Support organisations for additional needs

Many charities can provide expert advice and guidance on supporting people with additional needs

Specialist organisations that can provide you with advice and information

Contact these organisations for the most up-to-date information about supporting members with additional needs.

Mencap - the leading voice of learning disability. They work with people with learning disabilities to change laws and services, challenge prejudices and provide support.

The National Autistic Society - the UK’s leading charity for people affected by autism.

The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) - the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people. Girlguiding are signed up to NDCS’ Me2 Deaf-Friendly Activities Pledge as part of our commitment to ensure that we are for all girls. Units can sign up to the pledge individually to take steps to become genuinely inclusive for deaf children and young people.

Action on Hearing Loss - the new name for RNID. They offer a range of services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing and provide information and support on all aspects of deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus.

Blind Children UK - the leading charity for children and young people with sight loss. They support children and their families with the challenges of young sight loss.

Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) - charity and membership body of and for blind people and those with sight problems. They raise awareness of sight problems, and how to prevent sight loss, and campaign for better services and a more inclusive society.

Action for Blind People - national charity that provides practical help and support to blind and partially sighted people of all ages.

YoungMinds - the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

Mind - a charity that provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem, through campaigning, raising awareness and promoting understanding.

Rethink Mental Illness - they work to help everyone affected by mental illness to recover a better quality of life.

Beat - the world’s largest eating disorder charity and works to support people affected by eating disorders, their family and friends.

Get advice on inclusion

Contact the Inclusion team at Girlguiding HQ for more information about including all girls and volunteers in guiding.