Head injury information Day a success

Head Injury Information Day (HIID) - Glasgow

The second Head injury information Day was held in the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow on Wednesday 16th May.

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Robert Swanney opening address at Head Injury Information day

The event, which was sponsored by Digby Brown, brought together twenty two organisations that support people with brain injuries and their families and carers in the West of Scotland. The number and variety of attendees reflected the work done by the Brain Injury Network Group (BING) in providing a forum for the exchange of information, experiences and knowledge around brain injury.

Robert Swanney, head of Digby Brown’s Brain and Spinal Injury Unit, welcomed guests and spoke about the importance of the event in raising awareness of brain injury and the services available to those who have suffered brain injuries. Councillor Allan Stewart, former Deputy Lord Provost of Glasgow, spoke of his own experiences as a service user at Graham Anderson House in Glasgow and paid tribute to the Brian Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) at that facility.  The Scottish Head Injuries Music Support Group provided a memorable musical welcome to the afternoon session.

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Glasgow City Councillor Allan Stewart addressing attendees about his own experiences of head injury
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The Scottish Head Injuries Music Support Group playing to open the afternoon session

A successful day

Several hundred people attended throughout the day. In addition to the main exhibition area, presentations from a variety of organisations took place, including from Robert Swanney of Digby Brown on The Rehabilitation Code.

The planning and running of the event on the day was done by a group of BING members, and some volunteer service users from Headway Glasgow and Momentum,  led by Kathleen McMonagle from Digby Brown. Kathleen has extensive involvement with BING and has been the driving force behind Head injury information Day since its inception. Speaking about the event, Kathleen said;

“Head injury information Day is about raising awareness of services for people with a head injury and their families by bringing together organisations across the West of Scotland whose hard work supports people living with brain injury. I’m delighted that we had more organisations involved and a higher number of visitors than last year. Head injury information Day has become an important annual event and I’m looking forward to working with BING and getting even more groups and individuals involved next year.”

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Representatives of some of the exhibitors speaking to attendees
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Audience listening to a Head Injury Information Day presentation being delivered in the presentation room

Getting involved

We would encourage anyone involved in the brain injury field to consider taking part in next year’s Head injury information Day.  Feedback on this year’s event was extremely positive, with some example of the comments we have already received below;

“The head info day was really fantastic, it was so well represented and really well organised. Found the presentations I sat through very interesting as well. The service users we brought along with us found it extremely informative. Was nice to see a few old faces of previous service users too!”

“It’s great that Digby Brown support head injury in the way you do.” 

“Thanks again for Wednesday, my clients really enjoyed it and were all very impressed with all the exhibits on offer.”

“Everyone from Digby Brown made sure the day, especially the presentations, ran smoothly.  It was a fantastic day and everyone appeared to enjoy it.  Thank you again.”

“Great day, brilliant for networking and sharing ideas and issues; very worthwhile event and great for the future; well done”

Organisations who attended

A list of the organisations who attended the 2012 Head Injury Information Day can be found below;

  • ABI service West Dunbartonshire Council
  • Advocacy Project
  • Brain Tumour UK
  • Case Management Services ltd
  • Child Brain Injury Trust
  • Community Treatment Centre for Brain Injury
  • Digby Brown Solicitors
  • East Community Addiction Team
  • Epilepsy Scotland and Lighthouse Services
  • Glasgow Life
  • Graham Anderson House- Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust
  • Head Injury Research Group, The University of Glasgow
  • Headway Glasgow
  • Huntercombe Group
  • Meningitis Trust
  • Momentum Rehabilitation and Care
  • NHS Lanarkshire Brain Injury Services
  • North West Glasgow Carers Service
  • Renfrewshire Head Injury Service
  • Scottish Football Association
  • Southern General and Glasgow Royal Infirmary Head Injury Project
  • Visibility

 

The Digby Brown team

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The Digby Brown team in front of the Digby Stand in the main exhibition area