Headway support sessions for young people living with brain injury to launch in Thanet

The sessions are aimed at those aged 16-30

A young adult support group for people who have suffered brain injuries will be held in Thanet thanks to funding from the Albert Burns Children’s Trust Fund.

A £3,000 grant has been awarded to Headway Kent which offers services including rehabilitation programmes, carer support, social re-integration, community outreach and respite care to survivors and families.

The funding is to be used to create new sessions aimed at people aged 16-30.

Genevieve Bishop-Townley, from Headway Kent, said: “The young person’s group is something we do not currently offer so we are excited to set it up at The Lounge at Westwood Business Park.

“Living with a brain injury especially when you are young can be incredibly isolating.  The aim of this group is to connect young people with other who are also living with brain injuries to build relationships and hopefully reduce isolation and improve mental health.

“Rourke (The Lounge owner) has been really generous and given us use of the space. We already run groups three times a week and this additional group will be for younger people who have sustained a brain injury and want to get back into work or want to rebuild their life.

“The main goal is to get people out of isolation and to start socialising. The conversation will be very much led by the clients but we could look at relationships, getting back to work, memory and cognitive skills and regaining independence skills.”

The group will launch on March 29 and be held on the last Frida of every month from 10am to noon.

Referral is not needed. People interested can call 01227 864118, WhatsApp 07828544723 or email [email protected] to find out more.

The Lounge is based at Westwood Business Park, Strasbourg Street, Margate (behind B&Q).