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Description

People may have acquired their brain injury through an accident or assault, brain tumour, post operative problems, stroke or another illness which caused the brain to be starved of essential nutrients. People with ABI do not fit neatly into physical or mental disability. They may show no sign of injury on the outside but may find planning, communicating or concentrating very difficult. They may be severely physically disabled but have great mental skills and capabilities trapped by their physical disabilities. They will all be lonely and lacking in confidence and their families will be finding life tough.

Organisation aims and objectives

Headway East Lothian's aim is to help people over 18 with Aquired Brain Injury (ABI) living in East Lothian, their families & carers to cope with the challenges of their changed lives. ABI may be caused by a trauma such as a road accident or fall, a stroke, tumours, interruption of the supply of oxygen or glucose to brain, as can happen with post operative complications, infections such as encephalitis or meningitis, poisons or complications of other diseases.

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2 hours per week would cover driving for one session. If you wished to volunteer to help at the session as well, 3-4 hours would be needed.

Restrictions

Experience required: The applicants need to be a careful driver and have a current driving licence. A caring and patient attitude is required as many members may take time to move about. Experience with the disabled would be an advantage.
Travel details: We currently have opportunities to collect in various East Lothian locations for sessions in Musselburgh & Haddington: Mondays 1.00pm - 4.00pm, Musselburgh East Community Learning Centre, Haddington Road, Musselburgh, EH21 8JJ Wednesdays 6.30pm - 8.30pm, Occupational Therapy Department, Herdmanflat Hospital, Aberlady Road, Haddington, EH41 3BU
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Mileage paid at 45p per mile along with other reasonable expenses.
Training details: Full induction & training provided, along with PVG scheme membership or update if required. Induction training will explain the aims of the group, introduce committee members, staff and users and familiarise with the work required.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet

Last updated a month ago