Charities and resources to help you after a serious injury
We know how hard it is to adjust after receiving a life-changing injury and we understand how much of an impact this can have on you and your family. Below, we’ve put together a list of charities and resources to cover a wide range of major injuries so that you can get the help you need.
You’re not alone. Many of the charities can support you through the first steps to regaining your independence and confidence after a serious injury and can connect you with other people in a similar situation.
AfterTrauma aims to provide a community for patients and families to rebuild lives and support each other after experiencing a traumatic injury. This website also contains information and resources to help survivors and families on the recovery journey.
AfterTrauma is supported and maintained by the Centre for Trauma Sciences in London. However, the information provided has come from clinicians and support services working in trauma services around the UK.
The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT)
The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) is the UK's leading charity providing specialised assessment and neurobehavioral rehabilitation services for people with disabilities resulting from brain injury across England, Scotland and Wales.
Headway East London
Headway East London is a local charity supporting people affected by brain injury through specialist support and services.
Headway West Sussex
Headway West Sussex provides services in the community to support those with an acquired brain injury as well as their carers and families.
Their services include support groups, counselling and awareness training. Headway West Sussex takes a person centred approach and treats every person as an individual.
Scope provides free, independent and impartial emotional support or disability advice. Scope's aim is for disabled people to have the same opportunities as everyone else.
SeeAbility is a 200-year-old charity that supports people with sight loss and multiple disabilities, including learning and physical disabilities, mental health difficulties, acquired brain injury and life limiting conditions.
The charity provides specialist support enabling people to develop skills and make the choices they want, to enjoy a fulfilling life with as much independence as possible.
In the UK Today, almost two million people are living with sight loss. Of those, around 180,000 rarely leave their home alone and many suffer from depression and struggle with feelings of isolation.
Guide Dogs is here to help solve this problem. Guide Dogs provides individual support to overcome the emotional and physical challenges faced by people living with sight loss.
Every eight hours in the UK someone is paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury; it can happen to anyone at any time and no one is prepared for how it will change their life.
Aspire provides practical help to spinal injured people, helping them move from injury to independence.
Contact a Family
Contact a Family is a national charity which provides information, advice and support for families with disabled children. The charity brings families together so they can support each other and campaign to improve their circumstances, and for their right to be included and equal in society.
Contact a Family’s vision is that families with disabled children feel valued and are strong, confident and able to make the decisions that are right for them.
Ataxia is the name given to a group of neurological disorders that affect balance, coordination, and speech.
There are many different types of ataxia that can affect people in different ways. Primarily it is genetic, however, it can occur as a result of damage to the brain, for example from a stroke, tumour, viral infection or head injury. The national charity, Ataxia UK, support people affected by ataxia and run a helpline.
Brake is a national road safety charity that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day and to make streets and communities safer for everyone.
They are an established and respected UK-wide provider of support services to people who have been bereaved or seriously injured in a road crash, as well as the family, friends and professionals supporting them.
The Silverlining Charity helps to rebuild the lives of all those affected by brain injury through meaningful group activities and individual challenges.
The charity support members to develop friendships, skills and new directions after brain injury. Membership is completely free.
BackCare aims to significantly reduce the burden of back pain by providing information and advice to all people and organisations affected by back pain.
The charity funds scientific research into the causes, prevention and management of back pain, which affects more than 80% of the UK population.
Queen Elizabeth's Foundation for Disabled People
QEF offers all kinds of help for disabled people, families and professionals.
They provide a specialist acquired brain injury rehabilitation service, the loan and sale of mobility aids and equipment and can help with learning to drive or returning to driving with a disability or impairment.
Changing Faces is a UK charity that supports and represents people who have disfigurements of the face or body from any cause, whether from birth or acquired.
The charity enables people who have disfigurements to develop high self-esteem and self-confidence, have access to the very best health and social services and enjoy equal rights and opportunities throughout their lives. The charity also provides training and consultancy to health professionals, employers and teachers.
Livability is a national Christian disability and community engagement charity which delivers disability services, community projects, education and training resources that promote inclusion and wellbeing.
Livability is a proven and trusted provider of commissioned care and community projects throughout the UK, with a 160-year track record in community and inclusion work.
Support and Care After Road Death and Injury (SCARD)
SCARD help to relieve distress amongst people who have lost a loved one, been injured or affected by poor or drunk driving.
They offer emotional and practical support through a helpline, specialist solicitors who can represent you at no charge, support groups, personal support systems and by providing free counselling, too.
Pain UK offers links to a range of charities which can offer advice and information about many sorts of pain and was set up to help small charities reach out and improve services. Pain UK cannot help individual patients.
Jubilee Sailing Trust
Since 1986, the Jubilee Sailing Trust have welcomed over 45,000 voyage crew including over 5,000 wheelchair users, 1,900 visually impaired, 1,700 with cerebral palsy, 1,300 hearing impaired and almost 600 amputees.
Headway is a charity that improves life after brain injury. They support brain injury survivors, their families and carers through a range of services, including; acute trauma support, a free helpline, an emergency financial fund and information services. Headway has a network of over 125 groups and branches throughout the UK.
Spinal Injuries Association (SIA)
The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) is the leading national user-led charity for spinal cord injured (SCI) people.
Being user led, they are well placed to understand the everyday needs of living with spinal cord injury and meet those needs by providing key services to share information and experiences, and to campaign for change ensuring each person can lead a full and active life.
They can provide support from the moment your spinal cord injury happens, and for the rest of your life
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