Supporting people with acquired brain injury and their families

Social Support Program

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People with acquired brain injury (ABI) spend many months, sometime years, in hospital and rehabilitation. When they return home they often find that friends have moved on with their lives and a lack of community understanding about their conditions causes social isolation.

Headway Gippsland's Social Support Programs aim to address this problem by encouraging and supporting people with ABI to access community activities. The programs also provide an opportunity for new friendships with people who understand their difficulties.

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The Social Support Programs are funded by the Department of Health. The programs focus on developing and maintaining social skills through recreational activities in the community. Read about upcoming activities.

Highly qualified coordinators run the programs, which are determined by participants at planning days held every six months. This also gives participants the opportunity to develop new skills and expand on previous enjoyable experiences.

Our coordinators also train volunteers to assist in the Social Support programs. Ongoing training is provided to all Headway staff and volunteers.

Group Locations

Headway runs Social Support Programs at five locations across Gippsland:

  • Wonthaggi
  • Trafalgar
  • Warragul
  • Morwell
  • Lakes Entrance

Each group has an opportunity to mix with other programs during Headway Gippsland's annual meeting, camps, joint group activities and special events.

Fees

Participants are required to pay an attendance fee of $5.00 per session, plus the cost of some activities. The attendance fee is based on Department of Health guidelines.