History of Fledglings
Finding Solutions, Changing Lives
History - Fledglings- Charity for disabled children
Fledglings is a national charity for disabled children 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 disabled 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. Please visit our e-shop for more information on our products.
"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 children's lives better." Andrew Gardner – Chief Executive
We know that caring for a disabled child can be very challenging. We can help.
The products we source and supply help make life a bit easier for a parent, and more fulfilling for their child. We specialise in finding those unusual items, including many specially designed for disabled children with specific needs. Our products are simple solutions to complex problems, and if we don't stock a product ourselves, we can point you in the direction of someone who does.
· Raincovers for wheelchair users giving top to toe rain protection
· Sleepsuits which make it dificult for children to take their clothes off
· Backpacks with reins which are useful for children who don't like holding hands
· Age-appropriate bibs and neckerchiefs for children of all ages
· Absorbent pants
· Waterproof sheet and mattress protectors
· Cutlery and crockery which help disabled children eat and drink independently
· Elastic laces which turn lace up shoes into slip ons