We are Bath Mind, a local and independent mental health charity operating in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES) supporting all with their mental health and wellbeing. Can you help support our services by fundraising?
With so many of us working both from home and the office, we know that virtual fundraising is still popular! Look for some inspiration? Take a look at our favourite ideas below:
1. Virtual Pub Quiz
Use Skype, FaceTime, Zoom or Google Hangouts to hold a virtual pub quiz. Set up a JustGiving page and ask the participants to make a donation to take part. Save the hassle of thinking of all the questions yourself, see our Bath Mind Quiz below:
It is important that we stay connected with our network of family, friends or colleagues during these challenging times.
2. Virtual Crafternoon
Get together with your favourite people online for a virtual creative afternoon or evening. You’ll be able to do something creative and take some time for yourself, while helping raise funds for better mental health. Set a date and time, find ideas, and ask participants to donate either directly to our website, or if you set up a JustGiving page. Below are some Crafternoon ideas and templates:
Being creative can help focus the mind and boost mood and has been proven to reduce anxiety.
3. Home Workout Wellbeing Challenge
Take on the challenge to keep fit whilst raising funds for Bath Mind! The challenge could be as simple as reaching a certain daily step count or completing a different home workout every day for a week. Simply set up a JustGiving page and ask family, friends and colleagues to sponsor you. You can also connect your JustGiving page with Strava – why not make this a friendly competition amongst friends/colleague?
Regular physical activity doesn’t have to be outside for you to feel the benefits to your wellbeing.
4. Virtual Classes
If you have a skill why not share this with friends and lead an online class through Facebook Live or Youtube? It could be anything from yoga to French, or singing to cooking. Set up a JustGiving page and ask for a donation for people to join. This could be done in groups or 1-1.
Learning something new has been strongly associated with higher levels of wellbeing.
5. Green Fingers Sweepstakes
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 bears its first fruit or flower wins half the sweepstake donation, and you can donate the other half to Bath Mind. You could even compete on who sees green shoots first!
Even at this difficult time you can still take some time to enjoy the moment and the environment around you.
6. Online Gigs
If you have a musical talent or have a comedic flair, take it online to a virtual gig through Facebook Live or Youtube. Set up a JustGiving page so that those who join your gig can make a donation.
Music promotes well-being – it elicits happy memories and lifts the mood.
7. Virtual Book Club
Take your book club online or set up your own online book club. Donate the money that you would have spent on drinks and snacks to Bath Mind.
Many of us have been given the gift of time so take this opportunity to read a new book or event enjoy reading again.
8. Inspired Swear Jar
Why not take on the challenge of a Coronavirus inspired swear jar? Put £1 into the jar whenever you or someone in your household says the word “coronavirus” and donate the collection to Bath Mind.
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.
Workplace Fundraising Ideas
Involve your colleagues in any of the above, however below are some specific virtual workplace fundraising ideas:
- Silly hat team meeting
- Virtual coffee morning
- Great British office bake off!
- Lunchtime activity – a group yoga session?
- Looking for a inter-company challenge? You could do any of the above ideas against other businesses and donate raised funds.
What difference you can make:
- £20 will pay for a someone’s vital phone call to our daytime and evening crisis support phone line
- £80 will pay for 4 sessions of 1:1 counselling for an individual in need of talking therapies