HIP in Cheshire (Registered Charity 1162365) provides information, local social activities, courses and mutual support to people with acquired brain injuries, their families, friends and carers. We receive no core funding as a charity so rely solely on individual donations to fund our core aim: ensuring no one living in Cheshire with an acquired brain injury is lonely or isolated.
Acquired brain injuries can affect people in many ways including speech and coordination, memory loss, physical impairments, emotional and mental health problems to name a few. The impact is wide ranging including some people being unable to return to work, loss of driving licence, negative impact on relationships, financial difficulties and above all isolation and loneliness. Everyone's experiences are unique, and each person's recovery is different but at HIP in Cheshire members come together to support each other, make new friends, enjoy social events and have the benefit of shared experiences.
The charity holds monthly coffee mornings throughout Cheshire where members can meet new friends, socialise and support each other. We hold regular social outings to popular attractions in the county such as National Trust venues, popular cities and local museums. We also hold a celebration event in the summer and at Christmas. We also have a Ten Pin Bowling trip twice a year where members compete in their coffee morning areas for the coveted trophy!
We also offer our members the opportunity to learn new skills through the courses we offer. Our members tell us what courses they feel they would most benefit from and we aim to provide them where possible. The popular courses are 'Cooking on a budget', 'Photography for beginners', 'Art and Craft', 'Drawing and Sketching' and 'Information Technology'. The courses are tailored to suit their needs and are informal and fun.
Many of our members also undertake volunteering for the Charity and support us with fundraising activities. In addition to the work they undertake for HIP they are also all very inspirational. They often face daily struggles to complete day to day tasks that many of us take for granted. Their journeys and personal stories both before and after their brain injury are truly inspiring and make each member individual and unique to HIP.
Our biggest aim is to reduce isolation and loneliness of anyone living in Cheshire with an acquired brain injury. Some members may only choose to come along to the monthly coffee mornings where they can meet friends, have a coffee and chat. Other members take full advantage of all our activities — attending the social trips and social events on offer. For some this is the only social opportunities they have and therefore depend on us for friendship and company.