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Launch of New Digital Brain Injury Guidance Forum

Launch of New Digital Brain Injury Guidance Forum

Launch of New Digital Brain Injury Guidance Forum

Monday, August 19, 2019

Leigh Andrews of Change Communication is offering specialist advice on brain injuries and homelessness through a new digital forum on the Frontline Network website.

This month marks the launch of the Frontline Network’s new and exclusive ‘Brain Injury Guidance’ digital forum for Frontline Workers.

We are pleased to announce that Leigh Andrews of Change Communication is available in every Monday morning between 9:30am-12:30pm, to answer questions and provide specialist advice to Frontline Workers on brain injuries and homelessness.

Leigh Andrews is a Speech and Language Therapist working for ChgCommCIC, a not for profit company supporting people and organisations around brain injury, communication and homelessness.

Half of people experiencing street homelessness have a brain injury, and compared to the general population, those sleeping rough are five times more likely to be hospitalised due to head injury. And yet there is very little information in the homelessness sector about how to offer support for individuals suffering from this serious issue.

In a recent report written by Ms Andrews, it is explained how the daily cognitive tasks we undertake, from remembering to pay bills, to attending health appointments and performing basic social interactions may all be greatly compromised by a brain injury.

It is maintained that certain brain injuries may explain why some clients do not respond to de-escalation techniques which generally appeal to the cognitive abilities of empathy and reason; forget appointments and break benefit claims; and may not understand or act on information they are provided with.

Leigh will be available to offer specialist advice for frontline workers registered to this forum, every Monday, from 9.30am - 12.30pm. Please feel free to ask Leigh as many questions as you would like, to ensure that you get the most from this valuable resource. ChgCommCIC would like feedback about your experience of using the Brain Injury Forum. If you have already asked a question within this forum, we would be very grateful if you are able to provide feedback of your experiences here.

If you have any further questions related to this matter, please do not hesitate to contact the Frontline Network at frontline@stmartinscharity.org.uk.


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