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What is the Future Steps Challenge?

Future Steps is a 10,000-steps-a-day challenge, taking place throughout February 2021. Prince’s Trust supporters across the UK, will be downloading our Future Steps App to track their steps and fundraise to support young people. Take part individually, or as a team of up to 6, either way – it’s time to step to it, have some fun, get fit and change young lives!

After a challenging 2020, it’s time for us all to give young people a brighter 2021. To do this, we need to raise vital funds, so if you’re an individual stepper there is a fundraising target of £100 whilst you step to success, or £250 as a team. 

When completing your challenge, remember to follow the latest government guidelines.

How long is the Future Steps Challenge?

Future Steps is a four-week challenge, starting on 1st February and ending on 28th February 2021 – totally doable right? You can sign up to take on the challenge at any time until the end of February and help young people across the UK take their future steps.

How do we track our steps?

You’re going to need a pedometer, you can use your Fitbit, Apple Health or Google Fit. You can then link your pedometer with our Future Steps App, so you can see how many steps your team (and every other team) have done – mind blown! The Future Steps team are currently stepping it up to bring you our updated Future Steps App, which will be available to download from 7th December, so watch this space and make sure to download the App when it launches in December!

What tracking devices does Future Steps support?

The Future Steps App works on iOS and Android devices and you'll be able to link it with your Fitbit, Apple Health Kit or Google Fit. You can also submit steps manually and convert swimming and cycling activities as well.

Can I change my tracker?

Unfortunately, we do not currently offer the option to change the method of how you track your steps once you have registered for the event. We realise that this may be frustrating, particularly if you have decided to treat yourself to a new Fitbit after starting your challenge – but the Fitbit is a gift that will keep on giving long after Future Steps! We are hoping to develop this capability and welcome any feedback or suggestions to helps us improve the event in future years.

Can I add steps at a later stage?

We are all about seizing the day at The Prince’s Trust, so we recommend that once each day ends, the steps from that day are logged. When February begins make sure to log your steps as you go along and check the app to see how your teammates are getting on. The leaderboard is live, so you can track the competition. Please do note, the app will close at midnight on the last day of February.

I participate in other physical activities - can these be counted towards my steps?

Yes – you can convert running, cycling or swimming activities into steps to count towards your overall goal. Use the handy converter within the app to add one of these activities towards your overall steps total.

When completing activity for your challenge, remember to follow the latest government guidelines.

What happens if I am ill in February?

If someone is ill or cannot take part, please email futuresteps@princes-trust.org.uk and we will submit a daily average of steps for up to three days. However, if a team member misses more than three days, their average cannot be used and the total steps for the fourth day (and further missed days) will be zero.

This all sounds very formal – but we know there are lots of competitive steppers out there that don’t want to let their fellow team members down! Maybe if you have a slow day, someone else can smash it out of the park for you!

What's the difference between a team captain and a team member?

If taking part as a team, nominate a team captain and pick an awesome team name – all puns welcome!

Team captains lead the way, acting as a cheerleader for your team and encouraging friends, family and colleagues to get involved and making sure that the team's JustGiving page has been set up. They can also act as a representative for your team so if you need to get in touch with us at Future Steps HQ, your team captain will take on this responsibility and make sure that all members of the team know what to do and are able to fundraise.

Team members work together to make those steps count. Share your team's JustGiving page with everyone you know and keep your audience updated throughout the challenge to see those donations rolling in. When February begins, make sure to log your steps as you go along and check the app to see how your teammates are getting on.

How can I get my teammates to join my team?

Once you’ve nominated a team captain and picked an awesome team name, get your teammates to download the app and join your crew.

Team members can register for the event and join your team by selecting the ‘Team Member’ option on the Future Steps App registration page. They will then be taken to a list of teams and will need to find your team name within this list and confirm that they wish to join the team.

Too many in your team? Why not encourage others to start their own team for a bit of healthy competition?

How often will the leaderboard update?

The leaderboard is live and will update as you add steps and see those donations rolling in. Spark a bit of healthy competition and compete to be at the top of the Future Steps leaderboard by taking extra steps! Why not regularly share your progress in a bid to increase the likelihood of smashing your fundraising target? 

Can I see a company leaderboard on the app?

Yes you can! We know that many of you are taking part with your colleagues, so when you register your team, make sure you tell us which company you work for. This means that when you visit the leaderboard on the app, you can view how your team is doing compared to everyone else that's taking part, or just those in your company. We are sure that the internal leaderboard will definitely boost the competition!

We’re not just about the steps here at The Prince’s Trust – it's about raising the funds to help unemployed young people in 2021 as well, so our leaderboards will also rank teams on their fundraising success too!

How can I promote Future Steps throughout my company?

We’ve created some great resources to help you to really shout about Future Steps and to get as many of your employees involved as possible. Why not visit our online resources hub where you can download email signatures and social media posts to promote your challenge with all your colleagues? Don’t hesitate to reach out to your Prince’s Trust contact, or futuresteps@princes-trust.org.uk for more support with recruiting teams.

Share your company’s Future Steps journey with us by using #FutureSteps and tag us @PrincesTrust (or @ThePrincesTrust for LinkedIn!) We would love to shout about your success!

We’ve also created this fantastic content pack  that you can use in meetings and presentations with your employees and colleagues to encourage them to create teams of their own and sign up!

The pack will help you show your company that Future Steps is a fun challenge that will not only help the young people that The Prince’s Trust supports, but will bring endless benefits to your colleagues too!

Where can I get more information about the challenge?

Please contact futuresteps@princes-trust.org.uk for more information.

How do I register?

Registering for Future Steps is quick and simple. Complete the registration form on our the event page and we will let you know when the Future Steps app is available to download. The Future Steps team are currently stepping it up to bring you our updated Future Steps app, which will be available to download from 7th December.

Is there a registration fee?

It's free to register for Future Steps, however, we do ask that participants do their best to fundraise £100 if taking part as an individual or £250 if taking part as a team. This will help us to support young people across the UK to reach their full potential and take their future steps.

I can't find my email confirming my participation in Future Steps, where has it gone?

Don’t worry, if you didn’t receive your confirmation email welcoming you to the Future Steps Challenge, please do make sure to check your spam or junk email folders in case it's arrived there.

If you still haven’t received your confirmation email or would just like to check that your registration has been received, please email futuresteps@princes-trust.org.uk.

Will I receieve regular emails from The Prince's Trust?

Of course, we want to keep in touch! In the lead up to and throughout your challenge, we will be in contact regularly with any updates you need to know, so please make sure to read the emails. We’ll also give you some great tips on things like how to get in those extra steps, fundraising and staying safe whilst stepping!

You can tailor your communication preferences or unsubscribe at any time by using the link at the bottom of any email we send you. We do recommend that you turn on your app notifications though, so you know when you’ve hit your target!

We promise not to share your details with anyone else for marketing purposes and you can stop receiving our communications at any time. To change the way we contact you get in touch on 020 7543 1384 or at getinvolved@princes-trust.org.uk.

How much do we need to raise? How will it be spent?

If you choose to compete as an individual, there is a fundraising target of £100, while for teams the fundraising target is £250.

The funds raised will go directly to support young people across the UK, who are in need of vital help to get back into education, find employment or gain further training. Over the past year, the young people we work with have needed us more than ever before, and we know that the next year will see record unemployment figures for young people across the UK. The money that you raise through Future Steps, has never been more important.

Here's just some of the ways your fundraising can support young people:

  • £55 could give a young person an online session with a youth worker to build their confidence, resilience, and motivation
  • £84 could give one unemployed young person the chance to access an online course so they can re-engage with their community and develop critical employability skills for the future
  • £250 could support a young person with a connectivity support package, providing them with the equipment they need to stay connected
  • £600 could help a young person access the critical financial support to start a business
  • £1,000 could fund a day of virtual speed interviews. At a time when youth unemployment is at an all-time high, this could support 35 young people with the opportunity to potentially access rewarding careers
  • £1,500 could help a young person to overcome unemployment and find work - our experienced staff and volunteers can provide employability content, connect them with live vacancies and provide online mentoring to help them secure a job

How do I set up a fundraising page?

The easiest way to fundraise for Future Steps is to use a JustGiving page. The Future Steps app will prompt the fundraising page registration, but you can also set up your JustGiving fundraising page here.

If you are a team captain, make sure you have set up the fundraising page for your team and have shared it with your team members.

Make your page as interesting as possible by adding photos and videos and letting everyone know why you’re raising money for young people through participating in Future Steps. Share your page on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter and email it to your friends and family. More and more donations are being made via social media, so be sure to share a link to your page! You can download our social media assets to help you post about the challenge.

Don’t forget, you can also use the JustGiving app on your iPhone or Android to update your page. You can also use this handy fundraising checklist to make sure you have everything covered.

Can I raise sponsorship using another online provider?

We recommend using JustGiving as it is compatible with our Future Steps app and will mean that you can see how you’re doing in comparison to other teams. Fundraising through JustGiving pages will also contribute to the overall fundraising total that is displayed on the app. Since its launch in 2001, over 21 million people have raised £1.5 billion for charity on JustGiving. The site makes online fundraising simple, fast, effective, and fun.

We do know that you may have to use another platform, due to your workplace or to gain match-funding. If that’s the case, just let us know by emailing futuresteps@princes-trust.org.uk and telling us your team name and company name if you’re taking part through work.

Do I have to fundraise online?

Your online fundraising page is the quickest and easiest way to get donations from friends and family without any money changing hands. It also means you don’t have to worry about sending us donations as your online giving will be directly transferred to us. Platforms like JustGiving, also give you the opportunity to add Gift Aid to help boost your fundraising.

You can fundraise offline if you prefer, but please do let us know so we can ensure that we recognise your fundraising efforts and can give you some tailored tips.

Will you give advice on how to fundraise?

We are here to help you fundraise every step of the way. We will support you by including fundraising tips and ideas in our communications, so look out for them landing in your inbox. You can check out our fundraising tips for some great ideas to help get you started and you can also download Prince's Trust posters and bunting from our fundraising resources page.

Still struggling? Pop us an email at futuresteps@princes-trust.org.uk and we can chat through some ideas with you!

Can I fundraise past the end of February?

Absolutely! Whether you've already smashed your fundraising target, or you've still got donations coming in, we would absolutely love if you could keep going.

Your fundraising could be the turning point for a young life, helping us to give young people hope after lockdown, supporting them to build confidence, develop skills and find work.