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Support Group for Aquired Brain Injury Carers
Carers do not apply for their role as a carer, it is often as a result of a family member being involved in a traumatic accident or following illness. Headway Shropshire would like to fund a carers’ support group throughout 2019 to support individuals that care for survivors of an ABI.
January 2019 - December 2019
Charity information: Headway Shropshire
As demand for our ABI services expands we meet more carers and family members that require our support. Due to the nature of acquired brain injury it can be extremely stressful for family carers to deal with daily life. The effects of ABI are very unique to each client. Many carers, family members and friends find it difficult to get the support they require.
Local authority and health funding contributed towards this group in the past but due to cutbacks they are unable to fund future years.
To continue and develop a month support group for all our clients’ carers. We will provide a quiet, confidential place where they can meet and share experiences and get advice and support whilst our ABICS team support their family members with an ABI.
Group activities will enable the carer to relive pressure and stress of caring. We would like to provide 4 activities throughout the year to provide a period of relaxation and enjoyment with likeminded people and respite from the daily grind.
To enable our Outreach Officer to continue and develop the support group for another 12 months.
Activities» Planning monthly meeting throughout the year on various days on the month to provide regular support.
What success will look like
Regular monthly meeting will be promoted and scheduled to provide a support advice and information to all our ABI clients' families. The number of carers attending will increase.
To arrange group activities to enable family carers to have a period of free time and respite.
Activities» Organise quarterly activities for the carers including meals and a pamper evening.
What success will look like
Improving the lives of the ABI carers. Feedback forms will provide the impact that the activities have had in improving the carers wellbeing.
It will provide a regular point of contact for carers. They will have somewhere to go to when the stress becomes too great and prevent family breakdowns.
We will provide them with information to other services which will help them daily and in the future.
The families will be supported to enable them to make their family member more independent. Where possible we can help carers re-enable there family member to get them back into the workplace.
That carers do not attend the meeting and the group would not be as effective to share experiences and advice with limited numbers.
To ensure that this is a success we will publish the dates and benefits of attending the group through various channels.
We regularly send our questionnaires to our client’s families to find out what information and support they require and we will develop the group to meet these need and demands.
We will keep the donors updated by email and through our social media. Our quarterly newsletter will be sent to our donors. This will feature articles about the meetings and the activities we have been able to offer our carers. They will be able to see how their donation is supporting the project.
Budget - Project Cost: £4,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £300 Outreach Officer Staff cost for organising and managing monthly meetings £600 Support Workers Staff cost to support ABI clients whilst carers at Support group £100 Refreshements Cost to provide drinks and refresments at meetings £1,600 Activities Costs for pamper session, meals, bowling etc. £200 Outreach Officer Staff cost to organise and manage activities £1,200 Support Workers Care for ABI clients whilst their carers participate in activities
Shropshire is a rural county, neighbouring the welsh border. Headway Shropshire offers specialist brain injury support in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. As with all rural areas isolation and transport are huge issues and the rehabilitation centre being placed in Shrewsbury enables access from across all compass points within an hour. Telford and Wrekin is on the eastern edge of the county with good transport links to Shrewsbury.
Over the past 20 year we have expanded our services, in 1999 we supported 18 clients with in our day care service. Now we offer support up to 80 clients in our rehabilitation centre and with our domiciliary care in their own homes. Each client has carers, family members and friends that require ongoing support, guidance and information.
Support staff are trained extensively in how to support those with ABI and Headway Shropshire as a specialist are the only ones that can support adequately the family and survivor. Established in 1989 it has grown exponentially we now are able to offer 114,000 hours of care per year in our rehabilitation centre and 24 hour domiciliary care packages.
As medicine advances, survival rates increase as does the need for care for complex cases. Support for family members is essentials for survivors.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Jamie Jordan-Bailey - Outreach Officer
Has worked for Headway Shropshire for 7 years. He has a knowledge and understanding of the complexities of ABI and the effects on family carers.
ABICS - Support Workers
Will provide the specialist support to the carer’s family members whilst they attend meeting and participate in activities.
Debbie Wilcox - Cheif Exectutive
Worked for Headway Shropshire for 7 years. She has been involved in initiating and managing many successful projects over the past few years.
Pay a specialist support worker to care for an ABI survivor whilst their carer attends an activity.