How to organise a street collection

Street collections are a great way to raise money, but do require some forward planning. You will need to obtain permission from the council or shop owner first.

? It might seem daunting, but wear a big smile, be positive and you will be surprised at how generous people can be and how much you enjoy it!

Sally Beckenham, VSO fundraising

Getting permission

  • You will need to get permission from the licensing department of your local council – search their website for help
  • If your permission is granted, request this in writing and carry it with you on the day in case you are asked to provide some proof
  • If you have been given a collection badge make sure that this is visible
  • Wear your VSO T-shirt and contact us for a VSO collection tin or bucket

Setting a time and place for the collection

  • Choose a suitable location that will be busy with a high level of people passing by on the date and time that you are planning to collect in order to reach as many people as possible.
  • Your safety is very important to us - never collect money on your own. Work with a partner or team.
  • Think about where to stand – it is better for street collectors to stand at some distance from each other, but not too far away so that you can’t see each other.
  • Be prepared with information and facts about VSO and what we do – people who stop to talk to you will want to find out more about where their money goes and why they should donate to VSO.

Paying in funds raised 

  • Don't forget to pay in any raised funds to us as quickly as possible and to find out how, please visit our how to pay in your funds page. 
  • Please note that for street collections, you cannot claim Gift Aid on the money raised.
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How to organise a fundraising event

Hosting an event can bring in a lot of funds and could be all you need to reach your fundraising target

Fundraisers at a bag pack
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How to organise a bag pack

Bag packing in a local supermarket can be a really easy way to raise money and spread the word about VSO.

Need some help? Get in touch!

Telephone: +44 (0)20 8780 7500

Email: events@vsoint.org