Jim McGeough

Newry User Forum/Regional Chair

Jim joined Cedar’s Brain Injury services in June 2008 and in addition to the internal training he completed several work placements and courses including Emergency First Aid and Health and Safety. 

Jim was also a participant with the ConneXions Project and is still involved in the Newry network, regularly attending events and activities with other members.   Jim completed Capacity-building training which included completion of an OCN Level 1 in Peer Support, which helps participants to support others with disabilities.

Anne Straghan

Belfast User Forum

Anne was involved with Cedar’s Community Inclusion Programme in Belfast where she attended swimming lessons and completed courses in Spanish, German and French. Anne was encouraged to get involved with Cedar’s Belfast based User Forum and quickly progressed into the role of Vice-Chairperson and then Chair.


Between 2011-2013 Cedar’s User Forum under-went a regionalisation process to ensure the equal representation of service-users across Northern Ireland. Throughout this process, Anne was appointed Regional User Forum chair whilst continuing to serve as local chair for the Belfast group. In this position she offered mentoring, support and guidance to the newly appointed local chairs, assisting them establish and develop the local user groups.