There are so many ways you can help - the opportunities are endless!
If you are interested in becoming one of our corporate sponsors, we would be delighted to discuss options.
If you would like to raise money for Haig Housing Trust’s Coming Home Campaign, you can set up a fundraising page through MyDonate or Just Giving. We are more than happy to help you set up your fundraising profile so please get in touch!
Click on the links below to create your own fundraising page:
If you would like to discuss ways to help, please contact:
Fundraising and Communications Consultant
Tel: 0208 685 5777
Or use our enquiry form.
Guide to Fundraising:
If you are thinking of doing some fundraising, you need to consider a few things that will keep you on the right side of the law - so here are the serious bits:
- Licences: Check with your local council to see what licences or permits might be needed for your event. As a general rule, you do not need a licence to collect money on private property but do check in your area, particularly if your event involves food and drink or raffles.
- Insurance: Many venues insist on public liability insurance. You will need to prove that this is in place before you hold an event.
- Risk Assessment: Many venues will want you to carry out a risk assessment. If you need help with this, please contact us.
- Use of Coming Home Logo: generally, for any fundraising event, we will give permission for you to use our logo but please check with us first.
- Health and Safety: Be realistic about what is achievable and make sure it is safe for all participants (you will have covered this in your risk assessment). Ensure you have adequate first aid cover suitable for the size of the event. If you are unsure of anything, please contact us.
Back to the fun stuff!
- What can I do to raise money?
You can do almost anything, as long as it is safe and legal! If you are stuck, you could get your friends and family together for a bit of inspiration or talk to us. You could also join in existing events, on behalf of Coming Home, such as organised sporting events like the London Marathon.
- Who can I involve?
Ask everyone you know - at school, at work, family, friends and neighbours. People can support you in different ways; by sponsoring you to do something, by giving their time to help you, donating a prize or simply by attending an event you’ve organised.
- Where do I start?
The key to any successful event is good planning, but don’t let that put you off! Organising and planning is all part of the fun; why not turn it into a social event in itself? Think about timing - look at what other events are on in your area at the same time, to either join in with or to ensure you don’t clash. Make sure you give plenty of notice so people can get the date in their diary and plan ahead. Location is also very important - the type of location depends on your event, and of course there are loads of things you can so in your own home, but whatever you chose there are a few things to remember:
- You must have permission to use the location
- Ensure that access to the location is appropriate (e.g. if you need to get cars in)
- You apply in good time to get any licences you may need
- Meet any health and safety rules
- Can I get any support?
We can provide merchandise, advertising and literature to help promote your event. Don’t be afraid to ask other people for help too. You’ll be surprised how willing people are to get involved in a good event for a good cause. Look on our Facebook page for other people running similar events and ask them too!
- How do I promote my event?
Use the Internet - spread the news quickly using social networking sites, emails and websites. Email your friends and family, set up a Facebook page and link it with ours and set up a Just Giving page. If you film your event, make sure you send it to us and put it on YouTube.
- What should I do after my event?
We would love to hear all about your event - before and after! Don’t forget to send us your photos and videos.
The most important thing is sending in the money raised. Any cash raised should be counted by two people and both should sign a paper to say that the donations have been counted and verified. Please DO NOT send cash in the post. Bank all the money collected and send it to us in a cheque along with any sponsorship forms so we can claim Gift Aid. It is very important to ask your UK tax paying sponsors and donors to tick the Gift Aid box as it allows us to claim an extra 28p for every £1 raised at no extra cost to the donor.
Please include a note with your name, address, contact details and reference to your event - all very important for us to be able to thank you!
Cheques should be made payable to: Haig Housing Trust, Alban Dobson House, Green Lane, Morden, Surrey SM4 5NS.
If you have used an online payment system (Just Giving, PayPal), the donations will be transferred automatically to Haig Housing Trust’s bank account.