Amazing Fundraising Ideas to do your bit for UK Autistic

With the World Cup far behind us, we can now look forward to the Subbuteo World Cup. This miniature football game, played on a small felt pitch with tiny plastic players and an undersized ball, has made a comeback in recent years. The winner of the tournament will go home with £10,000 in hand! This goes to show that you don’t have to go big to win big. Even if your fundraising event is discrete in size it can still bring in a very tidy sum, and UK Autistic are always prepared to accept donations of any size.

Who wouldn’t want to get exercise while raising money for a great cause? That’s what makes a Walk 4 Autism such a brilliant fundraiser. Having a load of people out exercising in the name of UK Autistic and The UK Minds Foundation raises its profile within the community, and participants tend to come back again in following years. We gain a lot of beneficiaries and service users at every event as the awareness is at it’s peak.


10 Tips To Organise a Walk 4 Autism

Convinced to give it a go but uncertain about logistics or where to begin? We’ve got tips and answers to common Walk 4 Autism planning questions to get you started on your journey:

  1. When should my Walk 4 Autism take place? Warmer, drier months are often more appealing for exercising out of doors, but that also happens to be when many other charity events and holidays will be taking place. Be sure to check that the date you’re leaning toward doesn’t clash with other major events—you may have to compromise! Sometimes finding a day that doesn’t have some sort of conflict isn’t possible, so you must weigh your options and choose the circumstances best suited to set your fundraiser up for success.
  2. What sort of Walk 4 Autism works best in drawing a large participation? Casting the widest net works best! What we mean is, a Walk 4 Autism that isn’t too difficult (but interesting and challenging enough) will appeal to most. Someone who doesn’t exercise much or has mobility issues may be deterred from signing up, so unless you’re appealing to a specific group of outdoor enthusiasts who you know would be up for a rigorous test of fitness, choose a route many can travel.
  3. How do I choose a route? A great place to start is to contact local walking, running, or hiking clubs, as well as local parks. They’ll know all sorts of loops and routes as well as be informed as to the difficulty of each. Once you’ve got an idea of where your charity walk should take place, go do it yourself! There’s no better way to familiarise yourself with traffic, parking, difficulty, scenery, and such. If while doing so you encounter issues of safety (perhaps a busy street or difficult section) or logistics, take note so you can troubleshoot and prepare. Once you’ve chosen a route, map it out and have a large poster or banner printed with its details to hang where all can see on walk day. Participants will be able to take a picture on their phones to refer to as they walk.
  4. How many volunteers will I need? The size and scope of your charity walk determine how much help to call on. When looking at your route, where do you want helpers stationed to hand out water or food? Remember, you’ll also need a sign-in desk, someone to direct parking, and people stationed at the finish line to provide direction and cheer participants on.
  5. What sort of resources will I need? Not unlike planning any other sort of event, there are lots of details to attend to. To start, consider the following: rubbish bins, portable toilets (if there are none at the venue), tables for sign-in as well as for handing out food and water, PA system of some kind (depending on your event, a small loud hailer may do), two-way radios, signage or banners leading to the event, course markers, first aid, tents/canopies, electricity in the form of outlets or a generator, and parking or transportation for attendees.
  6. How do I keep track of participants? Likely there will be supporters and other people out enjoying the fine weather. Being able to discern participants and staff from the rest of the crowd is essential to staying organised. Wristbands are an excellent way to identify participants—they’re easy to spot and wear, affordable, and can be a fun memento of a day doing good. We can organise wristbands for you to use on your event. You should keep records of who is participating and in accordance with data protection laws we will assist you in.
  7. Do I need to notify authorities about my Walk 4 Autism? When should I do so? Our team is here to support you every step of the way. Every city and town has its own set of regulations, and your walk may require special permitting. It’s a good idea to ring your area’s police, emergency services, council, and, if you’re passing through private property, the land owner. Begin doing this four months in advance for a smaller walk and six months before a larger event. Another group to consider are local businesses. If walkers will be affecting traffic or boosting business, it’s a good idea to chat ahead of time with those who will be impacted so that they can then prepare and make it a better event for all! Contact to get some help with calling licensing departments and councils etc. We have some of the brightest minds at our disposal, many of them high functioning autistic people who are registered with us. All of our staff have started as volunteer fundraisers and fell in love with the sector. So there is a potential career opportunity for effective leaders and organisers as full time fundraisers on either UK Autistic or one of the other 11 projects linked to The UK Minds Foundation.
  8. What about insurance? Liability insurance is a must! It should cover any medical issues that might occur and damage to the land where the walk will take place (as well as the surrounding property). The UK Minds Foundation arrange this sort of thing on your behalf once it’s agreed that the idea is viable etc.
  9. How do I promote my Walk 4 Autism? A good place to start is by reaching out to all the local shops and businesses with whom you chat. Ask if you can hang posters or leave postcards for customers, or even work together to promote the event. Do the same thing with gyms, schools, clubs, libraries, and community centres. You can send emails, send links to all of the people in your phone/address book, and utilise social media to market your charity walk. If you’re raising funds for a larger, national cause, ask them if they’ve got a mailing list or if they can post the details of your event to their social media platforms. The UK Minds Foundation and UK Autistic will be only too glad to assist you with publicising your event on our social media outlets and websites. When you are a regular fundraiser for us, we will assign you your own email address, from where you can send professional emails to potential sponsors and all of the people in your contacts too.
  10. What information should I include on my Walk 4 Autism posters, postcards, and invitations? We will provide you with a logo to use on any of the publicity materials. We supply you with lots of different resources in the members section. Be sure to list the when and where, information about the cause, how to register, and provide contact information. Choose a look for all your materials and keep it consistent. Doing so makes it easy to recognise at a glance and gives a professional impression, which in turn affects how many people sign up to participate.

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