Headway Merthyr Tydfil

Organisation details

Address:
c/o Ysgubor Gwair, Green Street, Redwick
Caldicot
Gwent
NP26 3DY
Wales
Telephone:
07475 655027
Email:
headwaymerthyr@hotmail.co.uk
Services
  • Befriending/Buddying/Mentoring
  • Carer Support Groups
  • Drop In
  • Information
Activities
  • Service User Groups

Further information

 

Helping you and your family

Headway Merthyr Tydfil the Brain Injury Association, is a self support group which offers information and support to survivors, carers, families and professionals who have been affected by Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). We are a group of volunteers who are made up of survivors, carers, family and professionals. We work in Merthyr Tydfil and surrounding communities to raise awareness of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).

 

What's going on this month?

We run themed monthly social events which aim to provide a social outlet together with support and information to ensure that those who have survived or been affected by an (ABI) receive the help and support they need. Our AGM will be held on Monday 25th April 2016. The meeting will be followed at 4:30pm by our Social Evening at Soar. This month we have Liz Partridge from Headway UK coming to talk about and launch the Justice Project scheme with us.

 

Visit one of our meetings

Future meetings in 2016 will be held in Soar, Pontmorlais, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8UB from 4.30 - 6.30pm on the last Monday of the month.

 

What does an Acquired Brain Injury Look Like?

An Acquired Brain Injury(ABI) is an injury caused to the brain since birth. There are many possible causes, including a fall, a road accident, tumour and stroke.

 

Cognitive effects of brain injury

The cognitive effects of a brain injury affect the way a person thinks, learns and remembers. Different mental abilities are located in different parts of the brain, so a brain injury can damage some, but not necessarily all, skills such as speed of thought, memory, understanding, concentration, solving problems and using language.

 

Executive dysfunction after brain injury

Executive dysfunction is a term for the range of cognitive, emotional and behavioural difficulties which often occur after injury to the frontal lobes of the brain. Impairment of executive functions is common after acquired brain injury and has a profound effect on many aspects of everyday life.

 

Emotional and behavioural effects of brain injury

Everyone who has had a brain injury can be left with some changes in emotional reaction and behaviour. These are more difficult to see than the more obvious problems such as those which affect movement and speech, for example, but can be he most difficult for the individual concerned and their family to deal with.

 

Physical effects of brain injury

Most people make an excellent physical recovery after a brain injury, which can mean there are few, or no, outwards signs that an injury has occurred. There are often physical problems present that are not always so apparent, but can have a real impact on daily life.