19th November - International Men’s Day
As part of our 2014 report, Independent Age found that there a large number of older men in the UK are facing isolation; being cut off from contact with friends and family and rarely being visited by another person. Independent Age’s befriending service enables isolated men to have regular social contact with one of our dedicated volunteers.
To fundraise for these and our other vital services, get together on International Men’s Day and hold a five-a-side football or rugby tournament, a “dry” month, games console contest or 10 pin bowling competition.
You could hold a carol concert at your place of worship, inviting local musicians and choirs to come and perform, charging an entrance fee and offering refreshments. Alternatively you could ask your school to donate the proceeds from their festive show to Independent Age.
Gift wrapping station
Gift wrapping stations are always very popular, especially for those of us who are all thumbs when it comes to wrapping presents! Ask for some space in your local supermarket or shopping centre and encourage stores to donate paper and ribbon. This type of fundraising would work really well for a membership group such as Guides, Scouts, Rotary or sports teams.
Wear your slippers to work day
As the days get shorter and colder there's nothing better than being cosy in your warm slippers or a fluffy onesie, so why not come into work doing just that to raise money for Independent Age? Suggest a wear your slippers to work day, and charge £1 for everyone to wear their comfiest slippers all day. You can even encourage colleagues to customise theirs and provide a prize for the best decorated pair. If you want to go a step further you can introduce onesies and slankets too!
Mulled Wine Down Friday
On the last Friday before Christmas gather your workplace together for a celebratory glass of mulled wine and mince pies. Ask local businesses to donate bottles of mulled wine and get colleagues baking mince pies. Everyone is charged £1 for a glass of wine and a mince pie, and it provides a wonderful opportunity for a natter before everyone goes on their Christmas holidays.
When holding your annual Secret Santa, either in the office or with friends and family, reduce the amount you would usually spend by a few pounds and donate the difference to Independent Age.
25th January – Burns Night
Celebrate burns night with a Scottish themed party. Encourage people to wear kilts, be entertained with bagpipes and highland dance and, of course, serve haggis, whisky and shortbread. You could have a Scottish themed quiz or “Guess the clan” tartan competition.
14th February – Valentine’s Day
Why not get together with friends in a choir or show off your own talent to neighbours, friends or colleagues. All they will need to do is select a song and name a recipient for a fee in aid of Independent Age. Singing telegrams will then visit the recipients on location to sing them the song of choice on Valentine Day.
Rent a space in a church, school or recreational hall, and find a willing volunteer DJ and volunteers to take tickets. Decorate the hall with Valentine’s themed decor and red and pink balloons.
Wine tasting night
Ask your local wine shop if they would be interested in promoting some of their wines for free and donate a few bottles. Charge admission for the event or charge £10 to try 4 different types of wine? Combine this with a cheese tasting… and raise more funds with a wine raffle!
Contact a local hotel and ask them to donate a romantic weekend package for Independent Age. Then sell raffle tickets at your dance party or wine tasting event.
If you'd like to hold any of these activities we want to hear from you, so please get in touch with the events team!