Headway clients have many talents. Martin Stelcik is an artist (http://stelcikmartin.wixsite.com ) and teacher and also happens to have had an acquired brain injury from a stroke when he was just 32 years old. Suddenly his life was turned around. He lost his speech and he was left paralysed on the right side of his body. Although he had won his battle for life, at the time he could not see any future or hope, as he was unable to work, speak or move. A while after returning home from hospital, Martin started drawing, with his left hand. At first, he worked on his drawings just at home, and then he joined the art group based in the Gilbert Centre in Mallow. Art is his motivation. Drawing became his new way of life, helping him to overcome the difficulties of living with a disability. Now Martin has been in a position to share his passion and his skill with other brain injury survivors by facilitating a client-led art group. The video below shows some of the great work being done in the group. Enjoy a few moments of calm!
This week (6th to 12th March) is Brain Awareness Week. Coordinated by the Neurological Alliance, the aim of the week is to raise awareness of neurological conditions, including brain injury. Headway is one of several organisations participating in this years campaign and there are things going on in each of our centres during the week. In our Cork service, family members have a dedicated day (Monday) with workshops on Legal Matters, Pain Management, Nutrition, Yoga for all, Financial Matters, Life Planning, Resilience & Compassion fatigue and Mindfulness. In Limerick on Wednesday, an event "Living Positively with Brain Injury" takes place in the Health Hub, and in Dublin, the Headway Choir will sing on Tuesday afternoon at Heuston Station concourse. See the Headway events going on in your area.
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.