Coronavirus has thrown all our lives, our communities and the UK into an unprecedented crisis
Families who were already struggling to feed their children before the coronavirus hit, now find themselves unable to afford food and basic essentials.
So many vulnerable families have lost their incomes and have reached breaking point. They are really frightened and need urgent help.
Action for Children has thousands of key workers across the UK working on the frontline helping the most vulnerable children and families. We support them in many ways, for example, with online food ordering, providing supermarket vouchers and paying top-ups on fuel cards.
Donate now and help our most vulnerable families pay for the essentials in this difficult time.
The Coronavirus Children’s Appeal will help us provide essentials to the most vulnerable families across the UK. In the unlikely event that we raise more money than can be reasonably and efficiently spent, any surplus funds will be used to help us prepare and respond to other crises our vulnerable families may face.
Gift Aid claimed by Action for Children in relation to your donation towards this Emergency Appeal will be directed to those who are in the greatest need of funding.
More about our work
What does Action for Children do?
We protect and support children and young people. We do this by providing practical and emotional care and support. We make sure their voices are heard. And we campaign to bring lasting improvements to their lives.
Today, we run 503 services in local communities across the UK, in schools and online.
In our nurseries and children's centres, staff make sure children get the best start in life. Our foster, adoptive and modern residential services find children and young people safe and loving homes.
We step in to protect children from neglect and abuse and help those who care for others or are at risk of homelessness. Innovative projects like The Blues Programme give young people the help they need to look after their mental health.
We're also here for parents, through projects like Parent Talk, our online support service.
What we've achieved
We’ve been helping children for more than 150 years. In 2019/20, we helped 368,648 children, young people and families. This was only possible with your support.
- Since 1861 we’ve helped almost 2 million children and young people.
- We’ve helped more than 10,000 children and families during the coronavirus pandemic. We've kept 99% of our local services open.
- 25,113: the number of people we reached with mental health support in 2019/20.
- 86,000: the number of children and families supported by our children’s centres in 2019/20.
Where your money goes
Your donations help us to support vulnerable children, young people and their families in the UK.
87p of every £1 we spend goes directly towards helping children, young people and their families. Your support is so important right now because levels of poverty, abuse and neglect are rising. We’ve seen a huge surge in demand for our services. Your donations help us to run these essential services, which give vulnerable children and families a vital lifeline.
We make sure that every penny you donate goes where it will have the greatest impact on children’s lives.
Most of the donations we receive from our campaigns are unrestricted. This means they’re not spent on one project or one specific area of the UK, but where the need is greatest. We wouldn’t be able to operate as a charity without this type of income. Unrestricted funds help us reach the children and young people who need us most.
Why regular donations matter
Donating a small amount every month by direct debit helps us give vulnerable children the stability they need. Our regular supporters help us carry out long-term work and keep vital projects running.