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 http://www.dec.org.uk/spread-the-word.
Ideas, information and materials for setting up a fundraising event or sponsored activity can be found on the DEC website: http://www.dec.org.uk/fundraise-for-us 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:
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 [email protected]
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 - http://www.vso.org.uk/
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 - https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/
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: [email protected]
Requests for money/partnership/other help
I'd like to apply for emergency funding for my project
The DEC only raises funds for its Member Agencies and can not fund any additional projects. All member agency funding is allocated by an indicator of capacity and is carefully tracked and accounted for. For more details visit the how we work page at http://www.dec.org.uk/how-we-work
Do you have any materials I can use in my project/research
Unfortunately we don’t have any documentation/resources that we can send out, everything available from us is already on our website. The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has a large database of resources and information which may help (https://www.ifrc.org/en/). It may also be helpful to look at the ACAPS website (http://www.acaps.org/) which has lots of resources on crisis assessment and management.
Can you put a link to my website on the DEC website?
We only have information about our 13 member charities and corporate partners on our website. We do not post links to any other charities, companies or events.
I would like to get a job / internship / work experience placement at the DEC.
The DEC is actually a very small organisation and in general we do not have the resources or capacity to offer internships or work experience placements. Because we only have 16 permanent members of staff, unfortunately job opportunities do not come up very often either.
Please check the Jobs & Volunteering section of our website for current vacancies and information on volunteering.
How do I request aid to a specific region of the disaster?
The DEC is a fundraising organisation and does not coordinate work on the ground. Work is coordinated by DEC member agencies, working closely with local partners and the UN coordination system to identify all areas affected by the disaster. As this coordination takes place at the national and local level, unfortunately we cannot forward on specific requests for aid.
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 https://www.globalhand.org/en/offers/new and mention that you were directed to them by the DEC.
- Global Hand do not actually warehouse goods in the UK, but they link donors with NGOs for whom they may be of strategic help.
- Global Hand's acceptance of goods will be in part based on consideration to shelf life, cultural sensitivity, environmental appropriateness and impact on local manufacture in struggling economies.
- Global Hand matches donations with need and does not only work in disaster areas. They may not be able to send your goods to the country of the current DEC appeal, but may find a home for them elsewhere (with your approval).
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 http://pages.ebay.co.uk/ebayforcharity/sell.html
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 13 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 http://www.dec.org.uk/member-charities