Community Opportunities: July 2022

Support groups can provide a sense of community and identity for survivors and caregivers.

In addition to the programs provided by Brain Injury Services for our clients and caregivers, below are groups and programs available in the community. The programs below are not hosted by Brain Injury Services.  Please verify the information and/or RSVP by calling or emailing with the provided information.

Speaking on Purpose
First and Third Wednesday
12 PM
Many people join Toastmasters to become better speakers. A new Toastmaster’s sub-group called Speaking on Purpose has formed for those with physical and neurological impairments, from brain injury and strokes to Parkinson’s to multiple sclerosis to recovery from brain injuries and strokes. https://sop.toastmastersclubs.org/
Living With Brain Injury Support Group
Every Friday
10 AM – 12 PM
The Living with Brain Injury group is a unique and supportive community of individuals recovering from BI. This support group is intended to improve our recovery experience through respectful sharing and connective experiences. Eligibility: current Brain Injury Service clients.
Contact: Rachelle Price at mawmaw6019@gmail.com
The Helping Hands Stroke Club
Every Friday 1 – 2 PM
Meeting topics vary and are comprised of open discussions, guest speakers, fitness demonstrations, cooking classes, potlucks, health expos, game days, and creative therapies such as art and music therapy. Meets at the Joseph Willard Speech-Language-Hearing site.
https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/speech-hearing/services
Fredericksburg Stroke Support Group
Tuesday, July 5
6:30 – 8 PM
Free monthly support group for stroke survivors and caregivers.
Every first Tuesday of the month.
Contact: Susan Halpin at 540-741-4815 or Susan.halpin@mwhc.com
Inova Fairfax Stroke Survivors and Caregivers Support Group
Tuesday, July 5
7 – 8:30 PM
Share your story and help others. Learn about reducing the risk for stroke and find community services available to you. Caregivers welcome.
Meets every first Tuesday of the month.
Contact: Laura Buhler at 703.776.3030 opt 2 or laura.buhler@inova.org
Caregiver Virtual Meeting
Wednesday, July 13
*date moved due to holiday*
6 PM
Brain Injury Association of Virginia is offering caregivers a safe place to receive support and strength, and share their experiences with others in the same position.
Every first Wednesday of the month.
Contact: Debra at debra@biav.net
Trauma Survivors Network TBI Support Group
Tuesday, July 19
12 – 1:30 PM
The Trauma Survivors Network (TSN) TBI Support group is a monthly support group for survivors and caregivers offering support, coping skills, and education to attendees.
Meets the third Tuesday of the month (currently virtual)
Contact: Shira Rothberg at 703-776-4930 or shira.rothberg@inova.org
Stroke & Brain Injury Support Group
Thursday, July 21
4 – 5 PM
A support group where you can share your personal experiences, listen to others who have a history of stroke/brain injury, and learn new research and information.
Every third Thursday of the month.
Contact: Hannah Balberde at 703-957-2039 or Hannah.Balberde@Encompasshealth.com
Virtual Support Group
Tuesday, July 26
6:00 PM
Brain Injury Association of Virginia offers a group for people living with brain injury, their family, and friends. The group is a safe place to explore the challenges of brain injury and exchange ideas and information with others who really “get it.”
Meets the fourth Tuesday of the month.
Contact Christine Baggini at christine@biav.net

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