People in their onesies

I have met hundreds of amazing people while collecting, people who have taken the time to stop and tell me how their lives have been changed by autism and how The National Autistic Society has been there for them.  I have never felt so proud to support this fantastic organisation and I would recommend it to anyone!

Kate, World Autism Awareness Week 2016 fundraiser

Would you like to volunteer at a station collection?

From 27 March–2 April, collections will be taking place across the UK at some really exciting stations! Participating stations include: King's Cross, Waterloo, Euston, Paddington, Victoria, Baker Street, Charing Cross, Liverpool Street, Oxford Circus, Leicester Square, Cardiff Central, Bristol Temple Meads and Nottingham station. Each day will be split into 3 hour shifts and if you'd like to get involved please email Caroline who will tell you which places are still available.

Email us to volunteer

Organise your own collection

Bucket collections are a great way to spend time with friends and family, while making a huge impact on the lives of autistic people. You’ll be amazed at the generosity of your local community when it comes to supporting a worthy cause.

You can try collecting at your:

  • local supermarket
  • local train or bus station
  • workplace
  • local community centre.

Be sure to get permission from your local authority well in advance if you’re holding a collection in a public place.

Top tips and important information for bucket collections

Buddy up 

Collecting for the first time can be daunting so a great way to get the most out of a collection is to get into pairs or small groups. You can take turns to shout out and will have someone to talk to when there’s a quiet spell in your area. Plus, it gives you time with your friend for the whole day! 

Stand out

Nothing says “I’M HERE” more than standing in a onesie or a fancy dress costume. 

World Autism Awareness Week is all about helping to fundraise and raise awareness, until everyone understands. You can help to spread the message by sporting our newly-designed t-shirts while you collect!

Three people wearing Stand out for autism t-shirts

Enjoy yourself

You are doing a truly wonderful thing by giving up your own time to help support the lives of autistic people. We hope that you feel good about taking part and that you enjoy yourself while you collect! 

Dos of collecting

  • Find somewhere to stand where you can be easily seen by the public.
  • Be informative, don’t be afraid to shout out facts about the charity you’re collecting for or let people know what the amazing cause is!
  • It can be hard to keep going and stay positive. Not everyone will stop and give you money, but try and keep at it, for eventually it will pay off.
  • Make sure you take regular breaks, collecting can be very tiring and can easily wear you out if you don’t take the time for a cup of tea and a cookie!

Don'ts of collecting

  • Unfortunately not everyone will donate or be friendly but it’s SUPER important to not be rude. You will be representing the charity.
  • Don’t hide yourself away. If people can’t see or hear you, how will they donate? Be vocal and visible – you’ll raise a lot more that way.
  • Whatever you do, don’t hassle people. It makes everyone involved feel uncomfortable and it doesn’t make yourself or the charity look good.

Get permission

To collect funds in the street, house-to-house, or in any other public place, you will need a license from your local council. Be sure to get permission from your local authority well in advance if you’re holding a collection in a public place.

Most councils have details of how to apply for a license on their website.

How to pay in the money you raise!

Once you have collected all the money, there are several ways you can send in your donations.

  • Call our Supporter Care team on 020 7903 3570 to request a paying in slip, which you can use to pay in your funds at any Barclays Bank.
  • Make a cheque payable to ‘The National Autistic Society’ and send it to The National Autistic Society, 393 City Road, London, EC1V 1NG. Please include a note with your name, address and the reference “World Autism Awareness Week bucket collection”.
  • You can donate over the phone by calling 020 7903 3570.


To sign up to do a bucket collection for World Autism Awareness Week, please contact our Supporter Care team on 020 7903 3570.