Graduation Success for Borders Brain Injury service users
On 13th June 2017, 9 service users from the Borders Brain Injury Service completed and graduated from the Skills for Acquired Brain Injury (SABI) college course.
This is a 3 year course delivered by Borders College and aimed for people to manage the effects of brain injury and meet others with similar experiences and ddifficulties. The course runs for a full day every Friday and looks at cognitive strategies, confidence building, social skills and engaging in the local community.
The course is structured and tailored to suit everybody and is a great way for people to reintegrate in their community and mix with other people.
The potential barriers to the course include transport, health complications, anxiety, depression and lack of motivation. Though with the help and guidance provided by Scottish Borders College and Momentum staff to ensure support in all aspects of the course, this ensured everybody fully engaged on the course and all were proud with their achievements.
Out of the group, two service users have progressed on to Further Education. One service user has now applied and been accepted on a full time business management course through the college - he used the SABI course as a stepping stone to reach his personal goal.
Another service user is returning next year as a peer mentor and as a representative for the disability forum.
Janice McNeil from Momentum attended the graduation ceremony and said “it was lovely to see how people with acquired brain injury can achieve so much with the right support”.