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resources for children with special needs

History of Fledglings

Finding Solutions, Changing Lives

Fledglings is a national charity founded by Ruth Lingard MBE in 1998 with the help of volunteers and parents.  The charity grew as a result of parents who cared for a disabled child wanting information about products which may help them to help their child. 

"When working with disabled children and their families in schools, hospitals and family homes I saw families struggling to do their best for their children, with little knowledge where to find the resources they needed and often with limited finances, too. After more than 30 years working with disabled children as a teacher and a social worker I felt compelled to try to do something practical to help. So, in 1998 after first carrying out research to find some of the most commonly expressed needs of those caring for a disabled child, I established Fledglings to help families find simple, affordable solutions to day to day difficulties." Ruth Lingard MBE – Founder

 Listening to the lived experience of parents and children over the years, we also now provide a range of information, advice and guidance and remain true to Ruth's original idea as we continue to provide products that would have the greatest positive impact on children's lives.

We work across the UK, via a small staff team supported by a group of dedicated volunteers. In addition to the helpline, we provide tens of thousands of families and organisations with our mail order brochure and a regular e-newsletter. Currently, we are working on the implementation of our e-shop.

 "Whatever we do as an organisation we must always remember that an individual child must be our focus of attention. Whether it's a simple phone call enquiry or a more complex discussion about a potential new solution, we exist to make childrens lives better." Andrew Gardner – Chief Executive