PUBLISHED: 18:01 17 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:23 20 February 2013
This year about 100 people in Shropshire will have a head injury because of an accident, a fall, or an assault
Coping with brain injury
This year about 100 people in Shropshire will have a head injury because of an accident, a fall, or an assault. Many others will have strokes, surgery or illnesses. Erika Elliot, senior office manager with Headway Shropshire explains the help available to them from this local charity
Brain injury can have a devastating effect on peoples lives, their work and their relationships with family and friends.
Headway Shropshire, set up in 1989 by people who had themselves experienced the effects, provides specialised support for people with acquired brain injury (ABI), their carers, family and friends. We operate from Holsworth Park, Oxon Business Park, Shrewsbury and we offer our services within Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and the surrounding areas.
Thousands of people benefit from the support provided by Headway Shropshire and the help we give is made available in several different ways. Our Acquired Brain Injury Care and Support Service uses our experience to provide brain injured clients with high quality care and support, enabling them to live independently in their own home. Many of our support packages reduce over time as our clients gain in confidence and ability to support themselves. We differ from other support agencies because we not only specialise in Acquired Brain Injury but we also support our clients to regain their independence rather than do tasks for them.
Our Day Opportunities Service at Headway Shropshire offers a wide range of activities, including shopping, cooking and meal planning, computing (including Learndirect courses for a charge), art, craft activities and woodworking, swimming trips, individual and team games and literacy and numeracy sessions.
We rely on the generosity of our volunteers and fundraisers to deliver such a valuable and professional service to those affected by brain injury throughout the Shropshire area. Donations and fundraising provide the majority of our income. We raise money through various events including sponsored sporting events, coffee mornings, charity auctions, comedy evenings and the sale of hand- crafted jewellery. We also secure grant funding and some funding from the local councils.
The money raised goes to running the day centre and providing information and advice and domiciliary care to people with an ABI, their family and friends. Donations buy anything from art supplies for our clients to create paintings, sculptures and collages, gardening supplies to continue with our gardens that clients tend themselves, groceries and kitchen items to be used in cookery classes or even computer equipment for client use.
We welcome and value the support of our volunteers, some of whom have been with us for years. Others use the experiences gained with us to go on to further training or work placements. For more information on volunteering and what we offer to our volunteers please visit our website www.headwayshropshire.org.uk or contact Debbie Wilcox on 01743 365271 or by email at Dayops@headwayshropshire.org.uk. You can also visit our website to find out about our events, staff vacancies and even donate online.
Coping with brain injury