An interview with Lisa Turan – Child Brain Injury Trust

How has COVID-19 affected the Child Brain Injury Trust?

Organisationally our model of support has been severely interrupted as we can no longer do any face to face work. We have adapted our service to meet the needs of families and professionals who need emotional and practical support during this difficult time especially with the changes to their circumstances and the issues faced due to lockdown. Unfortunately we have lost almost all of our planned fundraising income due to the lockdown and restrictions. This amounts to over £120,000, which cannot be replaced this year, so we have had to use the furlough scheme in order to help us to survive and recover.

What changes have you had to implement as a result?

We have launched a new virtual service whereby anyone affected by childhood acquired brain injury can access the support of an ABI Coordinator and access information including e-learning resources.  We have also launched a Family Emergency fund, where families supported by us can access a small grant to help with essentials.  We have created new pathways with hospitals across the UK, so that families can continue to receive ‘early intervention’ support whilst in hospital and throughout their discharge planning. Unfortunately, many accidents are still occurring and over the past few weeks we have seen an increase in referrals due to home accidents and falls, as well as some nasty assault cases.  We have adapted quickly and made lots of changes so that we are able to operate our service effectively, but it is an uncertain time for us all.

What support can be given to the Child Brain Injury Trust during this time?

We welcome support from anyone who would like to make a difference to the families we support.  Whether it’s by doing a virtual or physical challenge, doing an online quiz or a sponsored event. We would welcome the opportunity to work and support you.

You will be making a real difference and every pound raised goes towards our vital service.

Lisa Turan – Chief Executive Officer – Child Brain Injury Trust