Look Ahead in the North
People with brain injuries and their families are being encouraged to discover new activities and rediscover old ones during a special event at Kielder.
Headway in the North East is organising Look Ahead in the North to allow those with brain
injuries to build confidence in returning to activities which they may have felt unable to do following their injury.
The weekend-long event, being held at the Calvert Trust in Kielder, will see people with brain injuries and their families try activities from archery and abseiling to climbing and laser shooting.
There will also be advice and information sessions aimed to give people the support they need to pursue work, hobbies and interests.
Whilst there, there will be an opportunity to try out alternative therapies including Reiki and massage from internationally renowned therapist Sarah Jackson.
Support and information to brain injury survivors and their families
Headway provides support and information to brain injury survivors and their families. It has a network of branches across the UK and members can receive practical help in coping with the challenges they are experiencing.
Ron Payne, whose wife Heather suffered a major brain injury in 2001, organises the event with Headway NE Regional Coordinator Alastair White.
It was held for the first time in 2011 and scores of people from the North East and further afield attended.
Ron said “Look Ahead in the North was born last year and those who attended enjoyed it so much they wanted us to hold it again. We are determined this year to make it even more successful.”
“It is a great opportunity for those with brain injuries to push their boundaries and to learn new experiences in a controlled environment. Additionally, there is the opportunity to share experiences and meet new people in similar circumstances.”
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One of Thompsons Solicitors' brain injury lawyers, said: “This weekend away is an important opportunity for those with brain injuries and their families to try out activities which they may not have the opportunity to pursue or might not have the confidence to try at home.”
“Headway aims to provide support and help to brain injury survivors and this weekend is the perfect fun way to achieve that aim.”
Alistair White, regional coordinator at Headway added: “A common issue amongst those with brain injuries and their carers is that they often feel they are living in social isolation. This event gives our members and others with brain injuries the opportunity to enjoy social interaction and try new activities which in turn can help develop self confidence.”
Thompsons Solicitors provides expert legal advice on personal injury claims to those with brain injuries through its Serious Injuries Team based in Newcastle.
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