Headway Aylesbury Vale has fantastic premises and a bumper lottery grant, so you may think life is perfect for the charity.
But trustees are on the urgent look-out for more volunteers and more survivors of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), as well as additional funds so they can fully realise their potential in 2016.
The brain injury charity recently won a grant from the Big Lottery Fund to run photographic and art sessions. This will be of huge benefit to the survivors of ABI because it will give them skills and experience to aid in rebuilding confidence as part of their individual programmes for reintegration into mainstream society.
Headway’s trustees intend the classes to be part of the widening of the charity’s appeal among 18 to 30 year-olds, the main cohort of Aylesbury Vale’s estimated 1,500 survivors of ABI – a condition which can be caused by accident or illness.
But they stressed the lottery cash is strictly ring-fenced for the classes and workshops – and that they still urgently need donations to help run their services.
Phil Simmons, Chairman of Trustees, explained: “We know there are hundreds of people out there who could benefit from our services but have so far not chosen to do so, possibly because they don’t know we are here to help them.
“Despite the progress we have made over the last two years, we do need further help from volunteers to either assist with services or help fundraise for us.
“Also, we want to hear from people with ABI because we know we can improve the quality of life for them, their carers and families.”
The charity currently opens two days a week, Mondays and Wednesdays, in purpose-built premises behind the Co-Op in Wedgewood Street, Fairford Leys, offering therapy, information and meaningful social activities.
Headway is looking for help with any of the following areas:
Fundraising events & funding for ‘projects’ – especially bid writing skills
Research and evidence gathering – helping to reach the survivor community and understand what services should be offered
Service/Project Management – experience to bring strategic intent to fruition
Administration – photocopying, letter writing, filing, data entry
Meanwhile, the next drop-in session for potential new clients will be held on March 18 from 10am until 2pm.
If you think there is an opportunity for you, send your details to the Chairman Phil Simmons: firstname.lastname@example.org or call manager Karen Styles on 01296 415469 and Headway will contact you for an informal chat.