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Brain Injury

  • Aberdeen Pathways Programme (Brain Injury)

    Momentum’s Pathways Programme in Aberdeen offers a dedicated vocational rehabilitation programme for people with acquired brain injury.

    Pathways help those with acquired brain injury progress towards and into sustained employment. The programme is funded by Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council.

    Aberdeen Pathways is open to any adult (16 years or older) with an acquired brain injury who lives within the Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire areas. The programme runs Monday to Wednesday. Those how wish to attend the Pathways should have the motivation to secure work, education or further training.

    The Pathways programme offers both group and one-to-one sessions which cover areas related to personal development, cognitive rehabilitation and employability.

    Each session is supported by staff members to meet each person’s needs.

    Some areas covered in the programme are:

    • Brain injury awareness
    • Health and well-being
    • Confidence building
    • Social skills
    • Managing depression, anxiety, stress and fatigue
    • Anger management
    • Strategies for attention, memory and executive functioning
    • Employability
    • IT and Employability college course (On Wednesdays)

    Referrals can be made by self-referral or through a health professional

    The first stage is an initial Momentum assessment. If the programme is suitable for the applicant’s needs, they will start on the initial phase of the programme, Module1 – Personal development.

    Throughout this 12-week first phase, each person will develop a clear vocational goal and readiness to progress onto work placement. The personal development phase will be delivered in various individual and group rehabilitation sessions provided within Momentum’s centre.

    The second phase of the programme, Module 2 – work preparation, focuses on providing each person with work placements in their area of vocational interest within real-world work or educational environments.

    For more information please contact:

    Momentum Skills
    South Building
    Migvie House
    23 North Silver Street
    Aberdeen
    AB10 1RJ
    T: 01224625580
    E: Migvie@momentumskills.org

  • Access To Work - Workplace Assessments

    Momentum Skills is the sole provider in Scotland of The Access to Work Workplace Assessment Service for the Department for Work and Pensions.

    Disabled people are an extremely diverse population, and the impact that disability has on people is also very diverse. Momentum Skills treats everyone as an individual.

    The Access to Work programme is a Jobcentre Plus grant scheme, which assists disabled people who are in paid employment, by providing practical support in overcoming work related obstacles resulting from their disability.

    Access to Work grants will contribute to the additional employment costs resulting from disability that an employer would not normally be expected to fund. In some cases, this may involve an arrangement where the Department for Work and Pensions and the employer share costs.

    Suitably trained and experienced assessors visit the workplace to discuss the difficulties an individual is experiencing carrying out their work duties as a result of their disability or health condition. A range of potential solutions will be discussed at the assessment with the individual, and their employer if appropriate.

    Momentum Skills then recommends potential interventions to the Jobcentre Plus Access to Work Advisor for them to discuss the recommendations and any financial implications with the individual and their employer. Recommendations may range from workstation layout and ergonomic advice, assistive technologies, job restructuring through to one-to-one coaching, strategy sessions, and disability awareness in the workplace.

  • Bellahouston Garden Project

    The Bellahouston Garden Project is run by Momentum to support people with brain injury who can find it difficult to reintegrate with their community or return to work.

    The garden project, based in Bellahouston Park, South Glasgow, helps people to rebuild their lives after sustaining a brain injury. People who have taken part in the garden project have seen benefits from increased confidence and more stamina to learning a range of practical skills that they can use in their everyday life, helping them to manage the effects of their brain injury more effectively.

    The project allows people access to a large garden area where they can become involved in the running and maintenance of the garden, supported by a Momentum staff member. The impressive garden area currently boasts a vast variety of different fruits, vegetables and herbs which have been carefully grown by those taking part in the project.

    People taking part in the programme who have sustained a brain injury have said:

    “If it wasn’t for the garden I wouldn’t be here, I love coming up here and doing a bit of graft”

    “My stamina was low, my confidence was low but it built up. I was a bit of a hermit but now I come up here and do some work and have a chat. We have a laugh and a joke, it’s like I’m a new man”

    The project has seen that gardening is one of those things that can unite people and here at Momentum, we see that in action. Our plot is about more than just digging and planting, it’s about helping people get their lives back.

    For more information on the project contact John Buddie on the details below or check out the links for information about how the garden project has helped those involved.

    T: 07725208575
    E: JBuddie@MomentumSkills.org

    Evening Times Story

    Award Nomination

    To watch a video about the project
    Click here

  • Let's Go

    Let’s Go provides a personalised social support service for 18-75 year olds with a mild learning disability and/or an acquired brain injury.

    Let’s Go provides hourly support for individuals, and also short respite breaks. This allows people, in consultation with their family members, to choose the service that suits their needs whether hourly or through short breaks.

    In addition to social support we also provide a “care at home service”.

    Our flexible, personalised packages of support are tailored to meet each person’s individual needs and aspirations. Using person centred approaches we listen to and work with each person and there network of support to help them to plan their support.

    Let’s go supports people in improving and building there:

    •     Self-esteem
    •     Confidence
    •     Motivation
    •     Socialising skills



    Allowing people to; achieve their goals, build relationships within the community and realise there potential.

    By putting in place detailed support plans, risk assessments and by working in partnership with family members, carers and health and social care professionals we help each person with a learning disability and other complex needs make choices and take control of their life.

    We enable people to think about and plan what they want now and in the future.

    Our Staff

    The staff members you will meet at Lets Go are highly qualified professionals who are qualified to SVQ2/SVQ3 and have been checked through the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG).

    Our staff members are sensitive and understanding of the different needs of each individual allowing them to provide the best quality of service.

    This includes staff being able to:

    •   Provide opportunities and support
    •   Provide a personalised service
    •   A structured but flexible service
    •   Continuity of staff
    •   Promote social inclusion
    •   Organising short breaks
    •   Medication prompts
    •   Support with appointments


    Let’s go also offers the opportunity to be involved in the recruitment process, participate in service user’s forums and to participate in training.

    Both staff and service users have a 1 page profile ensuring compatibility, let’s go also provides a 24hr on call service and those who use the service have 2 reviews per year.


    For more information please contact:

    Room 203, The White Studios
    62 Templeton Street
    Glasgow
    G40 1DA
    T: 0141 550 4922

  • Momentum Borders Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service (MBBIRS)

    The Momentum Borders Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service (MBBIRS) exists to support adults of working age (16 years or older) who have a brain injury as well as their families and carers.

    Momentums Borders brain injury rehabilitation service aims to help those living with brain injury to better understand, adjust to and manage the long term effects of brain injury.

    Momentum borders brain injury rehabilitation service provides rehabilitation and support to people who are faced with difficulties in their home, social or work lives which result from the ongoing effects of their brain injury or brain condition.

    The Momentum Borders Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service aims to maximise each person’s independence and quality of life following their brain injury through working in partnership with the family and carers of the brain injured person.

    The service also works with other agencies involved in the provision of the person’s health and social needs. The service includes the following elements:

    • Assessment of each person’s  needs
    • Support in managing the effects of a brain injury
    • One-to-one emotional support
    • Advice and information
    • Home visits
    • Support to relearn everyday living and social skills
    • Close working with families and carers
    • Access to a consultant neuropsychologist
    • Job retention and employment support

    Those attending the Borders Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service have their needs assessed and are allocated a level of supported rehabilitation.

    This is based on an individual action plan and can include centre-based activities, support groups, a customised college course, mainstream education and vocational exploration.

    Two support groups – one based in Berwickshire and the other in the central Borders – meet monthly and give people the opportunity

    Momentums' Heads You Win Course, delivered in partnership with Borders College, offers service users the opportunity to gain self-confidence, social integration and increase their skills through courses which include information technology, cookery, numeracy.

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    For more information contact:

    Momentum
    Enterprise House
    Galabank Business Park
    Galashiels
    TD1 1PR
    T: 01896 754517
    E:Galashiels@momentumskills.org

    To view a poster for this service click here.

  • Money Matters Project - Scottish Borders

    The Money Matters Project has been developed by Momentum and the Big Lottery Fund to improve financial literacy, money management skills and access to financial opportunities and benefits.

    The Money Matters Project is for those with a brain injury or neurological condition and their families and carers living in the Scottish Borders. There are further projects in the Scottish Borders which support those with a brain injury. Check out the Borders Brain Injury Service here

    The Money Matters Project is divided into three stages. You can take part in any or all of the stages and you chose the part that meets your personal needs.

    Stage 1: Help to maximise the household or individual’s income and apply for any benefits or grants that they may be eligible for. This also includes managing changes and renewals to existing benefit awards and help to negotiate the Government’s Welfare Reform programme.

    Stage 2: Participation in group workshops and one-to-one meetings providing information, advice and support to improve money management skills, improve budgeting proficiency and reduce outgoings. This is tailored to each person’s individual needs and will differ according to the amount and level of assistance needed.

    Stage 3: Ongoing support to help with changes to benefits and money management skills as required. Appropriate referrals from all other agencies and self-referrals are accepted.

    Benefits that the Money Matters Project can support you to claim include:

    •Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
    •Personal Independent Payment (PIP)
    •Employment and Support Allowance
    •Carers Allowance
    •Income Support
    •Jobseekers Allowance
    •Working and Child Tax Credits
    •Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reductions

    Some of the topics covered in stage two are:

    •Understanding the benefit system
    •Budgeting
    •Knowing your utilities
    •Shopping for the best value
    •Managing your debts
    •Managing your money online.

    Have a look at out leaflet here 

    For more information contact:

    Momentum
    Enterprise House
    Galabank Business Park
    Galashiels
    TD1 1PR
    T:01896 754517
    E:Galashiels@momentumskills.org  

  • North of Tyne Changing Lives

    Momentum Skill’s North of Tyne Changing Lives programme offers services to adults with neurological conditions and acquired brain injury in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland.

    The service aims to reduce social isolation by providing support to access activities within the local area, according to client needs and interests. We can utilise existing provision where appropriate or set up groups where there is a need.

    Activities are based on interest – such as photography, singing, art, or sport - or based on condition or circumstances – such as epilepsy, brain injury, carers, female/male only support.

    The service is person-centered and can work with people on a one to one basis as well as in groups and is tailored to their individual circumstances. For example the service can provide adjustment sessions, cognitive or travel training.

    The aim of the service is to promote independence and all activities will reflect this - gradually building engagement in community activities, then phasing out our support, working with the client to ensure this is at the right pace.

    For more information on Momentum Skills North East services and to view the brochure click here.

    Big Lottery Fund

  • Strathclyde Momentum Programme

    Funded by the Big Lottery’s Life Transition programme, Strathclyde Momentum will benefit people from across the disability spectrum from Glasgow, Ayrshire, Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire. The programme has four primary goals:

    • To help reduce the negative impact of the barriers faced by the service user
    • To improve the service user’s academic performance
    • To support service users to access open employment
    • Further educate the community and provide information about the barriers people with a disability face

    The goal of the Momentum Skills Strathclyde Momentum Programme is employment. Our staff work with business and community agencies to help them prepare their workplace to accommodate employees who come from a disabled background.

    Momentum Skills staff are available to assist people from a Pan Disability background with individualised plans to meet their unique needs. Momentum Skills will provide vocational evaluations, job training, guidance and support. We aim to help service users to make the transition from rehabilitation to employment, and inform them about the kinds of technology available that could increase independence.

    Each Service User will have a detailed assessment of their current learning skills and abilities that will form the basis of an agreed action plan. This will identify the level of support and guidance the service will provide to the service user to enhance their self-confidence and esteem and build on their abilities.

    This action plan will also assist the user to develop their Personal and Social development skills and interests in order to pursue their goals. Finally the action plan will identify various options to enhance employment skills levels, monitor the degree of ongoing support and guidance until they are settled in employment.

    The Strathclyde Momentum Programme will promote and utilise effective partnerships with external organisations that are better equipped to provide Vocational Certificated Programmes in the local community. The Strathclyde Momentum Programme will develop service user’s knowledge of the local labour market and job search requirements and gain a more realistic approach to employment.

    Service users accessing this service will also receive support from qualified Momentum Therapeutic and employability staff throughout their programme. The range of skills embodied in the team includes occupational psychology, occupational therapy and physiotherapy, as well as dedicated employment development officers.

  • South of Tyne Community Integration

    Momentum Skill’s South of Tyne Community Integration programme offers services to adults with neurological conditions and acquired brain injury in South Shields, Sunderland and Gateshead.

    The service aims to reduce social isolation by providing support to access activities within the local area, according to client needs and interests. We can utilise existing provision where appropriate or set up groups where there is a need.

    Activities are based on interest – such as photography, singing, art, or sport - or based on condition or circumstances – such as epilepsy, brain injury, carers, female/male only support.

    The service is person-centered and can work with people on a one to one basis as well as in groups and is tailored to their individual circumstances. For example the service can provide adjustment sessions, cognitive or travel training.

    The aim of the service is to promote independence and all activities will reflect this - gradually building engagement in community activities, then phasing out our support, working with the client to ensure this is at the right pace.

    For more information on Momentum Skills North East services and to view the brochure click here.

  • The Social Group

    The Social Group is a service provided by Momentum in Aberdeen which helps support both those with brain injury and mental health problems.

    The Aberdeen Social Group runs on Thursdays.

    The Social Group provides time and opportunities for people to become involved in different activities to help increase their confidence and social skills.

    The Social Group is available to those with both brain injury and mental health problems on a self-referral basis.

    The Social Group provides many different activities each week which can include:

    • Guest Speakers guest such as local historians/ historic walking tours of Aberdeen
    • Quizzes with prizes
    • Day trips
    • Cinema and museum visits
    • Arts and craft sessions


    For more information contact:

    Momentum Skills
    South Building
    Migvie House
    23 North Silver Street
    Aberdeen
    AB10 1RJ
    T: 01224625580
    E: Migvie@momentumskills.org

  • Pathways Ayrshire Programme

    Momentum Skill's programme in Irvine - which is part funded by the European Social Fund - assists adults who have sustained brain injures to live independently, to re-integrate into their communities, and to embark on the process of vocational rehabilitation.

    Pathways Ayrshire provides a vocational rehabilitation programme for individuals with acquired brain injury, who are working towards returning to paid employment, voluntary work or further education or training. Much of the programme is delivered on an outreach basis and is goal orientated.

    Following their initial assessment, clients attend a weekly 1:1 meeting with staff to discuss their individual needs, their progress, and to undertake individual training as identified during induction. The majority of clients also attend a weekly group training session. Guidance, support and training offered at the individual and group meetings cover a wide range of areas including brain injury awareness, cognitive redevelopment (memory, attention and concentration, decision making, and problem solving), confidence building, communication, relaxation techniques, stress, anger management and team working.

    Support is also provided to assist the individual to identify suitable occupations and opportunities are arranged to enable them to gain experience in a range of relevant types of work. Job coaching support is provided by Momentum staff for these activities so that the individual can derive maximum benefit from the experience. Travelling expenses are paid and support with travel can also be given if required. Clients are also given training in the completion of job applications and interview techniques and are assisted to travel to interviews if necessary.

    A number of partner organisations support the programme by offering short courses, arranging work placements and voluntary opportunities and providing basic equipment and protective clothing if required.

    Motivational and life coaching consultants also provide expert training sessions to promote confidence, self awareness, self belief and empowerment.

    If required, support is provided, through working in partnership with external agencies, for a range of issues which may act as barriers to progress such as housing and benefit problems, health difficulties, legal matters etc. Aftercare is also available so that individuals can continue to receive support on an occasional basis after they have moved on from the programme and they can return for further support if relevant.

    To view a poster for this service click here.

  • Work Choice

    Momentum Skills is the prime provider for the Department for Work and Pensions’ Work Choice programme. Working with our partners Aberdeenshire Council, Capability Scotland, Cornerstone, Enable, Leonard Cheshire, Moray Council, Scottish Association for Mental Health and Shaw Trust, Momentum delivers this key government disability programme in the Highlands and Islands, Grampian and the Clyde Coast.

    Work Choice is a voluntary Programme and it is entirely the customers choice to participate. Following an initial interview entry onto Work Choice is through Module 1, which is the work preparation phase.

    The customer’s advisor will then provide a range of support tailored to the needs of the individual, and design an individual personal plan to assist and support the customer in working towards achieving their identified goals. One to one support and group sessions are offered in job search activities, job applications, preparation for interviews, confidence building.

    The aim is for the Customer to build their work capacity to 16 hours per week or more. Providers have access to a wide range of support networks to assist Customers with any particular identified support needs or to assist in breaking down barriers. Access to Work can also assist with any work place requirements.

    The providers work closely with employers in order to secure work experience placements for their customers with the ultimate aim of securing paid employment. Customers securing employment can benefit from ongoing support to further develop their goals and aspirations and receive assistance with any difficulties that may arise.

    A Jobcentre Plus Disability Employment Adviser will be able to talk to you about Work Choice and whether it might be suitable for you. If you do not have a DEA and want to know more about Work Choice then speak to one of our Work Choice Advisors, who will point you in the direction of your nearest Jobcentre Plus contact.

  • West Mildands Vocational Rehab

    Our centre based in Birmingham city centre provides specialist services to support people with a brain injury or stroke to become socially and economically independent.

    The overall aim is to enable participants to to return to current employment, to retrain and find new employment, education or voluntary employment.

    Without specialist intervention and training, only 20% of people with brain injury will return to work. However 80% of people who attend the vocational programme return to work, education or voluntary employment.

    In 2010/11 over 100,000 people sustained a brain injury in the UK and over 9,000 were in the Midlands. The main causes include road accidents, assaults, strokes and haemorrhages.

    The effect of such serious damage to the brain is devastating, resulting in changes in personality, self-esteem, memory, and many cognitive difficulties and barriers to either sustaining current employment or returning to paid work.

    Brain injury can lead to a vicious circle of family break-up, unemployment and social isolation.

    Most clients have difficulty coming to terms with their new acquired disability - but we support clients to overcome these barriers.

    Here in Birmingham we work with people from all over the West Midlands to realise that there is life after brain injury and to assist them to regain their self-confidence.

    Our services offer a range of clinical psychology therapies; cognitive and personal development; brain injury awareness; essential life, work and social Skills; self-confidence; problem solving; drug/alcohol support; job seeking skills; working relationships; health and safety in the work place; risk assessments and risk management training; team building; and certified qualifications.

    All our services are delivered by our multi-disciplinary team of psychologists, tutors and employment development advisors.