The Big Active

Barnardos Big Active promotes the positive activity of fundraising and participating students will help to raise money to transform the lives of the 16,800 vulnerable children and families Barnardos work with. These are families affected by traumatic life events such as poverty, abuse, neglect, separation, bereavement and mental health challenges.

This is a challenge that turns fundraising on its head and is a great way to get active and feel good while raising funds for Barnardos.


The best thing for me about this campaign is that is gives children the opportunity to take part in activities that will benefit them in a holistic way.

- Paul O’Connell, Barnardos Big Active & ALDI Ambassador


What's involved

Big Active Body

The Body activities will get students active! Schools will take part in a month long physical challenge over what we’re calling the ‘Big Active Month’. This physical challenge, which encourages children to develop and strengthen their body and self-confidence, can take place wherever and whenever suits. You can dance, run, doing Jumping Jacks or a million steps in a month! We recommend your Big Active month takes place before you break for the summer holidays.

Big Active Mind

The mind activities include breathing activities that provide students with an opportunity to focus on the body and connect with the present, and muscle relaxation activities to help students release tension from their bodies to increase their sense of calmness. Every student that takes part will receive a personal journal designed to give them time to reflect on their feelings and explore the connection between their mind, body and heart.

Big Active Heart

The heart activities focus on giving back and students will raise funds to support Barnardos’ work with vulnerable children by collecting sponsorship for their month long physical challenge. This is a wonderful way to introduce students to the positive activity of fundraising and for them to become more informed about charitable giving.

How your support transforms lives

Ryan & Leah

Ryan 12, and his little sister Leah 6, live with their grandmother, Frances. Unfortunately, their parents have suffered with addiction issues for some time, and it was not safe for the children to continue living with them....

Get in touch

If you have any questions or you have any feedback or suggestions on how Barnardos Big Active can further support you and your students, please don’t hesitate to reach out at [email protected].