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Every 90 seconds someone in England is admitted to hospital with an acquired brain injury. We work with the survivors and their families in West London both when they are at St Mary’s, Paddington, and after they are discharged. We promote understanding of all aspects of brain injury and aim to make a difference by providing help and support to adult survivors. We are inclusive and do not turn people away and we do not charge for our services but there is no statutory funding for our work and we have to raise every penny to support our work. We run two monthly support groups with additional social activities, a walk and talk group, a monthly newsletter, a support helpline and website and a twice weekly drop in support service at St Mary's neurology and neurosurgery outpatient clinics.
Our project aims to reduce the isolation that these families face at such a stressful time and provides them with links to ongoing support in their community. They will have the opportunity to develop relationships with peers of their own choice and engage in activities within the community they find personally fulfilling. This will enhance local community life and provide volunteering openings.