There are plenty of ways that you can get involved in supporting families in need by fundraising for us. Whether it’s at school, in the office, at home or with friends.
We have lots of ideas, enjoy having fun with our fundraising and would love to hear what you’re getting up to in aid of us.
See below for some ideas to get you started and don’t forget to get in touch if you’re fundraising for us so we can provide you with materials (like balloons and t-shirts), help you with promotion through Facebook and Twitter and most importantly say thank you!
Fundraising at school
Your school can get involved in supporting Family Action in lots of ways. How about having a dress down day, holding a bake sale, a sponsored silence or getting all of your pupils involved in a mass activity like trampolining for a minute each. You can also get involved in our Toy Appeal, donating gifts to disadvantaged children and young people in your community.
Some fundraising activities can be educational as well – how about getting pupils to come up with a way of turning £5 into as much as they can, getting them to think about profit and loss and how businesses generate income.
Family Action is proud to be the charity of the year for the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) and together we have produced lots of resources for schools to use which you can access here, including our Schools fundraising pack and Assembly Pack.
If your school would like to fundraise for Family Action, get in touch with the fundraising team to find out more.
Fundraising in the office
The office is a fantastic place to fundraise, bringing staff together to engage in fun activities that involve team work, sharing a common goal and most importantly, raising lots of money for a cause you’re passionate about!
There are lots of ideas that are quite easy to set up, such as a Bake Off competition, sweepstakes for events such as the World Cup and Grand National, dress down days and raffles. Silent auctions can be very successful, especially if you manage to get items donated such as additional annual leave and mentoring from a senior member of staff.
If you’re looking to do something bigger or longer term, why not get a team together to take part in a trek, cycling challenge or run or get involved in our Christmas Toy Appeal. Alternatively, you could look at choosing Family Action as your charity of the year, and we can support you with fundraising every step of the way.
Find out more about getting your office or company involved in supporting Family Action.
Fundraising at home
If you’d like to support Family Action, there are lots of things you can do at home to raise lots of pennies that will enable us to continue working with families when they need it the most.
When you next have a spring clean, why not list your unwanted items like clothes, books and DVD’s on eBay for charity, and donate all, or a percentage of the income, to Family Action. Let us know when your items are listed – we’ll help to promote the items through social media.
Alternatively, take your unwanted items to a car boot sale and put up signs saying that some, or all of the funds raised will be going to Family Action; this can often lead people to offering to pay more for an item!
Other ideas include a swear jar in the kitchen or walking to work for a week and donating the money you save on petrol or the bus.
Give a Car
Do you own a vehicle that you want to sell or get rid of? Then please think about donating it to us through Giveacar!
Giveacar raises money for UK charities by scrapping and selling old cars. They provide a nationwide FREE service which:
- Arranges the collection of the vehicle from your home for FREE; and
- Recycles it at an authorised facility or sends it to auction (depending on its age and condition).
Scrap donations raise about £35 for the charity (depending on the price of metal) while auction cars can raise much more.
To arrange the donation of a car, visit www.giveacar.co.uk or call 020 7736 4242, quoting (Family Action) as your preferred charity.
Let us know how you’re fundraising at home by getting in touch with the fundraising team.
Fundraising with friends
Fundraising is meant to be fun and there’s no better way to enjoy it than getting all of your friends involved. We’ve got lots of ideas for fundraising with friends including holding a Swishing event (clothes swapping), holding a quiz night, a ticketed party in the garden with a BBQ and games, creating a cook book with all of your favourite recipes in it, an auction of promises…the list is endless!
Or, if you want to really challenge yourself, why not sign up to an event with a group of friends – together you could walk 50 or 100km along the River Thames, take part in the Three Peak Challenge or run the London Marathon. Find out about all of these events and more.
If you’d like more details on any of these ideas or want to tell us about your fundraising event, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the fundraising team.
Family Action has recently partnered up with Savoo – a free online fundraising platform!
Each time you do an internet search through Savoo, they will donate 1p to Family Action. Just click on this link, press the ‘Support this cause’ button, set up an account and start searching!
Savoo is also a great source of internet voucher codes! So you can get what your searching for even cheaper. It also donates to Family Action every time you use one of its voucher codes. So for a great bargain with the likes of Debenhams, Argos and Marks & Spencer, and a simple way to easily raise money for Family Action, get ‘Savooing’ and search, save and raise today!
Supporting Family Action at your wedding
If you’re planning your special day, why not consider asking for donations instead of gifts?
By sharing the generosity of your guests with Family Action, you can start your married life knowing you have made a difference to disadvantaged children and families.
One way of doing this is by starting a Justgiving page. Add lots of photos and tell people why this is important for you – then send to guests with the invitation and on social media!
You can also raise money by selling duplicate wedding gifts through eBay for charity.
If you’d like a copy of Family Action’s fundraising pack full of tips and hints on how to get started with your fundraising, please submit your details and we’ll get one sent to you.
There are lots of other ways of getting involved in supporting families, through making a donation, taking part in an event or getting your company involved.
Your support will help us to work with families like Liam’s.
Read Liam’s story
Liam was 11 years old when he was referred to Family Action’s Promoting Active Choices Team last year. He had not long started secondary school and was finding the transition difficult.
He was very challenging in class – he shouted out, walked out of lessons and threw things around. His behaviour at home was also causing great concern – he was having tantrums, hiding and becoming increasingly aggressive.
Liam had been adopted at the age of three and had had a good relationship with his adoptive parents and sibling, but they now struggling to cope and were considering whether he needed to be looked after elsewhere.
Sue, a Family Action project worker first met with Liam’s adoptive parents – she found out about them, the adoption process and the circumstances leading up to the current problems. As they talker, they identified some of the experiences Liam may have missed out on as a child and the effect this may have had on him. At 11 years old, he was still a vulnerable young boy.
After several weekly meetings Sue met Liam with his adoptive parents. She helped them to rebuild their relationship through discussion and activity based games, particularly around communication, helping them to recognise each other’s feelings. Bringing some fun and laughter into the sessions helped break down some of the barriers.
Sue also liaised with the school who had no idea that Liam had been adopted. She helped them put strategies in place to help Liam cope during difficult times. He was allocated a pastoral worker who was available during breaks and he was given a pass card so that he could let teachers know when he found discussion about a particular subject difficult.
Sue supported Liam and his family for nine months. By the end, Liam was back in full time education and doing well. He had grown in confidence and was communicating well with his family, his teachers and peers.