The Longford Branch of BRí, which supports people affected by Brain Injury, recently launched their arts and crafts exhibition in the Longford library.
Ten people from Longford took part in a 28 week training course in crafts, enabled by funding from Longford VEC and a premises provided by the Phoenix Centre. The end product of this course was the exhibition, where the hard work and creativity put into each piece was there for all to see.
BRI is a national organisation for people affected by brain injury, and Longford is one of sixteen branches nationwide, explains Sandy Roper, Voluntary Facilitator with BRI. BRI has been in Longford for nearly two years, but Ms Roper explains that not many people are aware of it, adding “That’s what we’re trying to highlight. We’re trying to get people more aware of brain injury in the midlands.” With that said, Ms Roper is also quick to thank everyone involved in the training course, from the Longford VEC to those at the Phoenix Centre who provided transport, a premises and a guiding hand throughout the 28 weeks.
The Longford branch of BRI took part in the international BIGlobal Picnic last year, and plan to do so again this year on September 21, when the products on display at the library will be available to view and buy.
The craft course itself was hugely beneficial to all involved, says Ms Roper. “They really, really enjoyed it” she says happily. “If we can get the funding, we’re hoping to do it again next year.”
For more information on BRI and its branches, visit www.briireland.ie/