17/04/2016 Community Life


17/04/2016

A new programme all about local charities, with Vinny Hurrell.


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Hi, there.

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You are very welcome to this first episode of our brand-new programme Community Life.

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This is where you'll hear the latest TV charity appeal

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and community news from around Northern Ireland.

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I'll be finding out more about one of the best wildlife

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volunteering roles around this year.

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We visit the Oasis Youth Centre in Portadown, where teenagers

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from migrant families explore their culture and make friends.

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And we'll hear about an unusual volunteering role

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in our police stations.

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More on that later.

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First, today's appeal is presented by Ireland rugby international Chris Henry.

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My Ireland rugby career was thrown into doubt just over a year ago.

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I suffered a mini stroke the morning of a Test match.

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I was due to play the Springboks and had to pull out last minute.

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I had an operation to fix the problem,

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but it brought home to me just how devastating a brain injury can be.

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A brain injury can mean a dramatic change in a person's life.

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Every year more than 2,000 adults and 1,000 children

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in Northern Ireland are affected by a brain injury.

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Many live with the long-term effects.

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Families and friends are affected too.

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But with the help and support of the charity Brain Injury Matters,

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individuals can rebuild their lives

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and reach their full potential in family and community life.

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We're just going to place the foot and the heel onto the ball.

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And what I want you to do is just bring your knee up towards you...

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Rene sustained her brain injury after suffering a stroke four years ago.

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Since my accident, I find it very hard to get around.

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My vision has suffered.

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I can't get up the stairs, so I have to sleep down the stairs.

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And whenever we go to stand, you want to come forward and then up...

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Since my injury, my neuro physio has helped me an awful lot.

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She's improved my walking.

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She taught me how to stand and I'm walking a lot better.

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The charity has helped me an awful lot.

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I meet people with similar circumstances

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and I'm growing in confidence.

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Well, we'll play charades,

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so we're going to have a volunteer to go first.

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-Any...?

-I'll go.

-Right, Rob, up you get.

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'A brain injury impacts on individuals in different ways.

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'For some, this is only a small bearing on their daily lives.

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'For others, it has a drastic, life-changing impact.'

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APPLAUSE

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Scott suffered his brain injury after an attack in Lisburn.

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He was in a coma for three months.

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And you stand up there on your left foot. That's fantastic.

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I have to get along for the rest of my life like this and...

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It does kind of depress me sometimes,

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but I have to get on with it, get on with my life and enjoy it.

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And each time Scott pulls the rope down, the slack...

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Through Brain Injury Matters, I enjoy doing the activities

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and I've made some very good friends.

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At the summer camp, we do clay pigeon shooting, archery

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and kayaking and the charity helps me believe in myself.

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Acquired brain injury is often a hidden disability.

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Peter, it can mean unseen challenges in people's lives.

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It can and it does. It...

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It affects how people interact with other people.

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It's intrusive, it's subtle,

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you can't see it in the way in which you can see a physical injury.

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So, how can the public help Brain Injury Matters?

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Chris, our services are provided through

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a combination of professional clinicians and others with

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a knowledge of specialist knowledge of brain injury rehabilitation.

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This year that will cost about £0.5 million.

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And anyone can help, because all of that money will be raised through fundraising.

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So, for me, it's very rewarding

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when you see goals that may initially seem very small

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but actually have a really big impact on that person's life.

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So, knowing that we can actually help them

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achieve those goals is really rewarding.

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The charity has changed my life and I can't thank them enough.

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I have something to look forward to and I'm building myself a new future.

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Go!

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APPLAUSE

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If you'd like to donate or volunteer to Brain Injury Matters,

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you'll be making a dramatic and positive impact on people's lives.

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Thank you.

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If you'd like to contribute to Brain Injury Matters,

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visit our website and click on the "donate" button.

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Visit their website or call them for more information.

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Now, migration remains a big talking point today,

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but we don't often think about what people leave behind in terms of

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their culture when they move to new countries.

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The Oasis Youth Centre in Portadown is helping Portuguese

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teenagers to reconnect with their roots.

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RHYTHMIC MUSIC PLAYS

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Families are moving abroad into our society and find it difficult

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to adapt for a variety of reasons.

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In our club, we have about 12 different nationalities,

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and in that environment they can develop new

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cross-community friendships.

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We're always looking for new volunteers

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that'll come and fit into the diverse programmes we run.

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We get to know new people and people get to know my culture.

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Oasis was the best thing that happened to me.

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It's not just the club, it's a family thing.

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I love Oasis.

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Now, a police cell can feel a lonely place

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if you're unfortunate enough to find yourself in custody.

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We've been meeting with two volunteers who help

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to ensure that detainees are well supported.

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Makes a big change, now.

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Well, custody visitors perform a very important

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and critical public role.

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The custody visitor's role is one which is the eyes

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and ears of the Policing Board.

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Where we can't be, custody visitors can be.

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Custody visitors make sure that those that are in custody

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can get their entitlements and their rights

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while they're in custody of the police.

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Have you had any food or have you had anything to drink at all?

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Yeah, I had a cup of tea and a glass of water,

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but I haven't had anything to eat, but I'm all right.

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We arrive unannounced.

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We're given access to the detained person and we're given access

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to the custody record, depending on the detained person's permission.

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I feel that the whole report that will go in on each

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visit to the Policing Board helps rubber-stamp either

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the governance or the processes that are being carried out

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by the police in detention.

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You're also reassuring the public out there that

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if they are unfortunate enough to find themselves in a...

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to be detained, that their welfare is constantly being monitored

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by the independent custody visitors.

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We would see somewhere in the region of about 9,000 people per year

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coming through our doors.

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Of that particular group,

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about one in ten will have some kind of mental health issue

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and about one in five will have tendencies towards self harm.

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So, that means that their care in this suite can be extremely challenging.

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And, again, having additional external scrutiny, in terms of the approaches

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that we take towards safeguarding that is really vital to how we go about maintaining that.

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This is one very important cog in the big wheel of policing

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and I would encourage anyone that would like to give of their time

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and do this public service.

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We need volunteers.

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Please come forward.

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Training will be available and contact the Policing Board.

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Now, how about volunteering here on Rathlin

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in Northern Ireland's largest sea bird colony?

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Colin Graham, you are in charge of volunteers for the RSPB.

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Breeding season really kicks off next month,

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but how do volunteers help yourselves and the birds?

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OK, well, what they do is they really show or visitors what

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they're looking at and they help them down through the centre here.

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We get about 15,000 visitors through the gates.

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So, what makes a good volunteer? Do you have to really love birds?

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No, not necessarily, as long as you love people

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and you love talking to people, then that's really what we need from you.

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If, er...

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If you like the birds, then that's an added bonus to us,

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but we get people travelling from all over the world to come here and volunteer with us.

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So, if people want to find out more, how do they contact you?

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So, the best way is going on to our website and all the information

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is on there and then they can apply directly through that.

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We're looking for people for, sort of, two-weekly slots

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from now through until the end of September.

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Colin, thank you.

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Contact details for Community Life

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are on our website's community notice board.

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Thanks for watching.

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I'll see you next time.

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