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 support and advice for everyone in Oxfordshire experiencing a mental health problem.
Our virtual fundraising ideas below are based around the five ways to wellbeing.
We’d love to hear from you if you try any of these ideas out. Share them with us on social media.
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.
Socially distancing yourself but still want to connect with your friends? Enjoy yourselves at your own virtual ball and support a great cause whilst you’re at it! Find out more here
Virtual pub quiz
Use Skype, FaceTime, Zoom 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.
Host your own virtual ‘Yappy Hour’ from the comfort of your home! Simply get your friends and cuddly companions together for a Skype/Zoom video call and ask everyone to consider making a donation to Oxfordshire Mind. We’d love for you to share pictures of you and your pets with us so remember to tag @oxfordshiremind on social media.
Are you an online gamer? Are you looking for a fun way to fundraise for a local cause? Why not host a live stream fundraiser with your friends? With Live stream Fundraising on JustGiving you can collect donations for Oxfordshire Mind while you stream games or hobbies on Twitch.
Regular physical activity doesn’t have to be outside for you to feel the benefits to your wellbeing.
Home Workout Wellbeing Challenge
Take on the challenge to keep fit and raise funds for Oxfordshire Mind! Join by setting up a Just Giving page and ask friends and colleagues to sponsor you for however many workouts you choose to complete. Find out more here
7k in 7 Days
Take on our 7k in 7 days challenge to help you build exercise into your new daily routine. Start the day with a jog around the living room or dance around the kitchen making lunch. Find out more here
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 Oxfordshire 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.
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 Oxfordshire 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 Oxfordshire 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.
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 Oxfordshire Mind. Find out more here
Virtual Documentary club
Learn something new with your friends or colleagues. You could create a virtual documentary club? With Netflix Party, you can synchronise the video playback on Netflix and chat with your friends at the same time. Donate the money that you would have spent on travel and food to Oxfordshire 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.
Coronavirus swear jar
Put £1 into the jar whenever you use the word “coronavirus” and donate the collection to Oxfordshire Mind.
Donate to Oxfordshire 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 Oxfordshire Mind.