What are the start and end dates for Steptember
Steptember starts on Thursday 1 September 2016 and ends on Wednesday 28 September 2016.
When do registrations open?
Registration is now open! Sign up today.
I'm disabled. Can I take part?
Steptember is an inclusive event which means that disabled people can take part. Walking isn’t the only way to reach your daily step count - already on the activity converter is manual wheelchair pushing and using and boccia. If there is an activity you take part in regularly that isn't on the converter, please do get in touch with the Steptember team and we will work towards adding it.
When will I receive my Steptember kit and what does it include?
Steptember kits will start going out from early August 2016. Each kit includes a pedometer and lanyard along with a Steptember booklet. Steptember kits will be sent to the postal address you enter during registration. Each team member will be sent their own pack.
Can I register with an international address?
Unfortunately no. Only UK postal addresses can be entered. If you live overseas and would like to participate, please contact the Steptember team.
I’ve misplaced my login details to the Steptember website. How do I login?
Click on ‘ForgotPassword’ on the login page. You’ll be prompted to fill out your registered email address. An email will then to be sent to you with a link to a page on the website where you can set a new password.
How do I form a team?
To start, get 4 people together and choose a team leader who will register the team via the website. During the registration process the team leader will be required to enter the names and email addresses of each Team Member. Each team member will then receive an invitation from the Steptember website to join the team and complete their personal registration.
What is a team leader?
A Team Leader is the person who is in charge of registering your team. They will register your team on the website and can manage the admin for the team.
How do I join a team?
Once your team leader has entered your details during the registration process you will receive an invite email. You will then need to click on the link provided and complete your details.
How much does it cost to join Steptember?
You can get your place for just £10 per person.
Reasons to Step Up to the Challenge
• You’ll have a great motivation to exercise more. You’ll get off the bus one stop early. You’ll take the stairs instead of the lift. You’ll dance in the supermarket (well, maybe).
• Speaking of: you’ll have more energy. You’ll sleep better. You may even lose a few kilograms – that of course is all win-win!
• You’ll set up some friendly competition in the office and challenge workmates (or as we call them: ‘arch enemies’) you know you can beat!
• Best of all, you’ll feel great knowing that the money you raise is going to a fantastic cause. You’ll be helping kids like five-year-old Billee with cerebral palsy get the specialised equipment she needs to do basic, everyday things we take for granted, like standing up or moving around.
How do I start fundraising?
Firstly, set a target for your team – we recommend £100 per person. Remember this is your chance to change the lives of disabled people and their families. You will be surprised how easy it is once you get started.
Who will be my sponsors?
Friends, family members, employers, work colleagues, you name it. Anyone with a big heart!
The biggest fundraising mistake people make is not asking. Think about how great you feel about making a difference, so why not give the people around you the same opportunity to help.
How can I fundraise?
How you raise funds is completely up to you, so get creative! Once you’ve registered your team get together and brainstorm.
You automatically get your very own fundraising page where anyone can make a donation.
Have some fun and inject your personality and style into it! Your sponsors will not only be supporting Scope, they’ll be supporting you as well.
Here are some ideas to get the ball rolling:
- Afternoon tea
- Quiz night
- Guess the baby competition
- Give it up for a week
- Slave for a day
Do I have to fundraise as a team or can I do my own activities?
That’s up to you. All funds raised by you and your team members will be combined to reach your team target.
How do I set a new fundraising target?
Your team leader can change the team fundraising target on the ‘My Team’ page.
Our team has reached our fundraising target, what happens now?
Awesome! You obviously have a talent for it so keep going! Your team leader can increase your team’s target at any time on the My Team page.
What does ‘offline donations’ mean?
An offline donation is any funds not raised via the website. If you receive cash or a cheque from a donor it is considered an offline donation.
How do I add my offline donations to my online total?
Use the banking and receipting area on your ‘Raise Funds’ page to bank your funds. Once funds are received by Scope, your fundraising total will be automatically updated.
How does my sponsor receive confirmation for offline donations?
When you bank the offline donation you’ll be prompted to enter the donor’s details. Once the funds are received by Scope your donor will be sent a receipt via email. On the ‘Raise Funds’ page you’ll find a confirmation template to record your donor’s details and donation amount. This is useful for recalling the details when entering them into the site.
Do I have to wait for Steptember to start before I start fundraising?
No, you can start fundraising as soon as you register. The sooner the better!
Is the Steptember website secure?
Yes. The Steptember website uses SSL technology to encrypt your personal data when it is transferred from your browser to the website. Your personal details are protected on our servers, which are PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) compliant. We never store any credit card details on our servers.
To find out more information about Scope please visit our website.
What else can our organisation do to make Steptember even better for our staff?
We encourage organisations to really get involved! There are many things you can do at an organisational level to engage and support your employees. Why not try:
- Holding a Steptember launch party at the start of Steptember
- Have competitions or incentives for teams
- Start a lunchtime walking program
- Use your newsletters or intranet to give updates on the progress of your teams
When do I wear my pedometer?
All the time! Only take your pedometer off when you're going to bed or in any type of water (as your pedometer isn't waterproof). We also advise that you remove your pedometer when taking part in any activity that can be converted into steps on the website, for example cycling (see other activities below).
What should I do if my pedometer stops working?
If for some reason your pedometer suddenly stops working do get in touch with the team. We’d be happy to provide you with a replacement to make sure you don’t miss out on any vital steps.
Can I buy an extra pedometer if I lose or break both of mine?
If you need an extra pedometer please contact the Steptember team. Please note that there may be a charge of £5.
I do other physical activity apart from walking, for example, cycling. Can this count towards my step total?
Yes! Steptember isn’t just about walking. We encourage you to get out and do any activity you enjoy. We’ve created an activity conversion table to convert over 60 activities into steps. Simply select this activity when you record your steps on your webpage.
What are the other activities that can be converted into steps?
There are over 65 activities which can be converted in to steps, see the full list below!
- Aerobic Class
- American Football
- Aqua Bootcamp
- Aussie Rules
- Bikram Yoga
- Circuit Training
- Circuit Training Class
- Combat Class
- Driving Range
- Electric wheelchair
- Elliptical Trainer
- Horse riding
- Ice Hockey
- Ice Skating
- Kite boarding
- Manual wheelchair
- Martial Arts
- Paddle boarding
- Physical Therapy
- Racquet sport
- Razor scooter
- Resistance training
- Rock climbing
- Roller blading
- Rugby league
- Snow sport
- Spin class
- Tai Chi
- Ultimate frisbee
- Water skiing
- Weights class
- Wind surfing
Not necessarily. We’ve done our best to convert as many activities as we can but it's impossible to include everything - ‘Curling’ for example, or ‘Finnish Wife Carrying’! If your activity isn’t represented try to select an activity that is similar to it. Please feel free to email one of our friendly Steptember team members and we’ll try and have your activity added to next year’s list.
Will I ever need to replace the battery in my pedometer?
You shouldn’t need to replace the battery during Steptember. They are built to last the duration of the event. At some point in the future however the battery will run out. Simply follow the instructions supplied with your pedometer to change it.
Do I have to enter my steps every day?
We recommend that you enter steps every day to allow a steady journey up your virtual mountain.
Can anyone else see my step entries?
Yes, your team members will be able to see your steps. The general public will only see the team total steps.