Cross-border co-operation in brain injury
The Brain Injury Foundation, based in Newry and covering Counties Down and Armagh is one of Northern Ireland’s largest support groups for brain injury survivors and carers and has announced that it is developing a new cross-border relationship with Acquired Brain Injury Ireland.
Frank Dolaghan, Chair of the Brain Injury Foundation, explained, “Acquired Brain Injury Ireland was formerly the Peter Bradley Foundation and we have been long time admirers of their work, particularly in the area of developing independent living facilities for brain injury survivors as this is in very short supply in Northern Ireland.”
Founded in 2000, ABII are very highly regarded and are internationally accredited. ABII now have 14 Assisted Living Facilities all over the Republic and provide a wide range of other services including a day resource service, rehabilitation support team and transitional living service.
The Chief Executive of ABII is Barbara O’Connell, a sister of Peter Bradley and she has won the Newstalk Ireland’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2012. She also recently won the 2013 Ulster Bank Leinster Business Achievers Award in the Social Enterprise category.
The two organisations have had several meetings to discuss how they might collaborate in the future and have found that they have much in common in terms of their visions for brain injury survivors and carers.
Dolaghan continued, “We are delighted that the first practical step in working together is to be a cross-border carers training course which will last for six mornings over six weeks and be delivered in the Crown Plaza Hotel, Dundalk.
“Other potential initiatives involving brain injury survivors are presently being explored and so we look forward to a progressive programme of collaboration between our two organisations.
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