The outbreak of coronavirus is affecting all our lives in lots of different ways. If your fundraising plans have been postponed or cancelled, we've put together a selection of ideas for virtual fundraising that you can do from home instead.
Thank you for your continued support helping us provide life-saving information and advice for everyone experiencing a mental health problem.
Our virtual fundraising ideas are based around the five ways to wellbeing.
We currently do not advise that our supporters hold fundraising events that involve collecting physical cash. As we are currently not working from our London and Cardiff offices and due to risk of infection of COVID-19 through cash handling, we will not be able to send out, or receive any collection tins or buckets until further notice.
With many of us in isolation and with social distancing strongly advised, it is important that we stay connected with our network of family, friends or colleagues.
We'd love to hear from you if you try any of these ideas out. Share them with us on social media.
For lots of us, playing games is how we relax, socialise and even find support. We know the gaming community is a great place to connect with people across the world. Get more resources to do your own gaming event for Mind through Switch Off, Game On.
Get together with your favourite people online for a virtual spin-off of Mind's craftiest fundraising event.
Use Skype, FaceTime or Google Hangouts to hold a virtual pub quiz. Set up a JustGiving page and ask your guests to make a donation to take part.
Regular physical activity doesn't have to be outside for you to feel the benefits to your wellbeing.
Move for Mind this September. Set yourself a 30-day exercise challenge and raise money for better mental health. Whether it’s a daily home workout, a walk or a run, you can choose how you’ll get active to fundraise for everyone experiencing a mental health problem. Find out more about Move for Mind.
Running and exercise can be hugely beneficial to improving our mental health. Why not use your run to support yourself and others by running the Mind squiggle? Show off your results on social media, and remember to use the hashtag #RunTheSquiggle, donate £8 and then nominate. Find out more about Run the Squiggle.
Lead an online class through Facebook Live or Instagram Live. It could be yoga, pilates or old school aerobics. Set up a JustGiving page and ask for a donation to Mind for friends to attend.
Even at this difficult time you can still take some time to enjoy the moment and the environment around you.
Choose your favourite plant and encourage your friends to sow seeds at the same time as you. Ask them for a donation, and over time you can watch your seeds change from seedlings into grown plants. The gardener of the plant that bares its first fruit or flower wins half the sweepstake donation. Donate the other half to Mind.
Now is a good opportunity to declutter, and working through your possessions is a chance to remember memories associated with them. Sell your clutter on Ebay, or go to a website like Music Magpie, which will give you cash in return for your old CDs and DVDs. Donate the money you make to Mind.
If you have a musical talent, take it online to a virtual gig through Facebook or Instagram live. Set up a JustGiving page so that those who join your gig can make a donation. Listening to live music is also a great way for others to take notice.
Learning something new has been strongly associated with higher levels of wellbeing.
Share your skills with others through online tutorials. You could do cooking, a foreign language or flower arranging. Ask for a donation in exchange for sharing your skills, which can be donated on your JustGiving page. Or does your friend have a skill that you have always wanted to learn? Ask them to set one up for you.
Take your book club online or set up your own online book club. Donate the money that you would've spent on drinks and snacks to Mind. When you're done with your books, use Ziffit to de-clutter your bookshelf and they'll make a donation to Mind for you.
Research into actions that promote happiness has shown that committing an act of kindness once a week, over a six-week period is associated with an increase in wellbeing.
Creating a birthday fundraiser is a fantastic way to give back to a cause you're passionate about on your special day. Staying at home and self-isolating mean social gatherings and parties are on hold, but you could ask them to donate to Mind instead. Encourage friends and family members to forgo birthday gifts and donate to your birthday fundraiser by setting up a Just Giving page for Mind.
Bucket collections aren't possible right now, but did you know you can collect online too? Set up a JustGiving page for Mind, personalise it with your reasons for supporting Mind and share the link with your friends and family. JustGiving lets you see your total as you collect too, so you don't have to wait until you count up the money at the end!
Many of us are finding that we are working from home or cancelling activities outside of the house. This may mean that you find that we are saving money on travel or other expenses. If you able to, you may want to consider donating those savings to Mind.
It's really easy to set up your virtual fundraising event. Just follow these three simple steps.
There are lots of different apps you can use to stream or record your event, including Facebook Live, YouTube, Twitch, Zoom and Instagram Live. Just download your favourite app and get ready to press record.
Setting up a JustGiving page is really quick and easy. Once your page is set up, share the link for friends and family to buy a virtual ticket to your gig or sponsor your steps challenge and their donations will come straight to Mind.
Set a date and time for your event and use social media to invite everyone you know. Don't forget to share the link to your JustGiving page!