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Friday, May 24, 2019

Glasgow Head Injury Information Day tops last year

This year’s Head Injury Information Day in Glasgow proved to be the biggest and best yet with 38 exhibitors and over 400 people coming along to the DoubleTree Hotel on Wednesday 22nd May.

The exhibition room at Glasgow HiiD 2019

Exhibitors came from across the Glasgow area to share information about the support they can offer someone with a brain injury and included Child Brain Injury Trust, Headway Glasgow, NHS Lanarkshire Community Brain Injury Team, Quarriers Renfrewshire Head Injury Service and Visibility.

These Head Injury Information Days are the only events of their kind in Scotland, offering vital information about the support available locally for people with a head injury and their families.

Often, people with a brain injury can feel isolated and they don’t know where to turn to for help. We hope these events can help bridge this gap as no-one needs to go through this alone, there is help available.

This year’s theme was ‘Vision and Breakthroughs’ featuring presentations from leading professionals in the field including Professor Tom McMillan who discussed head injury and the criminal justice system and Professor Madeleine Grealy who spoke about how exercise changes your brain.

Presentation by Professor Tom McMillan at Glasgow HiiD 2019

Chris Stewart, Partner within the Serious Injury team at Digby Brown, discussed a wide angle view of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the ripple effect for family, friends, work, spouse and children.

Lisa Ross brain injury survivor presenting at Glasgow HiiD 2019

Lisa Ross, ABI Survivor and Peer Support Development Worker from Momentum Scotland also spoke about her experience offering a unique insight into the impact of brain injuries after her incredible recovery was highlighted in the national media including the Daily Record and The Scotsman.

If you would like to look at the presentations from the Glasgow event, please visit the HiiD website.

Kirsten Smith, CSR Manager said: “We are delighted to have welcomed even more people to our ninth Head Injury Information Day in Glasgow during Action for Brain Injury Week.The aim of the event is to increase awareness of brain injury and its impacts by inviting attendees to hear from experts in the field and meet with some of the fantastic services available to support so it is fantastic that so many people came along on the day."

Upcoming Head Injury Information Day in Edinburgh

Our next Head Injury Information Day is taking place in Edinburgh next week on Wednesday 29th May.

Find out more about our Head Injury Information Days or visit our Head Injury Information Directory to find local services in your area.

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Thursday, May 02, 2019

Head Injury Information Day returns to Glasgow and Edinburgh this May

Head Injury Information Days – major annual events bringing together people living with brain injuries, their families, friends and carers alongside charities and support groups working in the local area - are coming to Glasgow and Edinburgh once again this May.

Both Head Injury Information Days are organised and run by Digby Brown. Our Glasgow event is supported by the Brain Injury Network Group in Glasgow, an informal network of organisations who work with people with acquired brain injury and the Edinburgh event is supported by the local brain injury community.

Why come along?

It is a completely free event and open to everyone. It is a fantastic opportunity to speak with others living with a brain injury, their families and carers, learn more about the support available in the local area and hear from professionals working in the field of brain injury.

Over 25 local exhibitors providing support and help to those with a brain injury

We have thirty-eight local organisations exhibiting at our Glasgow HiiD and twenty-nine at Edinburgh HiiD. They will provide free information on the support they can deliver locally on a range of medical, legal and welfare issues to individuals and families affected by acquired brain injury.

Presentations from leading experts in brain injury

Both Head Injury Information Days will also feature presentations from leading professionals working in the field as well as looking at life as an ABI survivor.

Glasgow and West Central Scotland Head Injury Information Day 2019

This is the ninth year the event has been held in Glasgow attracting thousands of people from across the West of Scotland.

This year, the Glasgow and West Central Scotland Head Injury Information Day (HIID) will be held in the city’s DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel on Cambridge Street on Wednesday 22ndMay 2019, running from 9.00am to 3.30pm and will be focusing on the theme ‘Vision and Breakthroughs’.

You can also head along to presentations about how exercise changes your brain, looking into an accessible future with rehabilitation and hearing first hand from an ABI survivor plus much more.

Find the full list of exhibitors and speakers within our Glasgow Head Injury Information Day programme.

Edinburgh & Lothians Head Injury Information Day 2019

This is now the third year that we have held a Head Injury Information Day in Edinburgh and the Lothians, and this year the theme is ‘Overcoming Obstacles’.

The day itself will be held at the capital’s Sheraton Grand Hotel at 1 Festival Square on Wednesday 29th May 2019 and will run from 9.00am until 3.30pm.

You have the opportunity to hear from speakers about overcoming behavioural problems, discussing the issues in claiming Personal Independence Payment (PiP) and hearing about the day in a life of an ABI survivor – to name just a few.

Find the full list of exhibitors and speakers within our Edinburgh Head Injury Information Day programme.

"I would really encourage individuals and families living with a brain injury to come along.”

Kirsten Smith, Digby Brown’s CSR Manager and organiser of Head Injury Information Days, is encouraging anyone affected by a brain injury or working in this field to attend.  Kirsten said:

“Brain injuries are often called a ‘hidden disability’ but for those affected by an acquired brain injury and their families, the reality is far from hidden. Fortunately, no-one has to deal with a brain injury alone, there is a vast amount of support available locally from organisations throughout Scotland.

“The Head Injury Information Days have helped thousands of people find help, support and advice and this year’s event is looking like it will be our biggest one yet.

“The day is completely free for anyone to attend and I would really encourage individuals and families living with a brain injury to come along.”

Follow #GlasgowHiiD, #EdinburghHiiD and follow @headinjuryinfo for live updates from the event as well as any exciting announcements in the lead up to the day.

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Friday, April 05, 2019

Digby Brown support mental health charities across Scotland

For the last three years, each of our seven offices across Scotland have nominated a local charity to support and we have been proud to support charities such as Cash for Kids, Fresh Start, Food Train Dundee, MacMillan Cancer Support and Finding Your Feet - to name just a few.

This year we have done something a little different and each of our offices have chosen a local mental health charity to support for the upcoming year.

Considering the type of work we do – personal injury, employment, family law – we help people who are going through a very difficult and often traumatic time in their life. This can often have a knock on impact on their mental health and we are proud to support mental health charities that are helping improve people’s wellbeing.

Glasgow - Brothers in Arms

Brothers in Arms offer support to men, of any age, who are down or in crisis and empower them to ask for help when they need it, without feeling a failure if they do.

Brothers in Arms our Glasgow offices new charity for 2019

(From left to right: Kevin Moulds and Ashleigh-Jane Mitchell from Digby Brown Glasgow office, Daniel Proverbs from Brothers in Arms, Kirsten Smith, Fraser Ewing, Gillian McCarron and Mat Piskorz from Digby Brown Glasgow office).

Edinburgh – Health in Mind

Health in Mind charity has been set up to promote positive mental health and wellbeing by offering a range of services such as Counselling, Therapies, Day centres and Befriending in the community.

Kirkcaldy - Support in Mind Scotland, Fife Services

Support in Mind Scotland seek to support and empower all those affected by mental illness, including family members, carers and supporters.

Dundee - Wellbeing Works

Wellbeing Works promotes better wellbeing for those who face mental health challenges: building confidence, learning new skills, connecting with others and having a positive impact. They have been providing support and services for people of Dundee for more than 50 years.

Inverness – Mikey’s Line

Mickey’s Line is a charity in the Highlands founded in 2015 for those in emotional distress, lonely or isolated.

Aberdeen - Sunrise Partnership

Sunrise Partnership offers a free, confidential service for children and young people up to age 18 who have been affected by loss and bereavement. 

Sunrise partnership our Aberdeen office's charity partner for 2019

(From left to right: Paul Thomson, Neil Davidson, Amy Shand, Kerry Whyte and Carrie-Anne Mackenzie from Digby Brown Aberdeen office, Eileen Wheeler from Sunrise Partners and Kimberley MacLennan from Digby Brown Aberdeen office).

Ayr - Beautiful Inside & Out

Beautiful Inside & Out (SCIO) is a Scottish registered charity, supporting bereaved parents and siblings of suicide victims; promoting feelings of self-worth.

Last year alone, we raised over £60,000 for our charity partners and we hope to take this figure and add more this year.

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Digby Brown scoop top prizes at 2019 Scottish Legal Awards

We are proud to retain the prestigious awards of Firm of the Year and Community Contribution titles at last night’s Scottish Legal Awards ceremony.

For us, these accolades recognise all the good work we do at Digby Brown and this wouldn’t be possible without the commitment of all the people working within the firm to deliver excellent results for our clients.

Every day we work alongside organisations and charities across Scotland and we were proud to have this recognised again when we won Community Contribution award.

It matters to us that we make a positive difference in the communities in which we work all year round such as Spinal Injuries Scotland and the Child Brain Injury Trust - each of our seven offices also support a local charity of their choice throughout the year.

Fraser Oliver, Chief Executive of Digby Brown Solicitors said: “We’re humbled to earn these awards and have our commitment to charitable, welfare and community-based initiatives recognised by industry experts and our peers.

“We do significant work for key charities and individuals in the areas of welfare rights and benefits, as well as supporting clients beyond core obligations, such as fatal accident inquiries.

“In the last 12 months alone we’ve supported the Spinal Injuries Scotland BBQ & Activities Day and raised more than £80,000 for the charity as well as supporting road safety events, holding our own Head Injury Information Days and raising awareness of the dangers of asbestos to today’s workforce.

“Our dedicated and talented staff - both legal and non-legal – consistently deliver a top quality service and share our passion for providing excellence in access to justice.

"Not only winning but retaining the Firm of the Year title is therefore a very proud moment as our commitment to helping clients is very much a team effort across the board and I’d like to acknowledge the hard-working Digby Brown staff whose efforts made this recognition possible.”

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Glasgow office raise over £14,000 for Simon Community Scotland

Last year, our Glasgow team nominated Simon Community Scotland, a local homeless charity, as their charity partner for 2018. They were delighted to hand over a cheque for £14,114.84 as a result of their year-long fundraising efforts.

Simon Community Scotland tackle head on the causes and effects of homelessness and provide vital services like their 24/7 support helpline, outreach and drop-in hub, residential accommodation and housing support.

But this doesn’t happen without securing ongoing funding and support from communities around them.

Throughout the year, our Glasgow office have given up their time to organise and deliver some exciting fundraising efforts including raffles, sweepstakes and bake sales.

A notable fundraiser was the race night which raised over £2,000 alone for the charity. However, the most rewarding aspect was the weekend our staff volunteered at the charity's warehouse where they sorted through donations to be re-distributed to the homeless.

Digby Brown Glasgow volunteering at Simon Community Scotland Warehouse

Kirsten Smith, CSR Manager at Digby Brown said: “Staff in our Glasgow office have really enjoyed fundraising and volunteering for Simon Community Scotland over the last year.

“We hope that the funds raised will help the tremendous work they do in our community to combat the causes and effects of homelessness.”

Jenna Ingram, Volunteering Coordinator at Simon Community Scotland said: “We would like to give a huge thank you to Digby Brown for their fantastic fundraising, awareness raising and volunteer support over the past year.

“We are absolutely delighted to receive £14,114.84 which will fund our Donation Warehouse, the Youth Homelessness Prevention service 'Nightstop', and a significant contribution to developing the Streetreads project in Glasgow.

“Thank you for organising the fundraising events throughout the year, the donation collections, the volunteer days and awareness raising presentations.

“Every employee from Digby Brown who have engaged with us have been professional, passionate about our services, and determined to make a meaningful contribution that will benefit as many service users as possible. We cannot thank them enough!"

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