The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) offers community support and enablement services for people with acquired brain injury. Read our community service user stories.

Supported living schemes

We run 30 supported living schemes across England, working in partnership with housing associations to offer accommodation with 24 hour support (shared) provided by our specially trained staff teams.

Accommodation can be a shared house (typically 3 or 4 tenants) in which we deliver our specialist care and/or support 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. The people we support have their own bedroom and share communal spaces like kitchen, lounge and dining areas, bathroom and garden/outdoor areas.

The Disabilities Trust also runs community schemes where tenants have their own flat, within a cluster of flats, which adjoins a communal area/flat staffed 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. The people we support have bespoke packages of care/support, and access to 24 hour support, including sleep-ins.

In both these types of schemes, the rent/housing services costs are usually covered by Housing Benefit (providing the tenant is eligible) and we support tenants to pay for their food, utility costs, etc from their personal income and/or welfare benefits. The cost of care/support is usually funded by statutory services such as adult social care, or via Direct Payments, PIP, etc or through insurance, for example, in medico-legal claims.

The Disabilities Trust is currently developing new additional services in York, Leeds, Blackpool and Glasgow. Please contact our Business Development Team below for more information.

Home support

Our staff teams can also deliver one to one support to individuals who have their own accommodation, from a few hours per week up to 24 hours per day. This is available in certain parts of the country. The cost of care/support is usually funded by statutory services such as adult social care, or via Direct Payments, PIP, etc or through insurance, for example, in medico-legal claims.

Referrals

Referrals should be made directly to Westgate Court. We accept referrals from a wide range of agencies including health, social services, medico-legal and other specialist providers.

The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT)'s referral service is free, transparent, available nationally and expert-led - we support you through the referral process every step of the way. BIRT provides a wide range of assessment and rehabilitation services to meet the needs of people with acquired brain injury (ABI). It does not matter if the injury was recent or a long time ago, or whether the person has had rehabilitation before.

Complete and submit our new secure online referral form to refer someone for brain injury rehabilitation at one of our centres. Click 'submit' to send the information securely to our central referrals desk in Wakefield.

For general advice and guidance about Community Services, including queries about which services might be most appropriate please call our Business Development Team on 01924 266344 or email Business.Development@thedtgroup.org or by post contact:

The Disabilities Trust – Business Development Team
3 Westgate Court, Silkwood Park
Wakefield, WF5 9TJ

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