Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions about Crafternoon? You've come to the right place! If you can't find the answer you need then please do drop us an email and we'll be able to help. 

 Your kit includes the following:

  • Your Crafternoon guide with lots of planning and fundraising tips
  • Craft templates to get you and your guests ready for your Crafternoon
  • Recipes that you can make to get a few extra donations
  • A crafternoon poster to advertise your event
  • Bunting, balloons, and a banner to decorate your Crafternoon
  • A collection box for donations
  • A poster to decorate on the day with information about the difference you're making
  • A FreePost envelope and donation form for sending in the funds

Crafternoon takes place on a dedicated day twice a year, once in the summer and again in December. This year, summer Crafternoon will be on Saturday 20 July 2019, however if you can't make it then you can host on any other day over the summer that suits you. You can sign up to take part in summer Crafternoon by filling in our Crafternoon registration form.

Hold your Crafternoon in the place that best suits you. Most people hold their Crafternoon at home, but if you're looking to hold a bigger event or want to invite members of the public then you can hold it at work, a café or a local community centre.

We think the best way to fundraise is to ask your guests for a donation for attending. Exactly how much you ask your guests to donate is up to you. But here are some thoughts to help you decide.

Have a think about what your guests might be making - for example, they might be leaving your Crafternoon with a few handmade cards. Cards are expensive - they could easily cost £3 each in a shop, so if your guest makes three that's £9. 

And given that all the money is going to a really good cause, and especially if you're providing refreshments, how about suggesting they make it £15 all in?

There are other ways to raise even more money at your Crafternoon, such as selling cakes and refreshments or holding a raffle. You can find lots of resources to help with this online on the Crafternoon webpages. 

By post

Fill in your donation form included in your kit (or download one here) with cheques or your credit or debit card details (please do not send cash). Make sure to include your name and address so we know the money came from you.

Send it to our Freepost address:

Freepost RTUG–HBJJ–RZLT

Mind

Granta House

15-19 Broadway

LONDON

E15 4BQ

You can find your supporter reference number on your emails from the Crafternoon team, or just email [email protected] and we'll send it over to you. 

Over the phone

Call our Supporter Relations team on 0300 999 3887 to make a credit or debit card payment.

Online

Donate on our website and remember to include ‘Crafternoon’ in your reference. 

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Of course! Crafternoon is for everyone whether you’re a beginner or an expert. 

You don't need any special skills or previous crafting experience, because the Mind Crafternoon team are here to provide all the tips, pointers and practical support you could ever need.

We recommend looking in your Crafternoon kit or on the Crafternoon webpages for crafting templates that are great for beginners.

If you're a more advanced crafter then feel free to customise the templates or make any other crafts you enjoy.

We'll be with you every step of the way as you plan your Crafternoon. So if you find yourself with any questions or queries we’ll be on hand to help either by email or telephone on 0300 999 3887.

Crafternoon kits will be sent out from May. Your kit will be brimming with craft templates, fundraising ideas and planning tips. 

You’ll also need to keep an eye on your inbox as we’ll be sending you a series of enewsletters full of even more crafty ideas and advice in the run up to your Crafternoon. 

Another great way to get inspiration is by joining our Crafternoon Facebook group for tips and advice from other people who are holding a Crafternoon.

You should have received an email straight away when you registered. If you did not receive please check in your junk folder, or you may have to register again.

Summer Crafternoon kits start being sent out at the end of May. If you registered after then, your kit should arrive 10-14 working days after you sign up. If you have any difficulties with your registration please do give us a call on 0300 999 3887 or drop us an email.

The best way to find out if someone is holding a Crafternoon near you is to join our Crafternoon Facebook group. You will then be able to ask the other members if they are holding an event near you, and if it is open to the public.

Lots of our templates are for paper crafts. One of the reasons is because the materials are cheap, but the finished effects of the crafts will still look fantastic. 

If you're looking for free or cheap materials, take a look at our suggested suppliers list. You can also contact local businesses who might be happy to donate raffle prizes or craft materials. Tell them about Crafternoon, tell them about Mind, and tell them why Mind is an important charity to you.

We can then send you a supporting letter to use when you approach any companies. This will officially confirm that you are holding a Crafternoon for Mind and increases the chances of a business donating. To get your supporting letter just email us or call 0300 999 3887.

Online fundraising pages are a brilliant way to fundraise; they’re free, quick, secure, and donations reach us automatically, so no chasing people for pledged money.

We use Virgin Money Giving or Just Giving at Mind, so you’ll need to use one of these two if you’d like to for fundraise for us online. They are both very simple to set up, just click on "start fundraising" and you will be guided through the process of setting up your page.

If you need any further support with setting up an online fundraising page, we'd be more than happy to help. Get in touch by emailing us at [email protected]

You can hold a Crafternoon if you’re under 18, however your parent or guardian will need to complete the Crafternoon registration form on your behalf. They will also need to email us with more info about your Crafternoon – just so we know that they’re happy with what you’re doing.

Unfortunately our public liability insurance does not cover third party fundraisers.

Most venues do have insurance that covers third party events. So to avoid any extra work or costs, it will be easiest if you can secure a venue where you will be covered under their public liability insurance.

If that’s not possible, then it’s best to have a chat to an insurance broker.

There are some important rules around holding a simple raffle or lottery to be aware of, and in some instances you’ll need to obtain a gambling licence. Usually if you’re holding a private raffle then you won't need a licence, but if you're holding a public raffle then it's a good idea to check whether you'll need one or not with your local council. 

In a private raffle, tickets can only be sold at the event, on the premises of the event, and the raffle must not be the sole purpose for the event. The raffle will also need to be drawn and winners announced at the event. If your raffle does not fall into all of the conditions above, then your raffle is a public raffle and you will need to get a gambling licence from your local authority.

If you are unsure as to whether or not your raffle is public or private, then it’s always best to give your local authority a ring to double check.

And don’t forget, as under-16s are not allowed to gamble, you must not sell them any raffle tickets, whether your raffle is private or public.

Crafternoon is a national Mind fundraising activity. Of course you can still hold a crafty fundraising event to raise money for your local Mind, but we do ask that you contact your local Mind directly for advice and fundraising materials.

You will also need to make sure that the event is advertised in aid of your local Mind, and you do not use any fundraising materials with national Mind’s charity number on it. Otherwise, the money raised will legally have to come to national Mind.  

You cannot use our main Mind logo on your own materials, but we do have a dedicated supporter logo that states you are fundraising in aid of Mind. We would be happy to send you this logo, just email us.

We can only claim Gift Aid on your Crafternoon fundraising if we collect contact details and a Gift Aid declaration from each person who donates towards your Crafternoon. This is so we can prove that they are eligible by being a UK taxpayer.

If you collect donations on Just Giving, it will automatically ask your donors for this information.

If you are collecting offline and you would like us to be able to claim Gift Aid, please use a sponsorship form to record details of how much each guest donates and their details then send this to us with your fundraising. Just drop us an email if you'd like a form.

Please note that your fundraising total on our records will be the total without Gift Aid included, as this income is not guaranteed and including it could result in inaccurate records.

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