For every £1 we spend, 87p helps children and families

Sign up to support Action for Children and we’ll send you exclusive The Very Hungry Caterpillar™ growing packs in the post. There’s one for every season!

Perfect for children under eight, the packs contain seeds, stickers and a progress chart. You’ll also get lots of activities to try, including instructions to grow lettuce, tomatoes and cress, make a bug hotel, and build a bird feeder. We’ll send you digital activities every month, too – crafting and cooking activities inspired by what you’re growing.

Each growing pack is inspired by Eric Carle’s timeless classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar™. First published in 1969, the story continues to captivate children and parents more than 50 years later.

How it works

  • Sign up to a monthly direct debit and choose your donation amount.
  • Enter your payment details and delivery address.
  • We’ll then send you a pack at the start of each season – spring, summer, autumn and winter. You’ll get your growing pack within four to six weeks of signing up.
  • You’ll also receive exclusive digital activities each month by email.
  • After you’ve had all four packs, we’ll send you a digital certificate to celebrate.
  • Your monthly donation will continue but you can cancel or change it at any time.

What you'll get

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A warm welcome

Your growing adventure starts here, with stickers and a chart to track your child’s progress. After you’ve had all four packs, we’ll send you a digital certificate to celebrate.

Packets of seeds

Grow cress, basil, lettuce, sunflowers, tomatoes and carrots! We’ll send you everything you need to get growing with The Very Hungry Caterpillar™.

Seasonal packs

Your children will get to try new activities each season – growing vegetables, cooking inspired by what they’re growing, and crafts, like making a bird feeder.

Activity sheets

Our exclusive The Very Hungry Caterpillar™ activity sheets are a great way to spark curious minds. Each seasonal pack contains a new activity sheet – from mazes and wordsearches, to hide and seek and more. We’ll also send you digital activities every month.

Teach your child empathy

We’ll share stories and case studies to show how your donation is helping vulnerable children in the UK. Little green fingers can make a big difference. By growing together, we can help give children a safe and happy childhood.

For every £1 we spend, 87p helps children and families

More about our work

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 512 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.

We’ve been helping children for more than 150 years. In 2020/21, we helped 604,885 children, young people and families. This was only possible with your support.

  • Since 1861 we’ve helped more than two million children and young people.
  • We’ve helped more than 20,000 children and families during the coronavirus pandemic. We've kept 99% of our local services open.
  • 189,000: the number of people we reached with mental health support in 2020/21.
  • 361,000: the number of people reached by our online parenting advice service, Parent Talk, in 2020/21

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. Funds raised from this appeal will be unrestricted and used by Action for Children for its general charitable purposes. Please see the Our Work and Impact for examples of the work we do to help children and young people and their families.

* Figure based on 2019/20 pre-audited charity accounts that exclude commercial nurseries.

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.

Even before coronavirus hit, millions of families were struggling to feed their children. Now, many more have lost their incomes overnight. These families are terrified about the future. But you can help. With your support, we can be a vital lifeline for children and families across the UK.

You'll enjoy brand new activities each season! Your packs will be sent to you once your first, fourth, eight and eleventh payments have been processed. That’s one pack every 3 months or so. After you’ve received all four packs, we’ll send you a digital certificate to celebrate. Your monthly donation will then continue but you can cancel or change it at any time. We're so excited to have you on board.

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