It was wonderful to see our ambassador Paul Spence celebrate a year of his community based support centre for those with brain injuries this week, and even more pleasing to see the impact he and his team have made.
Over the first 12 months of the service, there have been more than 800 visits to the centre, with 150 people benefitting from one-to-one mentoring from Paul and his team of brain injury specialist volunteers.
The centre has become a hub for those facing the long hard road to recovery – a place of positivity and understanding.
Interestingly, of the support provided at the centre over its first year, the statistics show there have been just 12 occasions when an individual has visited looking for help with finances.
The people visiting the Paul For Brain Recovery Centre are looking to rediscover their self-esteem, their motivation, belief in themselves, fitness, and positivity. Many are struggling to rediscover their social life, struggling with their mood, and finding it difficult to motivate themselves towards a better future.
They benefit from discussing their situation and setting achievable goals, taking part in outdoor trips and group social sessions, and learning about nutrition.
The reality is, money is not important to them.
They need positivity, awareness, understanding and love – all the things Paul set out to provide when opening the centre, and exactly what those 800 plus visitors have received over the past 12 months.
Paul’s approach very much reflects that of our team of specialists here at Hudgell Solicitors.
We know that the sooner someone is able to access appropriate cognitive rehabilitation support after a brain injury, the easier their recovery pathway will be.
Home assessments and adaptations, private therapy and support and clear planning with regards to reintegration back into community living after a brain injury are all key.
Yes, we do have a track record of securing many very high-value personal injury settlements for our clients, but these settlements include not only damages for pain, suffering and loss of earnings, but also to cover substantial, long-term rehabilitation support programmes. It is this which makes our support so crucial.
In one recent case, a £350,000 personal injury settlement ensured a young man had a dedicated case manager to oversee his progress from a serious injury. He had weekly psychological counselling, had a personal assistant and benefitted from weekly tutoring to help his education.
Whilst the money provided was crucial in helping provide stability, it was the rehabilitation and counselling which the client’s mother said had helped ‘rebuild his life’.
Rebuilding lives is what Paul and his team are doing from their base at the Wilberforce Health Centre. They have provided a key health support service which has proven to be meeting a clear need.
We have been delighted to support Paul on his journey, to help him establish his charity and realise his dream of making the centre a reality.
Now we look forward to helping him grow the service further, as Paul helps our clients in his role as our ambassador, providing vital personal support to injured people and their families alongside the legal help of our legal specialists, setting them on the same road to recovery as Paul walked himself.