About us

When Methodist minister Thomas Bowman Stephenson saw children living rough under the arches of Waterloo station in London, he decided he had to act. And his first action was to listen.

He paid children the respect of hearing their stories, before working out the most practical way to help. 

A century and a half later, the spirit of our founder remains our inspiration. We take action on behalf of 301,000 children, young people, parents and carers across the UK. Our mission is to do what’s right, do what’s needed, and do what works for children.

Our history


Our organisation

Our ambition is for any child who needs help to get help.

Discover our mission, values as well as how our charity is run.

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Our Methodist Partnership

For over 148 years, Action for Children has been working in partnership with the Methodist Church.

Together we make a real and lasting difference to the lives of thousands of children across the UK.

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Our Ambassadors

We are very fortunate to have HRH The Duchess of Cambridge as our Royal Patron. Our work is greatly helped by our celebrity ambassadors who support us in a range of ways – from hosting events, to fundraising, campaigning and speaking on our behalf. Our Young Ambassadors work hard for Action for Children, attending conferences and events and helping us with fundraising, campaigning and even recruiting staff. Find out more about the work of our Ambassadors, or what becoming a Young Ambassador involves…

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£3 regular

£3 a month could pay for children to have a healthy nutritious dinner.

£5 regular

£5 a month could pay for emergency overnight support for a young person living on the street.

£10 regular

£10 a month could provide a one-to-one play session for a child who has been abused.

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£15 single

£15 could buy puppets to help a child who has been abused express their feelings

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£25 single

£25 could give 15 children a hot, nutritious meal.

£50 single

£50 could keep a project open for an hour for children in urgent need

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