HIP in Cheshire provides information, local social activities, courses and mutual support to people with acquired head injuries, their families, friends and carers. The charity also holds monthly coffee mornings throughout Cheshire where members can meet new friends, socialise and support each other.
Examples of activities at HIP which require funding:
We hold three coffee mornings a month (48 a year) across Cheshire. Our members tell us they benefit from the informal, friendly atmosphere and the opportunity to meet other members who have shared experiences as a result of having an acquired brain injury. The coffee mornings are held at local venues and we provide refreshments. Members come along for a chat and support and it is held on a drop-in basis — members can see how they feel on the day. We have up to 35 members attend each coffee morning. We also provide information sessions from time to time on topics beneficial to our members — NatWest recently did a presentation regarding on-line and telephone scams and fraud.
Most importantly our members often tell us that a sense of humour is essential when living with a brain injury so we usually have a good laugh at the coffee mornings and it's a great opportunity to catch up with each other.
An average coffee morning costs £100 to run which includes venue hire, refreshments and staffing costs. A donation of £100 would cover the cost of one coffee morning and make a difference to around 35 members. £1,000 would cover the annual costs of one of the area coffee mornings i.e. supporting 35 members each month throughout the year.
Some of our members have shown an interest in becoming volunteers for the Charity. As a result of their brain injury many are unaware to return to work and have lost confidence in the many skills they used prior to their injury. Our members are talented and inspirational and therefore could offer a wide range of skills, knowledge and experience to the Charity through volunteering.
We would therefore like to provide a training programme to support members in becoming volunteers for HIP in Cheshire. As a result of this they can develop their skills and confidence which in turn will assist them in returning to work or training. This will also be an additional programme offered by HIP in our aim to ensure none of our members face loneliness or isolation.
The advantages of this programme are two-fold. The members who undertake the volunteering training programme will learn new skills, build on existing skills, increase confidence and be inspiring to other HIP members. As a result of having volunteers at the Charity we will be able to increase our resources and they will be an invaluable source of support to all members.
£1,000 would fund one six week training course for up to 10 members. This would make a big difference to our Charity:
Each year HIP in Cheshire organises up to 7 day trips. All members are welcome and we go to a variety of venues — Chester Zoo, Liverpool Albert Docks, Tatton Park, Ness Gardens, Ellesmere Port Boat Museum, Canal Boat trip and many more. We provide transport, venue costs and lunch. They are always a great success and allow our members to enjoy a day out in the company of others who can offer friendship and support as a result of their shared experiences of living with a brain injury.
A day trip typically costs £1,000 for around 40 members including entry, transport, lunch and staffing costs. Many members tell us the trips are the highlight of their year and are something they really look forward to. It is often the only social interaction they have.
Throughout the year we hold two celebration events. One is the HIP Christmas Party and the other is a celebration event held during Brain Injury Awareness week in May.
The Christmas Party is always a popular event. At the 2018 party we had our biggest attendance at a HIP event — 79 members and supporters. We provide a three-course lunch, a choir for entertainment and each member has a small gift. The members enjoy coming together to both celebrate and support each other — Christmas can often be a difficult time of the year for our members. There is always lots of fun at the party and the singing often continues on the bus home!
The Christmas party costs around £2,000 and benefits up to 80 members. For many members it is their only social event of the festive season.
Brain Injury Awareness Week
Each year HIP in Cheshire takes part in the national Brain Injury Awareness week — both organising fundraising events and promoting awareness of our Charity. The members take part in a sponsored walk during this week so they can raise money for HIP in Cheshire and to provide a social outing where members can meet up and be proactive. This year National Brain Injury Awareness week is week commencing Monday 20th May 2019.
Each year the HIP team hold a "celebration event" after the sponsored walk to thank our members for their contribution and acknowledge their commitment throughout the year. Our members turn up to the monthly coffee mornings to provide mutual support and to welcome new members — to ensure their first visit at HIP is not daunting and taking that big step of joining a new group was worth it. Our members also take part in lots of fundraising events for us throughout the year — whether that is standing in the rain with collection buckets or going to local shops to take collection tins on behalf of HIP. Many of our members also volunteer for us in a variety of ways which makes a big difference to our very small team!
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 head injury are truly inspiring and make each member individual and unique to HIP.
We therefore hold a special lunch and provide entertainment as a way of thanking the members for their contribution to HIP. It is similar to a "mini garden party".
This event costs around £1,500 based on 60 members attending — transport, venue, entertainment and lunch.
Support for HIP
These are just some examples of the events and activities we hold at HIP in Cheshire. 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.
The work of HIP in Cheshire makes a big difference to our members and is often their only source of support and friendship.
Thank you for taking the time to consider our charity for fundraising and funding opportunities.