Got questions? 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.
What's in my Crafternoon kit?
Your kit includes:
- Your Crafternoon guide with lots of planning and fundraising tips
- Four craft templates to get you and your guests ready for Christmas
- Four festive recipes that you can make to get a few extra donations
- Crafternoon poster to advertise your event
- Bunting, balloons, and banner to decorate your Crafternoon
- Collection box for donations
Is there a specific date that I should hold my Crafternoon on?
Saturday 1 December 2018 is Crafternoon day. It's the perfect way to kick off the festive season, and Mind will be joining in on the day, with lots of support on social media.
If you can't hold your Crafternoon on 1 December, you can always pick another date in the festive season. We just ask that once you have set your date, you let us know by dropping us an email - this means we can send you a thank you afterwards.
Where should I hold my Crafternoon?
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.
How do I raise money through my Crafternoon?
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 Christmas 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 in our online craft cupboard.
What is the best way to send in my fundraising to Mind?
Fill in your donation form included in your pack (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:
You can find your supporter reference number on your emails from the Crafternoon team, or just email email@example.com 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.
Donate on our website, and remember to include ‘Crafternoon’ in your reference
If I’m not a very crafty person, can I still hold a Crafternoon?
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 in the online craft cupboard 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.
What support do I get when holding a Crafternoon?
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 1 October. Your kit will be sent to you in the post, and it should arrive 10 working days from registration (if you've registered after 1 October). It’ll 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.
I’ve registered but I haven’t heard anything
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.
Crafternoon kits will be sent out from 1 October. Your kit will be sent to you in the post, and it should arrive 10 working days after you register (if you do this after 1 October). If you have any difficulties with your registration please do give us a call on 0300 999 3887 or drop us an email.
Is there a local Crafternoon event that I can attend?
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.
Crafting materials are expensive. Do you have any advice about how I can obtain any materials cheaply or for free?
Christmas Crafternoon 2018 is all about the power of paper. 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.
I’d like to raise money online as part of my Crafternoon. How do I set up an online giving page / what site is best to use?
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.
I am under 18, can I still hold a Crafternoon for Mind?
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.
I’m holding my Crafternoon at a venue that requires public liability insurance. Can I use your insurance?
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.
I would like to hold a raffle at my Crafternoon are there any rules about doing a raffle / lottery?
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.
Can I hold a Crafternoon to raise money for my local Mind?
Crafternoon is a national Mind fundraising actvitity. 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.
Can I use the Mind logo to promote my event?
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.
Can I claim Gift Aid from donations at my Crafternoon?
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.