Lending your skills as a volunteer isn’t all you’ll be doing to help Street Child…
As a not-for-profit we depend on volunteers’ time and fundraising to ensure that our partners and programmes receive the funds they need to keep running. Therefore, we ask all our volunteers aim to raise £1,000 towards our work to help even more vulnerable children go to school. This is the first thing you will do for Street Child on your placement, and so we will guide through it every step of the way.
80p of every £1 that is raised is spent directly on our international projects!
You will be helping Street Child in our mission to bring better education to even more children. These funds are vital to ensure that Street Child can keep doing what it does best, and so ensuring that the work you achieve in-country can have a long term impact.
Our aim is to make every penny stretch as far as it can, and so we promise to effectively spend your fundraising where it is needed most and where it will have the greatest impact.
Here are a few things that your fundraising campaign will be supporting:
£500 can fund training for 10 teachers and raise teaching standards.
£1000 can provide all the necessary classroom furniture and resources for a village school.
£1,500 can pay a social worker’s salary for a year in Sierra Leone.
£3,800 could pay for a trained social worker in Nigeria to carry out family tracing for 40 unaccompanied and separated refugee children, and support a successful placement with an alternative caregiver .
If this is your first time fundraising: don’t be daunted, it is much easier than you think!
Although it sounds like a large amount, it can be surprisingly easy to exceed the target. You will have a Street Child fundraising mentor on hand throughout, who will be there to supply you with all the advice and ideas you might need. In the past volunteers have held backyard cinema nights, online auctions, tea parties, gig, pub quizzes, live waxing, Liberian lunch clubs… any idea you have, we can help make it possible. It’s a great excuse to do something different, as well as gather your friends and family to join in. The key is to make it as fun as possible for you!
If you are joining this placement to build your career in the Development sector, then smashing your fundraising is even more important, especially as most jobs in the sector involve working for a non-profit that relies on fundraising.
And to top it all off, you will then be heading out to work on the projects and see where your fundraising will be going!
Become a lifetime member of the Street Child family and be part of something HUGE that is changing children’s lives across the world.
We all have ideas that will or won’t work for us, and so it’s best to have a ‘thought shower’ with some friends to get a list of brilliant ideas to have a go at.
Networking & social media
Create an Everyday Hero fundraising page to share across all your social media platforms.
Ask friends and family to share the link on their social media too.
Try and get some big donations from close contacts – others will then follow suit!
Workplace fundraising: bake sales, bucket shakes, lunch clubs…everyone loves a foodie distraction at work!
Approach your local Rotary club, schools or charitable community groups to present on Street Child in return for donations.
Hold a gathering at home to engage your closest friends & family in your fundraising campaign. This could be anything as easy as a dinner party, wine tasting or Sunday brunch.
Big events! These are the most fun, as it’s a great excuse to get a whole group together for a party. Pub quiz, backyard cinema night, open mic night, fashion shows…whatever takes your fancy!
Come to a Street Child event to meet the team and learn more about our work to be able to share it among your networks.
Running: get fit and raise money for Street Child! Have a look at RunBritain to see what’s on in your area, or get in touch with our London fundraising team to grab a place on the bigger runs in the UK and Europe.
Active challenges: for those of you looking for a different adventure, find your nearest mountain, lake or river and go conquer it!
Quirky always wins. Think outside the box to really challenge yourself for sponsorship. How about a sky dive, fancy dress cycle ride, or a sponsored silence?