There are over 1 million people in the UK living with a long-term or permanent brain injury. This includes individuals with acquired brain injuries since birth and those with traumatic brain injuries caused by an accident, infection, tumour, stroke or medical negligence. For Brain Awareness Week 2019 we decided to let you know about four incredible brain injury charities everyone should be aware of and the work they do…
CBIT is a wonderful charity providing information, support and training to anyone affected by an acquired brain injury in childhood. The charity’s Services Guide connects families with facilities such as counselling, animal therapy, speech and language therapy and physiotherapy, to name just a few! Families are also given advice on financial services and grants, as well as access to the right legal advice. CBIT also holds numerous events throughout the year such as self care workshops, educating people on childhood brain injuries, golf days, quiz nights and much more.
Based in the North West, BASIC has strong links with the specialist brain injury hospital trust of Salford Royal Hospital and also created the UK’s first national helpline for people after they underwent brain surgery. The charity is all about empowering people with brain injuries, and their families, to help them regain independence and confidence when they come home from the hospital. BASIC provides each person with a bespoke package of services according to their individual needs. This includes, but isn’t limited to, physical and cognitive rehabilitation, legal services, diet and nutrition, and even a specialised gym.
Head Injured People in Cheshire offers information, support, local social activities and courses to people with acquired head injuries, as well as their families, friends and carers. HIP in Cheshire does a fantastic job of educating families on how they can help their loved ones thrive when it comes to life with an acquired brain injury. HIP also hold regular coffee mornings in Chester, Ellesmere Port, Crewe and Macclesfield where members can meet up and discuss future events, provide mutual support and share their experiences.
Headway has branches and groups all over the UK providing brain injury rehabilitation programmes, carer support, social reintegration, community outreach and respite care. They also have a free 24 hour helpline, as well as a strong online community by the name of Headway HealthUnlocked. The Headway UK website holds a wealth of practical information such as driving after a brain injury and how to claim welfare benefits. Members can apply for a Headway Brain Injury Identity Card which details the effects of their brain injury and any help they may need. For example, the card may say “I have difficulty with speech” or “I may experience anxiety.”
Don’t forget to show your support for Brain Awareness Week 2019 by using the hashtags #BrainWeek #BrainAwarenessWeek on social media!