After seeing else where on the internet a discussion about how best to use workplace experience to enhance volunteering I wondered what advice/tips do we have to pass on, particularly with fundraising? What social media works, how best to phrase a letter asking for raffle prizes etc? In the past I worked as a cashier in a supermarket, and as a result I used to come into contact with charity bag packers. Things that I picked up on: *Brief those packing with a set concise spiel, and have a small flyer on hand. We know some girls aren't natural speakers and so might not give the best "pitch", a flyer might give them a bit of a boost and work as promotion for the unit. *Likewise be direct about why you are collecting.The best collections I have seen are where they stated what they are specifically fundraising for that day, before talking about their group. If the money is for a specific trip for BP girls to go to Disneyland don't lead with waffle about how the unit takes in girls from all walks of life to do general unit activities that the money collected won't be spent on. Youth groups talking about "disabled members" in their introduction resulted in customers asking if those members were going on the trip, following a "no" accusations of being misleading followed. Sadly some customers are not afraid to be quite "blunt" with young people collecting- especially if its for something that could be seen as a "jolly" (collecting to repair the Scout Hut roof vs that Disney trip). *Continuing from this, be aware many stores do weekly community slots so some people may have a slight "charity fatigue" by being asked for money each time they do their weekly shop. You may be following a slightly emotive charity, or come after several weeks of youth groups going on dance competitions and school trips abroad. Management tried to balance them out but it did sometime impact how generous people felt if for the third week running they were presented with a fundraiser rather than a collection for a "cause" IYKWIM. *If you can have two girls on the end of a till do, it's quicker and means one girl can chat whilst the other helps the next customer. Pop an older girl with a younger one to support them. Also in many stores cashiers are timed on the system for how efficient they are, so appreciate not being held up! *I noticed that after bag charges came in less people were using bags or preferred to pack themselves. Even if people didn't want help, if the packers didn't start a conversation between themselves they often still got a "tip". I'm not sure if the changes have had an impact on how much units have brought in, but remember most supermarkets also have some other form of "community support" such as free sessions, tours, fruit or veg for free, or being on a token point. *Please be mindful of that the cashier has to do their job. Let them talk to the customer first and allow for questions they might need to ask at the end of the transaction (normally if they have a store card and cash back). Also please don't ask if you can collect the points from their shopping/use your reward card if they haven't got one, or make comments about their shopping! Some of this may seem a bit negative but it's all based on events that have happened. A good "working relationship" increases your chances of being allowed back. If the store has had to refund broken items from being mispacked or had customer complaining about why the store had selected your cause, it's not worth the hassle with so many groups requesting to come in. I know of one group (not Guiding) that ended up being blacklisted due to this, and it got round to other companies in the area, but other groups get an annual invitation. I'd also say that the amounts groups raised really varied, if you really struggle to get girls to come to fundraisers and need a certain large amount of money, it might be too unreliable for some units. Edited for format and phrasing!