Helping young people to belong and flourish

13th Oct 2023

Helping young people to belong and flourish 



Figures, they say, don’t lie. In England – and across the UK as a whole – the number of pupils with special educational needs are mounting and authorities are struggling to provide every pupil with a plan to address these needs.  


Eleven years ago, Urban Saints long-timer Mark Arnold, dad of James who is autistic, took on the mission to support parents, carers, youth workers and those working with young people with additional needs in schools and churches. Mark, now Director of Additional Needs Ministry, single-handedly delivered 500 training/conference sessions, to over 16,500 participants. 


Additional needs will be a key focus area for Urban Saints in 2024 with the emphasis on creating and utilizing digital avenues to reach out further and wider, to where the needs are greatest.  


“It’s been an amazing year so far for the Urban Saints Additional Needs Ministry and we thank all our supporters who have made it possible for young people with additional needs to join in weekly activities, our summer camps and to find local churches where they experience true belonging and the good news of Jesus’s love for them,” says Mark. 


To support the vital work of the ministry with your time, expertise, or a financial contribution, please contact Mark at or simply donate online.  


What your gift can achieve in 2024: