Planning your Curry & Chaat

Holding a Curry & Chaat is simple, just get together with your friends, family or colleagues and have a chat over some curry (and chaat).

Your event will help build and strengthen relationships with those around you (which is so important for maintaining good mental health) and is also an easy way to fundraise towards mental health research and a world with good mental health for all.

Curry & Chaat

If you are uncertain about how to organise and prepare your Curry & Chaat, just follow our handy step-by-step guide to a fantastic event!

1. Request your pack

Free fundraising packs are available to order for your Curry & Chaat, so order your pack today!

2. Set the time and place

There is no specific date for you to do your Curry & Chaat, so just choose any date which works for you. You can host your Curry & Chaat at home, at school or university, at work, or even down the local curry house, wherever suits you best!

3. Spread the word

Invite as many friends, family or colleagues as possible, or if it's an open event use our fill-in Curry & Chaat posters and put them up on walls and message boards. Use social media, email and word-of-mouth to tell people about your event.

Top tip: if someone can't attend, ask them if they would be happy to make a donation instead.

4. Get spicing

Have you got a delicious go-to curry, or are you inspired by our wonderful recipes and want to try something new? Either way, get help from your family and friends (but we won’t tell if you opt for your local takeaway)!

5. Get chaatting

Starting a conversation about mental health can be a little tricky, but remember we all have mental health just as we have physical health. As we are sure you know, talking is good for your mental health, and what better way to do it than tucking in to a delicious curry with your guests, friends and family? Meanwhile you will be raising money to address the sources of mental health problems and contribute to vital research.

You can also offer activities at your event to help raise as much as possible. Here are a few ideas we came up with…

Curry & Chaat quizzes

Organise your guests into teams and charge per team to take part. It doesn't have to be curry themed, although that may give you a chance to show off your knowledge about the perfect curry!

Curry competition

Challenge everyone to make their own curries and vote for the best.

Poppadum challenge

See who can balance the most poppadums on their nose, with the losers each having to donate an extra pound or two!

Hot chilli challenge

Is anyone daring enough to eat a really hot chilli? If so, why doesn't everyone else sponsor them some money to take a bite? However, make sure to have some yoghurt or a lassi nearby for afterwards!

6. Pay in your donation

You can pay online or call us on 020 7803 1123. Don't forget about the prize draw! If you raise over £75 you will be entered to win subscription boxes holding spices and a matching recipe to give away to 20 lucky winners, kindly donated by The Spicery.

7. Tell us about your event

We'd love to hear all about your event! Get in touch and tell us your event stories using email (events@mentalhealth.org.uk), Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.