How You Can Help

Promoting The Appeal

Offering To Support

  • How can I help?

    There are a number of ways to support our appeals such as donating, spreading awareness or arranging a fundraising event.

    Find the best way to donate for you here.

    The more people that hear of our appeal the more people will donate. You can help publicise our appeal in various different ways. To find ideas and information visit

    Ideas, information and materials for setting up a fundraising event or sponsored activity can be found on the DEC website: and in the Community Fundraising help section.

  • How can I offer my / our services to the appeal?
    It is always great to receive offers of help and support for emergency appeals, during busy appeals the DEC is happy to receive most forms of support although in certain cases we may have to turn some away*. The kind of support the DEC can accept include:
    • Holding a fundraising event / collecting money for the appeal
    • Offering free ad-space
    • Offering corporate support- see corporate pages
    • Offering a % of profits - see corporate pages
    *Be aware the DEC does not accept marketing enquiries for new services and will turn these down.
  • Can I volunteer with the DEC?

    The DEC is actually a very small organisation with one small office in London and we do not work abroad, all of the money we raise is passed to our member charities. Because of this volunteer opportunities are limited when we are not running an appeal. However if you are interested in helping when we do launch an appeal please email your details to

    See the Jobs & Volunteering page of our website for more details and for information about volunteering with other organisations overseas.

  • Can I go to the disaster zone and volunteer?

    Unfortunately the DEC cannot facilitate arranging volunteers in the field as we are a fundraising only organisation. However, it may be useful to contact someone like VSO or Doctors of the World.

    VSO is an international development charity that works using volunteers. Experienced professionals share their skills with local colleagues in some of the world's poorest communities, working together to find realistic solutions to the problems they face.  

    Doctors of the World specialise in sending trained medical staff to disaster affected areas. They are compiling a database of qualified medical staff with essential experience for use in emergencies. To be considered for inclusion in this database please email with a current CV including full details of availability. Please include which emergency situation you would like to assist with in the subject line. Unfortunately they are not able to accept applications from individuals with no experience of the complexities of working in emergency situations. Email:

Corporate Support

Requests for money/partnership/other help

Other Ways to Help

  • Get sponsored or arrange a fundraising event

    See the Community Fundraising section for inspiration and information on setting up and running a fundraising event.


  • I want to send clothes/blankets/food/donate goods to the affected area

    The DEC is a fundraising organisation so we do not collect, store, sort or distribute goods as our role is just to raise money for our member charities' work on the ground. 

    Further to this it is often not cost effective to collect goods in the UK as the costs of sending them to a disaster area are usually more than the goods are worth. Where possible, DEC’s member charities will buy relief items in bulk from countries in the affected region. This stimulates the local economy and helps the country get back on its feet. It also saves time and money as it is quicker and cheaper to transport goods to a nearby country or within a country than fly goods out from the UK. Charities can also exercise quality control in making sure the goods are suitable for the people affected.

    If you have a large amount of goods or items that are particularly relevant to the emergency situation, you can contact DEC partner Global Hand who arrange for suitable goods to be transported to disaster areas or other areas in need. Global Hand is a charity that matches donated goods with items needed by voluntary organisations. Please contact Global Hand at and mention that you were directed to them by the DEC.

    If Global Hand is not relevant for your donation then another good way of helping respond to a disaster is to raise money from the sale of your items, either by giving them to a charity shop of one of the DEC member charities, or by selling the items yourself and donating the money raised. If you sell items on eBay you can ask for some or all of the money to go directly to the DEC, see

  • I have developed a product for use in disaster zones.

    The DEC is a fundraising organisation only, we do not actually work in the field. We raise funds for work carried out by our 14 UK member charities and it is they, not the DEC, who deliver aid directly, or through trusted partners, to those in need in disaster areas. We do not deliver the aid ourselves or decide which programmes or equipment member agencies should use in the field.

    For a list of our member charities who do work in disaster zones go to