3rd Dec, 2016

New support group to help those with brain injuries

Leamington Editorial 28th Sep, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THOSE affected by brain injury in Leamington can now get a helping hand thanks to a new support group.

Headway Coventry and Warwickshire has created a Leamington branch of its charity, which is designed to provide infomation and advice to people who have suffered brain injury and their families.

A launch event was held at Castle Froma recently and saw around 20 people get together for an afternoon of information, support and to learn about the kinds of services the charity can offer people living with the effects of brain injury.

Leading the proceedings were two of the charity’s regular members, Claire, 43, and daughter Lauren Cowlishaw, 18, both from Leamington.

The pair first got involved with Headway after Claire suffered two ruptured brain aneurysms in February last year – leaving her with the lasting effects of a devastating brain injury including short-term memory problems and severe insomnia.

“The response to the new support group has been absolutely fantastic,” said Lauren, who studies Health and Social Care at Warwickshire College.

“We have experienced first hand how complex and challenging the battle after brain injury can be, but the volunteers at Headway are amazing and have made us realise that with the right support, at the right time, we can rebuild our lives after brain injury.

“The wave of interest we have received in Headway Leamington highlights a very real need to keep developing these vital local services. More awareness is needed to ensure no family feels alone after brain injury.

“Whether you are a brain injury survivor, carer, or would like to volunteer, you are welcome to come along to our sessions for an informal friendly chat and to find out more about Headway.”

Headway Leamington meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of the month from 2pm to 3.30pm at Castel Froma.

The group will also be running a variety of activities throughout the year.

Visit www.headwaycw.org.uk/ for further information.