Project information

Advice and support for people with brain injuries

The project will provide vital support to brain injury survivors and their families. Following a referral, initial information and advice is available from our experienced therapist. As part of the introductory support, new clients will receive up to three one hour sessions.

January 2019 - December 2019

Charity information: Headway Thames Valley

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  • Need

    Need

    Brain injuries do not discriminate – they can happen in seconds to people of all ages in a variety of situations but the effects can last a lifetime. There are many possible causes: accidents, tumour, stroke, cardiac arrest, post viral infections such as meningitis. The impact can include: loss of independence, loss of employment or life role, increased stress and breakdowns in family relationships, low self-esteem and lack of confidence, anxiety, depression, poor memory and fatigue.

    Solution

    We provide coping strategies, practical solutions or establish routines to help people feel more in control. All clients have a personal enablement plan and work towards a range of short term and long term goals, combining soft outcomes and practical skills.
    A key aspect of the support we provide and that differentiates us is that it is not time-limited and a client can remain with us for as long as they need. Regular assessments mean we can tailor support to clients’ ongoing and changing needs.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    The project will provide vital support to people and their families following a brain injury.


    Activities

    » Information and advice sessions will provide initial coping strategies, practical solutions or establish routines to help people feel more in control.

    What success will look like

    We will monitor the number of referrals and calls we receive from people affected by brain injuries. In the last year we have received over 80 calls from people requiring support.


    Aim 2

    Clients will be able to access ongoing long term support from Headway Thames Valley


    Activities

    » Clients will be referred to our services such as the Rehabilitation & Activity Centre, our Living with Brain Injury or other support groups.

    What success will look like

    We will monitor the number of people who receive initial information and counselling and are referred on for further support from one of our other services.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Our primary aim is to enable people to have the practical tools and coping strategies to equip them to understand and adjust their lives following a brain injury.
    All our clients work towards a range of short and long term goals. Through our services, the differences we see are:
    • increased confidence in activity
    • gradual increase in robustness for the clients and their families
    • reduced isolation
    • increased physical activity
    • and for some a return to work or day to day routines

    Risk

    The project is subject to Headway Thames Valley raising awareness of the support we provide, getting referrals or being put in touch with people who have been affected by brain injury who need support and information. We work closely with local hospitals, GPs, social services, other rehabilitation and respite services to raise awareness and identify people with acquired brain injury who may benefit from the support that we can offer and we receive many initial referrals from family members.

    Reporting

    Client activity is recorded on a database. Progress is measured by a combination of methods: client feedback, staff/ family observation or other professional observation. This will enable us to provide funders with timely reports, including client testimonials and photographs where appropriate.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £7,035

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,520 Brain Injury Therapist Specialist Brain Injury Therapist - part-time consultant, six hours per week for 46 weeks over 12 mo
      £1,515 Project admin/ management Costs based on a 10% proportion of office/ admin and management support 1 day per week for 12 months
  • Background

    Location

    Every 90 seconds someone is admitted to hospital with a brain injury. Figures show there are over 3,900 people in the Thames Valley region who are directly affected by brain injury each year.
    Based in Henley-on-Thames, we work with people throughout Berkshire and South Oxfordshire. The project will be based from our centre in Henley and support will be provided either at the centre, in hospital, at home, in another suitable location or by telephone depending on the individual circumstances.

    Beneficiaries

    Brain injuries do not discriminate – they can happen to people of all ages and backgrounds in a variety of situations. There are many possible causes: accidents, tumour, stroke, cardiac arrest, complications during operations and post viral infections.
    Recovery can take months or even years. Help, support and rehabilitation are needed for both the brain injured person and the family. However, the long term needs of this group are not in general met by existing community care services.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Established 30 years ago, Headway Thames Valley has a proven track record of providing practical support, information and advice to people affected by a brain injury as well as their families and carers.

    We are the only charity in the area which provides such a specialist support service and on a daily basis we strive to be part of the solution to the growing pressures facing local hospitals, GPs and adult social care services.
    “Nobody has helped us like Headway Thames Valley have.”

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Occupational Therapist

    Experienced Occupational Therapist with expertise in brain injury rehabilitation will provide information and advice and oversee further support.

    Office Manager

    The Office Manager is the first point of contact for incoming referrals and manages the monitoring, recording and administration of support services.