With the changes that Coronavirus is bringing to every aspect of our society, it will be more important than ever for us to continue to raise awareness about autism and find new ways to support autistic people and their families.

We want to make sure all our Team Autism supporters have enough resources and ideas to keep them occupied whilst at home and to ensure you can continue fundraising and hitting those targets!

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Share, share, share!

Make sure you are still sharing your fundraising page with your family and friends, asking them to share it for you too and posting it on your social media channels. Also make sure you are sharing your story and letting everyone know the amazing challenge you are taking part in and why you are fundraising.

Bake or cook a new recipe

Fancy cooking something a bit different? Now is the perfect time to experiment with new recipes for the whole family and neighbours. You could do this virtually through Facebook Live, asking people to cook along with you and ask for a donation in exchange of your cooking tips.

Get creative

Do you like getting creative? Use this time to create gifts, it can be anything from cards to knitted items of clothing. You can sell these to friends and family and even sell them online and all the proceeds can go towards your fundraising target.

Online pub quiz

Just because the pubs are closed doesn’t mean you have to miss out on a pub quiz! There are so many platforms you can use such as Zoom to video call your friends and host a quiz online. Start by being the quiz master and hosting once a week, aim for 10 categories and 5 questions in each. Ask for a small donation from those that want to take part.

Fitness challenge

The government is allowing outdoor exercise at a reasonable distance from others so you can still run and exercise outside and in the garden. Make sure to talk about it on your social media and use your fundraising page to log your runs through fitness apps. You can also get innovative and think about what you can use at home. How about seeing how many times a day you can run up and down the stairs? Attempt the squat or plank challenge? There are so many things you can do!

Go live

Do you have a hidden talent? More people will be staying at home and will be looking for fun and new things to do with their free time. Why not host a live broadcasts' teaching some of your friends and family a new skill! It could be beginners' guitar lesson, language lessons, origami or literally anything you think people would like to learn! Just simply ask for a small donation for them to tune in to watch and learn! 

Nominate to donate

You have probably seen lots of different nomination challenges happening online already. Why not get creative and start one you think would suit your family and friends. Challenge them to complete a dance or to share a fun fact about them.

Selling online

Now is a great time to go through your wardrobe and have a good clear out. Sell those items that you haven’t worn in years on Ebay and Depop and get some extra cash which you can donate towards your fundraising. This can even include old DVDs and books. Share items to your friends and family online first to save money on postage.

Virtual book club

Do you love getting stuck into a good book? With time spent at home, why not start your very own book club with a group of friends? Ask them to donate what they’d spend on drinks at the pub towards your fundraising total.

Karaoke night

Who doesn’t love karaoke? You could host a night in with your friends online, have a selection of songs for them to choose from and play their chosen song whilst they sing along. Ask for a small donation or perhaps what they would have paid to go to Lucky voice.

Useful Resources

There are lots of useful resources out there to help you move your fundraising virtually.

  • Zoom – organising group calls for up to 100 people for up to 40 minutes
  • Whereby – organising group calls for up to 4 people with no time limitation
  • Strava – tracking sporting activities
  • Depop – selling old clothes

If you want to carry out any of these ideas above, but don’t know how and where to start, please contact your event manager or events@nas.org.uk for more information.