Disability equality - Understanding the Equality Act and how it applies to all children’s and youth work.
A consultancy programme, to offer churches personalised expert advice during one of their childrens/youth group sessions.
ONLINE LEARNING COMMUNITY
Additional Needs Alliance
We are joint-Founders of the Addional Needs Alliance, a vibrant and lively online learning community bringing people together who are passionate about working with children and young people with additional needs or disabilities.
ARTICLES, INTERVIEWS AND BROADCASTS
The Additional Needs Blogfather
Our Additional Needs Ministry Director, Mark Arnold, writes an award winning blog 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.
Mark also writes for other organisations, publishers and blogs - find out more here.
Mark Arnold (Urban Saints' Additional Needs Ministry Director) is a ‘Churches for All’ partner, a member of both the ‘Council for Disabled Children’ and the ‘Living Fully Network’, and serves on the executive for ‘Children Matter!’
Mark is also dad to James, a 15-year-old with ASC and learning difficulties.