A CHARITY’S project aimed at improving brain injury survivors’ communication skills and memory has received a cash boost.

Headway East Lothian has received funding towards accessible venue costs, activity costs, transport, refreshments and entry tickets to a number of museums.

The Dunbar-based charity was set up in 2004 by those with a direct interest in brain injuries.

The good cause provides acquired brain injury (ABI) survivors access to activities that improve self-esteem and confidence, and help them self-manage their condition.

The group approached BeGreen Dunbar Energy Advice Centre with a view to receiving funding for its latest project.

Now, having received £2,000, the group will visit Dunbar Town House Museum, the John Gray Centre, Tapestry of Scotland Museum and Edinburgh Museum of Music at St Cecilia’s Hall for guided tours.

Anouska Woods, community co-ordinator at BeGreen Dunbar, was delighted to help.

She said: “I am pleased to be supporting Headway East Lothian with this £2,000 donation to run these trips and activity sessions.

“It’s nice that the charity is able to do in-person visits after having to do virtual tours throughout the pandemic.

“We hope everyone involved can benefit from this experience.”

The funding will allow 30 people, all with different mobility, communication, behavioural, cognitive and sensory issues, to attend the museum visits, which aim to get people talking and reminiscing.

Headway East Lothian is also organising activity sessions for those involved.

Jackie Slater, of Historic Environment Scotland (HES), will be leading the group through ‘journeys’, providing presentations of various memorable items, hobbies, work and uniforms.

Music makers will also attend the project, singing and playing instruments with attendees to help with social and communication skills and boost happiness.

The charity focuses on developing self-management services and independent living skills, and provides therapeutic rehabilitation activities at three weekly group meetings.

The local charity also has strong links with nationwide group Headway UK.