About The Children's Society

Right now, there are children and young people in the UK who feel scared, unloved and unable to cope.

These children may have experienced neglect, abuse, bullying, homelessness, or challenges with their mental health.

The Children’s Society are here to help. Last year we helped more than 11,000 children and young people through our direct support work, and delivered 621,000 positive impacts through our policy and campaigning. It isn’t enough that children survive - we want them to thrive. That’s why we give young people additional support: from practical necessities to the little extras that make life less daunting.

That's why we're asking you to Give Joy, and share the love. Every Give Joy present you buy will fund a similar gift for a child in need, delivered by our projects in London or Birmingham - you choose.

Give a book, an arts and crafts kit or a sensory toy, safe in the knowledge that each present has been selected by our workers for its ability to make a vital difference to a vulnerable child.

Maddie's Story

The Children's Society is a lifeline for children like Maddie, who was forced to run away from home at just 15...

“I couldn’t go home. My mum was abusive, my stepdads were abusive. So, I ran away. I was homeless. I just felt like the world had ended."

With the help of The Children’s Society, Maddie got her life back on track. We made sure that she got help, staying with her every step of the way. With our support, Maddie is now a social worker, fulfilling her ambition of helping other young people in a similar situation.

“The Children’s Society backed me up when I needed help. If I hadn’t had them there, I wouldn’t have known what to do.”
Maddie, 15

Find out more

Hello from our Projects...

Greetings from Birmingham!

Pause, provided through Forward Thinking Birmingham is our centre here in Digbeth. It's a lifeline to children, young people and young adults in Birmingham: we often help whole families. You don’t need an appointment - simply drop by for a chat.

We love being able to buy gifts for the young people we help. One of our favourite ideas are our Soothe Boxes. You can pack a shoe box full of self-care essentials for another young person we help. They're a way to find a moment of calm, and include things like toiletries, or something to read. We also slot handwritten messages of hope and resilience into the box, to provide a moment of positivity at a tough time.

It’s that little bit extra that can make life less daunting. We’re so excited that Give Joy will help us do that all year round!

Thank you,


Service Manager


Hello from London!

Our Stratford hub is a lifeline to London children. We help young people up to the age of 25, and often help parents too. Our Project Workers offer a listening ear and support through difficult times, whether it’s a court case, finding suitable housing or helping young people to find a new way to manage their emotions.

We love being able to support our young people with the gifts from Give Joy. One of our favourite gift ideas are our recording studios, which help young people to express themselves in artistic ways. We've seen first hand the amazing impact this can have.

Thank you so much for your generous gifts!


Operations Manager

Stratford Hub, The Children’s Society

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