Young Peoples Group
Creating a framework to enable young people with acquired brain injury to support each other and find new opportunities for their future
Headway East London
The group helps younger people with a brain injury get together with others in similar situations, people who can relate and understand and who won’t make hasty judgements. Members of the group have the chance to help other people and to find help for themselves, improving their self esteem, doing things they enjoy and exploring questions about life after injury.
A co-ordinator manages the group and supports the members. The group includes telephone contact, group meetings and outings. The group relies most of all on peer-support: working together to find solutions to shared problems. If people can make friends through the group, this will be a sustainable support system that will be valuable in the long term. Emphasis is placed on gaining support and feedback from each other on areas of difficulty - socialising, relationships, careers and identity.
Creating a framework to enable young people with acquired brain injury to support each other.
Activities» A co-ordinator manages the group and supports the members. The group relies most of all on peer-support: on people working together to find solutions.
Success will be...decide on their own activities and discussion topics and encourage them to think positively about their future and be able to come to terms with their new life.
We expect there will also be a knock-on benefit for family members as the young person becomes better abe to come to terms with this life changing injury. This will only be gleaned from the member and their families feedback on changes made and their perceived success.
Funding predominantly. It doesn't neatly come in a defined category as with physical disability or mental health and so the needs of the people affected are often overlooked and support services underfunded
Service audit, case studies or as required.
Budget - Project Cost: £25,538Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £5,073 Coordinator Young Persons' Group coordinator 7hrs/week £3,535 Running Costs Line Mangement/Premises/clinical supervision/Outings £16,930 Music Therapy Teacher salary incl. cost (FT) / Training / Instruments
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Mackintosh Foundation £500 Guaranteed Alchemy Foundation £1,000 Guaranteed Baily thomas £2,499 Conditional
Headway East London
Timber Wharf, Block B
238-240 Kingsland Road
London E2 8AX
Pop: London and East London.
The areas cover are predominantly poor and disadvantaged.
In 1997, a collection of people directly affected by acquired brain injury (ABI) and professionals working in neurological rehabilitation, identified a absence of long-term support for people with ABI in Hackney and the surrounding area. In an attempt to provide support to those in the local community, Headway East London was born.
Headway House (Kingsland Road, E2) is open five days a week, acting as the hub for all the charitable activity generated by Headway East London with services including family and carer support, a younger person’s network, outreach, a volunteering programme, counselling, physiotherapy, and complementary therapy, and new Discovery Programme.
Headway East London is not just a provider of professional services - it’s an important community with around 170 members.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
CEO - Miriam has overseen the growth and development of Headway East London over the last fifteen years.
Young Persons' Networks Co-ordinator - Will spearhead the YPG groups activities and outings.
After a brain injury, people may have difficulty using gestures and words to communicate. Alex helps people to use music to reconnect with the world.