20th May, 2015
We often put up blog posts written by our Chief Executive or by members of staff but we don’t often get the chance to bring you the thoughts and feelings of our clients. Now some of our clients have expressed an interest in blogging about their experiences and we’re delighted to be able to share their ideas. They will be writing about subjects that interest them, in their own words. To begin with, they write introducing themselves.
Recently someone asked me what Headway Cambridgeshire do. They repair broken lives of brain injury survivors. They repair those lives with a selection of well-constructed activities ranging from gardening to art. There is a gym with a trained instructor with state of the art equipment to help clients with any mobility problems. These activities aim at repairing any skill affected by the brain injury. When I arrived I was an emotional wreck, short of cognitive and social skills. The very nature of brain injury very often means a long stay in hospital, often meaning a lack of social interaction. Having a nurse wake you and ask you to roll over while she sticks a needle in you does not count as meaningful interaction. But socialising with other clients helps repair those lost social skills. The staff are always looking to improve services and have just introduced peer mentors to help settle new clients. They are also introducing Headway ambassadors and advocates – a giant leap forward for improving services in the event of a new client experiencing any problems. Since becoming a client with Headway I have made so much progress I would like to share this with others.
Chris is one of two Headway Cambridgeshire representatives on the Physical Disability and Sensory Impairment Board. If you would like to contact him, you can do so by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
“ As a brain injured person it can sometimes be hard to feel positive about your progress but the gym instructor at Headway Cambridgeshire pushes me in the right direction and helps me to feel more enthusiastic about what I am able to achieve and what I might achieve in the future. ”