Legal and safe fundraising
It’s not the most exciting subject. But it's essential to make sure you and the people you're with are safe. And that your fundraising is legal.
Insurance – the legal bit
- We can’t accept any responsibility for any loss, damage or injury from your event
- Our insurance doesn’t cover your property or the property of your helpers or guests
- It doesn’t cover personal liability for any injury you suffer or anyone else as a result of taking part in your event
So if you're organising an event that involves other people, it's important you consider what kind of insurance you need. Sometimes it's included when you hire your venue, but always check, it's not safe to assume.
You can find an insurance broker through the British Insurance Broker's Association website. They'll be able to give you impartial advice about your event and help you organise what you need.
Risk assessment – the sensible bit
You should carry out a risk assessment of every activity you want to do. It doesn’t need to be complicated - the Health and Safety Executive recommend you:
- Identify the hazards
- Decide who might be harmed and how
- Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions/measures to be taken
- Write down your findings and implement them
- Review your assessment and update if necessary
Your risk assessment will help you find any areas where you may be subject to an insurance claim.
Licences to thrill
You're likely to need a licence for:
- providing alcohol or entertainment (including recorded music)
- holding a raffle, lottery or auction
- doing any sort of collection in a public place, for example on the streets
- putting up banners or signs in public areas
Contact your local authority licensing department for advice on how to apply. You'll find details of who to ask on their website.
If you're holding a large, public event you should write to the police, fire department and ambulance services and let them know what you’re doing. There's information how to do that on their websites.
If you’re serving food, make sure you prepare and serve it in a safe way. The Food Standards Agency has some great advice about food preparation on their website.
This information is a guide only. If you're unsure about anything, please contact your local council or authority or drop us an email to [email protected] and we'll try to help!