Be part of Collection for Children and join thousands of volunteers across the country who are changing children’s lives.  

 Two people with collection buckets

Collection for Children has been supporting our work with vulnerable children for over 30 years. This year it will take place Saturday 8 April - Saturday 22 April. Over the years, Collection for Children has involved a mixture of house to house collections, celebrations, fetes and even a street collection including the cast of the musical Oliver ‘pickpocketing’ bystanders in Trafalgar Square (the archive material insists that all donations were collected willingly!)

Images of casts of Annie and Oliver fundraising and visiting 10 Downing Street

You can find all the information you need to plan your collection in our collections guide, or use our top tips below to help you get started.

1. Decide how you want to collect

How you carry out your collection is entirely up to you. House to house, high street and supermarket collections can be great for meeting lots of new people in your community. Church, workplace and community group collections are an easy way to collect. 

2. Check what permissions you need

How you choose to collect will determine what type of permission you’ll need to carry out your collection. If you’re doing a house to house collection, you’ll be covered by our National Exemption Order, but for other types of activity you may need to seek direct permission from the local authority or property owners. You can see a full guide to collection permits here

3. Register your collection

However you choose to collect, it’s really important that you register your collection with us. We take our commitment to responsible fundraising seriously, and knowing when people are collecting helps us to uphold our commitment to members of the public and our accountability to local authorities. It also means that we can support you in gaining the appropriate permissions for collecting and provide the right resources for you.

4. Recruit volunteers

Collecting with others makes collecting more fun, and also helps to ensure you stay safe whilst you’re collecting. Registering your collection with us is one way to recruit volunteers from your local area, but we also have posters available to help you do this. Of course, asking people face to face also helps!

5. Order your resources

We have a wealth of resources available to help you with your collection. Items such as collection buckets, tins and ID badges can only be ordered via telephone and you will be asked for details about your collection, so please be prepared to provide this information. Visit our collection resources page to see the full list of resources available. 

6. Pay in your donation

You can pay in your donation online, make a payment directly into our bank account using a giro, or send us a cheque in the post. If you've held a public collection we do advise that you visit your local Barclays branch and pay in the money with a giro as soon as you can, as carrying large amounts of cash around can be unsafe.