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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

If you can't find what you're looking for here, please contact us at events@oxfam.org.uk or phone us on 0300 200 1244.

General FAQs

  • What is Dressed By The Kids Day?

    Dressed By The Kids Day is a one day event where Oxfam asks the nation to be dressed by the children in their lives and raise some money to help end poverty. It's open to everyone - there'll be thousands of workplaces, schools and groups of friends taking part right across the UK.

  • When is it?

    Friday 16 June.

  • How does it work?

    Dressed By The Kids Day is all about kids dressing up adults and the adults raising some money to help Oxfam end poverty sooner. You can register for the event in one of three ways depending on how you're planning on taking part....

    At school: For teachers or those arranging the event in a school. We'll send you everything you need to host the event with lesson plans and learning resources, stickers for the kids and a comprehensive how to guide to make your event go easily and smoothly.

    The website will soon be updated with information about how to get involved with Dressed By The Kids with friends and at work

  • What could the kids dress me as?

    Dressed By The Kids Day is all about kids dressing up adults and the adults raising some money to help Oxfam end poverty sooner. You can register for the event in one of three ways depending on how you're planning on taking part....

    With friends: Register here and you'll be sent a one person event pack with a big badge and activity book for the kids. You'll also be able to set yourself up a JustGiving page for yourself at the end.

    With school: For teachers or those arranging the event in a school. We'll send you everything you need to host the event with lesson plans and learning resources, stickers for the kids and a comprehensive how to guide to make your event go easily and smoothly.

    At work: For those looking to get their workmates involved. You'll get a special 'how to guide' and resources.

  • I don't want to make a spectacle of myself or look too ‘out there’– what should I do?

    You ultimately control what you walk out of the door in on the day; you don't have to wear that bikini your daughter loves! If your workplace is quite formal or you're not comfortable drawing attention to yourself then think about letting the kids pick from a selection of clothes you'd be happy to wear.

  • When will my event pack arrive?

    School packs will arrive from early May and Friends and Workplaces packs will be delivered in late May.

  • How do I raise money?

    The easiest way to raise money is via Justgiving where all your donations automatically come to Oxfam and you can set yourself up a SMS donation code. Sponsorship forms and collection boxes work too! Just pick the method that suits you and your sponsors best.

    If you're raising money with work colleagues then think about using one JustTextGiving code or JustGiving page for everyone's friends, family, customers, suppliers and clients to use so you can see your grand total easily in one place.

  • How much money am I expected to raise?

    There's no minimum or maximum amount. Last year most people raised well over £50, it's surprising how generous people can be when you're stepping out 'in style'. If you're in a group or at work it will probably be a little less than this. Just have fun and raise as much as possible!

  • How do I pay in the money?

    We suggest collecting the cash on the day and then paying in online or using the form in the pack you'll receive when you sign up. You can also use a JustGiving page if you'd like to.

  • What will Oxfam do with the money?

    Every penny will help to relieve extreme poverty for the world's poorest people. Here are a few examples of what your money could do...

    • £10 could provide a family with a little egg factory that will produce chicks for rearing or provide income to pay for essentials.
    • £27 could train a teacher so more children can be educated. Better teaching equals a better education for generations of children.
    • £120 could help improve bees' hives and train beekeepers in the latest yield-boosting production methods, allowing them to earn a sustainable living for their families.
  • How do I publicise the event?

    Once you've registered to take part you can start using the resources on the website to make sure that everyone knows that the school is taking part in June. Add it to your school calendar for the Summer term and make sure parents are given enough notice.

Schools FAQs

  • How does it work in schools?

    Teachers get dressed by the kids in their classes, who in return give a suggested £1 donation. On 16 June, simply gather your dressing up items and get styled by the kids in your class - you can gather the items yourself or ask the pupils to bring some things in.

    You could then go on to do fashion show with the other teachers - maybe invite the parents in as well, getting the kids to decide who has the best outfit. You could alternatively have a photo shoot, a 'best in class' award for the most creative outfit... there are many ways it can work depending on the amount of time you have to organise the day.

    To get the most out of the day, we'd advise you to use the educational resources in the weeks or days before to explore why you are doing it. Then plan your fundraising event and use the Twinkl resources on the day itself.

  • How much organising is involved?

    This is really flexible and depends on how much time you have to give. You could do a simple low effort version with kids dressing their form teachers and an assembly or add on a few extras like a fashion show or involving parents. Our 'how to' guide is full of tips, advice and resources so you can tailor the event to your time.

  • What resources are available?

    Lots! We have tons of resources to help you publicise the event in advance, including posters, letters to parents and emails. Oxfam has created exclusive, educational resources for your learners to explore the basic needs we all have in common, wherever we live in the world. A range of activities have been expertly created for different primary age groups, with session plans, case studies, a presentation and video. It's a great idea to use these before the day to learn more about what Oxfam does and explore why you're raising money to fight poverty.

    We also have an exclusive offer for early registrations to secure an Oxfam school speaker (subject to availability).

  • When will I get the Teacher's Kit and what will be in it?

    The Teacher's Kit will be sent out in early May and provide you with everything you need to run the day - with further resources available to download online.

    It will include a fundraising guide, activities and items for the children, outfit inspiration, items to decorate your school with and educational resources.

    There will also be supporting activities from Twinkl for you to do on the day with the students.

  • What if £1 each might be too much for some of pupils?

    We have added a suggested donation of £1 for each child but we're happy for schools to decide this figure.

  • What do the pupils get for their donation?

    For each donation the pupil gets to dress their teacher and take part in fun activities on the day - this could be a seat at a fashion show or a photo with their teacher. You could also let the children wear their own clothes for the day. We'd recommend giving each student a sticker and/or certificate for their styling efforts - samples of these will come in the pack.

Workplace FAQs

  • How does it work in workplaces?

    Workmates get dressed up by the kids in their lives and get sponsored to come into work or fundraise on the day with their customers. Last year, lots of workplaces also had a bucket for customers to make donations or decorated the workplace a bit to make it clear what was going on.

  • How do I get my workplace involved?

    Most workplaces are happy to support fun charity events, especially ones where the kids are involved! Ask your boss or whoever arranges the activities at work if they can email all the staff to make it official and really get the momentum going. You could also download more posters from the website. Your workplace could then add up all the staff fundraising and raise some serious money for the world's poorest families.

    If you're thinking of getting the whole company involved please contact us at events@oxfam.org.uk to see how we can help. We're happy to send you additional images, logos or another material you need. We can also dispatch event packs and badges in bulk.

  • I can't look too wacky at work, what should I do?

    You ultimately control what you walk out of the door in on the day, you don't have to wear that bikini your daughter loves! If your workplace is quite formal then see about getting everyone involved for the day or let the kids pick from a selection of clothes you'd be happy to wear.

  • Some of my colleagues and friends don’t have kids, can they take part?

    Yes!! People don't have to be a parent to take part; they just need the help of a willing kid to pick out an outfit. Maybe kids within their family or friends could help? And the kid doesn't even need to be there - use Skype, send photos of options or discuss over the phone. It's easy for everyone to get involved.