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Brain Injury Carers Support Project

We are pleased to announce that we will be offering a new project from 1st April 2016 which will be called the Brain Injury Carers Support Project, funded by the City of Edinburgh Council for an initial 2 year period.   This project will be dedicated to supporting unpaid carers of adults with an acquired brain injury (ABI) and will replace our existing Befriending Project, which will end on 31st March 2016.

The Brain Injury Carers Support Project will continue to be dedicated to supporting unpaid carers of adults with an acquired brain injury and will specifically:

  • work with local hospitals to identify and make early contact with carers of people with an ABI
  • provide information, advice and support to carers
  • work with carers to agree personal outcomes which are identified as relevant to the carer
  • Utilise our partnerships to provide financial planning/benefits advice and advice on house adaptations, where required
  • Recruit and train volunteers to befriend the cared for person for 2 - 3 hours per week, offering quality and regular respite sessions to carers
  • Assist carers to maintain or develop a network of social relationships and supports
  • Assist carers to maximise their level of participation in valued life roles and their inclusion in their home and their own community
  • Promote feelings of self-confidence and empowerment to make everyday decisions and life choices

Overall, our new project will continue to provide carers who are resident in the City of Edinburgh with an opportunity to access social, recreational and therapeutic opportunities, help with financial planning/benefits/general advice, emotional support and access to up-to-date appropriate information.

In addition, we will continue to offer our popular 1:1 volunteer support to provide valuable respite opportunities for a maximum time period of 1 year to those who meet the criteria of the Brain Injury Carers Support Project. 

Eligibility for 1:1 respite opportunities follows the same criteria as our Befriending Project (due to end on 31st March 2016): -

Individuals with an ABI to be supported in the community for 2 – 3 hours per week with a trained volunteer must be:

  • Be aged 18 years or older
  • Have a carer resident in the City of Edinburgh
  • Be resident in the City of Edinburgh
  • Have an acquired brain injury which was sudden in onset, happened after birth and is not progressive or de-generative.
  • Are able to budget for their own expenses when out befriending
  • Do not need personal care or moving and handling
  • Are able to provide details of a health professional willing to complete a risk assessment form


Our aim continues to be to ensure that carers receive specialised, non-judgmental and flexible support from Edinburgh Headway Group.

If you are aware of anyone who would benefit from our service then we are now open to accept referrals from individuals/organisations that support carers in Edinburgh, Midlothian and West Lothian.   We also accept self-referrals from carers.  Please note that our 1:1 volunteer respite opportunities and events are at this stage restricted to carers residing in Edinburgh, however, our telephone and email support is available to any carer in Edinburgh, Midlothian and West Lothian.

If you are interested in making a referral to our new Brain Injury Carers Support Project then please contact us direct on 0131 537 9116 or email carers@edinburghheadway.org.uk

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