Do your own fundraising: Coffee morning
Run a coffee and cake morning for Bristol Mind
Planning and preparing your activity
Where will you do it? At home, in your place of work or education, or in a public location such as a community centre or village hall
Promoting your activity
You could make posters and put them up in relevant places, send out invitations (these could be physical invites, or done through your social media channels). Having an idea of the number of people likely to come will help with your preparations. It’s important to invite people who are not already interested in mental health.
The biggest cost would be for a venue if you choose one with a hire fee. Doing a coffee morning at home or asking for free use of space for a good cause would reduce costs significantly. You could borrow equipment from friends and family or ask them if they can donate a small amount of tea, coffee and maybe bake a few cakes.
Materials you may need
Tables, tablecloths, chairs, cups, plates, cake stands, kettles/water boilers. Collection tin can be requested from Bristol Mind and collect from the office. Or you can set up a Just Giving page and print the QR code for the table!
On the day
You will need to prepare, so give yourself plenty of time. You and your team will need to set up everything for making drinks, such as teabags, coffee, milk, sugar, cups etc. If you are serving cakes and/or biscuits, leave displaying them as one of the last tasks – you will also need plates, napkins and maybe a cake stand, if you have one
You will need people to greet guests, serve them and, once people are settled, talk to them. Running an event like this gives you the opportunity to be a mental health champion. Share some of your experience of mental health problems, either by standing up and talking about why you’re running the event, or in individual conversations.
After the event, you will need to clear up – using paper plates could save on some of the washing up!