EA Mobility are delighted to announce a new partnership with the Child Brain Injury Trust to work with the charity to help the families of children with an acquired brain injury.
What is the Child Brain Injury Trust?
The Child Brain Injury Trust (CBIT) is the leading voluntary sector organisation that provides emotional and practical support, information and learning opportunities for families and professionals affected by childhood acquired brain injury across the UK.
Founded in 1991 by a group of healthcare professionals, their goal is to research and provide information regarding the effects of ‘traumatic’ injury on a child’s developing brain.
The Vision of the CBIT
Their vision is simple: “A future where all children and young people with an acquired brain injury are diagnosed promptly and receive the support they and their families need to reach their full potential and to have the best quality of life possible.”
Their mission is to improve the quality of life of those affected by raising awareness of the impact of a brain injury on the whole family and empower those who can help through provision of education and information. For more information on their vision and mission, visit their website here.
What is the impact of child brain injury?
In the UK, around 40,000 children and young people acquire a brain injury each year. There is little support on offer to their families once they have been discharged from hospital. The impact of an acquired brain injury will not be known until the brain has fully matured. This causes further uncertainty for the child and their loved ones.
All families affected by acquired brain injury have been thrown into a situation they never planned for or expected to be in. This, as well as the unknown impact of the injury, can compound the stress and challenges faced by the families.
How does the CBIT help families?
The CBIT currently supports 1306 families directly across their 19 major trauma centres across the UK. The model of direct support continues to go from strength to strength, supporting families who are affected by childhood acquired brain injury. The approach focusses on early intervention in hospitals with work continuing through to schools. They also offer home visits as well as Facebook support groups for parents.
What is the ‘CBIT In Hand’ App?
CBIT In Hand is the first digital health intervention for families affected by Childhood Brain Injury and has now been downloaded by nearly 2,000 people since launching in 2021.
It gives parents and families access to virtual support for childhood concussion, head injury and acquired brain injury (ABI). Moreover, it also supports professionals who need advice and support around this subject. It simplifies terminology into a more readable and understandable form. Moreover, it offers a vast range of resources and signposting to relevant organisations.
CBIT In Hand Marketplace
The CBIT In Hand Marketplace is a dedicated section within the app, that provides an easy-to-access hub of useful and appropriate products and services across the whole of the UK.
Within the Marketplace, families can find a range of products and services. This includes assistive technology, clothing and home adaptations. It also offers advice on therapy services, nursing care and case management. Everything on the marketplace has been approved by the CBIT.
Click here to visit the Child Brain Injury Trust website for free advice, information and resources.