New service launched to support carers

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A valuable new network to support those caring for individuals living with brain injury will hold their first meeting tomorrow night in the Foyle Disability Resource Centre.

Organised by Headway Foyle, the brain injury association, a carer and service user led support organisation for people living with brain injury, their carers and families will meet on a regular basis.

The group will offer an outlet for carers to meet and share experiences with their peers socially whilst participating in carer led tailored outcome based programme of activities that address some of the social, educational, health and emotional impacts that brain injury can have on carers.

Pat Armstrong, Chairperson of Headway Foyle said: “We have been established in Foyle for some time, having reviewed our service range and model we have identified a number of welcomed opportunities to develop support services in the area, the carers support network being one.

“Headway Foyle will be providing a valuable support service to those caring for people living with brain injury, many of whom will have either just started out on their journey or are several years down the line and need some additional support.

“We are part of a Northern Ireland wide network which offers a wealth of services, support and training to those living with brain injury and their carers. We’re delighted to have the opportunity to offer this in the community to support our carers.”

Mr Armstrong added: “Working in partnership with the Western Health and Social Care Trust will enable us to provide much needed services to carers in the area reflecting their needs and compliment existing services”.

The event will be held on Thursday 24th October 2013 at 7:30pm in Foyle Disability Resource Centre, Glen Road, Derry, BT4 0BX.

For further information contact Headway Foyle on 07826 909 110 or email: