for better mental health

Virtual fundraising ideas

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.

Register your virtual fundraising idea

Connect

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.

Switch Off, Game On

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.

Virtual Crafternoon

Get together with your favourite people online for a virtual spin-off of Mind's craftiest fundraising event.

GlastHOMEbury

Missing music festivals this summer? Join in with GlastHOMEbury and recreate the festival experience in your own home. Set up your tent, put on your wellies and dance along with thousands of other festival fans, just without the mud!

Virtual pub quiz

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.

Be active

Regular physical activity doesn't have to be outside for you to feel the benefits to your wellbeing.

Prudential My RideLondon

Join the free My Prudential RideLondon event on 15th -16th August 2020 and support Mind. Get on your bike or scooter, skateboard, tandem, penny-farthing, trike or even unicycle and help us to make a difference by getting active.

There are four events to get involved in: the freestyle, the 19, the 46 or the 100 distance. Find out everything you need to know and register on the My Ride London website.

Run the Squiggle 

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.

Virtual physical activity

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.

Take notice

Even at this difficult time you can still take some time to enjoy the moment and the environment around you.

Green fingers sweepstake

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.

Ebay your clutter away

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.

Online gig

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.

Learn

Learning something new has been strongly associated with higher levels of wellbeing.

Online tutorials

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.

Virtual book club

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.

Give

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.

Birthday Fundraiser

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.

Virtual collection

You don't always need a bucket to collect donations, 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!

Coronavirus swear jar

Put £1 into the jar whenever you use the word "coronavirus" and donate the collection to Mind.

Donate to Mind

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.

Getting started

It's really easy to set up your virtual fundraising event. Just follow these three simple steps.

Choose a platform

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.

Start fundraising

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.

Spread the word

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!

Other ways to get involved

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