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Funding for brain and spinal injuries voluntary groups

24th January 2006

People with brain and spinal injuries will be given help and support in getting their lives back to normal after a cash boost from a funding authority.

Around £120,000 has been allocated to the three voluntary organisations in Manchester, which specialise in helping those recovering from serious injuries to understand and use public transport.

Made up of BASIC (Brain and Spinal Injuries Charity), the Together Trust and Bury People First, the groups provide short-term and long-term support for people who need to regain their confidence and skills.

The initiative aims to develop travel training schemes for those recovering from a traumatic brain injury or neurological disease, familiarising them with key routes and giving them helpful advice.

"Travel is a part of everyday life and the ability to travel is something that most people take for granted. However, for some, independent travel can be a real challenge," commented councillor Andrew Fender, from the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority.

"I hope many more people will be able to make bus, train and tram journeys confidently, safely and by themselves as a result of this funding."