The Give an Hour Initiative was suggested by a member of staff at Homecare Independent Living. It was so popular among all the staff including carers, regional managers and the senior management team that it has become an annual feature. Over 700 members of staff at Homecare Independent Living give an hour of their time to the company, free of charge and donate their hourly rate to iCare.
The money raised in the 'Give an Hour' challenge is used to grant iCare Wishes whereby members of the public can nominate someone in their local community to be granted a wish - a personal or practical gift which can often make a real difference to that person's life.
In October 2015 and October 2016, the team at Homecare Independent Living provided over 2000 hours of care, raising £7000 in 2015 and £8000 in 2016
In 2017 staff contributions where donated to the Eagles Special Olympics Group in Armagh.
In 2019, £7,200 was raised as a result of almost 800 HCIL Staff donating one hour of their salary’s in June, HCIL and iCare have presented cheques for £3,700/ €3,700 to the only two Children’s Hospice’s in Ireland, Horizon House, the NI Children’s Hospice and LauraLynn Children’s Hospice in Dublin.
The Give an Hour Initiative demonstrates staff excellence, their commitment to helping others and signifies our dedication as a company to the people we care for. The money is injected right back into the communities in which the team live and work.