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Anchor Point is a research working group with people from 7 uiversities across the country. Our own counsellor, Jill Keltor, is part of this team. They are currently recruiting people to participate in a survey from the East and West Midlands. If you are a family member or close friend of someone who has had a traumatic brain injury you may be interested in helping them.

You can download a leaflet here, though I have copied the text from the leaflet below:

What are we doing?
• We are exploring a new way of supporting family members of someone who has had a traumatic
brain injury called the ‘Life Thread approach’.
• We think this will help family members to make sense of their own experiences and life changes
while also giving them a way to share their experience with other members of their family.
• In doing so we hope this will improve family member wellbeing.
• We would like to invite you to find out more and to take part.
Who do we need to recruit to the study?
• We want to recruit family members who are 16 years old or more who have experience of a relative
with a traumatic brain injury, or ‘TBI’.
• Any family member or close friend can take part, and more than one person per family can take
• We hope to recruit a range of family members including partners, parents, siblings, children.
• You will not be eligible to take part though if the person who had the injury was under 18 at the
time, or if the injury was less than 2 years ago.
• Taking part in the study will mean sharing your story of the impact of the injury on you and your
family. If you’re not ready to talk about these things or are concerned about your mental health,
then the study might not be for you.
• Any questions though please do get in touch with us.
What will the study involve?
• We are interested in family members’ stories about their experiences.
• And especially how to help families find ways of adapting to life post-injury by sharing their stories.
• If you decide to take part, we will ask you to come to a group (in person or online) with other
family members to hear more about this study and the task we’d like you to try. The task is called
the ‘Life Threads approach’. It’s a creative way to help think and talk about your experiences. We
will give you the materials for the task to explore at home for a few weeks if you want to. Then
we’ll invite you to meet with one of our research team to look at the ‘Life Threads approach’ task
together and to talk about your experiences. Finally, you’ll be invited to another group meeting
with other families where you can share your stories and tell us what you thought about the ‘Life
Threads approach’ task.
What are we hoping to achieve from the project?
• We would like to learn from you what you think about the ‘Life Threads approach’ and how it could
be used by other families facing the challenges of life post-injury.
OK I’m interested! What do I do now?
• Please contact Dr Charlie Whiffin c.whiffin@derby.ac.uk for a Participant Information Sheet. This will
give you more detailed information about what taking part means for you.
• Have a think about the information and if, after reading this, you would like to take part.
• Contact Charlie again, if you have any questions or if you want to take part.

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