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Fundraising Pack | Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind

Help us achieve better mental health in Tameside, Oldham, and Glossop.

Keywords: Mental Health,Charity,Tameside,Oldham,Glossop

Fundraising Pack

Help us achieve better mental health
in Tameside, Oldham, and Glossop.

We need to address mental and physical
health equally for overall wellbeing

“We are so excited that you have chosen to
fundraise for Tameside, Oldham and Glossop

As a charity, we rely on support from
individuals, groups, corporate partners and local
businesses to ensure we are able to keep
providing the high standards of services for
which we are known. Your help enables us to
develop new programmes and to support
existing needs right here in your local

This guide has been written with you in mind
and aims to cover all you need to know to get
started. It is packed full of tips to develop your
event ideas, gain sponsorship and to fundraise
safely. We are here to support you every step
of the way. We hope you find this guide helpful
and have the best time fundraising for us!”

Good luck and thank you!

Jenny Higson

Chief Executive Officer

We’re Mind, the mental health charity

For over 40 years we’ve been helping people
in Tameside, Oldham, Glossop and beyond, before,
during and after mental health issues. We are an
innovative and dynamic charity offering a range of
services to promote health and wellbeing for all.

We offer counselling, drop-ins, therapeutic courses,
prevention and early intervention support, resilience
training, as well as workplace mental health training
and much more.

In our award winning café and wellbeing centre,
individuals and groups can have a healthy meal, relax
and access information easily.

We’ll continue supporting
friends, families,

colleagues and the wider
community, but we still

have a long way to go to
ensure that everyone
experiencing mental
illness has the support
they need to feel

1 great.

Fundraising Success Stories

Here is some inspiration, we can’t wait to hear all your ideas.

Shawsy’s Shoot Out, organised by Caroline, was
held during the May Bank Holiday Weekend and
saw hundreds of football fans flock to
Droylsden Football club to enjoy the shootout
competition. Those in attendance could also get
involved in a huge raffle, have their face painted
or jump around on the bouncy castle. Thank you
to Caroline and her team for raising over £4500!

Gabrielle raised over £150 showing
incredible skills and initiative by creating stress
balls out of balloons and flour to collect donations
at her school in Chadderton. Thank you to
Gabrielle who not only raised money for our
charity but also awareness at her school on
World Mental Health Day.

Pam decided to run the Milltown to Moors,
Oldham Half-Marathon. Seeing how our services
have grown and expanded to young people
spurred her on to challenge herself and support a
charity that is close to her heart. It was Pam’s
first ever half-marathon and Oldham is known to
be a gruelling route! Thank you to Pam who
raised over £150!

These are just a few examples of our many incredible
fundraisers! Visit to see more.
Want to get your story on our website?

Get involved now, email [email protected] to get started.


How your support helps

By fundraising for Tameside, Oldham and Glossop
Mind, you’re bringing us closer to a stigma free future
where no one faces a mental health problem alone.
Here’s what people helped us
achieve in 2018:


6447 People accessed
adult drop in services.

633 Children and young
people accessed
drop in services.


2324 People accessed Active
Monitoring services.

People accessed adult 661
counselling services.

475 People accessed
training services.

Thank you...

For contributing towards our vision of
enabling everyone in our communities to
achieve better mental health.


Getting your ideas together

Thinking up creative, successful and practical fundraising
events can be challenging so to help you out we have some
ideas to point you in the right direction!
Use this as a starting point, but don’t let it limit you.

The more creative, the better!


Individual Challenges

Fun Run, Marathon, 3 Peaks
Challenge, Tough Mudder, RED
January, Sky Dive plus much

For a group

Family fun day, Bag pack, Charity
ball, BBQ fete, Christmas concert,
the list is endless!

Get the office involved

Baking competition,
Dress down day, Quiz,
Clothes swap ...get your
own back on the boss
for more donations!

Making an event a success

If you’ve decided to organise an event, the next stage is to
plan for success.

If it’s your first event, keep it simple.

£  Who is your target audience?
 How many people will your event cater for?
 Will your event be free or paid for?
 Food, entertainment, volunteers...


First step, get a venue. Spaces will book up fast, especially
during the holidays! Lot’s of places will often provide
discounts or even the space for free for charity events.

Don’t be afraid to ask!

Set the date

Event clashes mean that you can lose some of your potential
participants so make sure you keep a look out for other
events at a similar time. Think about your audience. An
event aimed at children and young people won’t necessarily
work during school hours!

Book your entertainment / DJ

Ensure you have a budget for this factored into your
fundraising and some entertainers maybe willing to perform
for free for a charity. Check that the venue has a Public
Entertainment License—if not, approach your local authority,
this is free for charitable events.


Gather Prizes

An event isn’t complete without the giveaway of prizes,
also you can gain more donations by organising a

£ raffle, auction or other activity and charging £1 to
enter (see some suggestions below).

Approach businesses in your local area, you’ll be
surprised how generous people can be for charity.

Spread the word

Even the best events can fail without a little promotion. We
can help you to create posters and fliers to advertise what
you’re organising. Take your adverts to local businesses,
community spaces and supermarkets to get as many people
interested as possible!

We can also share your Facebook posts, tweets and help you
to get in the local paper to shout about what you’re doing!


 A raffle — this is a classic and a guaranteed earner!
(Tip: Always draw the raffle near the end of the night to
keep people engaged in your event).

 Auction — get your guests competing for prizes, the
higher the better! It is for charity after all.

 Sit down bingo — Charge £1 for a numbered
piece of paper and make all of your guests
stand up, pick numbers out of a hat and when
someone’s number is called they have to sit
down—last person standing is the winner!


At the office

A great way to raise funds, and team spirit, is to
take fundraising into the office and get all of your
colleagues involved!

A special event

You could make a special event for any occasion. A cake
baking competition is a fantastic way to get everyone in the
office in a competitive spirit and working for the ultimate
fluffy sponge cake! The whole office can then eat all

£ the yummy bakes and make a donation.

Make it social £

A quiz in the evening after work or a clothes swap and
a natter are a great way to encourage donations from
individuals but also promote conversation and team
bonding within the workplace.

Take it out of the office…

We are always looking for groups to help us at community
events, in supermarkets and out and about! If your team would
like to support us at one of these, please get in touch at
[email protected] Not only does it help us raise vital
funds but it also provides us with an opportunity to signpost
people to services we provide!

In Schools

Our Children and Young People’s department specifically work with and
respond to the needs of children and young people. The team prioritise
two main areas: working closely with schools to raise awareness of
mental health issues and provide education / support to students,
parents, teachers and governors and secondly, to offer an innovative
range of therapeutic services.

You can help raise awareness of the importance of looking after your
mental health through holding activities at your school. Not only will you
be opening up the conversation about mental health, but also raising
money for a charity that has looked after the mental health and
wellbeing of local communities for over 40 years.

If you need some inspiration, take a look at our ideas below.

Non-School Uniform Days

Whether you have a theme or let everyone decide to wear
whatever they like, non-school uniform days can raise an
incredible amount for charity.

Get cooking...

Everyone secretly (or not-so-secretly!) likes to release their inner Mary Berry.
You could host your schools very own Bake Off and invite not only pupils but
parents, teachers and governors to get involved! People could make a
donation to take some scrummy cakes home with them, or they pay £2 or £3
to enter, it provides a fun opportunity to raise some money.

Annual Raffle

You will be surprised what incredible connections you already have in

your school! Parents, teachers and governors can often get their hands

on incredible prizes to be included in a raffle. You can easily make this

an annual event and hold a draw assembly, with information about the

charity (we can get someone to come along and speak to your

school!) and present individuals with their amazing prizes. 10

Gaining Sponsorship

This is where your hard work pays off and your supporters put
hands in their pockets to help out a worthy cause.

It is now easier than ever to gain sponsorship for
your fundraising efforts. With Just Giving and
Virgin Money it is easy for your supporters to
donate online. You can also share your page on
social media to attract more supporters. Also,
you don’t have to lift a finger, once your
fundraising is complete the funds come to us!

1 Set up a page...
You need a platform for your supporters to
donate and find out about your amazing work.
This can also be shared on social media to really
shout from the rooftops about what you’re doing.

When your page is set up then be sure to share
it with us and we’ll happily promote your
fundraising efforts through our social media.

Photos... 2

Make your campaign visual and interesting to
follow. Supporters are more likely to donate if
you show off what you’re doing, it’s also very
important to post regular updates about your
preparation/training for events.

What you’re doing is amazing so celebrate it!


Gift Aid!

A government scheme that helps charities like
Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind gain more
from the money you donate. As a UK tax
payer—we get 25p for every £1, effectively
reclaiming income tax on the donation. You can
include Gift Aid to your donations through our
Just Giving page, Virgin Money Giving page and
on our paper forms.

Set a target...

People are more likely to donate when they can

3 see they’re contributing towards you reaching
your goal. Don’t set this too high, it’s better to
stay realistic and celebrate even more if you
exceed your target.

Tag us… 4

In any social media posts you create it’s important to tag us 12
so we can support you and help to spread the word.

Top Tips

1 Use our poster template to make your event
look super slick and professional.

Give your guests all the details. 2
Don’t forget to include the date, time and
venue on all your promotions!

Keep your promotional posts short and snappy

3 to attract attention! And if you’re poster is up
in the community, make sure your text is large
enough that it can be read it easily.

Share your poster with us so we can 4
help you get it out there too!

5 Get your friends and family on board too.
Enlist their help to share far and wide!

Set yourself a target! Letting your guests 6
know exactly how much you’re aiming for
could encourage them to share that little bit 11
more to help you reach your goal. It’ll also
make everyone feel good to know they’ve
met what they were working towards!

Thank You!

From everyone at Tameside, Oldham
and Glossop Mind for your support!

: 0161 330 9223 216 — 218 Katherine Street
: [email protected] Ashton-under-Lyne
: Lancashire
: @TamesideOldhamGlossopMind OL6 7AS
: @togmind
Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind.
Registered Charity (No. 1123549)

Registered Company Limited by
Guarantee (No. 6340472)

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