How you can support women and children experiencing abuse during a Covid-19 lockdown
As we embark on a second national lockdown, home continues to be anything but a safe space for women and children experiencing domestic abuse.
During the first lockdown — where many traditional fundraising activities had to be put on hold — we were astounded by the creativity and determination of our supporters who found inventive ways to continue fundraising for Women’s Aid. Here, fundraising manager at Women’s Aid, Faye Connelly, shares some of the inspirational ideas she’s come across, so you can still raise vital funds for Women’s Aid in a safe way, whilst also having fun and staying connected with friends and family along the way!
Fundraising manager at Women’s Aid, Faye Connelly, says:
“Covid-19 has brought many challenges and changed our lives in numerous ways. For women and children living in abusive relationships, the impact of Covid-19 has been particularly acute. Survivors contacting Women’s Aid have told us that domestic abuse has got worse since the start of the pandemic. Abusers are using the lockdown restrictions to control their partners, and women are finding fewer opportunities to access support. Couple that with under-funded services navigating safety issues within their services, and survivors are finding themselves increasingly trapped by lockdown.
Women and children experiencing domestic abuse need your support now more than ever. By fundraising for Women’s Aid you can help survivors access safe support via our Live Chat service, and allow us to continue to support our members to provide life-saving services to women and children in crisis.”
Here are some great ideas to help fundraise towards our life-saving work
Physical challenge ideas – walk, run, cycle, wheel
Mass participation events may be on hold until 2021 but you can still set your own physical challenge. Whether it be completing the Couch to 5k, participating in a ‘virtual’ fitness event or setting your own personal target whether it be a walk, run, cycle or wheel.
In the last national lockdown, we saw fundraisers climb the height of Kilimanjaro using their staircase at home, running a marathon in their back garden and even cycling the length of the British Grand Prix around their dining room! We’d love to hear how you would like to take on incredible challenges for Women’s Aid from your own home. Check out The Conqueror Events app for ideas on exciting virtual challenges you can participate in within lockdown restrictions including following the path of the Inca Trail or completing the length of Hadrian’s Wall.
Get your friends together for a virtual treasure hunt! Have a list of objects ready for your friends to find in their homes and the first person to find and return to the screen with that object gains a point.
Host a virtual event
Holding a virtual event is a great way of seeing friends and family and raising money for Women’s Aid at the same time.
Host a pub quiz: gather your friends via Zoom and ask them to donate to take part in your pub quiz! You could make it a one off event or a weekly tradition with a different theme each week.
Bake Off: if you’re a fan of the Great British Bake Off then you’re sure to know the joy that can be had in competitive baking! Invite your friends, family or colleagues to take part in a virtual bake off – set a date and time, share the zoom link with friends and ask them for a donation to take part. When the day arrives you can bake together, catch-up and compare the baked goods at the end to decide the winner!
Hold a live gig: hosting a live gig virtually is a great way of raising money for Women’s Aid through ticket sales. It could be a concert, comedy night, open mic night, or even a poetry reading.
Coffee Morning: hold a coffee morning virtually and ask your friends to donate the cost of their coffee to Women’s Aid. A great way to reconnect with friends and raise money for a good cause at the same time.
Share your skills
With options for participation in classes limited at the moment offering your skills via a virtual class would be a great way to raise much needed funds for Women’s Aid. Whether it be a craft workshop, baking session, or fitness class we’d love to hear your ideas.
Hold a virtual market
Holding a virtual market in aid of Women’s Aid with fellow makers is a great way of sharing your work whilst also fundraising. Create an event page on Facebook and schedule a weekend where makers will share their products – we can support you with the virtual set up!
Have a wardrobe clear out
The additional time you’ve spent at home recently may have led to a wardrobe clear out. If you donate your unwanted clothes to Re-fashion they will donate a proportion of the proceeds to us. Re-fashion are an online charity shop who resell unwanted clothes and raise money for good causes.
Shop and raise money for Women’s Aid
There are lots of alternative ways to give, other than a monetary donation. By becoming a Give As You Live member you can generate free donations for Women’s Aid every time you shop at over 4,000 top retailers.
Some extra handy tips
Setting up a donation page
Whatever activity you choose to do, setting up a donation page via Just Giving is a great way of sharing information about your fundraising and providing a safe and easy way for people to donate.
How to set up a virtual event
You’ve got the idea for an amazing virtual fundraising event but how do you turn this plan into a reality? With forward planning and a bit of tech knowledge the logistics are straightforward.
Choose your platform
One of the most important things to consider for your virtual event is the platform on which you host it from. This needs to be a platform that your audience will be comfortable with so it may be one that you usually use to connect with your friends and family.
You can livestream directly from your Just Giving page which can keep things simple and means that your audience are automatically linked with your donation page. Other options include Facebook Live, StreamYard and Zoom. If you are advertising your event via Eventbrite then you can connect your event to Zoom so that attendees are sent the link to your event when they register.
Set a date, time and length
Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to plan for your event and get the message out there to increase attendees and donations. It can be tempting to completely replicate a physical event but remember that your audience may get fatigue after looking at a screen for hours on end. Keep it short and simple.
Promote your event
The next step is to promote your event. It’s important that you are clear to your audience what you are asking for – will there be a set cost to attend or will you be asking for donations on the day? Make sure your audience know how to donate and include some information about the impact donations will have for Women’s Aid. You might want to just promote your event via friends and family or use social media to cast the net further.
Check the guidelines and keep in touch!
With government guidance changing regularly with regards to lockdown restrictions make sure you keep on top of the latest guidance in your area to ensure whatever fundraising event you have planned is in line with this.
Finally, make sure you keep in touch with us to let us know how you’re getting on and how we can support you: [email protected]
Thank you so much for fundraising for Women’s Aid!