There are so many ways to support Open Arms in your local area. Getting involved through your work, school, community group or becoming part of one of our support groups are just a few options. We'd love to hear how you are inspired to get involved.
Get Involved at School
Open Arms is all about giving children in Malawi a better chance in life, so we love it when children in schools get involved. We are very proud of our connection with schools and colleges across the world and we value them enormously. Schools helped to make Open Arms what it is today.
Our friends in Malawi are absolutely thriving, and we have gained so much, in so many ways. Raising funds has been a daunting task, but at the same time a real pleasure. The trick has been to mobilize the whole school community. Supermarket bag packing, quizzes, afternoon teas, sponsored walks, Christmas craft stalls, you name it, and we’ve done it! Pete Weston - Queen Elizabeth School, Kirkby Lonsdale
Through getting involved, schools around the world have found that their students gain a lot from the experience. Some schools visit Malawi to help with Open Arms and community projects, and have formed lasting bonds with the children they sponsor. Two of these are Ashville College and Kingswood School, who have worked with us over 15 years.
Schools can add an annual event to their calendar, like Richmond House School who sells love hearts for Valentine’s. Or connect Malawi and Open Arms to a curricular topic and do a related fundraiser. We have resources for children and ideas from teachers, and may be able to lead a class or assembly at your school.
If you want to connect your class or school with children in Malawi, we will work with you to make it rewarding for all involved.
Building global awareness
“We have seen that bringing the global dimension to Citizenship and lessons across the full breadth of the curriculum can enrich educational experiences and outcomes for young people, helping them to challenge stereotypes, respect cultural differences, and raise their global awareness.” - Gavin Park – Stewarts Melville College
Get Involved at Work
Getting your colleagues involved to help children in Malawi can bring a shared sense of achievement. Many people find that fundraising events can build team spirit and develop leadership skills. There are so many good reasons to be socially responsible. Find out what you can do to change lives in one of the world’s poorest countries.
In your workplace
Raising funds at work can bring people together for a good cause and enhance your skills too, including project management and negotiation. You can do anything from holding a bake sale or a dress down day, to entering a corporate challenge.
We have tried and proven ideas to share for fundraising, in our A-Z that has everything from art events to a company quiz. As a small charity, it’s easy to see where the funds go and who you have helped.
You could ask your company to match what you have raised!
As a company
Companies with a strong sense of social responsibility have partnered with Open Arms and the results are impressive. Whether large or small, we will be happy to work with you to identify projects that will meet our shared goals of having a positive social impact. You could contribute funding, volunteer expertise, and even send a group to Malawi!
In 2006 one of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies funded two Nursery Schools and sent a team of volunteers to Malawi to help with construction. There is nothing like experiencing for yourself the contrasts of Malawi, while seeing a school build up to become the centre of help for a community. That formed the beginning of a lasting relationship resulting in annual projects with over 100 employees volunteering and more than 3,000 children given lasting support.
A week in Malawi
“The week in Malawi was absolutely incredible for me, I have to say, I was so pleased that we could go out as a group of individuals, make a difference (maybe small – but Rome wasn’t built in a day), be a part of some incredible experiences, see so much amazing things (bed-on head), laugh all week and leave with a group of friends I look forward to seeing again” - Volunteer from DePuy, May 2011
In your community
Open Arms relies on donations from the local community and from our corporate partnerships. It really is only with your help and generosity that we are able to continue supporting babies and families in Malawi.
There are many local groups that support Open Arms including Rotary Clubs, Churches, Scouts and Guides. Also independent groups such as local villages, sewing groups and sports clubs have been involved. They provide a great way of getting involved within your local community to really make a difference to some of the most vulnerable children in Malawi. Whether it be with a group of family and friends or an association that you are part of we would love to hear from you.
We can help coordinate and advise you on events and will provide you with information and stories that will really demonstrate the impact that you are making. Given enough notice we are always happy to come and talk to your group too! If you do not have time to organise an event why not connect with one of our support groups or help with an Open Arms event?
By forming a supporter group or getting involved in one, you can meet like-minded people, spread stories, take part in social activities and organise fundraising events with new friends. While we have supporters around the world, these groups are a new initiative for Open Arms and you really can help make them a reality.
Working closely with our small fundraising team in Harrogate there is something for everyone! If you'd like to get involved contact us to find out how.
We can't wait to work with you and your community.