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Group Services

The Laura Fergusson Trust offers Group Programmes for individuals with a history of brain injury, as well as their family and children. These groups run on a yearly schedule, during Terms 1 - 4. Please see below for a summary of current groups and information on who to contact if you are interested in participating or learning more.

 

Term 4: October to December, 2019

 

Family/Whānau Education and Support Group

This group is designed to discuss relevant education topics relating to having a family member with a brain injury, and to bring family/support people together to share ideas and experiences.

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  • This group starts Monday, 7th October, from 6 - 7:30pm
  • This group runs for 6 sessions
  • If you are interested, please contact Nic Ward (03 335 0541, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to see if you are eligible.
  • For more information, please see this brochure: Family/Whānau Education and Support Group
 

Improving Communication Confidence and Competence

 After traumatic brain injury, many important communication and social skills can be altered, which can impact life at home, work, and in the community. This group will provide education and training to improve communication confidence and competence.

  • This group starts Friday, 22nd November, from 10am - 12pm. 
  • This group runs for 6 sessions (one per week).
  • If you are interested, please contact Kristin Gozdzikowska (03 351 6047, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Peta Mann (03 335 0541, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to see if you are eligible.
  • For more information, please see this brochure: Communication Confidence and Competence Group
 

Making the Most of your Memory Group

The group provides education about memory and strategies to improve memory skills. Lifestyle information is also provided during each session, including the importance of sleep, nutrition and exercise for wellbeing and optimal cognitive functioning. The group (maximum of 8 people) is a supportive environment for members to learn about their memory, practice strategies and to  share their  comments and experiences. 
  • Sessions run for 2 hours weekly; dates to be confirmed. 
  • This group runs for 6 sessions (one per week). 
  • If you are interested, please contact Del Eden (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Linda Prattley (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
  • For more information, please see this brochure: Making the Most of your Memory Group030SCP181017 MG 1674
 

PHIT Group - Physical Health and Information Training

This group promotes physical activity, health and wellness following TBI.
  • This group runs on Thursdays, from 1 - 2:30pm 
  • 17 October to 19 December, 2019
  • If you are interested, please contact Paige James (021 331 287, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to see if you are eligible.
  • For more information, please see this brochure: PHIT Information Sheet
 

Brain Injury Education for Children

Brain Crew is an educational programme for children who have an adult relative who has a Brain Injury. Brain Crew aims to help children to understand a little more about how the brain works and also understand how an injury to the brain may affect how the brain works. Brain Crew also aims to help children to develop strategies of how to cope with living with a relative who has a brain injury and to develop a peer support network of children who have had similar experiences.

  • Dates of the next group to be confirmed; typically run during school holidays. 
  • If you are interested, please contact Nic Ward (03 335 0541, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to see if your child is eligible.
 

Young Person's Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group

The idea of this group is for young people with history of moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury to catch up and share experiences and ideas with others who are facing similar challenges. The group provides support and the opportunity to be heard.

 

Mindfulness Group

This group will introduce basic mindfulness techniques and focus on how mindfulness may be useful to manage fatigue, regulate mood and improve memory. Each session will consist of a shared discussion of the different qualities of mindfulness, two mindfulness exercises and specific mindfulness practices that can be used on a daily basis between group sessions.

  • 4 session mindfulness group will run on Monday mornings from 11 - 12 pm.
  • 11 Nov 2019 - 9 Dec 2019.
  • If you are interested, please contact Nic Ward (03 335 0541, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to see if you are eligible.
  • For more information, please see this brochure: Mindfulness Group