|Action For Brain Injury Week
Each year, approximately one million people go to hospital as a result of a head injury, in the UK.
Statistics show that males are two or three times more likely to have a head injury than females. The age group most at risk is between 15 and 29 years of age.
Most traumatic brain injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents but many result from domestic and industrial accidents, sports, recreational injuries and assaults. After the event of a brain injury, people can suffer extreme frustration, anger and low self-esteem.
Action for Brain Injury Week is Headway's annual campaign, dedicated to raising awareness of brain injury and the difficulties faced by those people affected. This year’s campaign will take place 17-23 May 2010.
In support of Action for Brain Injury Week, Adult Services are working in partnership with Ashton, Leigh and Wigan Primary Care Trust to arrange several open afternoon events across the borough. Anyone can pop in to the following locations, between 1pm and 3pm, to find out more information about the services available.
- Monday 17th, Wigan and Leigh Disability Partnership, Leigh Sports Village, Leigh Stadium, Sale Way, Leigh, WN7 4JY
- Tuesday 18th, Fourways Day Service, Cleworth Hall Lane, Tyldesley M29 8WS
- Wednesday 19th , Hindley Day Centre, First Avenue, Hindley, Wigan WN2 3EB
- Thursday 20th, Hunter Lodge, Hunter Road, Marsh Green, Wigan, WN5 0QD
- Friday 21st, Fourways Accommodation Service, Cleworth Hall Lane, Tyldesley M29 8WS
Shona Speakman, assistant service manager, Adult Services says: “This is a multidisciplinary partnership initiative. We understand that the effects on people and their families can be devastating. Anyone affected by brain injuries who wants to find out more information about the services on offer across the borough are encouraged to pop in to any of the five events and speak to staff.”
Julie Jeffers, head of service, provider and quality assurance, Adult Services says: “This dedicated week sees a wide range of services united in helping to provide information to those affected by brain injuries.
“The initiative underpins the overall aim of the Transforming Social Care agenda which is to enable people to live independently.”