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Donating to support Ukraine
28th February 2022

The following UK Registered Charities are already playing an active role in supporting Ukraine and/or Ukrainian refugees from the war. They all have specific appeals for funds for this crisis.  This is just a small selection and is not meant to represent every UK charity now working to help Ukrainians.

To donate to any of these appeals using your Charity Voucher, go to ‘Redeem Vouchers‘ and then, on the donation form where it says ‘Choose Charity From List’, select ‘Other (Specify)’ and type the name of the charity in the box and then type Ukraine Appeal after that.

Disasters Emergency Committee: By donating to the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, you’ll help DEC charities provide food, water, shelter and healthcare to refugees and displaced families. The UK Government will match donations from the public pound-for-pound up to £20 million, meaning your support will go even further.

British Red Cross: As the security situation allows, the Ukrainian Red Cross Society (URCS) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will continue to respond to existing and emerging humanitarian needs. The Red Cross has supported people affected by this conflict for years and this will not stop now. Your donation could help someone affected get: food, water, first aid, medicines, warm clothes, shelter. Your donation will mean that the Red Cross can reach even more people in desperate need.

Save The Children: The war in Ukraine is forcing children and families in major cities into basements and bomb shelters to escape explosions. Children have already lived through eight years of conflict, enduring violence, shelling, and being displaced from their homes. Many families forced to flee will require help with their shelter, food, and clean water needs. Save The Children are working quickly to assess what support children and families need and is ready to provide life-saving aid. Help children facing violence in Ukraine and around the world – Donate now to the Emergency Fund.
How is Save The Children helping support Ukraine?
* Distributing essential humanitarian aid to children and their families
* Delivering winter and hygiene kits
* Providing cash grants to families so they can meet basic needs like food, rent and medicines
* Providing access to safe, inclusive, quality education
* Working to help children overcome the mental and psychological impacts of conflict

UNICEF: UNICEF is working across eastern Ukraine to deliver life-saving programmes for children as well as deliver safe drinking water in areas heavily impacted by the conflict. UNICEF executive director Catherine M. Russell said in a statement: “UNICEF is working across eastern Ukraine to scale up life-saving programmes for children. “This includes trucking safe water to conflict-affected areas; prepositioning health, hygiene and emergency education supplies as close as possible to communities near the line of contact; and working with municipalities to ensure there is immediate help for children and families in need. “UNICEF-supported mobile teams are also providing psychosocial care to children traumatised by the chronic insecurity.”

UN Refugee Agency: The UN Refugee Agency is working with local authorities and other partners in Ukraine to provide humanitarian assistance when needed. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said the UN Refugee Agency is “working with the authorities, UN and other partners in Ukraine and is ready to provide humanitarian assistance wherever necessary and possible”.

British-Ukrainian Aid: “As the full-scale war escalates, stand with Ukraine now! Please help those in urgent need of items for immediate emergency, medical supplies, first aid kits, transportation & critical services. We raise funds to provide immediate, direct support. Charity Registration No. 1164472”

Updated 1/3/22

Charity Awareness Days and events in March
11th February 2022

A quick look at some of the charities’ national awareness days and events coming up in March

3rd March : Student Minds & UMHAN – University Mental Health Day

6th – 12th March : UK Says No More – No More Week

9th March : NHS/British Heart Foundation – No Smoking Day

7th – 13th March : Cultivation Street – Cultivation Street Week

18th March : Comic Relief – Red Nose Day

21st – 31st March : Sustrans – The Big Walk and Wheel

26th March : Epilepsy UK – Purple Day

For a more comprehensive list we recommend taking a look on the online calendar on the ‘Awareness Days’ website.

Extra hours for Christmas
16th December 2021

Due to the recent increase in demand for Charity Vouchers we are glad to say that our office will now be operating on Saturday 17th December from 9am-6pm.

Anglia Giving registers with Fundraising Regulator
18th October 2021

We’re delighted to announce that Anglia Giving, the not-for-profit company which runs the Charity Vouchers service, is now registered with the Fundraising Regulator.

The Fundraising Regulator is the independent regulator of charitable fundraising in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It was established in 2016, replacing the Fundraising Standards Board. The Regulator promotes best practice in fundraising, in order to protect donors but also to support the vital work of fundraisers. It works in partnership with other regulators and representative bodies in the charitable and fundraising sectors to build public confidence and ensure consistent fundraising standards across the UK.

Registration for organisations like ours is voluntary, and requires payment of an annual fee. However, we believe it is important to support the Regulator, and that registration demonstrates our commitment to adhere to best fundraising practice.

To visit the Fundraising Regulator’s website, please click here.

Charity Awareness Days and events in November
15th October 2021

A quick look at some of the charities’ national awareness days and events coming up in November

1st-30th November : Movember Europe – Movember

3rd November : Rethink Mental Illness – National Stress Awareness Day

15th-19th November : Anti-Bullying Alliance – One Kind Word : Anti-Bullying Week

15th-21st November : Brake – Road Safety Week

15th-21st November : Alcohol Change UK – Alcohol Awareness Week

19th November : United Nations – World Toilet Day

For a more comprehensive list we recommend taking a look on the online calendar on the ‘Awareness Days’ website.

Charity Awareness Days and events in October
17th September 2021

A quick look at some of the charities’ national awareness days and events coming up in October

October 1 – October 31 : Breast Cancer Care – Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 1 – October 31 : Macmillan Cancer Support – Go Sober For October

October 1 – October 31 : Various – Black History Month

3 – 10 October : Dyspraxia Foundation – Dyspraxia Awareness Week

4 – 8 October : The Backcare Charity – BackCare Awareness Week

11 – 15 October : Tissue Viability Society – Legs Matter Week

11 – 17 October : Malnutrition Task Force – UK Malnutrition Awareness Week

18 – 23 October : First4Adoption – National Adoption Week

For a more comprehensive list we recommend taking a look on the online calendar on the ‘Awareness Days’ website.

Charity Awareness Days and events in September
16th August 2021

A quick look at some of the charities’ national awareness days and events coming up in September

1st – 30th September : Blood Cancer UK – Blood Cancer Awareness Month

5th September : United Nations – International Day of Charity

5th – 11th September : The Migraine Trust – Migraine Awareness Week

6th – 12th September : Blood Pressure UK – Know Your Numbers Week

7th September : Stem4 – Youth Mental Health Day

20th – 26th September : NHS Blood and Transplant – Organ Donation Week

1st – 30th September : The Butler Trust – Thank you #HiddenHeroes Day

For a more comprehensive list we recommend taking a look on the ChangeStar ‘Charity Calendar’ at www.changestar.co.uk and at the online calendar on the ‘Awareness Days’ website.

Charity Vouchers news
7th July 2021

We are now entering our 20th year, and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the users of our service for their support. At the same time we’d like to update everyone who uses our service about some important changes we have made and are making to the way the service operates.

  1. Automation – over the last two years we have been investing in automating more of our processes. This now means that we can deal with much larger numbers of orders and voucher redemptions. It also means that our e-vouchers and printable vouchers are issued immediately, 365 days a year, rather than having to wait to be processed manually.
  2. Expiry dates – Charity Vouchers are now valid for 12 months instead of 24 months. However, if you have a voucher that has expired, please get in contact us. We will usually be able to reset the expiry date for you although, regrettably, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so in every case.
  3. Getting greener – Charity Vouchers are already a much greener alternative to conventional gifts because our e-vouchers and printable vouchers consume virtually no resources at all. Even our printed cards/vouchers are far less damaging for the planet than most of the physical gifts that that might have been bought in their place. One company which began giving Charity Vouchers to its employees had previously been giving them plastic games compendiums… and we think we know where a lot of those will have ended up! Even so, we are working hard to reduce our environmental impact: In the office we have greatly reduced the amount of paper used for administration. We have replaced the cellophane sleeves, used to protect our greetings cards, with a biodegradable/compostable alternative. We increasingly print our cards and vouchers on paper and card with the FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) C007915 certification. We are also using up our final stocks of the plastic corner pockets we have always used to hold the vouchers in our cards. These will be replaced with much more environmentally friendly ‘glue-dots’.
  4. Price increases – We last increased our voucher and postage charges six years ago and we have reluctantly decided that we can’t put off doing so any longer – even a not-for-profit company like ours must make ends meet. So, from today the handling fee for our e-vouchers and printable vouchers will rise from £1.00 to £1.20, the printing and handling fee for our cards and vouchers will rise from £1.50 to £1.95, and our flat rate postage fee will rise from £1.00 to £1.15. These increases will enable us to maintain our commitment to give 100% of the value of every voucher redeemed to the charities chosen. Similarly, we will be able to continue to offer donors the choice of all the registered charities in the UK rather than restricting it to a much smaller selection. And the changes will allow us to continue to offer Freephone facilities, and our Freepost service for vouchers issued by post, in order to make it as quick and easy as possible for people to donate their vouchers.

It is always really helpful for us to receive feedback (even the occasional bad bits) so if you have any comments or suggestions at all about our service, please let us know.

The Charity Vouchers team
7th July 2021

Charity Awareness Days and events in July
17th June 2021

A quick look at some of the charities’ national awareness days and events coming up in July

1st – 31st July : SAMARITANS – Talk to Us / #WeListen Month

3rd July : A child of mine – National Bereaved Parents Awareness Day

4th July – Thank You Day

11th July : Rethink – National Schizophrenia Awareness Day

For a more comprehensive list we recommend taking a look at the online calendar on the ‘Awareness Days’ website.

Thank You Day – Sunday July 4th
24th May 2021

After a hard 18 months, we’ve all got someone to say thank you to. Whether it’s the neighbours for checking we were okay or the delivery drivers who kept food on the shelves. Maybe it’s the volunteers who helped get the vaccine out, or the kids for learning from home. That is why the organisers of Thank You Day want us to get together to say thanks to them all.

So, Sunday 4th July has been designated as Thank You Day, and we’re joining alongside some amazing organisations including the NHS, Royal Voluntary Service, the Scouts and many, many more to help say ‘thank you’ to all those millions of people across the UK who so deserve it. To help celebrate, we’ve created this great new card design, which you’ll find under our ‘Thank You‘ occasions page. A Charity Voucher is a perfect way to show your thanks!

Thank You Day 2021

So, join in the celebrations, and find out more about how you can take part and spread the word about Thank You Day.
You’ll find all the information you need at the special Thank You Day website.