A brand new family centre has been officially opened at the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust’s (BIRT) service The Woodmill, Devon on the 28th May 2015. Designed to offer a welcoming, attractive and safe environment for service users and their families, the new family centre will have educational resources, a safe play area for children, tea and coffee making facilities as well as comfortable seating in a pleasant environment. With the team from The Woodmill close at hand to provide support if needed, the new centre is a place for recreation, learning, sharing and supporting people with an acquired brain injury and their families.

Abi Cheeseman, Acting Consultant Neuropsychologist at The Woodmill, said “We are very excited about the opening of the new family centre, as it will make such a difference to our service users and their families.”

Among those who attended the opening was Exeter Chiefs and England international rugby player Ben Moon. Tiverton-born Moon was there to support the local service and represent the rugby club.

Emma Clark, Service Manager at The Woodmill commented “Having such an inspirational local hero at the opening allows us to raise the awareness of the potential brain injuries in the sport and the importance of wearing protective headgear.”

The day was celebrated with all of the service users and their families who enjoyed face painting, a bouncy castle, and refreshments and raised money with an auction of signed rugby memorabilia.