UK advocacy charity, POhWER, has launched its Hats of POhWER fundraising appeal with the goal of raising £5,000 to expand its Community Advocacy offering.
At a time when the charity’s services are most in-demand due to the unprecedented coronavirus crisis, the money raised through this campaign will help to further develop POhWER’s Community Advocacy projects. These projects support people who fall outside the eligibility criteria for statutory advocacy services.
In fact, many Local Councils have stopped funding Community Advocacy Services due to recent budget cuts – making it all the more important for POhWER to step in and ensure that advocacy is accessible to all, regardless of eligibility criteria and funding constraints.
The charity is urging individuals from all across the UK to get involved with its fundraising efforts by:
- Holding a wear a hat to work day (for those still working onsite)
- Hosting a hat-themed virtual meeting (for those working from home)
- Hosting a hat-themed virtual dinner party
- Hosting a hat-themed virtual quiz
- Holding a wear a hat to school day
Helen Moulinos, Chief Executive at POhWER, commented on the fundraising campaign:
“It has never been more important for individuals all across the country to come together and support the organisations that provide information, advice, advocacy and empowerment to those who need it most.
“That’s why we urge all who can to take part in our Hats of POhWER fundraising appeal. Why hats? Well, throughout history, hats have represented authority, independence, and power – three things which align closely with our work as we continue to uphold people’s rights through advocacy.
“Plus, as a hat can symbolise thought and ideas – it is thought that when a hat has been changed, an opinion is changed. This is also embedded within POhWER’s mission, as an organisation which seeks to address issues and re-form opinions towards socially excluded, marginalised, and vulnerable people.”
Resources can be downloaded from POhWER’s website and participants are encouraged to share their photos using #HatsofPOhWER on Twitter or on POhWER’s Facebook or Instagram pages. People can donate and follow the progress of the appeal on their Just Giving page.