About Ataxia UK - Ataxia UK

About Ataxia UK

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, and offer advice, information and support to people affected by the condition.

Our vision

Is a world free of ataxia

Our mission

Is to find a cure for ataxia and to support everyone affected by ataxia until a cure is found

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'

Ataxia UK's 2022-2025 Strategic Plan sets out how we're aiming to achieve these objectives.

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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

Who we work with

Ataxia UK is a 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 Childrens Beureau (NCB)
National Deaf Children's Society <NDCS)

We are also linked to other organisations - see them here.

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

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Take part in a challenge or create your fundraiser. Every penny you raise will help those affected by ataxia.

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To make either a one off or recurring donation which will help fund research into treatments and cures and supports those affected ataxia

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Support the ataxia community and volunteer with Ataxia UK. From social media to telephone befriending, there are loads of ways you can make a difference to someone's life.



Every £1 invested in research by Ataxia UK raises almost £5 in further funding used specifically for ataxia research.


Recently launched the first Ataxia UK accredited paediatric centre in the UK in Sheffield


1784 contact points to the Helpline last financial year.


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