The Friends of Community

Head Injury Service


Charity Registration no: 1163310

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We need your help,

can you offer us a little of your time?

We need help from people who are willing to assist us in running the Friends of Community Head Injury Service.

It maybe, that you can only help with the odd hour or as and when, you don’t have to commit to a regular time or position. Not everyone needs to be involved in everything.

We are desperately short of helpers, even on a temporary basis:

Trustees –  Secretary and Committee Members – to be responsible for the running of the charity alongside the Chairman and Treasurer.

Active members – individuals interested in being involved in planning, organising and guiding activities and events.

Members/participants – any individual who would like to support us to help the charity deliver its objectives.

If you are interested, please contact the Chairma: Stuart Townsend or the Treasurer: Paul Bootle or any member of Staff at Community Head Injury Service.

Just a few minutes  . . . for CHIS

If you are interested in helping as and when, without commitment, that is great. If we can keep you informed of what we plan by text or email, then you can decide to call us, if you are free that day.

With just those few odd minutes your help will be appreciated.

That's all we ask. - The Friends.

What have we done so far?

Using the donations we have already received, the Friends of CHIS have already helped support the service and its clients by providing equipment:

Our first purchase many years ago, was a large screen/ tv/ monitor for the Group Room. This allows staff to connect to and display any material which needs to be shared. It was Internet ready and connections available plus wi-fi. This enabled staff to use View and Share, an application which displays anything clearly on a large screen, This alone was valuable in showing clients how to use certain phones. Before we had this screen, we had to cram around one tiny little iPhone to show users one at a time what button and when to press it. It is a brilliant teaching aid to the group room.

Further purchases have been tablets and pads and these soon proved very useful through the technology group. Most of the services clients’ have trouble remembering tasks, this equipment can be programmed into reminders which aid clients daily. The group tried lots of different apps and really gave them all a good try. Some had useful features, others were found to be too complicated to set up and use.

We also purchased 5 laptops which are available for clients and members of staff. The software the Friends were able to arrange through Microsoft Non Profits and 365 Office Accounts have proven extremely useful and we are grateful to Microsoft Non Profits.

One of our latest purchases is an Alexa and speaker system for the Technology Group to evaluate and its potential for use with clients, early results seem to hold promising benefits for clients and their families.  It is so easy for family members to add a reminder to Alexa which will remind clients at the appropriate time.