Could you help deliver Emergency Essentials?

BBC Children in Need has provided an Emergency Essentials programme Since 2003 which has been delivered by Buttle UK. The programme operates across the UK and Channel Islands.

The purpose of the Emergency Essentials programme is to meet the most basic needs of children and young people living with acute poverty and deprivation. It has done this by providing items such as a bed for a child to sleep in or a cooker to give them a hot meal.

James McAvoy Speaks Out About Poverty

This short film, produced for the appeal last year, helps illustrate the importance and impact of our Emergency Essentials Programme

In 2016-17, BBC Children in Need provided £2.25m (an increase of £0.25m on the previous year) for the Emergency Essentials Programme. This funding provided support to 8,156 families with 16,927 children. The average grant was £272.56, and there were over 11,300 applications.

The BBC’s corporate charity is now looking to re-tender the provision of this programme, from April 2018 onwards. Thanks to the amazing generosity of the British public the value of Emergency Essentials has been able to increase to meet ever increasing levels of need. Therefore, the initial contract value (for 2018-19) is anticipated to be £3m, sub divided into ‘lots’ (for England, Scotland, NI & Wales). The contract will be for an initial 3 year period, with a possible extension of a further 2 years, with the potential for the value to increase to £5m per year during this period.

How to apply

The formal procurement process will begin in October, and in advance of this BBC Children in Need held an Emergency Essentials Information event in September for relevant and interested parties. If you believe that your organisation has the capacity, experience and skills required to deliver this important programme (and the aspiration to work with BBC Children in Need to make a positive difference in the lives of children and young people) but you were unable to attend and want to find out more please email providing a brief description of your organisation and its track record delivering similar programmes.

Additional Information about Emergency Essentials can be found at and

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