The Brain Injury Foundation (BIF) is a support group for brain injury survivors and their families and carers. It was launched by a group of survivors, carers and volunteers in August 2012 and has over 100 members from all over Newry and Mourne, Armagh, Banbridge and Dungannon. BIF supports people with all forms of brain injuries including strokes.
BIF differs from many charities in that it is serviceuser led. Almost all of the Management Committee are brain injury survivors or carers. Many of the services offered by BIF are delivered in part or completely by brain injury survivors or carers. This means that services are tailored to meet the real needs of brain injury survivors and carers.
With funding support from the Space and Place programme, BIF has just opened Northern Ireland’s first community owned Centre of Excellence for Brain Injury support. Located just outside Newry there is excellent on-site parking, including disabled parking, so the premises are fully accessible.
BIF works in a cross-border partnership with Acquired Brain Injury Ireland.link