ABI Café is a Peer Support group for people affected by Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) in East Dunbartonshire, and their carers, spouses, family members and friends. ABI Café is the only brain injury support group of its kind in the area and is jointly facilitated by Ceartas and Headway Glasgow. Although these organisations support ABI Café, it is a peer-led group that really thrives on the input of its members and the lived experiences they share. The group has engaged in several Collective Advocacy activities, like holding Brain Injury Seminars to raise awareness of hidden disabilities.
ABI Café has regular invited speakers, talking to the group about subjects like:
- Welfare Reform and Universal Credit.
- Fire Safety and home security.
- Emergency Care Planning.
- Dealing with memory, cognitive and mood problems.
ABI Café is open to anyone in East Dunbartonshire with an Acquired Brain Injury, and although it is a drop-in café we would ask that you contact Ceartas in the first instance to let us know of any communication or access requirements you have, so that we can accommodate you and make you feel welcome.
ABI Café takes place on the first Thursday of the month, from 13:30 – 15:00, in the large hall of the Kirkintilloch Baptist Church. Come to the rear door, at the car park next to Sainsbury’s.
I am usually apprehensive about contacting organisations in fear of being passed pillar to post. I was delighted when I contacted Ceartas: although I didn’t need advocacy, you talked me through local services that I needed.
I didn't know that there was anything I could do about my situation, let alone that I had options. I feel so much better knowing that I can turn to Ceartas for information when I need it.
When I call Ceartas everyone is always so kind and helpful. They are all a really good group of people.
Thank you for your support at the last meeting. It’s great having somebody independent in my corner: not sure what I would have done or where I would be otherwise.
Thanks so much, this is almost a miracle! Can you do anything for Partick Thistle while you’re at it?
After waiting months, you got the ball rolling with a number of things and for that I thank you.
There is always someone there at Ceartas for me, no matter who takes the call.
Even a ten minute chat on the phone made me feel so much better. I was becoming frustrated and annoyed at not getting what I needed from services, but talking to my Advocacy Worker kept me grounded and stopped me from losing the rag with anyone.
It’s a really tricky role you’ve had in this case but you’ve done so effectively.
It's really nice to know that someone is listening to me and taking me seriously. Other people seem to think that my problems are trivial and aren't worth bothering about, but that is not true. My Advocacy Worker helped me to make my point in such a way that I couldn't be ignored, and now things are starting to improve as a result.
I felt like I was facing a brick wall until I started receiving support and information from Ceartas. The outcome of that has led to a much better relationship with the rest of the family, and now we are all pulling in the same direction.
I live quite a long distance away from my sister. When she needed to get some more support in place for her dementia, the information about local services and support that you were able to give me was invaluable. I can't thank you enough.
Thank you for your prompt and informative reply. It’s appreciated more than you will know.
Thanks for discussing things and then sending us some information in the post: we have now started the Power of Attorney process.
I can pick up the phone and advocacy support is always there, ready to listen and help me understand things better.
Absolutely thrilled with the service. I wish my family all stayed in East Dunbartonshire and could access it!