Our services are at the heart of the charity and we really need your help to make SeeAbility Week 2017 a HUGE success.

 

Why get involved?

This is your chance to raise the profile of your service and establish great links with your local community so that they know more about the amazing work we do at SeeAbility. Raising money is also important, so we can continue to develop services and programmes that allow us to continue to provide extraordinary support for people with learning disabilities and autism, many of whom have sight loss. The money you raise can be for your own service or for one of SeeAbility’s projects and campaigns, such as Children in Focus – it’s entirely up to you.

The money you raise can be for your own service or for one of SeeAbility’s projects and campaigns, such as Children in Focus. It’s entirely up to you.

It should also be FUN for everyone involved. Staff, volunteers, people we support and anyone who takes part – the more fun people have, the more money we raise. Last year the money raised by services during SeeAbility Week helped pay for things like new physiotherapy equipment and hours of specialist speech and language therapy.

 

Competition

We are holding a prize draw to award our services for all the work and time you are investing in this year’s SeeAbility Week. Everyone can be in it to win it.

Up for grabs are Waitrose and M&S vouchers to go towards your Christmas meal. All you need to do is raise over £100 during SeeAbility Week and the service will be entered into the draw. For every £100 extra you raise, your service gets another entry in the prize draw, which means that the more you raise, the more likely you are to win!

But that’s not it. We also have a prize for community involvement! The service who manages to get the most people involved in activities throughout SeeAbility Week also wins vouchers for their Christmas meal.

 

Who do you know?

SeeAbility Week is a great opportunity to reach out to the local community. If people get to know us better this could help with attracting more volunteers, recruiting staff and increasing local fundraising support. So get your thinking caps on about what contacts you have in your area. This could be:

  • schools
  • brownie/beaver groups
  • community groups such as Rotary Clubs and Inner Wheel
  • local businesses that you know and deal with

You more likely to come up with a comprehensive list as a group, so speak with other members of your team. Make your own local approaches or contact us to help get them on board. We want as many people in the local community supporting SeeAbility Week as possible and you are best placed to make that happen. Just keep us in the loop.

 

Fundraising ideas

We've got some top tips on how to get started and some super ideas on events to hold.

  

Spread the word

Working with your local media is a great way to boost support for your event. If you would like to write a short press release about what you are planning, contact Nick Pryce (Media and Digital Manager) on 01372 755 047 or email [email protected]. We'll work with you, providing you with a template press release, guidance on what to include and we'll send it to the right journalists for you.

Tell your local community what you are doing with posters and invites. Have you thought about inviting the local mayor or a local celebrity to your event? Do let us know if you need a hand approaching anyone or if you already have anyone notable coming.

Take lots of photos at your event and share them on social media. We love seeing what you’ve been up to and it’s really inspiring for others. Talking on social media is a great way to let people know about your event – share your photos using #SeeAblityWeek and don’t forget to post any glasses selfies with #GetYourGlassesOn. Any posts should tag @SeeAbility on Facebook and Twitter, or you can message us directly and we'll look to post for you on our official pages.

 

Keep in touch

If you have any questions or need some help organising an event for SeeAbility Week, get in touch with Anca Popescu (Events and Community Fundraising Executive) on 01372 755 007 or email [email protected]