While recovering after a brain injury, some individuals may benefit from a structured day program or clubhouse. This may be a short or long term need. BIANC supports the development of day pro-grams and clubhouses in NC for people with brain injuries.
Click here to read an article from our Fall/Winter 2011 Starting Point newsletter. It discusses two clubhouse/day programs in NC which are also described below on this page.
A Brain Injury Clubhouse is a community center for people living with the effects of a brain injury. It offers a safe environment where people are treated with dignity and respect. A clubhouse focuses on abilities rather than disabilities, and members are recognized for their contribution, no matter how big or small. Members work together to support each other in the pursuit of personal goals. In the process, people develop the skills and self-esteem needed to regain control of meaningful and productive lives. Clubhouses encourage community re-entry, the rebuilding of social relationships, and the skills training required to return to productive activity.
Clubhouses can be divided into areas such as the four following:
Work-Ordered Day Clubhouses are divided into units such as the Administrative and Kitchen/Maintenance units. Members choose which unit to participate in based on personal interests.
Education Members provide education and awareness of brain injury to the community. They also receive information on available community resources and work toward increasing self-management skills, productivity and independence.
Volunteer/Employment The Clubhouse assists with providing resources to prepare members for employment, and helps with establishing connections in order to pursue volunteer opportunities and/or competitive employment.
Social Activities Members can be engaged in social activities within the community.
LEARN ABOUT PROGRAMS AVAILABLE IN NORTH CAROLINA FOR BRAIN INJURY