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.
Aimed at ages 16-25, we started this group in the hope of giving young people a place to form new friendships, gain peer support and better social interaction during their recovery.
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.