Brain injured children in Wales are getting better support thanks to a £5,000 grant from the National Lottery Community Fund.
Money enabled the Child Brain Injury Trust to launch its Child and Family support service. Kelly Bevan, support co-ordinator for the service, shares her story.
I’m currently supporting Laura’s family. Laura is a six year old girl who had a stroke in January 2015. Laura spent a month at University Hospital of Wales where she had surgery to remove a blood clot on the brain which was thought to have caused the stroke. Unfortunately she had suffered a brain injury.
Laura is back at school but has problems with her mobility. The family now need non-clinical support with applying for financial help and grants.
We applied for funding from the National Lottery Community Fund for outdoor play equipment, sensory equipment, a trampoline and a fridge freezer, which is are bringing great befits for all the family.
We have also provided emotional support and have been able to put Laura’s mum in touch with other parents facing similar situations. She feels that through our help she and her family are now on the right path to support Laura’s recovery needs
Since we’ve received the funding from the Fund I’ve been able to carry-out really important outreach work including getting to know the services available to support brain injured children in South and Mid Wales. Particular highlights for me have been working with social work teams, special needs health visitors who cover Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan and the links we have made within the University of Wales Hospital in Cardiff which provides the major trauma centre for South and mid Wales.
Amber Fisher, Trusts and Foundations Manager said: “We really enjoyed applying for funding; the guidance was clear and the process was smooth and quick. We are in a good position in terms of being able to demonstrate the need and impact of our work so if you are thinking of applying, our advice would be to ensure you have evidence of need and systems in place to monitor and evaluate the impact of your project.
Without National Lottery Community Fund Wales’ support we would not be able to launch this Service and start helping children so quickly so we are extremely thankful.”