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Day centre vision revealed to help those with brain injuries in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 06:30 06 April 2019

Artists impression of Brainwave's new day centre. PHOTOS COURTESY OF BRAINWAVE INDEPENDENCE GROUP

Artists impression of Brainwave's new day centre. PHOTOS COURTESY OF BRAINWAVE INDEPENDENCE GROUP

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A charity helping those battling brain injury and related disabilities have revealed plans for a “welcoming, vibrant and stimulating environment” to be created in Lowestoft town centre.

Artists impression of the dining and patio area at Brainwave's new day centre. PHOTOS COURTESY OF BRAINWAVE INDEPENDENCE GROUPArtists impression of the dining and patio area at Brainwave's new day centre. PHOTOS COURTESY OF BRAINWAVE INDEPENDENCE GROUP

Brainwave Independence Group, who have been supporting people and families for three years, are set to create a day centre to provide vital services in the town.

The centre, called The Point, will contain a series of ‘pod’ workstations, as well as fully equipped rooms for therapeutic and progressive learning with tutored guidance and support.

There will also be a restaurant and kitchen area where clients and families can socialise with support workers, carers and each other.

The charity also have plans for further projects.

Gerry Foulger, Bill Malloy and Stephen King from the Masonic Lodge and Antony King, Stefen Bowler and Julie Day of Brainwave Independence Group receiving a cheque for �832.50. PHOTO COURTESY OF BRAINWAVE INDEPENDENCE GROUPGerry Foulger, Bill Malloy and Stephen King from the Masonic Lodge and Antony King, Stefen Bowler and Julie Day of Brainwave Independence Group receiving a cheque for �832.50. PHOTO COURTESY OF BRAINWAVE INDEPENDENCE GROUP

A spokesperson for the charity said: “The aim for The Point is to help provide people with brain injuries and related disabilities to live a fulfilling and as normal a life as possible and be accepted as part of the community.

“It is a much needed place to go and spend time, as these conditions can often leave people isolated and with no outlet for their energy and creativity.

“With additional funding, or perhaps a kind donation, we hope to acquire a mini-bus to provide clients with fun and educational days out or transportation to and from the centre.”

The centre, which will be based next to, and in association with, East Coast Community Healthcare, is expected to open this summer, with a launch event planned in May.

The spokesperson said: “The centre will provide a welcoming, vibrant and stimulating environment for stakeholders, carers and family members alike.

“There will be a wide range of activities and workshops available from the creative to the practical, along with an office providing advocacy to clients and their carers.

“From creating and recording music to woodwork, crafting and cooking, the diverse range of activities will cater to the equally diverse clientele, providing as rich and fulfilling experience as possible.”

The charity were also boosted by a donation from St Margaret’s Masonic Lodge, who handed over a cheque for £832.50 raised from a ladies night at the lodge.

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