Most of us try to look after our bodies and want to keep fit and well, but have you ever considered your brain? ‘Show Your Brain Some Love’ is our ongoing awareness project being highlighted this Action for Brain Injury Week (#ABIWeek2016) from 9th-15th May. The campaign provides six top tips to help keep your brain healthy.
Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) services around the UK are running a variety of activities to raise awareness of brain injury this week, as well as creating some fun for service users, their families and the local community. There are plenty of 'open to all' activities* - do come along and join in the fun. We'd love to see you!
Everyone is welcome to visit Daniel Yorath House in Leeds for their coffee morning* on 11th May. You will be able to see the end results of the service users' 'bake off' and hear music that they have arranged and performed.
If you're in East Anglia, you can meet the Fen House team on their Brain Injury Awareness stand at Peterborough Hospital on 5th and 9th May, and at Ely Marketplace on 12 May. The Fen House team will have plenty of Show Your Brain Some Love giveaways and activities for children. A BBQ for service users and afternoon tea for Fen House supporters will also be happening this week!
The Show Your Brain Some Love campaign is up and running at Goole Hospital, where Goole Neurorehabilitation Centre team have Brain Injury Awareness stands set up in public areas so that patients and hospital staff can get involved!
Our Kent House team and Rupert, who is one of their service users, are taking part in a roadshow to share 'Rupert's Story' with pupils at schools in Aylesbury. The team and service users are also taking part in a cycling challenge at a local bank to raise awareness of brain injury and raise funds.
The Kerwin Court team in Sussex are taking the Show your Brain Some Love message to a local specialist school, where they will be delivering a seminar. Service users and their families will enjoy a BBQ and afternoon tea at the end of the week!
Graham Anderson House have lots of activities planned for their services users, including virtual bowling, an Italian restaurant experience, world darts competition, The Big TV and Music Quiz Olympic Showdown, Rock and Roll Bingo and the big WI party game. If you're out and about in Glasgow, on the morning of 11 May, pop into the Glasgow Central Hotel where staff and service users will be running the Show Your Brain Some Love campaign.
Redford Court in Liverpool will be working with police and Walton Prison staff to raise awareness of brain injury and will also be holding a ball on 13th May to celebrate BIRT's 25 year anniversary! The team will also be working alongside Active Community Enterprise to continue to raise brain injury awareness in the community.
TEM House in Milton Keynes will focus on 'exercise, healthy eating and learning’ as topics that aid healthy brain functioning. These three themes will be incorporated into daily sessions and trips out, to spark discussions and make staff as well as the people we support aware of ways they can keep their brains healthy.
Live in Birmingham and want to get your car washed while donating to a good cause at the same time? Come and see us at 1101 Bristol Road on Saturday 14 May between 10am-2pm. Staff and service users are offering a car wash service to help raise funds and awareness of brain injury.
If you're based in Leeds, come along to Osman House, who will be running Show Your Brain Some Love activities at a coffee and cake afternoon for service users, families and the local community.
In Birmingham, the West Heath House team will be running a 'brain injury awareness' stall at the Kings Norton farmers market on 14th May* - they will have Show Your Brain Some Love goody bags and giveaways for all!
Pop along to Tesco in Collumpton, Devon, on Monday 9 May (11am-1pm) and the Hayridge centre on Friday 13th May (11am-1pm) to meet The Woodmill team who will be running Show Your Brain Some Love stalls, giving out goody bags, puzzles and generally spreading the word. They are also holding a 'Fascinating Brain Facts' seminar at a local secondary school!
Our brain injury awareness mascot ‘Birt’ (pictured above) has been starring on our social media pages too, so do look out for him on both Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #LoveBirt. Please like, share and re-tweet him!