Welfare Benefits Seminar

The Northamptonshire Acquired Brain Injury Forum is sponsoring a seminar on the welfare benefits system. This topic affects many people with acquired brain injury and professionals working with them. It is of particular interest at the moment with disability benefits issues featuring regularly in the news.

We are delighted that our speakers are provided by Frenkel Topping, the leading provider of financial support and advice for vulnerable individuals.

The seminar will be held at the Sunley Management Centre, University of Northampton, on Thursday 26th May at 3pm (closing at 4.30). It will also provide an opportunity to learn more about ABIF Northants and to become involved as a member.

If you would like to attend, please email  abif@badbypark.co.uk to book your free place(s).

Conference 2015

Our conference held at the Kettering Conference Centre in Northamptonshire on Thursday the 21st May was very well attended by a range of survivors, carers and professionals.  There were some great presentations throughout the day and an opportunity to meet the expert at the end of the day.

ABIF Conference 2015 1


Some of the comments from the day shared on our feedback forms:

“Thank you for this event. I agree with James; “I will be better tomorrow than I was yesterday because of this event today!”

“Excellent exhibition which covered a range of areas of interest. Excellent speakers, especially engaging talk by James. Would love to return next year!”

“James Piercy – Fantastic, fun, informative, helpful”

“Excellent exhibition space – (NHS) had lots interesting parties & opportunities to find out what’s available in the local community & afield.”

“Excellent Conference, excellent content ”


Conference 2015

Our 4th Annual Conference will be held on the 21st May 2015

Brain Injury – Who Cares?

This conference will be exploring the implications of the Care Act and hearing how survivors, families and professionals continue to fight to get what they need by the end of the day you will be equipped to understand the issues and how to address them better than at the start!




Support for relatives of people with brain injury

3rd Thursday of the month
Help and information can be difficult to obtain when a family member sustains a brain injury. For example, following a road traffic accident, assault, or illness. At Kemsley, National Brain Injury Centre, St Andrew’s Hospital, Northampton, specialised rehabilitation for people with a brain injury has been provided for over 30 years. Alongside this, staff have worked with family members and partners to share knowledge and offer opportunities for support. We offer support to family members from Northampton and the surrounding area in the form of a monthly meeting held at Kemsley. Between 7 and 9pm it offers an opportunity to meet other people in a similar position to yourself, that is, following a brain injury to a family member. In addition, expertise from professionals in rehabilitation, for example, Neurology, Neuropsychology, Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Social Work and Occupational Therapy can be made available to offer information and insights about life after brain injury and ideas to improve coping.

For further details and to confirm attendance telephone: 01604 616521

Information leaflet can be found here

Conference 2014

This conference aims to get to the heart of the key areas of concern for individuals and their families following an acquired brain injury. ‘What Really Matters in Rehabilitation?’ addresses occupation, money and relationships and provides presentations and workshops open to brain injury professionals alongside survivors and their family members. It is an opportunity to learn how to move on and successfully address these key post injury issues, and also to consider where further action is required to improve services. We hope that you are able to attend and contribute to the day.

ABIF Conference Flyer 2014

ABIF Programme May 22 2014 Final

Presentations from the conference are below, please use the password on your attendance certificate for access.

Benefit Checklist

ABIF 22nd May 2014 finall

Benefit Awareness 2014

Jane Jackson vocational rehab


ABIF Conference – 22 May 2014 – Sex and Relationships after Injury(12375374_1)

Conference 2012

The conference held on May 18th and 19th was a huge success with a wide ranging audience. We’d like to thank all of those that participated and supported this event, and hope to see you all at the next one.

Some of the comments for the day included:
“a comprehensive insight into current issues and initiatives in the area of ABI”
“informative for people with ABI”
“attending this event will inform and develop understanding to issues surrounding ABI”
“an opportunity to share ideas and experiences as well as listening to experts in field”
“ABIF Northants brought together professionals and families dealing with brain injury and it’s consequences – a much needed forum for sharing and acquiring information, help and support”