The Headway Dublin choir took to the streets last Saturday to entertain shoppers in St. Stephen's Green shopping centre. This has become an annual event in the Headway calendar, eagerly anticipated by the members of the choir. It's a chance to sing in public in a relaxed atmosphere and also to raise some profile and much needed funds for brain injury services. The video clip shows a short extract from one of the choir's favourites, "Silent Night".
Dublin shoppers proved to be most generous and the team, helped out by volunteers from Energia and also friends and family members, raised over 800 Euro during their stint!. Of course, it's not too late to donate, so if you'd like to support our work, go to www.headway.ie/support/donate.html
This is a short note from Marc, one of the graduates of the 2015-16 LTI programme here in Cork. During his time with Headway Marc has achieved many things, but one piece of work in particular stood out for all of us here, so we asked him to share the story behind it. Marc spent his 10 months on the LTI programme creating a stone sculpture of an owl - displaying a level of creativity, patience, calm, skill and dedication that impressed everyone who watched him at work with his block of stone and his tools. This was the first time Marc had ever worked with stone, or sculpting, and he clearly has a natural talent. Here's Marc in his own words.
No living thing ever stays the same. A seedling planted in earth and nurtured with water and light will grow into a healthy tree. Headway Cork have some sycamore seedlings to give to our clients or family members to plant as a reminder of the ever changing nature of growth and recovery. If you would like to be a part of this project, and would like to plant your own seedling, please contact Liz Owens in our Cork Centre for more information on 021 487 1303
Hi everyone, We are a group of clients on the LTI programme here in Cork who have been working really hard for the last few weeks on our own version of Operation Transformation 2016. With the support of our amazing volunteer Jenni Galvin, we have been attending Steve Dinan's FreshFitness gym in Togher, and LTI staff Emma has been helping us to cook healthy and delicious meals.
NATIONAL BRAIN AWARENESS WEEK: MARCH 7th to 13th 2016
National Brain Awareness Week is an annual initiative co-ordinated by the Neurological Alliance of Ireland aimed at increasing public awareness of neurological conditions.
To mark the occasion, there will be a free lecture "Mind Matters" held in Trinity College Dublin, see more details here. Our Limerick centre has organised a week long programme of events, find out more details here.
Check out the full programme of events in other organisations, happening nationwide here
The Neurological Alliance of Ireland has launched its election campaign. The campaign asks you to contact your candidates to request them to sign a pledge of support at the link at http://www.nai.ie/go/campaign_centre/get_involved. They have also published a campaign manifesto "800,000 Minds Matter" at this link. Amongst other demands, the manifesto calls for "A three year programme of investment to develop regional inpatient units and community neurorehabilitation teams in line with the recommendations of the National Neurorehabilitation Strategy".
The Disability Federation of Ireland has also recently launched "Disable Inequality" - their campaign to ensure an end to any discrimination against people with disabilities. See http://disableinequality.ie/ for more information.