A big thank you -
The Admin team at CHIS started a collection of secondhand books in 2012 and placed them for sale at minimum cost in the reception area, aiming to raise funds for the benefit of the clients.
This has provided an accessible fund , which has been used for a variety of purposes, be it an emergency or to improve facilities, and has included client tea and coffee facilities, pictures on the wall and a very occasional hardship taxis home after a long day for a client.
Over the years the fund has grown beyond all expectations. Recently the Admin team presented the funds from the book stall, now totaling £1,000, to the Friends.
The trustees of the Friends also gained a new member and welcomed Pauline (reception) to the board of trustees, her role will ensure the book stall funds will continue to be for the benefit of all clients.
Admin member Kathryn added 'We are lucky to have regular support for good quality books, so if you have old books in good condition, please contact Kathryn or Pauline'. Tel: 01296 337760.
A clients view from our Anniversary Year Book.
20 Years, a very poignant day.
I have to express my thanks for all at CHIS and to whoever allows this service to continue without which, I and all the people I have met here continue with our lives. It has given me so much confidence and ability to continue.
I remember coming around in hospital and not understanding where I had been.
I am amazed there are not any other CHIS around. I hear from so many people how lucky I am and I know this.
There are a few people I would like to express a deep level of gratitude to, but feel this is not the correct place to do so, but I have thanked them personally.
The staff within the service include: clinical neuropsychologists, clinical nurse specialist, medical consultant in neurological rehabilitation, occupational therapists, physiotherapist, speech and language therapist and work placement consultant, supported by assistant, student, administrative and reception staff.
Dr Andy Tyerman, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist and Head of Service.
Andy was the architect of CHIS drawing upon the views of people with brain injury and their relatives. He has worked in brain injury rehabilitation since 1979 and sees strong community brain injury services as being essential to enable people to rebuild their lives after brain injury.
Andy commented that he has been delighted to see the development of the Friends group which he hopes will give people with a brain injury and their relatives an additional voice in the ongoing development of CHIS as well as hopefully supporting the service in the initial funding of new initiatives. If you have any questions for Andy he would be very happy to answer these.
Visit the Community Head Injury Service NHS page for further information