As the academic year comes to a close, we decided to get creative with our final fundraising event for Headway…
As well as giving MSc Speech and Language Sciences students a chance to think back over the past year or two, all the money raised from this light-hearted event went to the North London branch of Headway. Headway North London is a support group for those with, or affected by, brain injury including survivors, carers, family and friends. They provide a number of support services and campaign for greater awareness of brain injury. Find out more at : http://www.headwaynorthlondon.org/
Following a brain injury, people can experience aphasia, speech difficulties and/or cognitive communication difficulties. To find out more about each of these, visit https://www.headway.org.uk/…/effect…/communication-problems/
Speech and Language Therapists are a vital part of the multidisciplinary team when working with people who have a brain injury, to help make improvements in written and spoken language and improving speech clarity. The speech and language therapist will work with family to enable them to communicate as best they can in their daily life. They may also assess swallowing difficulties and provide guidance on how this should be managed safely.
Many students on the MSc programme have had, or are going to start, their placements at Headway. We hope that they will all be able to appreciate how helpful the money we raise can be, so that people living with a brain injury can have access to vital information, support and services.
With 19 categories to consider, people voted for their favourite lecturer, as well as who had the most creative therapy ideas and who was most likely to develop a famous speech and language therapy intervention approach.
We managed to raise an amazing £117.64 over two days. This is enough to provide 4 family information packs to support people in the aftermath of a brain injury, to recruit and support 7 of their indispensable volunteers for a month, or to run Headway’s national helpline for just over 3 hours.
Thank you so much to everyone who took part in this light-hearted event and donated generously to Headway!
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