In 2012, our Founder, Paul Spence suffered a frontal lobe brain haemorrhage; nothing could have prepared him and his family for the battle of brain recovery. He faced a long and challenging journey, which tested every aspect of his life. Upon leaving hospital, him and his family soon realised that there was a real lack of continuing support in the community.

Paul knows from personal experience that people are often left lost, lonely, confused and vulnerable after brain injury. The injury can have devastating consequences which are life changing for everyone affected and for those reasons, there needs to be somewhere to go, a lifeline, a place to obtain comfort, support, education and inspiration. 

That’s why he set up the charity P.A.U.L For Brain Recovery (Charity Registration No: 1164620). In April 2016 we opened the doors of the area’s first community-based support centre for people recovering from a brain injury.

Here at P.A.U.L For Brain Recovery we provide support and guidance for people affected by acquired brain injury (ABI). We work with each person to help them reach their full potential and overcome the subsequent challenges at different stages of their recovery.

All of our activities, whether it be in a one to one or group setting, aim to give service users the tools to manage the challenges of daily living following brain injury, thus helping them avoid falling in to crisis. We pride ourselves on enabling service users to take ownership of their own recovery journey.

This support involves helping people regain control of their life after brain injury by giving them a real purpose and hope for the future. We help people in several ways, including:

  • Dedicated one to one support
  • Goal setting
  • Advocacy (support to access other relevant support/services)
  • Structured one to one and group education sessions (daily structure, self-care, confidence building, wellbeing, coping strategies, the brain)
  • Health & wellbeing activities (yoga, gym, walking group etc.)
  • Family support workshops
  • Peer mentoring (buddy support)
  • Social time/groups
  • Allotment project
  • Social outings/day trips

To find out more about the services we provide please click below: