Football and femininity don’t always go hand in hand. But in Helen’s case they make a perfect match. Underneath Helen’s immaculate appearance there is an unwavering devotion to the mighty Bulldogs.
Helen’s smile lights up the room when she comes into Headway House and she brings lots of laughter to the groups she attends. Enthusiastically socialising with participants and staff alike, she particularly enjoys cooking, music therapy, ceramics and art.
Helen sustained an acquired brain injury at the tender age of 9 through a motor vehicle accident. Then during her 20’s a fall resulted in right-sided subacute haematoma and hemiplegia. The combined effect of both injuries has resulted in significant cognitive and physical impairments and epilepsy.
Helen has accessed Headway ADP from the early days of the program. Even when her family moved she insisted on coming back in spite of the additional travel time. But overtime Helen’s health has deteriorated and it became obvious that she required one to one support to attend the groups.
This additional support has been realised through Helen’s NDIS plan. Helen has been able to not only increase the activities she attends but now receives individual support from Headway ADP staff at home. Retaining strong connections with her cultural background is important for Helen, especially her Arabic language skills. So Headway ADP provides support staff who speak both Arabic and English. Travel is also incorporated into the support relieving mum of the 2 hour return journey. And Helen is certainly enjoying the new sense of independence.