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Last year we helped 604,885 children, young people and families. And we could not have done it without the generous support of donors like you

Significant donations are crucial to our work and enable us to be there for children, young people and their families across the UK.

At Action for Children, we work hard to ensure that every child and young person can have a safe and happy childhood. We protect and support children and young people, giving them the foundations they need to thrive.

With over 500 services across the UK, we provide practical and emotional care and support to vulnerable children and young people. Striving to ensure that they have the best start in life. And healthy and happy minds.

With your support, we can do even more.

I am thrilled that the money we have been able to donate has made a difference to young lives.

Jacky, one of our most generous long-term supporters

Why invest in social change?

We’re here for as many children as possible, but more and more families are struggling. Government funding only goes so far. There are often limits on how we can spend this money, and we can’t always rely on it long term.

Philanthropy is more important than ever. We work with individuals, trusts and foundations who are able to fund ground-breaking, life changing programmes. The generosity of our supporters helps us respond to the urgent challenges that families face, now and in the future.

What we offer you

If you kindly donate £5,000 or more, you will have a dedicated account manager who will tailor your support to an area of need that fits your interests.

We offer many opportunities and ways for you to get involved:

  • The chance to meet our front-line staff, who will bring to life the stories of the children and young people we support. As well as our ambassadors, senior volunteers and staff.
  • Regular reporting on the impact of your support.
  • Updates about our policy and campaigning.
  • Recognition for your giving in our communications and on the website (if this is something you’d like).
  • Invites to a range of exclusive events where you will hear from inspirational speakers and have the opportunity to network and meet like-minded people.
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Philanthropy in action

Together with our supporters, we develop meaningful, practical programmes that stop problems getting worse. We tackle unmet needs, and we test new approaches.

Here are some examples of our current priority areas of work. They’re funded almost entirely by our generous supporters.

The Blues Programme

On average, 1 in 6 children in the UK have a diagnosable mental health illness. That’s equivalent to 5 children in every school class of 30. Tackling this growing crisis and intervening early is critical.

The Blues Programme tackles the early signs of mental health issues among 13-19 year olds, helping them build resilience, connect with others, and protect their mental health.

Since 2017, we have supported over 5,000 young people across the UK, and the feedback has been incredible. 79% of participants have reported increased confidence and 75% boosted self-esteem. And 98% of young people would recommend the Blues Programme to their peers.

I’ve definitely learnt to deal with things a lot better. I think I’d be in a much worse place now. I wouldn’t be very confident, and my grades would have gone down – and that would have been a big problem in the future as well.

Rowan, a participant on The Blues Programme
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Crisis Fund

More than four million children in the UK live in poverty. And the situation is only getting worse.

Our Crisis Fund allows us to act quickly to stop a setback becoming a crisis. We help children, young people and their families access essentials like food, baby equipment, school uniforms and toys.

Action for Children’s Emergency Fund meant I was able to have food in the fridge. I could go down to the shop and top up my electricity. And had I not gotten that support, I don’t know what would’ve happened.

Cora, a recipient of a Crisis Fund grant

Parent Talk

Parenting is difficult. And many of the families we support face challenges which make it even harder. Our Parent Talk service provides free advice to parents of children aged 0-19. Parents can browse our articles or talk 1:1 to a parenting coach via live chat. No topic is too big, small, or embarrassing.

“She [the parenting coach] was amazing. She offered more help to me in our short conversation than I’ve had in years of trying to get help for my son. I cannot thank her enough”

Anonymous feedback from a parent

Jacky's story

For Jacky, one of our most generous long-term supporters, philanthropy has been a family affair. Inspired by her father, who supported Action for Children, Jacky has carried on his legacy by supporting our work through his trust.

Her father experienced poverty in his own childhood, so understood the importance of helping families through difficult times. Jacky shared this view, having worked in teaching, youth and community work.

"I am delighted to have seen, first hand, some of the projects and work that our investment has helped to fund," says Jacky. "The staff at Action for Children have been very helpful and good at maintaining communication. I have always been exceptionally impressed with their commitment and passion."

Let's start the conversation

Contact Ellie McLeod, Head of Philanthropy and Events, on [email protected]