1 Jul 2012

Brain injury organisation on brink of closure

8:18 pm on 1 July 2012

A Wellington charity that helps people with brain injuries says it could be forced to close because it has run out of money.

Brain Injury Wellington provides people with advice, advocacy and support with things like filing ACC claims.

Brain Injury Wellington says it has about 250 new requests each month for information.

But it warns it may not be able to continue providing support due to a funding crisis, largely brought about by a drop in charitable grants.

Its spokesperson Warwick Wiles says the association's struggling to pay its one paid staff member.

Mr Wiles says no other agency provides the sort of specialist assistance people with brain injuries need; and he's worried vulnerable people will be left without vital care and support if the charity folds.

In order to keep its doors open, Brain Injury Wellington plans to apply for emergency Government funding.