Safe Giving

We want to ensure that people are able to donate money safely for causes like the humanitarian crisis in Syria. Many local authorities will not issue licences for street collections unless they are collecting on behalf of a registered charity. So don’t be afraid to ask questions.

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has issued an alert for the general public wanting to support humanitarian work in Syria and surrounding countries, and for charities working in or sending aid or funds to Syria. The Commission recognises that it is vital for people to be able to support charities’ humanitarian work for conflict affected Syrians. The Commission’s advice to the public, and for charities and others raising funds, is to give to charities which have experience of providing humanitarian assistance in high risk, insecure and dangerous environments and which have ongoing relief operations in Syria and/or surrounding countries, such as the DEC or its member charities

Top tips when donating to an appeal

  • Before giving, check the charity’s name and registration number
  • When approached by collectors, check whether they are wearing a proper ID badge and that any collection tin is sealed
  •  If in doubt, ask the collector for more information – a genuine fundraiser should be happy to answer questions and explain more about the work of the charity
  • Genuine fundraising materials should feature the charity’s name, registered name and a landline contact number. Be wary of those that list only a mobile number
  • Look for the FRSB tick logo indicating that the charity is signed up to fundraising regulation, encouraging you to give with confidence
  • To check whether a fundraiser is authorised to collect money in a public place, contact your local authority or, if in London, the police. If it is on private property, such as a pub or office, check with the owner – or, in the case of pubs, bar staff. Check with a railway station or TFL staff member if you are unsure about someone collecting at a London underground or train station
  • After making these checks, if you think that a collection or appeal is bogus, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 and inform the Charity Commission
  • If in any doubt, contact your favoured charity direct to make a donation

For further information on giving safely visit and to check registered charities visit Charity Commission


UK aid

How the UK is responding to the humanitarian crisis in Syria and neighbouring countries – and how you can help.

The crisis in Syria is gravely concerning. Hundreds of people are being killed or wounded every day and millions have been forced to flee.

More than 10 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance inside the country and over 3 million have become refugees, according to latest figures from the United Nations.
The UK has now committed £700 million to help those affected by the conflict. This is the UK’s largest ever response to a humanitarian crisis. This funding is providing support including food, medical care and relief items for over a million people including those affected by the fighting in Syria, as well as to refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq.

For further information on UK Aid please visit

Travel Safely

Travel Safely

Are you concerned about someone travelling to, or returning from, Syria or another conflict zone?

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The impact of unrest in countries like Syria is not isolated to those areas. Local people want to support their own communities and it’s important that we provide advice on the safest and most appropriate ways they can do that.