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Quick Note From Your BIA Team

Kia Ora Everyone, 

We have had a busy few months here at BIA.  Just a reminder, if you need BIA's help with anything, you must make an appointment to see our Liaison Officer, Eileen Varley. 

Ring Emma anytime between 9am - 2pm, Mon-Fri  on 03 546 6656, she can make an appointment for you.
Our team is part time and sometimes work from home,  please no casual drop ins to the office on Main Rd Stoke without a prior appointment booked.

Keep an eye out on our website and fb page for any updates regarding our Support Groups.  If you would like to receive txt reminders every Friday for groups please pass on your cell ph no to Emma and she will add you to her list.

BIA have a partnership with the NMIT Bachelor of Counselling Degree Programme. 
We are able to offer our clients, whanau and caregivers FREE one on one counselling.
If this sounds like something you are interested in, please contact your local Liaison Officer below:

Eileen Varley - Nelson/Tasman or call (03) 546 6656

Sally Thomas - Marlborough or call 022 5929 490


A massive Happy Birthday to Luke Palmer from everyone at BIA and your friends at our support groups,  who turned the big 40 over the weekend.  We hope you had a fabulous day!

Getting from A to B

Do you have transport limitations - are you unable to drive, or access alternative transport to and from Support Groups?

Please let Emma know if you are unable to attend groups due to transport.  Call (03) 546 6656 or email 

Thank You to all who joined at our August Support groups. 

You might have noticed our usual fortnightly group at Honest Lawyer hasn't been on our calendar of late.  The Honest Lawyer is a great outdoor venue and we will revisit them again once things warm up a bit.  In the mean time we are enjoying some new cafes and spaces around our community.  We are going to have two regular spaces that we will visit every month, being the Richmond Library and Nook Cafe (in at Habitat for Humanity building on Tahunanui Drive)  The remaining Fridays will be a different location each month, so keep an eye out for our calendar, either on our newsletter, website or Facebook page.

Numbers have been lower of late but very understandable considering the weather and illnesses going around.  Its tough to get out of the house sometimes but please keep in mind how important support groups can be for our mental health and to connect with one another.

Support groups are a very useful service in providing both well informed advice and companionship with people who understand the trials and tribulations of living with the effects of a brain injury.  

They will often make you feel less isolated, and others who have been through similar experiences may suggest ways of dealing with the changes arising from brain injury.

Our support groups provide a safe environment where all are welcome, and no one is judged.  Please feel free to come along to any of our groups.



"We are Serendipity...We walk at the far edge of human experience,
where the horse is both teacher and guide."

There is an opportunity for a small group of members to go to Serendipity Equine Farm out in Hira for a group visit.  If you have a love for animals and would like to visit the farm please register your interest with Emma.  Very limited numbers, so be in quick.

Serendipity usually provide a full day for team building, however they are happy to adapt for a shorter session of 1.5 - 2hours where we can spend time with the horses.  Below are some quotes from the website.  Please click on the links below to find out more.


At EquineSELF we let horses lead and we invite you to experience how they may light your way to a more expansive, happy and fulfilling life.

To open the gate into the world of horses as they led you through the obstacles of life and work. Our job is to help you interpret the actions of the horses through metaphors of life.

Open the gate and allow our horses to light your way...


Serendipity video
Serendipity Website


Brain Injury Associations radio show on Fresh FM

Heads up is a show all about Brain Injury information and education.

Click on the links below to listen to two of our members talking about their journeys on living with a Brain Injury.

Airing every Thursday morning from 9am - 9.30am

Special mention to Tracy Allan our host, and The Nelson Clinic who sponsor our show.

(If you are interested in being a guest on our show, please contact Emma on 03 546 6656)

Listen here to George Coleman and Ricky Douglas interviews


Hi team, I am on the hunt for anyone that can crochet and could create something similar to the below image of a Celosia flower, or possibly be able to teach us how to make them at one of our support groups.

If you know of someone or you yourself crochet, please let Emma know on (03) 546 6656

Click here to see Nelson events in September



Just a reminder that we have our very own Marlborough based Liaison Officer now. 

If you or someone you know would like further information, check out -  email -
or phone 022 5929 490



Stay mentally active.

There are many things that you can do to keep your brain in shape, such as doing crossword puzzles or Sudoku, reading, playing cards or putting together a jigsaw puzzle. Consider it cross-training your brain. So incorporate different activities to increase the effectiveness.



Click on the below link if you would like to do a quick and fun brain test

Test My Brain


BIA have a selection of books available for members to access.  There are some great books and stories of peoples journeys while living with a Brain Injury, as well as educational BI books.

Many Thanks to Ron and Jill Marks for donating this book they have recently published about their son Geoff and his life.  If you would like to read this or check out any of our books, just let Emma know by calling - 03 546 6656 or emailing 




We are an organisation who provide support, advocacy, education and connection to those affected by brain injury.

Our vision is that "everyone belongs" and we strive to support an inclusive community where those affected by brain injury have opportunities.

A lot of our work goes beyond what is expected and can include connecting others with the right people (either agencies or possible friends), providing a listening ear, offering a cup of tea, and having a safe space for those who are struggling with their injury or an injured love one.

We need your help to keep our doors open, so we can continue to provide all of the above!

Please help by donating to the below Givealittle page

Brain Injury - Givealittle Page
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