HeadSmart Activity Group – Our application to the Aviva Community Fund 2017
We support survivors of acquired and traumatic brain injuries (ABI) in slow stream cognitive and social rehabilitation.
The term “ABI” means any form of brain injury that has occurred since birth. Causes may include road traffic accidents, falls, assaults, strokes, viral infections, brain tumours, and injuries due to lack of oxygen. A brain injury may therefore be both “acquired” and “traumatic”.
The Wiltshire Joint Strategic Assessment (JSA) for 2013 reports that there are up to 5,000 brain injury survivors in Salisbury and South Wiltshire. Each will be at different stage in the recovery and rehabilitation process. As ABIs affect not just the survivor but also the immediate family there is potential local demand from up to 25,000 people for our services.
Within Wiltshire there are no specialist NHS brain injury rehabilitation services, and after discharge from hospital individuals and their families often report that they feel abandoned and isolated. The HeadSmart Group supports brain injury survivors to develop the skills needed for many important aspects of life including self-management and skills for independent living, increased wellbeing and self-confidence, and community re-integration. A key element of our service is to ensure that individuals are maintained at their current levels of ability through therapeutic intervention and education relating to their individual needs.
The Group’s attendees follow a series of core modules:
- Health and wellbeing;
- Life skills;
- Communication skills;
- Family and social life;
- Managing personal affairs and money;
- Being safe;
- Engaging with the Community; and
- Work and learning
The overall objectives of the HeadSmart Group are aligned fully with the overall objectives of Headway Salisbury and South Wiltshire. Based on the result of our earlier pilot projects we expect to see attendees of the Group experience sustainable gains in self-management stabilities and skills for independent living, increased wellbeing and self-confidence, resulting in enhanced community re-integration. We would expect that least 50% of the attendees of the Group will see measurable and sustainable improvements in many of our key objectives. The “HeadSmart Group” also provides opportunities for peer support and increased social interaction.
The Aviva Community Fund offers us the chance to obtain funding for this group. If we can secure enough votes from friends, family and supporters in our local community then our project could be entered into the Finals where a judging panel could award us valuable and much needed funds! The Aviva Community Fund will finance over 500 projects across four different fund levels and four categories, giving awards of anything from up to £1,000 and, for some projects, up to £25,000.
It’s easy to REGISTER your votes. You are allotted 10 votes which you can cast either for one project or spread your support across multiple projects. It really is quite simply.
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Voting closes on 21 November 2017.