Brain Injury Matters Launch Event
In September 2013, Headway Belfast changed to Brain Injury Matters NI to become a regionally focused and locally driven organisation. The charity, based in Belfast provides support and information to people living with an acquired brain injury, their families and carers and works with over 250 people who have been affected by Acquired Brain Injury.
The Launch event for Brain Injury Matters NI took place on Tuesday 24th September 2013 at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University Belfast from 10.30am-12pm. Guest speaker at the event was Dr Niall Pender, Head of Psychology at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.
Also speaking at the event were Junior Ministers Jennifer Mc Cann and Jonathan Bell. Junior Minister Mc Cann said,
“Broken bones mend and scars heal, but the effects of an acquired brain injury can remain with a person for the rest of their life. The needs of people can differ, both in the nature and severity of their condition and also in the hopes and goals they have for rehabilitation. There is a need to raise awareness and heighten understanding of brain injuries and to reduce the isolation of people affected”. Commenting on the wide range of services provided by the charity, Junior Minister, Jonathan Bell said, “2,000 people a year in Northern Ireland sustain an acquired brain injury which statistically, is one of the highest rates in the United Kingdom. Brain injury can arise from many different causes, and can bring with it many challenges such as memory loss, mobility problems, personality changes and behavioural issues, amongst others. It can have a devastating and lifelong impact not only on the individual but also on family members.
It is with great pleasure to introduce Claire Mc Collum as Brain Injury Matter’s first Ambassador at the event. Claire is a freelance broadcast journalist whose previous works include UTV News and Sport, BBC Northern Ireland, Children In Need and BBC proms in the park to name but a few. We are delighted to have Claire on board for our journey and really look forward to working with her in the coming months.
This event launched Brain Injury Matters NI vision for the future, as well as our mission, values and plan for continuing to support individuals living with brain injury in our community.