Hosting a virtual event

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If you have any other questions about taking part in Raise your Game please get in touch with the team by emailing or calling 020 8036 5475.

Do I need to hold my event in October? 

No. Raise your Game is taking place in October, but you can hold your event in any month that suits you.

How can I host a virtual event? 

You can host your event over a morning, afternoon or evening, or you could organise a league style tournament over a week or month.

What platform should I use for hosting my event?

Host your virtual event via Zoom, Skype,  or whatever video conferencing platform you feel comfortable using.

How many games should we play at my event?

You can play as many different games as you wish. There’s also no reason not to play the same game multiple times. We recommend scheduling some breaks between games to give people the opportunity to have a chat and replenish their snacks.

What games should I play at my event?

You can play whatever games you enjoy and think your guests will enjoy! We recommend keeping the games short so you can play a few different ones.

Think about what games will work best over video with the number of people on the call. We recommend games such as Charades, Scattegories and Balderdash. You could also play dice games, as most people will have a few dice at home, such as Yahtzee or Liar’s dice.

If you want to play board games, we recommend you join the video call on two separate devices. You can use your phone to show the board and use a laptop or tablet to show your face!

How can I promote my event?

There are lots of ways you can promote your event, here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Email, text and WhatsApp your friends, family and colleagues
  • Post about your event on social media (we’ve created a social media graphic you can use)
  • Set up a Facebook event

Hosting a competition on the night

Raise your Game is for fun, but we know that some people take their board games very seriously! We have therefore created a Raise your Game trophy in case you want to crown a winner on the night. There is a trophy in your fundraising pack which you could deliver to the winner, or you can download the digital trophy which can be shared on social media (don’t forget to use #RaiseyourGame).

You can choose your own scoring system, or we recommend scoring each game as follows:

  • One point for each game played
  • An additional five points for each game won

Tot up the points at the end of your event and award the Raise your Game trophy to the person with the most points. If there is a tie for the highest number of points at the end, you could use one of these epic battle ideas to decide your champion:

  • Rock Paper Scissors
  • Coin toss
  • Any other tie-breaker game you like

Download scorecards here.

How do I fundraise at my event?

The simplest way to raise much needed funds is to set up a JustGiving page and ask all your guests to make a donation. We recommend you also share your JustGiving page on social media – people who are unable to attend your event may be willing to make a donation to support your fundraising.

If you have a personal connection to dementia, telling people about it will bring your reason for fundraising to life and encourage more donations. At your event, take a moment to explain why you’re fundraising for Dementia UK, you can also add this to your story on your JustGiving page.

You could organise extra fundraising activities, such as a game of heads or tails, lucky squares (download here) or a raffle. Source some prizes and ask your guests to make an additional donation to enter.

How much should I ask my guests to donate?

You can suggest any amount you want, for example £5 or £10, but we recommend you ask guests to donate an amount of their choice as you’re likely to receive more generous donations.

Here are some examples of what different donations could fund:

  • £5 could mean an Admiral Nurse can send life-changing advice on how to communicate with someone with dementia to four families
  • £14 could pay for in-depth, specialist support from an Admiral Nurse for a person contacting our Helpline
  • £33 could pay for a new Admiral Nurse for an hour, reaching families facing dementia who currently have no other support network

Can I ask my guests to Gift Aid their donations?

If you would like your guests to Gift Aid their donations they must be free to donate an amount of their choice.

How do I get matched funding?

We recommend asking your employer if they offer matched funding – it could double your fundraising total! Your employer may request a letter or email from us to confirm how much you raised, if this is the case please get in touch with the team by emailing or calling        020 8036 5475.

How long will it take for my fundraising pack to arrive?

Your fundraising pack can take one to two weeks to arrive. If you need your pack sooner, please get in touch with the team by emailing or calling 020 8036 5475.

My fundraising pack hasn’t arrived, what should I do?

If your fundraising pack hasn’t arrived after two weeks, please get in touch with the team by emailing or calling              020 8036 5475 so we can send another one out.

Can I get any extra materials?

Yes. There are extra materials which you can download here. We’ve created some materials specifically for virtual events, including a digital trophy and a video conferencing background image. If there’s anything else you need to make your event a success please do get in touch and we’ll see what we can do.

How do I send in the money I raise? 

Sending in the money you raise is easy. Click here to see all the different ways you send in your donations.

The sooner you send in your donations, the sooner we can put them to work helping families affected by dementia.