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People recovering from brain injuries welcomed Assembly Member Lee Waters to Tŷ Aberdafen, the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust's (BIRT) centre in Llanelli recently (Monday 11th July).

Mr Waters heard from users of the service how the expert support provided at the centre helps them relearn lost skills, regain mobility and find new ways of doing day to day tasks such as cooking and shopping, as well as tackling the emotional and behavioural impact of an acquired brain injury (ABI).

He also took part in celebrations for BIRT's 25th anniversary, cutting a specially made cake with Stephen (pictured) who is undergoing rehabilitationfollowing a stroke.

Dilwyn Jones, the manager of Tŷ Aberdafen, said: "It was great for the people we support here to meet Lee Waters and explain how brain injury has affected them, and how BIRT's rehabilitation approach is making a real difference to their lives. Although this centre is relatively new, BIRT's 25 years of experience means our approach delivers really positive results for people with brain injury."

Lee Waters AM said: “The centre is a real asset to Llanelli and to people with brain injury across south west Wales. I will be working with Dilwyn and his team and with Health Boards to see how we can further draw on BIRT’s expertise in supporting people with brain injury."

He added: "The passion and expertise of the charity is clear to see and we need to make sure that we make the most of having a specialist facilities like this in the area.”

Tŷ Aberdafen opened in 2014 and has a specialist clinical team including neuropsychology, speech and language, occupational therapy and physiotherapy experts, along with highly trained rehabilitation support workers. The centre is part of BIRT's 15-strong network of brain injury centres and hospitals in Wales, Scotland and England.