HemiHelp provides information and support to young people with hemiplegia, a form of cerebral palsy. A young person with hemiplegia will suffer from lack of control and weakness on the side of the body affected. As a result of this brain damage other medical and psychological problems can occur. We have 520 members in Surrey and we believe that nationally we reach at least half of the 12,000 families affected in the UK thanks to our membership service, free helpline and comprehensive website.
HemiHelp was founded in 1990 by a group of parents who saw a need for an organisation dedicated to supporting people like them- families affected by hemiplegia. Their commitment to reaching as many people remains central to our work.
HemiHelp aims to complement the work of medical professionals with emotional and practical advice. HemiHelp is there for families when things get hard. We are there for them when their child is diagnosed, when they start school, when they need information and extra support. We put families in touch so they can get support from others who understand what they are going through.
£20,000 would help us to run our Home Visiting service for the next 1 and a half years. In May we ran out of funds to continue our valuable Home Visiting service and as a result it has been suspended. Since 2007 the Home Visiting service has provided the hardest hit families with one-to-one practical and emotional support at times of crisis. The home visitors are professionally trained and have personal experience of disability or supporting a disabled person. Without your support we cannot continue to provide this valuable service.