Legal Bits and Bobs

First Aid

You can get advice from a professional medical company like St John's Ambulance or Red Cross about what type of First Aid to have at your event.

Insurance

If your event involves the public you will need to have Public Liability Insurance. Check with the venue first as they may already have insurance that covers your event.

Licences

The following activities will require a licence:

  • alcohol or entertainment, including recorded music
  • holding a raffle, lottery or auction
  • doing a public money collection
  • putting up banners or signs in public areas.
  • This list is not exhaustive, please contact your local authority to check which licences you will need.

    Food hygiene

    The Food Standards Agency provides guidelines for preparing, handling and cooking food.

    If you are using a caterer make sure they have a Food Hygiene Certificate and Public Liability Insurance.

    Collections

    To collect money in any public place, you must request and receive permission from the local authority or company of interest as they will have rules and regulations that you need follow. For example;

  • To collect in the street or door to door, you need a licence from the local authority
  • To collect on private property, such as a shopping centre or a train station you need permission from the property owner such as National Rail, TFL etc.

  • Risk Assessment

    Doing a risk assessment means looking at what could cause you or your participants harm and checking you've taken the necessary precautions to prevent this from happening.

    It's a good idea to keep a record of the risks for your event.

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