Supporting children for 150 years & always

Barnardo’s has been transforming children’s lives for 150 years and, with your support, we always will. In this film, you can see and hear from some of the children and young people we work with, and how you can get involved.

Joss Stone and Friends


Marking our 150th year

2016 marks 150 years since Thomas Barnardo founded the charity. Since then we have helped hundreds of thousands of children to grow up happy and healthy – but sadly, there is still more work to do.

Dangers old and new threaten young people but, with your support, we will always be here for children who need us. There are lots of ways to get involved, so we hope you will join us to protect children, now and always.

Join us to mark this special year.

Helping the UK’s children thrive

As the UK's leading children's charity, Barnardo's worked with 240,000 children, young people and families last year.

With support from people like you, we run over 960 vital services across the UK, including counselling for children who have been abused, fostering and adoption services, and disability support.

Our dedicated staff and volunteers tailor every Barnardo's service to meet the individual needs of children, but each has one vital thing in common: a belief in the potential of every child and young person to thrive – no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through.

Discover how our diverse work for children began 150 years ago on the streets of Victorian London.