My Week: Sabah Ahmed helps victims of brain injury

The community link worker at the Disabilities Trust Foundation recounts her week

Sabah Ahmed
Sabah Ahmed

Monday: I am based at St George's Crypt homeless hostel in Leeds, which runs the first brain injury service for homeless adults. I arrive early at the Crypt to attend a meeting with duty staff and to see if there have been any calls to our referral line. I send appointment reminder text messages to the people I am due to see today. I find this helps with attendance because brain injury can cause memory problems.

Tuesday: In the morning I run a brain injury support clinic that gives advice on brain injury and accessing other services. One of our former service users attends the clinic today; he is anxious because his Jobseeker's Allowance has been stopped. We contact the Department for Work and Pensions and arrange an appointment at the local job centre. After work, my future in-laws visit. I'm getting married in five weeks.

Wednesday: I help to set up one of the brain injury training sessions we run for professionals who work with vulnerable adults. Then I dash off to a meeting to discuss the support package of one of our service users. In the afternoon, I call a local doctor's surgery because one of the people I am working with has been banned after an aggressive outburst. I talk to the receptionist and explain that the aggression is a function of his brain injury. She agrees to arrange another appointment.

Thursday: I have a meeting with a service user called George who wants some help with money management, social networking and community activities. We agree some short and long-term steps and submit an application to join an art course.

Friday: Victor attends the clinic. At 18, he was hit on the head during an assault. He is unemployed and homeless, often sleeping in a tent at a derelict school building. He can be aggressive because of his brain injury but I have helped him manage this. We chat about his alcohol problems. Back home, I gather my photography equipment. This weekend, I'll be shooting landscapes in Yorkshire.

The Disabilities Trust Foundation funds research studies and pilots new ideas and services

Sabah Ahmed is community link worker at the Disabilities Trust Foundation

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