Welcome to Ataxia UK. We are the leading national charity in the UK for people affected by any type of ataxia. We fund research into finding treatments and cures, offer advice, information and support. 

What is our vision? 

A world free of ataxia


Because we believe that all people affected by ataxia deserve support, understanding and, ultimately, a cure.

What is our mission? 

We will fund and promote research with the aim of bringing about treatments and a cure for all of the ataxias. Until we do, we will provide support services to everyone affected by the condition, including  families and carers, to give those with the condition the highest possible quality of life.

You can read more about how we intend to achieve these missions by reading our Strategic Plan for 2017-2020

Our Values

  • We ensure that everything we do has the needs of people living with ataxia at its centre
  • We seek to empower people living with ataxia
  • We value everyone who contributes to our work
  • We encourage and expect the highest possible standards of work and conduct in everyone associated with Ataxia UK 

The Outcomes we seek

Finding treatments and a cure 
‘We are aiming for a cure for one or more of the ataxias.’ 
Improving care 
‘We want to ensure the best possible medical and social care for people affected by ataxia.’ 
Raising Awareness
‘We will raise awareness of ataxia.’ 
Providing Support
‘Ataxia UK will provide services that meet the needs unique to people affected by ataxia (or that can only be effectively delivered by us), which will enable them to have the maximum possible choices on how they live their lives.’ 

How we will achieve our mission

You can see how we aim to achieve our outcomes by reading our strategic plan for 2017-2020.

By implementing this plan, we aim to help people with ataxia to feel more in control of their lives by focusing more than ever before on mental health and wellbeing; raising awareness of this rare condition among the public and within the healthcare world; improving rate of diagnosis and appropriate care for people with ataxia. It also encloses how we intend to double our income over the next five years through an exciting new Fundraising Strategy, allowing an increase in spending towards funding research and support services.

Help us to achieve all this by joining Ataxia UK here

Who we work with

Ataxia UK is part of Childlife, a partnership between four charities that work together to raise funds and provide support for children and their families. The charities are:

  • Ataxia UK
  • Acorns Children's Hospice
  • National Children's Bureau (NCB)
  • National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS)

We are also a member of the organisation Disability Rights UK.

You can read about what research organisations, charities and bodies we work with on our research page.

Volunteer for us

click here to find our volunteering opportunities or fill out our volunteering form to express your interest.

Work for us

Visit our Work for us area of the website to find current opportunities to join the Ataxia UK team!

Contact us

Ataxia UK Helpline

(open Mon-Thurs 10.30am-2.30pm): 

[email protected] 

0845 644 0606

Ataxia UK Office

[email protected] 

020 7582 1444

Ataxia UK
12 Broadbent Close
N6 5JW

Or send us an enquiry through the website


Fundraising and Development: [email protected]
Communications: [email protected]
Research: [email protected] 
Finance: [email protected] 
General: [email protected]
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