The Silverlining Charity

Rebuilding Lives After Brain Injury

The Silverlining’s priority is to ensure every member is safe, following government guidelines and self-isolating. This unfortunately means that all Silverlining activities and events are cancelled until further notice, we are currently working extremely hard to create remote access opportunities for members at this difficult time.

How we can help

Our charity will remain open to anyone who requires support or needs direction amongst the brain injury community. The team cannot answer medical questions about the virus and won’t be able to offer advice on any symptoms related to it, but they can offer reassurance and a friendly voice.

Contact us by calling 02031742051 or emailing admin@thesilverlining.org.uk

The charity’s Facebook, Instagram & Twitter, is a community for anyone affected by brain injury. It provides you with a chance to connect and share with people who understand brain injury and its effects in a friendly, safe and mutually supportive environment.

Silverlining groups have had to suspend many of their face-to-face services in accordance with the government’s advice – but they are determined to do all they can to find alternative ways to support those who rely on their help.

Staying safe

Some people have a greater chance of severe illness as a result of coronavirus, which affects lungs and airways. These groups include those over the age of 70, people who are pregnant, and those with certain underlying health conditions.

We urge everyone to strictly follow the government’s guidance, including:

  • Reduce social interactions as much as possible, following the advice given on the gov.uk website. This includes guidance on living with a vulnerable person, advice for formal carers, and advice for informal carers
  • Regular and thorough hand washing with soap and water
  • Cough and sneeze into tissues – and then immediately dispose of them
  • Do not touch your face with unwashed hands
  • Immediately self-isolate, along with all members of your household, if you present any symptoms such as a new continuous cough or a high temperature above 37.8C
  • Use the NHS 111 online serviceif you are unsure of what you should do. People are being advised to not phone 111 or visit their GP
  • Look after your wellbeing and mental health. The charity Mind has some useful guidance on its website
  • Access up-to-date guidance on the following websites:

www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

In the UK, every 90 seconds someone is admitted to hospital with an acquired brain injury. They have the potential to impact every aspect of life and, due to the complexities of the brain, every injury and recovery is unique. The impacts of brain injury are not limited to an individual. Their effects are also felt by friends, family members, work colleagues, professionals and the wider community.

The Silverlining Charity offers opportunities for all those affected by brain injury (Silverliners) to get involved in exciting and purposeful activities in the community. Our service users include the brain injured as well as their family members and friends who are often overlooked despite the effects brain injury can have on loved ones.

We run free and low-cost activities and events in the community encouraging our members to reconnect, grow and discover something new. All our activities are open to adults of all abilities; we believe that disability should never be a barrier to personal achievement. Our work engages brain injured people with the wider community in such a way which invigorates, motivates and rehabilitates to discover a sense of purpose, social structure and added meaning to their lives.

We take a fresh and exciting approach to brain injury support. Our mission is to engage and unite the brain injured with the wider community in such a way which invigorates, motivates, and rehabilitates. This helps all those affected by brain injury (Silverliners) rediscover a sense of purpose, direction and meaning as well as educating the public to the plight of those affected. We believe our mission can be achieved through supporting purposeful projects, challenges and activities which benefit the individual and the wider community.
The Silverlining Charity support adults who have sustained a brain injury, their family members and their carers. Our services are also open to professionals and volunteers who are keen to learn, support and get involved. We understand the effects of brain injury and so create activities, events and environments that are inclusive and look to enable all.
All of our services are designed to offer the clinical benefits of continued and collaborative physical and cognitive rehabilitation in a community setting where our members are able to develop a sense of purpose, pride and direction after brain injury. We currently run a wide range of different fun social activities and services in community settings.
The Silverlining Charity is a family like no other. We offer free membership to all adults affected by brain injury including the brain injured, professionals, family members and friends.

With a truly positive outlook we run community activities and events to develop social ties, promote personal growth, offer people new opportunities, and promote a sense of purpose and direction.

We work hard to ensure we can offer the majority of our activities for free or cost price.

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Our Challenge, Brain Injury In Numbers

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Source: Headway, 2015