Move for Mind FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

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Below are some answers to questions about Move for Mind. We hope this is all the information you need, but if there's anything else you want to ask, please feel free to email fundraising@nsmind.org.uk.

General

What is Move for Mind?
Move for Mind is a 30-day exercise and fundraising challenge. It's up to you what this looks like. You can dance, swim, box, skip - so long as you're moving for 30 days and having fun, it counts. You choose how you want to get active to raise money, and help us fight to ensure everyone gets the respect and support they deserve. Your 30 days don't have to be one after another - take your time, plan in rest days and have fun.


What challenge/activity can I do?

You can do anything you like to take part in Move for Mind. Have a dance round your living room, a jog round the park before work or walk along the coast each weekend.

Stuck for ideas? Why not try:

  • Dancing for 30 minutes every other day - you could even create a playlist to help you prepare
  • Cycle 100 miles in 30 days
  • Completing different workout classes throughout your 30 days
  • Get to know your neighbourhood by walking a different route each day for 30 days
  • Fill a jar with 30 exercises, and pick one out each time to try - you could even ask people to sponsor you to put an exercise idea in the jar.


National Mind have lots of information about choosing an activity which works for you; click here for more information.


What day does it start on?

Sign up anytime from December 1st to January 31st, and start your challenge whenever you'd like.

Your 30 days don't have to be one after another - take your time and have fun. Exercise is personal, so pace it out in a way that works, but make sure you're finished by 2nd March.


Can I take rest days?

Yes! Your 30 days don't have to be one after another. In fact, taking rest days can help to improve both physical and mental health and allow time for the body and mind to recover. Everyone is different, but it's important that we mix up our routines and have at least one rest day a week.

Rest days can come in the form of doing no physical activity, or through taking active rest. Active rest can be described as taking part in light or easy activity, where you're still moving but not at the intensity level that you normally move, or by doing something different to your usual routine.


Can I register for my challenge to start after the end of January?

Registration for Move for Mind will close on 31st January. This will be the final date in which you can begin your challenge - but don't worry! You can start your 30 days then, just make sure you're finished by 2nd March to qualify for a t-shirt, medal, or neck buff.


How do I remain safe during the challenge from coronavirus?

It is important that you stay up to date and follow the UK Government guidance including from devolved nations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland when undergoing your challenge. Advice could change over a period of time so in order to ensure you stay safe for yourself and other people we advise that you keep up-to-date with announcements and apply any new requirements and limitations to your fundraising.

Please consider carefully whether you wish to take on the challenge if you may be in vulnerable circumstances or be at higher risk from coronavirus. Your safety is the most important thing to us, and we do not want anybody to put themselves at risk through fundraising.


Where is my t-shirt?

Once you have raised your first £50 we will pass your details to national Mind, who will then send out your exclusive Move for Mind t-shirt (if you requested one on your sign-up form). If you have raised £50, congratulations! If it has been more than two weeks since you reached £50 and you still haven't received your t-shirt, then please email fundraising@nsmind.org.uk.


Where is my medal?

Congratulations on raising £150! National Mind will send out the exclusive Move for Mind medals in monthly batches, on the last day of December, January, February, and March. So if you qualify for a medal anytime during the month, your medal will be sent at the end of that month. For example, if you qualify for a medal by reaching £150 on 5th February, your medal will be dispatched on 28th February. If you raise more than £150 and haven't received your medal within 6-7 weeks please contact fundraising@nsmind.org.uk.


Where is my neck buff?

Congratulations on raising £350! National Mind will send out the Mind neck buffs in monthly batches, on the last day of December, January, February, and March. So if you qualify for a neck buff anytime during the month, it will be sent at the end of that month. For example, if you qualify for a neck buff by reaching £350 on 5th February, your neck buff will be dispatched on 28th February. If you raise more than £350 and haven't received your neck buff within 6-7 weeks, please contact fundraising@nsmind.org.uk.


How old do I need to be to take part in Move for Mind?

You can take part in Move for Mind at any age. However, you must be over 18 to register and set up a fundraising page on JustGiving. If you are under 18 a parent or care giver must sign up on your behalf; please just drop us an email on fundraising@nsmind.org.uk to let us know.


Is there a registration fee?

There is no registration fee to sign up for Move for Mind. Just choose your challenge, raise money and help us fight for mental health across England and Wales. Once you hit your first £50 we'll send you a Move for Mind t-shirt, a medal when you raise £150, and a Mind neck buff when you hit £350!


Teams

Can I take part as a team?

Absolutely! Whether you want to inspire your family to create new and healthy habits, or encourage some friendly competition amongst your friends - Move for Mind is even more fun when you've got teammates to keep you motivated.

To set up an official team, each person will need to register individually and set up their own JustGiving page. Once that's done, nominate a team leader to create the team page on JustGiving, using this guide. Then you can link everyone's individual fundraising page to the team, by following this guide. If you need any help, please get in touch with us.

Setting up your team like this means we receive everyone's details to fulfil individual t-shirt, medal, and neck buff orders, when each person raises £50, £150, and £350.

Please note, if you do not create an official team and instead decide to share an individual page between team members, you will need to contact us on fundraising@nsmind.org.uk to organise additional t-shirts, medals, and beanies once you've reached £50, £150, and £350 fundraising per person.


Are you fundraising in a team?

If all your team have individual pages linked to an official team page, we will automatically receive everyone's details to fulfil individual t-shirt, medal, and beanie orders when each person raises £50, £150, or £350.

However, please note that if you are sharing your individual page with another person or team member, you will need to contact us once you have reached £50, £150, and £350 per person on your shared page to arrange for additional t-shirts, medals, and beanies to be sent to your team members.


Fundraising

Can I fundraise offline?

We recommend using JustGiving to fundraise for Move for Mind. It's secure and means you don't have to handle any cash or worry about paying in donations, as everything comes directly to us. Not only that but you'll be able to add your fundraising to our Move for Mind team total!

If you are given donations in cash we recommend paying this onto your page yourself to keep everything in one place.


I am having problems setting up my JustGiving page

Sorry to hear that - please contact the JustGiving helpdesk here who will be able to advise you on any issues with your page.


Is there a minimum fundraising target?

All we ask is that you raise as much as you can through your JustGiving page. As a thank you we'll send a t-shirt your way when you hit that first £50, a medal when you raise £150, and a Mind neck buff if you reach £350.