Family members appreciate having the opportunity to talk with others who have been through similar traumatic experiences. To share stories and discuss the challenges of caring for someone is of immense value.
Another positive from these groups has been the friendships which have developed. The group is growing; days and times vary from month to month to try to enable everyone to attend at some time. Sometimes we meet for walks in the country or for lunch, all very informal. We are a very positive, friendly and welcoming group.
If you would like to know more about the group or would like to join us please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Family Members’ Drop In meets at the Mountbatten Centre weekly to gain support from each other and the staff. Occasionally guest speakers are arranged or every six weeks Helen comes to offer a massage, manicure or pedicure all very therapeutic!
Some years ago Headway felt the needs of the Family Members were not being met. A questionnaire was sent out to find out what people really wanted. We found that having the opportunity to talk with people who had been through similar traumatic experiences was the most important need. Informality was the keynote.
Since that time we have been holding very informal meetings in our own homes. This has proved really supportive and beneficial. We have found it relaxing and enjoyable with the chance to discuss our varying problems knowing that everyone has an understanding of what our feelings are and what we have been through, or are having to cope with at the present.
What has been so good is that real friendships have developed and this gives mutual support. These friendships have also meant contact between brain injured relatives has been made, which is of great benefit to them.
The group is growing; we try to alternate days and times to enable everyone to attend at some time. In the summer we may also meet for walks in the country.
We are a very positive, friendly and welcoming group.