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Session Helper

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People may have acquired their brain injury through an accident or assault, brain tumour, post operative problems, stroke or other 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. Headway helps to make it less tough. You would make a big difference to members by supporting them at sessions helping them break down any barriers to participation. That might be helping with a wheelchair, communication, helping with craft, art, games, chatting or anything else that makes a difference to the experience that the person with ABI is having. You will also find you are helping family members wither directly at sessions or by building confidence and interests in the person with ABI.

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.










3 hours per week would cover one session. If it suited to volunteer every two weeks, or twice a week that would be okay. If you wish minimal commitment, you could help with outings, 1 per month.


Experience required: A patient and caring attitude is the most essential aptitude for this opportunity.
Travel details: Our sessions Musselburgh - Mondays 1.00pm - 4.00pm, at the Musselburgh East Community Learning Centre, Haddington Road, Musselburgh, EH21 8JJ Haddington - Wednesdays 6.30pm - 8.30pm, at the Occupational Therapy Department, Herdmanflat Hospital, Aberlady Road, Haddington, EH41 3BU Dunbar - Thursdays 1.00pm - 3.00pm, Hallhill Centre, Kellie Road, Dunbar, EH42 1RF
Minimum age: 18


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.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet

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