Community Opportunities: September 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.

CLiC Foundation Group
Mondays & Wednesdays
Sept 12 – Dec 5
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
CLiC Foundation is a telehealth program facilitated by Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia. Using videoconferencing, the program brings brain injury survivors together in an interactive environment centered around improved daily functioning and cognitive compensatory strategies.   Working with a trained facilitator the group learns, discusses, and practices strategies to build crucial cognitive, social, and daily living skills.   Classes include topics such as memory, organization / planning, communication, goal setting, and wellness.  All materials are provided at no cost! 

To learn more about the program, please contact your case manager at Brain Injury Services.
Online Caregiver Retreat: Nurturing Our Capacity to Care
Nov 8 – Dec 13
5 – 7 PM
This six-week program is led by Love Your Brain expert faculty and offers tools and community connection to support sustainable caregiving. Through a blend of workshop-style presentations, experiential activities, guided meditation, and group discussion you’ll learn:
*An effective framework for negotiating boundaries to balance meeting your own needs and those of your loved one
*Powerful strategies to work with difficult emotions, grief, and limiting beliefs
*How to cultivate more fulfilling relationships with yourself and others

Learn more: https://www.loveyourbrain.com/attend-a-virtual-caregiver-retreat
Speaking on Purpose
First and Third Wednesdays
12 PM  
Many people join Toastmasters to become better speakers. Speaking on Purpose is a supportive online community for those with physical and neurological impairments, such as brain injury, to come together and practice speaking and learn new skills — and have fun along the way! 

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.

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, Sept 6
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, Sept 7
7 – 8:30 PM  
Share your story and help others. Learn about reducing the risk for stroke and find community services available to you. Every first Tuesday of the month. Caregivers welcome. 

Contact: Laura Buhler at 703.776.3030 opt 2 or laura.buhler@inova.org
Caregiver Virtual Meeting Wednesday, Sept 8 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
CLiC Care Virtual Support Group Tuesday, Sept 13
7 – 8:30 PM
CLiC Care is a monthly online support group for brain injury survivors, caregivers, and family.  Meets the second Tuesday of the month. 

Contact Stacey Nichols at stacey@bisswva.org.
Stroke & Brain Injury Support Group
Thursday, Sep 15
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, Sept 27
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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