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The Big Summer Play Date

 June - July 2023

This June - July we are asking you, your friends, your colleagues or your local community to come together and organise your own 'Play Date' in aid of Home-Start South Warwickshire.

Play is one of the main ways in which children learn and develop. It helps to build self-worth by giving a child a sense of his or her own abilities and to feel good about themselves. 


The earliest years make the biggest impact. Children who are raised in a stable, loving, family environment are more likely to have a positive and healthy future. By raising money for 'The Big Summer Play Date' you can help us support children under 5 to access play and give them the best possible start in life. Find out more about what we do here

Getting Started

Step 1: Pick a date between the 12th and 18th June to hold your play date

Step 2: Select a venue, it could be your house, place of work, community group

or a public park

Step 3: Decide on what activites you would like to do on the day, it could be a

simple dress up day or a teddy bear's picnic. You could host your own garden

games, organise a quiz or run a colouring competition. We have plenty of ideas to

help you decide what to do

Step 4: Invite your family, friends, work colleagues or local community.

Use our event poster to publicise your event. 

Step 5: Set up a JustGiving Page to collect donations online and ask your participants for a small donation to join in with the activities that you have planned

Step 6: Pay in your money and give yourself a huge pat on the back for supporting Home-Start South Warwickshire and vulnerable families accross the county

Fundraising Ideas - Big Summer Play Date

Fundraising Ideas

Nursery And play groups 

  • Dress in purple

  • Colouring competition

  • Teddy bears picnic

  • Biscuit decorating

  • Messy play

  • Name the bear sweepstake

  • Hook a duck

  • Musical bumps


  • Dress up or dress down day

  • Traditional fete games

  • Sponge the teacher

  • Danceathon

  • Quiz

  • Bake sale

  • Egg and spoon race

  • Football match

With Friends

  • Craft afternoon with friends

  • Teatime after school

  • Lego building competition

  • Nature or treasure hunt

  • Tea party

  • Cake decorating

  • Ball games tournament

  • Obstacle course in the garden

at work

  • Superhero dress up day

  • Lunchtime quiz

  • Sweepstake poster

  • Pizza buffet lunch

  • Pub games tournament

  • Bake off

  • Football match

  • Talent competition

Top idea

Sunday 18th June is International Picnic Day and Fathers Day

Grab your friends and family, lots of games and head to the park for an afternoon of play and picnic food. You could even organise a Teddy Bear's Picnic for your children. 

Don't forget to ask each family to donate just a

small amount to help us change lives of vulnerable

families living in South Warwickshire 



Guidance on how to safely and effectively host a community fundraising event

can be found on Home-Start UK's website



Set up your own JustGiving page and ask participants to donate online.  

It's great for setting a target, seeing how much you've raised & spreading the word quickly about your event to reach even more people. 

Collecting Cash

Find a secure way of collecting cash at your event and once you have finished your event, get in touch with us and we'll send you details of how to bank the money via a paying in slip.


Put the cash you've raised in your organisation's bank account and send us a cheque made payable to 'Home-Start South Warwickshire'. Get in touch to let us know the cheque is on the way

How to raise & pay in your money

Pay your money in

"I would say the most helpful part is feeling like you’re listened to, being supported and not judged at all. My volunteer help has for me been the difference between being able to leave the house with all three children and not being stuck at home"

Mum, support by Home-Start South Warwickshire

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