Rodger also explores the effects of the injury with a group of people in the Headway Swansea activity centre. Each member of the group is an expert in the sense that everyone’s perspective is unique and everyone’s solutions are particular to them. However, injuries create similar experiences too and it’s really helpful to be able to be a member of a group that “get” you and where you are coming from. Group discussions have one or two rules:
- Everyone is different, so no-one can criticise, judge or tell another member what they should do. They can share and compare experiences – many of which turn out to be very similar and “normal” after an injury.
- Only one person speaks at a time because it’s important that everyone gets the benefit of what is said. When two or more people speak, each conversation interferes with the other (it’s distracting and hard to listen and you completely miss the point of the conversation that you’re not attending to) – so you hear neither conversation as well as you might.
Everyone is welcome – people from any of the 6 branches can join this group. However, potential new members must first chat with Rodger to discuss whether the group meeting is likely to be helpful. So, if you are interested in this group, just email the branch and Rodger will get back to you. To give you a better idea of what we talk about, click on this link: Archive of summary letters from support meetings
Rodger sometimes discusses issues with groups in the Havefordwest and the Neath and Port Talbot branch meetings. These branches decide on the day of the meeting if they want a group discussion with him.