Brain Injury Matters NI is dedicated to supporting people with Acquired Brain Injury to rebuild their lives and reach their full potential in the community, and is based in Northern Ireland. The Foundation supported Brain Injury Matters NI in the Belfast Christmas Cracker Giveaway in 2016, held in partnership with Hilton Belfast, to help upgrade its IT equipment and functionality.
Alice* in 20 years old and lives at home with her mum, dad, three sisters and one brother in Dungannon, Northern Ireland. In 2006, Alice received radiotherapy for a brain tumour, some of which still remains. As a result of this, Alice has a brain injury which involves a number of health problems. Alice has regular headaches and migraines, thyroid problems, digestives issues caused by her medication, and wears a hearing aid. This has also affected her emotionally and psychologically: Alice lacks confidence, can become emotional very quickly, and can feel uncomfortable in new settings and with new people, often withdrawing from situations she finds difficult.
Alice receives support from Brain Injury Matters. She attends a Brain Injury Matters group on Mondays and Saturdays, and has taken part in its summer camp activities, Christmas lunch and workshops, and residential trips at Carlingford Adventure Centre. Brain Injury Matters works with Alice to maximise her independence, increase her confidence in social situations, develop important life skills and provide opportunities for achievement.
Since joining Brain Injury Matters, Alice’s confidence in social situations has increased. This year she attended her first overnight stay, which she previously didn’t have to confidence to do. Alice is now also ABLE to travel on her own on the bus from Dungannon to Belfast and back. Through the various activities Alice has taken part in, she has been ABLE to achieve certificates in John Muir Award from Belfast Activity Centre.
*Alice’s name has been changed to protect her identity