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Keep it Safe & Legal

Dorset Mind cannot accept liability for an event organised on our behalf.

  • You must get relevant permission and licences for collecting:
    On public land – contact your local council for a license.
    On private property – seek permission from the owner.
  • Licences may also apply to raffles, lotteries, sweepstakes, sale of alcohol, entertainment and putting up signs/banners – Contact your local council to seek guidance.
  • Complete health and safety checks along with a risk assessment is essential, find out more here.
  • An event management plan may also be necessary for larger events.
  • If your event involves the public you will need to have public liability insurance. It’s always a good idea to check with the venue what their insurance covers. You can compare prices for insurance online.
  • If you are collecting cash in Dorset Mind collection tins, please return these sealed (as per the Charity Commission Guidelines) to our head office to be opened and counted securely.
  • We advise you pay us your cash donations via bank transfer. If you cannot do this, you are welcome to drop in to us in the office, please pre arrange a time to ensure the cash arrives safely and is secured in the safe immediately. See our ‘How to pay in your donations’ page for details.
  • You may also need to consider first aid for your event, you can find more information on this here.
  • Food standards and safety information can be found here.

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