Charity to launch new King’s Lynn brain injury support programme

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A new service for people living with brain injuries in West Norfolk will be launched next week.

The initiative is being led by the charity Headway, who say that almost one in five of new brain injury cases in Norfolk involve patients in this borough.

Figures published by the group this week say there were 1,058 new cases in West Norfolk during the 12 months to March 2014, equating to around 18 per cent of the total for Norfolk and Waveney.

And officials say the new facility, which will be unveiled at the South Lynn community centre in St Michael’s Road next Friday will help to address a growing need in the area.

Laura Jones, the charity’s director of client services, said: “Whether you are a health or social care professional working with brain injury clients, a carer or family member affected, or you just want to know more about the hidden impact of a brain injury please come and see us.

“A brain injury brings unique challenges and our specialist occupational therapy experience and support helps those affected regain control of their lives.”

The programme will be launched during an event at the South Lynn community centre next Friday, September 25, between 9.30am and 3.30pm.

The session will include a number of taster activities led by Headway staff, plus talks by medical professionals and patients about their own experiences.

The charity already runs similar centres in Yarmouth and Norwich, as well as Lynn and is working with Norfolk County Council on the new programme.

Sue Whitaker, chairman of the county council’s adult services committee, said: “We are delighted to be working with Headway in order to ensure that the right specialist support is available in our local community to help those affected by brain injury adjust and look after themselves again.”

To find out more, or to book places, phone 07798 702515 or email west@headway-nw.org.uk.