Streaming FAQs

What is a charity stream?

A charity stream is when a person broadcasts a video in real time on the internet to raise money for a cause that is close to their heart. For example, they might livestream themselves completing a physical challenge every day for a month or taking part in a 24-hour gameathon.

Everyone who watches the livestream can donate money – so the more people watch your stream, the more money you’ll be able to raise.

Whatever your skill, hobby or challenge, you can help our nurses offer life-changing support to more families facing dementia.

How do I sign up to Stream for Dementia UK?

To register, sign up here on our website.

Once you’ve registered, you will be asked to set up either a Tiltify or JustGiving page for your fundraising. As soon as your fundraising page is up and running you can start collecting donations!

How do I link my stream to my fundraising page?

There is guidance both on JustGiving and Tiltify on how to overlay your fundraising page onto your stream.

I’ve not streamed before. What do I need to do?

There are plenty of resources online to help you get started in streaming. JustGiving has this handy guide and you can find out more about the streaming platform Twitch here.

Choosing the best streaming platform:

Facebook and Instagram

If you are planning on livestreaming to friends and family and it is your first charity stream, we recommend using either Facebook Live or Instagram Live. Alternatively, if you have lots of followers on your Twitter account, it may be worth considering livestreaming from there – here is how.

YouTube

YouTube is owned by Google, so streaming on YouTube can make it easier for people to find your stream if you have been promoting it and help you reach a wider audience. Here is its guide.

Twitch

Twitch is a dedicated streaming social media platform. If you are planning on gaming for your stream we recommend you use Twitch as this is where your target audience will be. Here is its guide.

Do I have to do my stream on a certain day or time?

No – you can pick the date and time that you’d like to hold your charity stream on.

What type of activity can I do?

Whilst gaming is popular, there are plenty of other activities you can do while streaming – such as fitness, music, cooking or just chatting.

Can I take on a timed streaming challenge for a time not listed on your website?

Yes. We’ve given three options (3, 12 or 24 hours), but you can stream your own way and pick a challenge that’s right for you.

How do I raise money?

Once you have registered and set up your fundraising page:

  • Promote your event on social media and in other streams that you might be doing
  • Share your fundraising page with friends, family and colleagues
  • Raise more by getting your viewers involved in your stream. Use milestones, incentives and forfeits to make it interactive. Here are some ideas:

Milestone and incentive ideas

  • Set donation targets so your audience knows what to aim for. For example, celebrate every £100 raised during your stream
  • Offer options to vote on – for example, if you’re gaming, let your donors choose something to get rid of from your inventory
  • Promise to do a forfeit if you reach a donation milestone – for example cake or squirty cream to the face.

Forfeit ideas

  • Put on a silly outfit for the rest of your stream
  • Share an embarrassing photo or story
  • Shave your head or wax your legs

There are some great tips here from Twitch too.

Can I take breaks on my timed challenge?

Yes, it’s important to take breaks and get up and move around. To help, we’ve made some break screens that you can use during your stream.

Can I stream with others to fundraise?

Yes you can.

Find out more about setting up fundraising teams on Tiltify and Just Giving.

Can I have a t-shirt?

We can send you a free t-shirt to wear during your stream. If you would like one, please let us know your postal address and which size you would prefer (S-2XL) by emailing fundraising@dementiauk.org (monitored Monday-Friday 9am-5pm)

I’m under 18 years old, can I Stream for Dementia UK?

Charity streamers should be over 18. If you’re under 18, ask a parent or guardian to call us on 020 8036 5440 to confirm that you would like to fundraise for Dementia UK. Alternatively they can send their contact details to fundraising@dementiauk.org and we’ll get in touch.

What do I do if I have a concern over the content of a stream?

If you have concerns over the content of someone’s stream, you can let us know by emailing fundraising@dementiauk.org (monitored Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm only).

 

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