Doreen- An Update!

On Friday 12th May 2017 Franki Collinson, Occupational Therapist and Champion for Cognition supported her client, Doreen Ward, to become the first Volunteer Coordinator for the NWABI Network meeting. The Network, which has been running for 10 years, is a group of organisations and businesses working in the field of brain injury who meet twice yearly to network, share good practice and promote services for clients with brain injuries.

Doreen suffered a sub-arachnoid haemorrhage in 2011 with devastating consequences. Having recently graduated from Bolton University with a Psychology degree she was looking forward to gaining employment. After the haemorrhage she was no longer able to care for her 4 year old daughter and had lost confidence socially. Doreen has worked hard with Franki to make improvements in functional mobility, daily household activities including meal preparation and laundry, shopping, budgeting and organisational skills whilst incorporating the principles of fatigue management

Franki assisted Doreen to write a job description for her new role which included booking the room, ordering the buffet, liaising with sponsors, sending out the invitations, setting up the room on the day, welcoming attendees, assisting with hot drinks, handing out name labels and organising and storing business cards.

Doreen has been in her role as NWABI Volunteer Coordinator for over 12 months now and is going from strength to strength. At our last meeting in May many of us were stuck in traffic and Doreen needed to ‘fly solo’ meeting and greeting and creating a list of attendees and telling everyone the plan for the meeting

When Doreen is ready to hand this role over she will be able to assist with the process of selecting a new volunteer and supporting them to take on the role which will evidence the considerable progress she has made.

Doreen has also expressed an interest in volunteering at BASIC and has attended training in reception work.

She is busy moving to a new house and we would like to wish Doreen all the very best as she moves into the next exciting phase of life!