Children Today was founded in 1994 to help children and young people up to the age of 25 with disabilities enjoy a better quality of life by providing them with the specialised equipment they need.
Often children and young people with disabilities remain excluded from a lifestyle which other people may take for granted. They want to join in and take part in the same sorts of activities, within their capabilities, as other children. They want to gain more independence from their parents as they get older, but are often prevented from doing so.
We believe the provision of specialised equipment has a direct and immediate impact on a child’s quality of life and independence, and is vital in helping them to overcome obstacles and achieve their potential. Equipment can include wheelchairs, walking frames, tricycles and other mobility aids, as well as, multi-sensory equipment and more.
Children Today relies totally on voluntary donations, we receive no funding from the government or social services. There is no statutory right for young people with disabilities to be provided with equipment they need by the government or NHS, so we fill that gap. We provide this service for children and young people right up to the age of 25.
Each piece of equipment is gifted to the child concerned, it is not a loan, and it is owned by the child, not their parents or guardians. Our children love that, and they are very proud of their new independence and abilities. We provide ongoing support and the children can come back for further funding as their needs develop or they outgrow their equipment.
Our Vision, Mission and Values
Children Today’s Vision is:
“a society in which young people with disability or illness are enabled to achieve their potential.”
Our Mission is:
“to improve the quality of life of children and young people with disability or illness throughout the United Kingdom.”
Children Today will achieve its Mission by:
- Funding equipment to meet need
- Providing a simple, supportive application process
- Raising awareness of issues affecting children and young people with disabilities and illness and those affecting their carers
- Seeking appropriate partnerships to provide specialised equipment
Ethos, Values and Inclusion Policy:
Our ethos is based on a fundamental belief that children and young people with disabilities should be enabled to achieve their potential. We do not judge what that potential might be.
The Trustees encourage everyone involved with Children Today, including employees, volunteers, donors and fundraisers to recognise that, as a small charity, we may not be able to support children in huge numbers but we can strive to achieve the highest levels of quality of service. One way in which we do this is through continuing and developing our support for children and their families by building long-term relationships.
To this end, we encourage applicants, usually parents, to come to us for funding and other services on a regular basis as their child’s needs change. Hopefully, this will continue as they grow and develop, gaining more independence and an improving quality of life that is also shared by all those around them. We will continue our support until their child reaches the age of 25 years.
At Children Today we strive to continually improve our policy of inclusion whilst still being aware of the constraints of our legal remit. In practice, this means our services are equally and fairly available to all – regardless of their condition or disability, learning difficulty, nationality, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious or spiritual beliefs.
The Trustees acknowledge and subscribe to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) and the UN Standard Rules on the Equalisation of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities (1993).
A key function of our advocacy role is to promote ability not disability.