ConnectAbility - a national £250k, three year fundraising appeal for assistive technology for service users

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BIRT to Speak at Social Workers Conference
30/09/2014

The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust, part of the Disabilities Trust, has been invited to speak at the Brain Injury Social Workers Group (BISWG) conference about our unique Brain Injury Needs Indicator (BINI).

Barrie's Blog 26th September 2014
26/09/2014

After a great deal of preparation, our new appeal ‘ConnectAbility’ has been launched. The Disability Lifestyles services across the country celebrated by inviting family, friends and the local community to see a promotional film which was created to explain the appeal.

ConnectAbility Appeal
17/09/2014

The ConnectAbility appeal will raise money for new assistive technology devices for all of our Disability Lifestyles services in the UK. Our aim is to provide a full range of communications technology devices, including eye trackers for each of our five residential Disability Lifestyles services across England.

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Tool developed to evidence symptoms of brain injury in a social care setting

The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT), part of The Disabilities Trust, has developed a specialist tool to help social workers evidence brain injury and its effects during the assessment and care planning process. A meeting between the Department of Health and BIRT at the end of 2013 established that some local authorities were concerned about building an accurate picture of the care and support needs of individuals with brain injury, because of the complexities of the condition.

Trust CEO Barrie Oldham to retire

Barrie Oldham, Chief Executive of national charity The Disabilities Trust, has announced that he will retire in the Spring of 2015. Barrie will have been with the Trust for 23 years in a number of roles including Service Manager for BIRT’s Daniel Yorath House, Director of BIRT and the Trust’s Chief Operating Officer, before becoming Chief Executive in 2008. He initially trained as a nurse and subsequently gained a Degree from Lancaster University in Developing and Managing Services in the Community. A long and varied career within the learning and physical disability field followed, working for both the UK’s National Health Service and the charitable sector.

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