Frequently Asked Questions
Are you a legitimate charity?
Stepping Stones Nigeria is a registered charity in England and Wales . Our charity number is 1112476. All our details can be checked at the official UK Charity Commissions web-site.
How do I donate?
There are two easy ways to donate to Stepping Stone Nigeria:
- To donate by credit or debit card simply visit our online Virgin Money Giving page. You will be able to make a single donation or set up a regular gift via this secure site.
- If you prefer, you can fill in a donation form and send a cheque, money order or CAF voucher to our UK office: Stepping Stones Nigeria, 24 St Leonards House, St Leonards Gate, Lancaster, LA1 1NN, UK. Please make any cheques payable to Stepping Stones Nigeria.
How do I subscribe to your newsletter?
Stepping Stones Nigeria believes it is important to keep our valued and dedicated supporters updated on all our latest news and achievements. We send out two newsletters each year. To receive an electronic copy, sign up here.
Can I volunteer in Nigeria?
We frequently receive requests from individuals wishing to undertake volunteer placements in Nigeria. However, due to the high security risk in the Niger Delta region we do not offer an overseas volunteer programme. Please see the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website for more details.
Nevertheless, we think there are other ways you can support Stepping Stones Nigeria. Why not become a volunteer ambassador in your own country and organise fundraising events or write letters to support our campaigns? Click here to find out more.
I would like to donate clothes, toys, books etc
Stepping Stones Nigeria is very appreciative of any offer of support. However, as a small organisation we currently do not have the capacity to manage the process of receiving such donations and sending them to Nigeria. There can also be problems in parcel theft when sending gifts to Nigeria. If you do still wish to send goods to Nigeria then we can provide postal addresses for you. However, Stepping Stones Nigeria will not be able to cover any postage or guarantee delivery.
There are other ways you can support our work – why not hold a car boot sale or sell your items on e-bay and then send us the sale donations? We are aware that some individuals are unable to make monetary donations, but where possible, this is something we always recommend. A monetary gift can contribute towards many valuable things such as nutritious meals, educational materials, health vaccinations and resources to educate local communities about child rights issues.
I want to organise an event to raise money for SSN, what do I need to do?
Stepping Stones Nigeria is always delighted to hear from individuals and groups who are getting together to raise vital funds to support our work. We can provide lots of support to help you reach your targets including fundraising packs, posters and t-shirts. To find out more click here.
We would love to be kept updated on your progress and would especially like it if you could email any pictures and stories of your event once you’ve completed it. With your permission, we can then possibly use your fundraising achievements in our next newsletter. Should you need any further support or advice, please do not hesitate to get in touch – we are always happy to help!
Who do I write letters to?
Letter writing is an extremely effective tool to campaign for change. The power of sending letters to influential people in Nigeria should not be underestimated. We really depend on our supporters to use our templates or write personalised letters of their own to send to key delegates. For a full list of people that you can write to click here.
I have some old mobile phones and laptops, can I donate them?
Stepping Stones Nigeria is currently working with ‘SHP Solutions’ and the Aussie Recycling Program (ARP) to collect mobile phones and help raise funds to support our work. SHP for Charity and ARP allow mobile phone owners in the UK and Australia to recycle old redundant handsets to raise money for their chosen charity. For more info click here.
Can I sponsor a child?
Stepping Stones Nigeria, unfortunately, does not offer this opportunity to our supporters. As a small organisation, we currently do not have the capacity to manage a sponsorship programme. Futhermore, we believe that all the children who remain marginalised in the Niger Delta are all equally important and deserve the same opportunities.
Although you can't donate in this way, there are other ways you can still give regularly to support our work. One option is to set up a standing order. This is very easy to do. Simply fill in our donation form and post it back to us and we’ll do the rest. Alternatively, you could donate through your salary if your company offers a payroll giving service. This is one of the most tax effective ways to give to charity as donations are deducted before tax. E.g. donating £5 will actually only cost you £4 (basic tax payer). To find out more, please get in touch or contact your employer.
Are you associated with any faith?
Stepping Stones Nigeria is a secular humanitarian organisation. We do not have a formal link to any faith-based organisation but we do wish to engage with people of faith and encourage them to play an active role in bringing about positive change. Our work focuses on defending and upholding children’s basic rights and we welcome people of all religions to support us.