Hi, Maria here.
Anyone can get involved with fundraising whether you are a parent, child, friend, colleague or family member. All you need is a good cause to support.
Now, more than ever, charities such as ours are looking for innovative ways to raise money. In one of my recent blogs I wrote about how Touch to See Book Clubs for visually impaired people reduce isolation and make a real difference to people’s lives. This blog is written with that in mind.
Many years ago I heard a wonderful lady talk about ‘prevent’. Hearing her helped me change the way I thought about many grass roots organisations and good causes. Since that moment I have used the word ‘prevent’ almost every day in some way or other, especially because I had three accident-prone boys to bring up. I was always thinking of ways to hinder something from happening, like standing on a Lego brick!
It has been proven that resilient communities help people to ‘feel good and function well’. Many studies have shown that developing relationships between community members promotes wellbeing and prevents mental health problems. Providing opportunities where people can build social connections plays an important part in preventing ill health. One effective way to do this is to create environments where isolated people feel comfortable and safe. Touch to See Book Clubs do exactly that. They facilitate social connections and provide an environment where people who are blind and partially sighted can develop resilience, confidence and relationships. Resilience is a word we haven’t used a lot and yet it is as important as all the other words we use when describing the difference clubs make to their members. Resilience helps people to confront and cope with life’s challenges. This is so important when someone loses their sight as they need to find new ways to cope.
There are some wonderful causes out there and I am sure you will agree with me when I say that Touch to See Book Clubs are one of them. So if you know of anyone who would like to prevent people from feeling isolated, suffering from ill health and depression please mention that they can fundraise for Touch to See Book Clubs.
Whether they are a parent, child, friend, colleague or family member, we would love their help. By fundraising you don’t just help others you also help yourself as it keeps you motivated, fit and gives you a sense of achievement.
A fundraising guide for our book club members is being developed so if you have any inspiring fundraising stories and/or ideas to share I would love to hear them. I would also like to know what would motivate you to raise money for Touch to See Book Clubs.
Please get in touch by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01635 299771.
Don’t forget we have a Touch to See Book Club Facebook page, please like and share with all your friends and networks!