Younger Persons Network
What is the Younger Person’s Network?
The Younger Person’s Network is a FREE personal development programme which combines physical, emotional and practical support for young people with a brain injury aged 16-20. The first programme of its kind in Northern Ireland and indeed the UK, the programme will provide specialist support services to improve the lives, opportunities and confidence of young people aged 16-20 living with an acquired brain injury at this particularly challenging time in their lives.
The programme has been developed to provide a range of fun, practical and personal development modules. This is intended to help young people achieve more independent, exciting and positive experiences in all aspects of their lives, including relationships, daily activities, leisure, work and training. The young people will work with a mentor to help them develop realistic and achievable goals, as this is an important step in living an independent and happy life.
The programme will be delivered by a range of people and agencies with the skills and expertise in the field of Acquired Brain Injury who will work with the young people over the course of approximately a year.
Participants can get involved in a range of exciting outdoor activities including, abseiling, orienteering and many more combined with team building and games, Zumba, IT and digital media and a range of outings in the community to local attractions such as the Titanic Centre and the American Folk Park.
In addition to the activity modules, participants will also take part in interactive personal development modules covering topics on:
- Brain Injury Awareness
This module will provide participants with an understanding of the brain and how the brain works, as well as exploring the effects of ABI and taking a personal look at the effects of ABI on participants.
- Health and Wellbeing
This module looks at different influences a young person may experience in their lives, such as alcohol and drugs, and helps young people to weigh up decisions about them and how they may impact on their lives. Participants will also discuss important issues such as healthy lifestyles, sexual health and nutrition.
- Interpersonal Skills
Communication skills can often be affected after brain injury. Our Clinical Psychologist will work with young people to help them to get the most out of important relationships.
- Planning & Problem Solving in Everyday Life
Knowing and managing your finances is an important part of growing up and becoming more independent. This module will focus on developing independence and managing money effectively.
- Cognitive Skills
This module will focus on the memory and present participants with the skills to use it best; as well as emphasising attention and concentration and develop strategies to compensate for cognitive problems.
- Emotional Wellbeing
This module will focus on self-concept, self-esteem and building personal resilience, as well as managing mood, stress and anxiety. Participants will explore their personalities while learning about themselves through looking at their achievements and behaviour.
Who can apply?
We accept referrals from health and social care professionals, self-referrals, family members and carers. Referrals must be for young people aged 16-20 who have an acquired brain injury. We are unable to offer places to individuals with a progressive illness or congenital brain injury. Applicants must also be independent in personal care or be able to bring someone along to support them with their personal care.
Once a referral is made?
When a referral is made, YPN staff will meet with the participant and their family and discuss how we can best support their needs in the programme and help set personal goals. Throughout the YPN modules, participants will have the opportunity to meet individually on a one to one basis with members of the YPN team to review goals.The programme is currently running and participants can join the programme throughout the year.
How much does it cost?
The programme is free however participants are required to make their own transport arrangements.
If you feel the Younger Person’s Network would be suitable for you or someone you know, the next step couldn’t be easier. Just complete a referral form and send it through to us today. Forms can be downloaded by clicking on this link to the downloadable form or you can contact us and we can email or post one out to you.
If you have any queries or require any further information please contact:
Dr Marie Goss (Clinical Lead and Neuropsychologist) or Treasa Rice (Training and Communications Officer) on 028 9070 5125 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
Download the Young Person's Network leaflet