Pathway 2 is for those who:
- would like to socialise and meet others going through brain recovery
- would like to gain confidence and improve social skills
- feel isolated and need activities to fill their time
- can sustain, select and divide their attention
- do not have complex needs
- have a good level of insight
Below is a breakdown of each of the elements we offer on Pathway 2
A large majority of our service users have told us that because of their brain injury they have become isolated or disconnected from previous social networks or hobbies/activities. At PAUL For Brain Recovery we offer a weekly social time (2 hours per week) to give our brain inured friends the opportunity to engage in social interaction, peer to peer support, and take part in activity sessions.
Our weekly allotment project promotes healthy outdoor activities to stimulate both body and brain. This activity enables our service users to share peer to peer interaction and learn new skills. The allotment project enables us to have a social, healthy and educational influence during recovery. Our brain injured friends are involved in the planting, tending and harvesting of fresh produce and can take the fruits of their labor home to enjoy. Throughout the summer, there are demonstration sessions at the allotment where our brain injured friends are taught to make healthy foods eg; jam, pickle, soup and horseradish sauce.
Day trips enable our service users and their families to experience new environments, activities and socialise with others. They are well attended and are a great highlight of the PAUL For Brain Recovery calendar.
Small Group Education/Support Sessions
These small group sessions provide education, information and advice on an array of topics such as; brain structure and function, habits and routines and coping strategies etc. These sessions are used as a stepping stone between one to one sessions and the larger social group gatherings.
For those service users seeking a more active and healthy lifestyle, we have developed our very own “Brainworks Club”. This is a structured activity, education and community integration program which aims to help members engage in a more healthy and active lifestyle using local facilities and services.
A key element to the club is members wearing a Fitbit fitness tracker. The tracker enables an individual to view their daily steps, physical activity, sleep, resting heart rate and calories burned. It also has a feature where you can link up with ‘friends’, meaning other users also wearing a Fitbit, to encourage healthy competition and encouragement. Any member of the group can send out daily, weekly or distance/step challenges to the group and compete for the crown.
Personal Training Sessions
For those that are looking to get fit or achieve their personal fitness goals, our qualified Personal Trainer offers bespoke PT sessions. The benefits of a healthy lifestyle are well known to reduce mental health issues, promote general well-being and encourage a positive recovery following brain injury.
Our Founder, Paul Spence is an NHS volunteer and visits the Neurosurgical Ward at Hull Royal Infirmary every Friday afternoon to provide comfort and support to families and patients that have recently been affected by brain injury.
Educational Provider/ Employer Training
We support our service users that are looking to move back into work our education. This involves meeting with prospective employers and educational providers to give them a comprehensive understanding of the specific needs of the individual and how their injury affects them.
Benefits & Financial Support/Advice
Many of our service users find themselves out of work and/or on benefits. Financial pressures can put even more stress on families that are already going through a traumatic time. Therefore, to reduce this burden we can instruct a Financial Capability Advisor to provide one to one support and advise on a range of financial issues.
Brain injury does not just affect the individual, but the whole family unit. Family support sessions are conducted by our Specialist Caseworker and are aimed at bringing family members together for informal discussions, education and support, to improve resilience and promote healthy relationships.