Head Injured people in Cheshire
HiP in Cheshire is a registered charity at 1162365 and they provide information, local social activities, learning courses and mutual support to people with acquired brain injuries, their families and their friends and carers. The charities aim is to reduce the isolation and loneliness of anyone living in Cheshire with an acquired brain injury.
HiP in Cheshire holds monthly coffee mornings throughout Cheshire where members and guests can meet new friends, socialise and support each other. By holding regular social outings to popular attractions within the county such as National Trust properties and parks, popular cities for breaks, museums and art galleries the charity works towards making all those with acquired brain injury feel a part of the community.
The charity also offers members the opportunity to learn new skills through training and skills courses – but remarkably it is the members that drive the demand for the course and specifically what they would most benefit from, and HiP in Cheshire aims to source and provide these facilities wherever possible. The most popular courses are photography for beginners, arts and crafts, cooking on a budget, drawing and sketching and information technology. All courses are small number, often 1:1, tailored to the clients needs – and are always informal and fun.
Social team events are also planned, such as a ten pin bowling trip twice a year where members compete in their own local areas in order to win the coveted HiP in Cheshire Bowling trophy.
Members are encouraged to do what they feel most comfortable doing, some just come for a coffee, where others throw themselves into each activity and take full advantage of each opportunity.
HiP in Cheshire receives no core funding, so Area 2 in conjunction with the Cheshire Freemasons Charity were proud to provide a contribution of £2000 towards the general costs of the charity and its planned activities – and the cheque was presented recently by our Assistant Provincial Grand Master WBro Steve Christian, alongside our Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals EComp Richard Dobbing