Community Referral Partners

Working with Community Referral Partners

At Make-A-Wish UK we want to ensure that our wish children get the best wish experience possible. To support our vision of reaching every eligible child, we have transitioned to a new pathway for accepting wish referrals and are now working with Community Referral Partners. 

We continue to accept referrals for children with a prognosis of 12 months and under, which can be made by a member of the child’s health, social care, or education team.

Refer a child

Why Community Referral Partners?

We are focused on building communities around our wish children by forming strong partnerships with hospitals, hospices, and charitable organisations. Our new approach supports in enabling us to:

  • Effectively support the growth of referrals year upon year through strong, established partnerships
  • Support our referral growth vision
  • Grow our reach in different communities and reach more children with a wider range of eligible conditions
  • Support growth of our volunteer community through our partners
  • Manage expectations around wishes
  • Decrease the number of ineligible children being referred
  • Enable us to fund and support every eligible child across the UK
  • Improve our service for all stakeholders

What are the benefits of becoming a Community Referral Partner?

Benefits include:

    • Access to exciting Make-A-Wish UK exclusive opportunities including general wishes, A Disney Wish UK, Disneyland Paris & Lapland Finland wish experiences.
    • Enabling your organisation to become a key part of developing and moulding the wish journey for children in your care
    • Activating new opportunities for your staff to become involved in volunteering projects and become an integral part of children’s wish journeys
    • Positive partnership and brand recognition
    • Supportive and nurturing relationship
    • Dedicated Make-A-Wish UK point of contact
    • Opportunities to celebrate milestone partnership achievements

Who can become a Community Referral Partner?

We're keen to speak with organisations including hospitals, hospices and charitable organisation from across the UK who are interested in future opportunities to become Community Referral Partners. 

Through expanding our partner organisations, we are hoping to reach more eligible children, whilst building our community of volunteers, exploring funding and engagement opportunities.

Interested in becoming a Community Referral Partner?

Thank you for your interest in working closely with us. Please complete the contact form and someone in the team will get in touch with more information and to discuss opportunities to work together.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about the referral process, please contact our Referrals team on 0118 304 3368 or via email to [email protected].

Proudly working with our Community Referral Partners


Useful resources

Wish eligibility

Find out more about the criteria a child must meet in order to be eligible to receive a wish.

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The wish journey

Find out what is involved in the journey from a child's initial referral to them receiving their wish.

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How wishes help

As well as being respite from their illness, a wish has a long-lasting, positive impact on a child.

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