Throughout the Coronavirus health crisis, our rehab experts and frontline teams continue to keep essential services running. This includes our individual one-to-one support for Step Ahead participants who are looking to retrain or get back to work after their brain injury.
Thinking outside the box
As we all try to flatten the curve of the virus and prevent it spreading to vulnerable people in our communities, our Step Ahead team is using a mix of phone, email and video calls to deliver vocational rehab support to participants.
Keeping you safe
Health and safety is our number one priority for both you and our staff. This means avoiding face to face meetings and replacing these with phone calls or video calls.
Learning new skills
As with every challenge there is also opportunity. Our Step Ahead participants are excited to use different communication tools to avoid missing their rehabilitation sessions. Remote support brings an opportunity to build confidence using online tools to communicate.
Tools you can use to keep in touch with others
Feeling confident using online communication tools like video calls to keep up with Step Ahead rehab support, means our participants will also know how to stay in touch with friends and family during this time of social distancing.
Referrals and enquiries
Step Ahead continues to accept referrals for new clients and to manage enquiries. However Individual Assessments for new participants are on hold until infection control measures are relieved.
Step Ahead video
As part of National Brain Awareness Week, our Step Ahead participant Chloe joined our Senior Occupational Therapist Emer Duffy to share her experience of the programme and raise awareness of our service. Well worth a watch! See below.
Chloe shares why Step Ahead is important to her
“Having people supporting you was more necessary than I realised. I’m open to change now. It’s been 12 years since my accident. I have no idea what happens next but I do know you have to work towards it. I think it’s really important that people with brain injuries understand that there are people who can help you.”
Thank you to our funders
STEP AHEAD is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020. To find out more see: https://www.abiireland.ie/stepahead/