"Membership of groups ... gives us a sense of social identity."

 

"We are social animals who live and have evolved to live in social groups. Membership of groups, from football teams to book clubs and voluntary societies, gives us a sense of social identity."

- Professor Alex Haslam, University of Exeter

Brain Injury support groups currently meeting in AucklandSupport groups

They serve a very useful purpose in providing both well informed advice and companionship with people who understand the trials and tribulations of living with the effects of a brain injury.

There's been a lot of research into the benefits of the support group dynamic, both with the ‘facilitated’ group and the less structured ‘peer’ group. The strength comes from the shared struggle to adapt to a new lifestyle, from inevitably finding that someone in the group has experienced your difficulty as well and frequently is able to suggest a way to deal with the consequences. The humour is never far away, but most importantly the support and empathy is there: the glue that holds the group together.

Support groups currently meeting in Auckland

The Traumatic Brain Injury (‘TBI’) Group

Caters for clients with brain injury, both men and women. It is our oldest group. It used to meet for many years at the Concussion Clinic, Pt Chevalier.

  • Facilitator: Stephen Jenkins, Headway Manager
  • Meets: 10.30am – 12pm, 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month
  • Location: Headway House, 207 Manukau Road, Epsom
  • Contact: Julie Preston 09 520 4807 or Steve Jenkins 09 520 4817

The Men's Support Group

  • Facilitator: James Cunningham, a neuropsychologist
  • Meets: 7.00pm – 8.45pm, 1st Monday of each month
  • Location: Headway House, 207 Manukau Road, Epsom
  • Contact: Steve Jenkins 09 520 4817

The Spouses' and Carers' Evening

  • Facilitator: Allison McLellan, Liaison Officer
  • Meets: 7.00pm – 8.45pm, 1st Wednesday of each month
  • Location: Headway House, 207 Manukau Road, Epsom
  • Contact: Alison McLellan 09 441 4264 or 021 564 345

The Auckland Women's Group

  • Facilitator: Yvonne Prosee-Dixon, an experienced clinical psychologist
  • Meets: 10.00am – 11.30am, 2nd Thursday of each month
  • Location: Headway House, 207 Manukau Road, Epsom
  • Contact: Steve Jenkins 09 520 4817

Headway Harmonies

Headway Harmonies is open to anyone, of any level of singing experience, and we usually do a performance at Headway House every 6-8 weeks. All of our practices involve a warm-up and some vocal exercises, and then we sing through some of the songs that have been requested the previous week. All our songs have been chosen by our participants and we love taking requests!

  • Meets: Every Thursday 11am-12pm
  • Location: Headway House, 207 Manukau Road, Epsom
  • Facilitator: Astrid Kreppelt, an experienced social worker

North Shore Women's Group

  • Meets: 10.00am – 11.30am, 1st Thursday of each month
  • Location: YES Resource Centre, 3 William Laurie Place, Albany
  • Contact: Alison McLellan 09 441 4264

The South Auckland General Support Group

A ‘mixed interest’ group catering for people with brain injury and their families, whanau or carers. The format is quite varied and includes regular guest speakers on a range of topics.

  • Facilitator: Michael Denton, Liaison officer, South Auckland
  • Meets: 7.00pm – 9.00pm, 1st Thursday of the month
  • Location: The Tui Room, Community Rooms Fairmall, Otara Town Centre (opposite entrance to the Otara Library)
  • Contact: Michael Denton 09 272 2272 or 021 564 348 or email michael.denton@brain-injury.org.nz

The South Auckland Whanau / Spouse / Carer Group

A new facilitated Support Group to support whanau caring for someone with a brain injury.

  • Facilitator: John Hibbs, an experienced counsellor who has worked for many years in the brain injury field
  • Meets: 10.00am – 12 noon, 1st Thursday of the month
  • Location: Subject to confirmation. Currently The Tui Room, Community Rooms Fairmall, Otara Town Centre (opposite entrance to the Otara Library)
  • Contact: Michael Denton 09 272 2272 or 021 564 348 or email michael.denton@brain-injury.org.nz