The Headway branch, based at Coed Mawr Community Centre in Bangor, is hosting weekly virtual sessions with its members every Wednesday, discussing the impact social isolation is having on individuals affected by brain injury and catching up over a cup of tea or coffee.
For those that don’t have access to technology, Nicola Brown, Headway Gwynedd and Mon’s Chair, is ringing service users regularly to check on their health and wellbeing and offer any additional support they may need at these challenging times.
Nicola said: “What a lot of the people in the UK are going through now, being and feeling isolated, is common for brain injury survivors.
“After a brain injury, people tend to avoid you, may lose contact with you and survivors can be pushed out of society – something I know all too well as a brain injury survivor myself. So what people are experiencing now in lockdown is everyday life for some of the members we support at Headway Gwynedd and Mon.
“People will eventually be able to return to their ‘normal’ lives, but for us, this is normal.”
Headway Gwynedd and Mon says it needs the support of its local community now more than ever in order to continue providing vital support for those affected by brain injury.
“For some of our members, Headway Gwynedd and Mon is their only support system so we must ensure that we continue to be there in their times of need,” said Nicola.
“COVID-19 has had a huge impact on our finances, just as it has on many other charities, and we’re appealing for your support.”
Nicola, along with members of Headway Gwynedd and Mon, did her bit by getting involved in the 2.6 Challenge.
Nicola said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to our members who helped raise funds by doing their very own 2.6 Challenge.
“I myself ran 2.6 miles over ten days, Linda made 26 cupcakes that that were distributed to NHS staff, Clare made 26 facemasks for local nursing homes and Victoria took 26 beautiful pictures of the Isle of Anglesey and posted them on our Facebook page.”
To get involved and fundraise for Headway Gwynedd and Mon, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.Back