The outbreak of coronavirus is affecting all our lives in lots of different ways. We’ve put together a selection of ideas for virtual fundraising that you can do from home instead.
Our virtual fundraising ideas below are based around the five ways to wellbeing.
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.
- Crafternoon is the nation’s craftiest fundraiser! Get together online with your favourite people and spend an afternoon doing some crafting, folding, stitching and sticking.
- Set up a fundraising page online and ask your guests to make a donation for Oxfordshire Mind to take part.
- Enjoy a get-together with a difference and help make sure no one in Oxfordshire has to face a mental health problem alone.
All you need to do is download our step-by-step Crafternoon kit which will tell you everything you need to know. It’s full of crafty inspiration and the practical tips you need to hold a brilliant Crafternoon.
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.
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.
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.
Virtual Murder Mystery
This can be a great idea to have fun with your workmates, friends and family. You can host it on a livestream platform or on Zoom. Start the game by explaining how it works and the rules around it. Create a JustGiving page and ask people for donations.
Regular physical activity doesn’t have to be outside for you to feel the benefits to your wellbeing.
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.
Virtual Dance Parties or Music Festivals
It could be a dance lesson, a dance party with your friends or a Christmas party. One person makes a playlist and can share their audio over Zoom or other platforms where you can host a livestream event.
Who said Festivals can only be in the summer? We can now host online Festivals from our rooms and if you love Christmas songs, you could organise a Christmas Carol or Christmas music Festival.
To fundraise you can open a JustGiving page and share the link to ask people who attend to donate. It’s easy and quick.
Santa Run or Walk
Spread some Christmas cheer by challenging family and friends around the country to pull on a Santa hat and run or walk a festive 5k. If you use Strava, you can link your account to your JustGiving page so your sponsors can see your achievements. Why not try drawing a Christmassy shape with your running route?
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.
Decorate the Space Around you
Decorate your room or living room with your favourite lights or art creations and why not organise a competition with your friends on who has the best decorations? Ask for donations to share your skills and have fun!
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. Or why not host a decoration or lantern making workshops around Di-wali, Hanukkah time or Christmas time?
Ask for a donation in exchange for sharing your skills, which can be donated on your JustGiving page.
Virtual Book Club
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.
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 Oxfordshire Mind instead.
Encourage friends and family members to forgo birthday gifts and donate to your birthday fundraiser by setting up a JustGiving page for Mind or you set up a donation page on Facebook.
Baking Competitions or a Bake Sale
Why not set a baking goal to motivate your friends, family and workmates to get baking? You could see who is able to make the most cookies in six hours (you can choose a different timeframe), or set a goal of making a certain number of cookies. You could sell what you’ve baked to raise money, or ask every participant to donate to take part.
Virtual Collection and Donations
Bucket collections aren’t possible right now, but did you know you can collect online too? Set up a JustGiving page for Oxfordshire Mind, personalise it with your reasons for supporting Oxfordshire Mind and share the link with your friends and family. JustGiving lets you see your total as you collect and how close you are towards your target. If you are able to, you could also consider donating the money you are saving on travel or other expenses.
Thank you for your continued support helping us provide life-saving support and advice for everyone in Oxfordshire experiencing a mental health problem.
Get in touch
If you have any questions or would like to know more about fundraising virtually for Oxfordshire Mind, please contact our fundraising team by:
Phone: 07394 567360 / 07803 520359