Volunteers with collection bucketsThere are a number of ways you can collect:

House-to-house

House-to-house collections are a great way to raise money. Collection envelopes can be dropped through letterboxes in your local area and then picked up at a later date.

Our designated collection weeks next year are 29 March - 19 April and we have an Order of Exemption from the Home Office allowing us to collect house-to-house between these dates without additional permission.

Street collections and private properties

Collecting with a collection box in your local community is a great way to raise a large amount of money in a short space of time. Best of all, it is easy and fun to do!

You could collect outside your local football stadium on match day, in a supermarket or town centre or at a railway or bus station – anywhere where there are a lot of people.

If you plan to organise a static collection in the street, it is best to contact the local authority for advice on whether you need a license. If you call their switchboard and explain your intention to collect for The Children’s Society and proposed location, they should be able to put you through to the correct department.

Collections from private properties

You will need to obtain permission in writing from the owner/manager of any private property, such as your local supermarket. They will be able to advise you as to whether you will need a license from your local authority. Every person collecting will also need an authority badge from The Children's Society.

Desk-to-desk

Distribute collection envelopes to colleagues at work and collect them at the end of the week. You could also leave a collection box on your reception desk for a few weeks to allow colleagues and visitors to donate.

Pew-to-pew

If you attend a church, ask if you can put collection envelopes out on the pews or suggest splitting the Sunday collection – half to the church and half to The Children’s Society.

However you choose to collect

Order your fundraising materials in advance and remember to wear your collector’s authority badge at all times.