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Virtual community events

A St John Sunday Meal

Dining out may not be possible right now but why not ask friends and family to donate that ‘dough’ you would usually spend on going out to eat and host a virtual dinner party with your loved ones. Prepare your meal, agree a time to log on and you have a great dinner party without the piles of washing up to do after! 

How to set up a virtual meal

  1. Agree a date and time with friends and family
  2. Choose a platform to host your meal on, like Zoom, Facebook video chat or Facetime 
  3. Prepare your meal
  4. Log on and you have a great dinner party without the piles of washing up to do after! 
  5. Once everyone is logged on share the St John Ambulance donation page and encourage everyone to donate what they would have spent on the meal out. You could even pick a restaurant, select your meals and donate the total bill (with a tip!).

Tea for two (or twenty!)

A good old British cuppa is the best way to catch up with friends - and catch up on gossip! And whilst we're in a state of lockdown, staying connected with others is really important to our wellbeing. Host a virtual tea party for friends and family and donate what you would have spent on tea, coffee and cake.

 

How to organise a virtual tea party

  1. Agree a date and time with friends and family using Zoom, Skype or Houseparty
  2. Prepare your afternoon tea
  3. Log on and enjoy a good chat 
  4. Once everyone is logged on share the St John Ambulance donation page and encourage everyone to donate what they would have spent on the afternoon tea if you had gone out.

Virtual quiz night

Let's get quizzical! There are loads of quizzes on online you can share with friends or download. Get the drinks and snacks ready and indulge your competitive side. If you fancy yourself as a quiz master, why not write your own questions?

 

How to set up a virtual quiz

  1. Visit virtualquizevents.com
  2. Set yourself up as a fundraiser
  3. Pick the time and date for the quiz
  4. Share the details with friends and family and encourage them to sign up
  5. Play!
  6. Once the game has played you can donate the profits to St John Ambulance via our donation page, or via JustGiving.

Easter bonnet competition

Time to let your creative side out - and this one works for all ages! Get the kids to make Easter bonnets, but it's the adults who will wear them! Share your pictures on social media and ask a judge to pick the winning bonnet. 

 

How to fundraise with Easter bonnets

  1. Agree a work meeting with as many colleagues as possible during the week of Easter
  2. Set up a JustGiving page and share with colleagues’ friends and family, telling them you will wear an Easter bonnet designed by someone else in your household during a meeting. Encourage your colleagues to donate £1 to take part themselves, or sponsor you
  3. If you share a house with someone ask them, ideally a child, to create an Easter bonnet for you. If you are self-isolating them go wild and design one for your self
  4. Share pictures of the bonnet to encourage more donations, and ask other colleagues to take part as well
  5. On meeting day where your bonnet throughout the video call, sharing some photos on your fundraising page along the way.

St John's Day party

With our usual festivities not able to take place this year, we need you to help us celebrate. On 20th June, get the decorations out (or ask the kids to make some) and host a St John's Day virtual party. Ask friends and family to join in with a video chat app. Get the party started with home baking, games, music and - if you're feeling brave - a dance-off.

 

How to host a St John's Day party

  1. Send a virtual invite to all friends and family. For more than four people we recommend Houseparty, ZoomInstagram or Facebook live
  2. Choose some friends to be hosts, and give each of them a role in the party, like music, party games, or food suggestions
  3. A could of days before the part share the playlist and menu suggestions with your friends. Check if you need anything else. Fancy dress, anyone?
  4. On event day have the host join the party around 15 minutes early, to make sure everything is ready and then wait for your guests to arrive
  5. Enjoy your party!
  6. Once everyone is logged on share the St John Ambulance donation page and encourage everyone to donate. Why not set the donation as a virtual entry fee, or donate what you would have spent on transport or new party clothes?

Bingo!

Who said you can't have a "full house" while social distancing? There are plenty of online bingo cards you can download. Ask friends and family for a donation to take part. Get everyone online, pull numbers out of a hat and release your inner bingo caller.

Tell us about your event!

If you're organising your own fundraising event or just thinking about it, we'd love to hear from you! We can provide you with support and materials. Contact us at communityfundraising@sja.org.uk