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Supporting from your sofa

Supporting from your sofa

CALM is here to help anyone who needs us through this challenging time and that’s only possible thanks to the incredible efforts of you lot. We’ve put together some ways you can help fund CALM’s work from the comfort of your sofa (or selected self-isolation zone).

Game for CALM

While we’re locked down, why not fire up your favourite game and play against living miserably. Have fun? Check. Connect with your mates? Check. Help save lives? Check!

You could do a fundraising stream of your Dungeons and Dragons campaign, challenge your mates to a pay-to-enter FIFA tournament or even charge your family £1 for extra rolls in Monopoly and donate the pot to CALM. Find out more HERE.

Hairy situation

Bad barnets are the theme of lockdown life. No getting away from it. Which way will you go?

#TeamGrow – just keep growing. Post updates of your scraggly beard or weird back of the neck hairs. Use your social media platform of choice to keep everyone entertained and raise money at the same time. Nice. Find out how here.

#TeamShave – take it all off. Check out CALM’s very own Big Buzz Off here and our FAQs when making the shave here.

Donate your birthday

Now might feel like a rubbish time to celebrate your birthday. Sorry mate. But there’s loads of fun ways to celebrate online. Try Houseparty for a social gathering with the option of games or a Zoom Murder Mystery complete with period outfits. 

You can also set up a Facebook fundraiser to raise money for CALM’s services when they’re needed more than ever.  If your mates would have bought you a drink, perhaps they’d like to donate a virtual pint to say they care and support CALM at the same time.

Stream anything

Zoom Calls, live streams, and facetimes; Team CALM are embracing the new normal and we want you to (virtually) join them.

Whether it’s a quiz night with colleagues or an art class for friends and family, get together for an evening (or morning, noon or night) of fun while spreading the word and raising vital funds for CALM and our life-saving services.

It’s easier than ever. Don’t believe us? We’ve put together five steps here that you’ll need to set up your virtual event, so even though outdoors is on pause, you can still connect with your mates, fundraise online for CALM, and have a bloody good time.

Get quizzical

You can’t head down to your local for a bevvy and some trivia, nor can you host that quiz for CALM in person, but there’s no reason you can’t do it from home.

Download Zoom or Houseparty and e-vite your pals, mates, buddies and mum – come on she’ll be bored too. Then simply create a Just Giving fundraising page and drop your link into the Chat feature so people can donate. Oh, and don’t forget the questions! Team CALM is a great quiz team name too.

Need inspiration? Our friends at FC Not Alone held a pub quiz in support of CALM. Find out more here.

Task Me Anything

Can’t decide and willing to risk having to get off the sofa for CALM? Love a surprise challenge or have always wanted to do something for CALM but didn’t know where to start?

Then Task Me Anything is for you. Simply answer 8 questions and 5 days later a task from the CALM Challenge Generator machine will land in your inbox that you’ll take on – whatever it is! Head HERE to find out more.

Make it official

Got an idea? Want to chat to us about it? You can get in touch with CALM here

Looking for some more inspiration or guidance, find it in our fundraising manual here.

Raring to go? Register your plan here, and set up a fundraising page for your friends and family to contribute to. We reckon loads of people would love to see regular updates and videos on your progress – after all, what else is there to do? 

Then head to CALM Kit to order some digital CALM swag to help make the most of your fundraising on social media. Think Facebook banners, logos and more.

Join a collective

It’s at times like these that we need to come together. And what better way than over something you love?

CALM Collectives are all about getting together, doing what you love and feeling better for it. And although we can’t get together face to face right now, our Collectives have active online communities. You might not be able to run with other people, make art collectively, or play for your football team for a while, but you can chat, share encouragement, experiences, stories, laughs, failures and successes. Sound good? Get together online over the things you love HERE.

Thank you

Thank you for supporting us. You are a legend. 

All done and dusted with your fundraising? Pay it into us, and don’t forget to tell us what you did so we can thank you properly. If you’ve been using JustGiving, or something similar, then don’t worry – it gets sent through to us automatically.

Thanks for being part of #TeamCALM and our Campaign Against Living Miserably.

CALM is here for you

Remember that CALM is here for you no matter who you are or what you’re going through.

Our free and anonymous helpline and webchat are open every day, as normal, from 5pm-midnight. If you need support, or are worried about someone, you can get help HERE.