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.
Below is a list of some of the conditions that we have experience of providing services for:
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
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.
A number of our activities aim to reduce social isolation by enabling those affected by brain injury to take part in group activities, forge new friendships and become part of new social groups.
The personal support plan offered at P.A.U.L For Brain Recovery may be made up of any of the following:
- 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
Our services are for those who:
- Need one-to-one interventions with minimal background noise or have complex needs
- Require support and guidance
- Are looking for specific help
- Have specific goals they would like to work towards
- Would like to socialise and meet others going through brain recovery
Our activities are used to:
- Work through any challenges or struggles
- Provide education about brain injury and brain recovery
- Provide practical skills & knowledge to aid recovery and beyond
- Work towards specific goals and objectives
- Help implement coping strategies to manage difficulties
- Reduce social isolation and loneliness
- Engage people in new activity/social groups
We aim to provide a unique recovery plan for each person and identify any personal goals or aspirations they wish to achieve. Each support plan is reviewed every 3 months to celebrate achievements/progress made and to highlight any new or continued support needs.
The service is open to anyone 18 years of age or over who has suffered an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). Family members of those affected by brain injury are welcome to attend our family support sessions.
We cannot take referrals, thus provide support for those actively accessing services for complex mental health difficulties, or drug or alcohol misuse as we do not have the in-house specialist professionals to offer this level of support at the Charity.
We cannot offer crisis intervention support as our team are not trained in mental health support or interventions so not able to safely offer services to this client group, nor is it our Charity’s remit.
There are currently no geographical restrictions to people accessing our service. Any potential service user must be able to attend sessions at the P.A.U.L For Brain Recovery Centre (Wilberforce Health Centre, 6 – 10 Story Street, Hull, HU1 3SA. We are currently unable to provide outreach support.
We are unable to provide interpreters. Service users are welcome to bring someone who can facilitate this for them during their consultation. Interventions and sessions are all in English and access is open to non-English Speakers although they will need to bring someone to interpret for them.
How to access the service
Referrals can be made by professionals, family members (as long as they have permission) or the individual themselves. This can be done by completing one of our referral forms or by contacting 01482 6200229 / firstname.lastname@example.org
In most cases, the first port of call to accessing our service would be to attend one of our drop-in information sessions. These sessions take place on the 1stTuesday of every month (3pm – 5pm) and on the 3rdThursday of every month (10am – 12pm). These sessions allow potential service users the opportunity to find out more about the services we provide, in an informal setting. There is no need to book on to these sessions and people can stay as long as they like.
Following this. potential service users will be asked to attend an Initial Consultation, so we can find out a bit more about them. The Initial Consultation is a non-intrusive, fact finding exercise to enable us to understand the service user, so we can best support their needs.
From here we devise a unique recovery plan for each person and identify any personal goals or aspirations they wish to achieve. Each support plan is reviewed every 3 months to celebrate achievements/progress made and to highlight any new or continued support needs.