Hosting an event in person

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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 raiseyourgame@dementiauk.org or calling 020 8036 5475

Please hold your event in line with the current government guidelines at the time of your event.

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 many games should I have at my event? 

You can have as many different games as you wish. It’s also ok to have multiple sets of the same game. Aim to have enough games so most people can play at the same time. Why not start with the games you own, then ask your guests to dig out a game to bring with them too?

What games should I play at my event?

You can play whatever games you enjoy and think your guests will enjoy! Be realistic about the games you can play in the time you have. Remember, games like Monopoly can take a long time. We recommend keeping the games short so people can play lots of different games.

Games can also be fun for people with dementia, giving an opportunity for quality time together. In this case, we recommend keeping the games familiar and simple.

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)
  • Put up some posters (there will be a poster in your fundraising pack and you can download extras here)
  • Set up a Facebook event

Where can I hold my event? 

Raise your Game is fun for anyone, anywhere! The options for where you can hold you event will be dependent on government guidelines at the time of your event. Depending on the guidelines, you could hold your event at home, at work, in a care home, or in the community, such as your local community centre, café or pub.

How can I hold an event at work? 

You could hold your event on a single afternoon or evening or hold a weeklong tournament during lunch breaks. If your workplace has offices over multiple locations, you could hold your event across the different locations.

We recommend running a competition as we know colleagues can get quite competitive! Colleagues could participate individually, but it might be more fun to play as teams.

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 included a trophy in your fundraising pack in case you want to crown a winner on the night.

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 (you could also get a joke prize for the person with the fewest 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.

Can we play in teams? 

If you wish, you can run it as a team event. In this case, split your guests into teams, or let them choose their own teams. If you are holding a competition, total up the scores of each team member to give a team total. The team with the highest total score wins.

How do I fundraise at my event? 

The simplest way to raise much needed funds is to ask all your guests to make a donation to take part. If you have a personal connection to dementia, telling people about it will bring your reason for fundraising to life.

You can also organise extra fundraising activities, such as offering refreshments, organising a raffle or setting up a wheel of fortune. If you decide to organise a raffle, please do get in touch so we can send you a letter of authority to help you source prizes.

Set up a JustGiving page so your guests can donate online. You could 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.

There will be a collection box in your fundraising pack that you can put out at your event.

How much should I ask my guests to donate? 

You can suggest any amount you want – for example, £5 each or £20 if you include food and drinks.

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. We have included a Gift Aid form in your fundraising pack.

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 raiseyourgame@dementiauk.org 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 raiseyourgame@dementiauk.org 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 raiseyourgame@dementiauk.org 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. 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.