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One Stop Shop’s ‘Carrier Bags for Causes’ have kindly donated the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) centre, Thomas Edward Mitton (TEM) House, £1,200. Rehabilitation Support Worker, Susan McNamara has been developing a plan to update the central courtyard at TEM House with the money raised.

The proposal is to develop the courtyard into an area where service users can relax, listen to music, and sit in with their friends and families. A water feature and some wind chimes will enhance the experience along with appropriate seating and bistro style tables and chairs, and a swing.

By providing comfortable seating, and a safe and tranquil area, families will be able to look after children happily giving them peace of mind and a distraction from the often overwhelming situation that can occur when a loved one has been affected by brain injury.

Some of TEM House’s service users are not able to access the community independently due to their high levels of risk with crossing roads and becoming disorientated so this area will bring the outside into the centre and increase their independence by being able to access this as and when they wanted to.