Fundraising- England North East

Great North Run Volunteer

Volunteer at the 2023 Great North Run!

Join Action for Children to give our runners an incredible race day experience

The Great North Run is the biggest half marathon in the world, with 60,000 runners taking part. It is also a highlight in our Sports Events calendar.

On Sunday 10 September, Action for Children runners from all over the UK will cross the start line at the world’s biggest half marathon – Great North Run 2023!

We need as many volunteers as possible to help make their day as memorable as we can, so they keep running for Action for Children for years to come. We’ll have a cheer point where we need lots of energetic volunteers to give runners a boost to get to the finish line. And we have a marquee in the finishers village where we’ll welcome our runners and celebrate their success.

Mission Statement

Action for Children is a national charity that supports and speaks out on behalf of the most vulnerable and neglected children and young people in the heart of communities throughout the UK.  With more than 650 services we are where you live and work. We help transform the lives of thousands of children and young people each year and we’ve been doing so for over 140 years.

The children and young people we support face the most difficult problems in life. Some don’t have the basics, from the love and care of family to regular routines such as mealtimes or the guidance that all children need to grow to be healthy adults. Others have to overcome physical or emotional challenges that hold them back. We help these children to fulfill their potential by providing services to support their individual needs. We succeed in helping children and young people to overcome difficulties at an early stage to tackle problems before it’s too late.

By supporting Action for Children you inspire hope in the thousands of vulnerable children and young people we help.


Through our work and through speaking out, we seek to break the cycle of deprivation. We challenge injustice and empower children to overcome the obstacles in their lives that hold them back. We tailor our work to local circumstances, in partnership with children and young people, families, communities and local organisations.

We work with children and young people:

  • whose families need support
  • who cannot live with their birth families
  • who are disabled
  • who experience severe difficulties in their lives.

Our values

Passion - we are driven by our desire to help children and young people overcome injustice and disadvantage

Equality - we believe all children and young people have equal worth and equal rights

Hope - we believe in a child or young person's potential, no matter what they have experienced or what they have done