How you can help
Support from the community plays a vital role in helping Barnet Mencap make a difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities and/or autism and their families across Barnet. There are many ways you can get involved from taking part in an event, volunteering or fundraising.
Fundraising for us is a great way to bring together existing friends and family, make new friends, learn new skills and have fun whiles making a real difference. There are many different forms of fundraising meaning whether you are an individual, company or a group there will be something for you.
Taking part in sponsored activities, such as swimming, running, or even a sky dive is a great way of raising money. That's why we've also set up a fundraising account with JustGiving, which enables our supporters (i.e. people like you) to set up their own fundraising page for Barnet Mencap from which they can advertise the event that they are taking part in, and get people to donate. If you are taking part in an event and would like to raise money for us just head to our JustGiving page and click on 'Fundraise for us'.
If you have paid, or will pay and amount of Income Tax, please remember to tick the Gift Aid box, which doesn’t cost you anything extra however it means the charity can claim back an additional 25% of your donation from the HMRC.
Whatever you decide to do, don't forget to use social media to tell people about your event, keep them updated on your progress and remind them to sponsor you.
We love receiving your stories and photos of your fundraising activities, so keep them coming in.
Please Note: We are always so grateful when people take time out of their own lives to raise money for us. However, if we feel that an event or page is inappropriate in that it portrays Barnet Mencap, our staff or our users in a negative way, we have the right to remove the page.
Community fundraising is a fantastic way to raise awareness about learning disability and the work Barnet Mencap carries out whilst raising money. Throughout the year there are many ways you can get involved with or hold community fundraising activities such as:
- Tin Collections
- Bag packing/ supermarket collections
- Hold a coffee morning
- Come along to one of our fundraisers (quiz nights, family fun days)
- Place a collection box in a local shop or pub
To find out about upcoming community fundraising events see our events page.
Online Giving – EasyFundraising
Another way to help raise money for Barnet Mencap is through EasyFundraising. Without costing you a penny (the donations come from the retailer), you can donate through your normal online shopping! This service can be used for most online retailers, including Argos, M&S and eBay.
For more information on this or to sign up, please click here, and choose Barnet Mencap on 'Find a Cause'
AmazonSmile works in a very similar way - choose Barnet Mencap as your charity and then raise money when you're shopping through Amazon by going to www.smile.amazon.co.uk
Barnet Mencap is extremely interested in building a long-lasting and mutually beneficial relationship with your organisation. It’s a great way to motivate employees, meet your corporate social responsibility objectives and make a difference to your local community. In exchange for your support we would be very happy to offer:
- free training sessions for your employees;
- an honorary mention on our website and printed materials;
- opportunities to get involved in volunteering and our events; and
- regular updates on our progress and activities in the form of a quarterly newsletter.
There are many ways your organisation can support Barnet Mencap:
- Choose Barnet Mencap as your charity of the year
- Sponsor one of our events
- Set up a volunteer scheme for employees
- Donate a raffle prize
- Run a fundraising event such as a quiz night
Matched funding scheme
Many employers operate a 'give as you earn' scheme, where they will match employee donations to approved charities. If your employer runs this scheme, please contact us and we will provide the information they need.
A big thank you to all our funders, fundraisers and donors
Barnet Mencap is independently run meaning we do not receive any funding from National Mencap. We are most grateful to our many donors whose generosity goes a long way towards helping us make a difference.
If you have not already done so, we ask you to consider Gift Aid. If you pay tax, Barnet Mencap can claim 25p for every £1 you give. We can supply you with the form or you can print it off from here.
Go Displays, manufacturers of Banner Stands, provided us with a free Switch Banner.