Join our family of community event superstars, doing incredible things to raise vital funds to support vulnerable children in the UK

Action Squads are groups of volunteers, who hold events and represent Action for Children at local third-party events, to raise money and change the lives of children and families.

As a member of one of our Action Squads, you can:

  • Get involved in big Action for Children events like our Christmas fundraiser, Secret Santa.
  • Volunteer at national events – like the London Marathon and Great North Run.
  • Give talks about our work.
  • Support our campaigns.
  • Take part in our Action Squad Event Month in June.

Lots of Action Squads run their own activities throughout the year too. Raffles, quiz nights, bake sales – you can do all sorts to raise money for us. We’re sure that you’ve got lots of fantastic ideas, and we’re here to support you in lots of different ways.

How can you get involved?

  1. Set up an Action Squad with family, friends – or both!
  2. We can introduce you to like-minded people in your area, also looking to support the impact of our work in this way.

Why should you be part of an Action Squad?

  • Use your creative energy and organisational skills to bring your community together.
  • Join together with loved ones to hold fundraising events and spread the word about our work.
  • Meet new people in your community and learn new things, with our support.
  • Make a huge difference to the lives of vulnerable children and families, through raising vital funds.

Mental Health volunteers

We're planning to train several Mental Health volunteers across our Squads. These volunteers will be able to go into schools and community groups to talk to children about their emotions and feelings. The idea is all around equipping children and young people to support themselves and those around them.

We’re planning to launch this role in April 2022. It’s yet another rewarding reason to be part of an Action Squad, so get in touch to learn more.

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What you’ll get

  • Personalised support from a local member of our fundraising team, every step of the way.
  • The chance to enhance your event and project management skills, either by drawing on past experience or gaining it.
  • The chance to link up with other Action Squads, via our private Facebook group, to share ideas, learnings and be part of this online community.
  • Enjoy other campaigning and volunteering opportunities on behalf of Action for Children.

What we ask of you

  • We’d love to strike up a long-term relationship with you and your group. You don’t have to organise an event every month, but we’d really like to work with you over a long period of time.
  • To support our Secret Santa appeal and the Action Squad Event Month, our two big fundraising highlights of the year.
  • It’s not essential, but we'd like to feature Action Squads on our website, on social media, and in local and national press.

Let’s get started

If this sounds up your street then we’d love to hear from you.

Fill in the form and a member of our fundraising team in your area will get in touch for a chat

More about Action for Children

Covid-19 has thrown our lives, communities and the UK into crisis and at Action for Children, we’re now more determined than ever to support those who need it most. Many continue to struggle to afford essentials such as food, nappies, cleaning products, gas or electricity.

Our own Action for Children Services have joined the NHS workers on the ‘front line’, in the fight to support these children and families – now at breaking point and even more vulnerable in so many ways.

Now is the time that we need to accelerate our impact for the children and young people who need us the most, with vital funds from our supporters and groups, just like our Action Squads.

We protect and support children and young people. 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. 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.

  • We’ve helped more than 10,000 children and families during the coronavirus pandemic through frontline services. We've kept 99% of our local services open.
  • We've provided more than 34,000 hours of mental health support in the past three years. 74% of young people on our Blues Programme had improved mental health once they completed it.
  • We helped more than 86,000 children and families in our children’s centres in 2019/20.
  • We've supported more than 400,000 parents since 2018 through our online parenting advice service.