When Stella Kerins started her new job, at the beginning of March this year, as Head of Brain Injury Care Services at Headway Essex she could not have envisaged how quickly things would change. In her first blog she talks about one of the ways the service has responded to the Coronavirus Pandemic, by delivering virtual activity groups.
Changing the Way we Deliver our Support
The whole country has gone through a lot of changes recently, but at Headway Essex we are still here for our clients and their families. The team are quite literally ‘Zooming Ahead’; working from home our amazing team are providing day centre activities, support groups and social groups through the virtual platform Zoom.
Our hub services are running via virtual groups and one-to-one telephone support – and I would like to extend a huge thank you not only to our staff but to our wonderful clients and their families, who have adapted to this new and interesting way of keeping on track with brain injury rehabilitation in Essex.
Providing a Choice of Activities
Things are continuing as close to normal as possible in this strange new world we have found ourselves in. We still hold exercise groups to support balance and coordination and to encourage fitness. We work on confidence and processing skills through sessions like cognitive rehabilitation and quizzes – we also monitor client’s individual goals and encourage them to achieve them despite the current situation.
Whilst not everything is possible at present we are focusing on quality and not quantity. Our clients continue to show that together we can achieve anything, and nothing can stop us.
Here for Our Clients and Their Families
No matter where we are working from, we are Headway Essex and we will continue to support our clients and their families.
This is my first blog for Headway Essex, and I hope to continue to write and share my future blogs with you on a regular basis. If there is anything you would like me to talk about, please let me know by contacting me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Headway Essex needs your help, now more than ever, to ensure we can continue to provide this support. Please visit our Urgent Appeal page and help if you can https://www.headwayessex.org.uk/i-want-to-help/urgent-appeal/