Community development is a Northern Brain Injury Association priority, and one of our greatest strengths is our ability to work with other organizations to maximize our collective positive impact.
Good community development is action that helps people to recognize and develop their abilities and potential, and organize themselves to respond to problems and needs.
The Northern Brain Injury Association establishes strong community ties to use local assets to promote brain injury awareness, and improve the quality of community life for the survivors of an acquired brain injury, and their families. We promote active participation by all community members, encouraging them to meaningfully influence the decisions that affect lives at the local level.
We work tirelessly to teach about brain injury, and the enormous economic, social, psychological, physiological impacts it has. We do this by involving local interests and cultures in the development process; actively involving community members, leaders and groups. Trained community members then participate in brain injury prevention, education and support for their own area.
These relationships allow us to accomplish the long-term sustainability of prevention measures, and insure continued support for survivors of brain injury within their communities. But, community involvement also needs to work both ways.
By encouraging survivors of brain injury to become involved in helping others through prevention, education and support, the NBIA aids them to overcome feelings of low self-esteem, isolation, powerlessness, fear and anger. The process of connecting with others, confronting and overcoming real-life challenges, striving for justice, and giving something back to the community provides them with amazing recovery benefits not achieved by traditional counseling or therapy.