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Who is Headway Worcestershire

Headway Worcestershire is a local charity, based in Worcester, United Kingdom. We support brain injury survivors and their families in Worcestershire, providing them with crucial rehabilitation opportunities, as well as the chance to socialise, develop and interact with others with similar challenges. We have grown from strength to strength, diversifying and building our services along the way since 1990.

Registered Charity Number 702490.

We are affiliated to Headway – The brain injury association, who are able to provide further support on a national level such as a helpline, research and educative materials such as guides for families or further documentation and guidance for GPs and professionals.

  • Every year, nearly 3000 people in Worcestershire are admitted into hospital with an acquired brain injury. 1000 of those will find themselves with a disability badge and suffer life-changing effects that pose obstacles in simple daily tasks.

Without support, long term effects of brain injury often create complications such as anxieties, depressions and increased risk of suicide and crime. Personality changes, uninhibited behaviour or amnesia are only a few effects hindering people from living a normal life.

  • Headway Worcestershire support 300 people affected by brain injury every year.

We offer:

  • 3 day centres that aim to gain, regain and maintain skills such as daily living skills, increase confidence and level of independence.
  • an outreach (support and care) service across the county.
  • one-to-one counselling
  • emotional support
  • 2 peer support groups, which offer a safe space to explore current issues, find solutions and work on emotions and behaviour, in a setting where members are comfortable to share experiences
  • Further information on our services can be found here.
  • Two monthly newsletters: The Brain Injury Chatter and Headway News (updates about our charity and blog posts). You can subscribe here
  • Blog posts written by people affected by brain injury

What is a brain injury?

Acquired brain injury is a term used for all injuries to a brain which have occurred since birth, and includes traumatic brain injury (TBI) as well as tumour, stroke, brain haemorrhage and encephalitis, to name a few. TBI is a term used to describe an injury to the brain caused by a trauma to the head (head injury). There are many possible causes, including road traffic accidents, assaults, falls and accidents at home or at work.

The effects of a traumatic brain injury can be wide ranging, and depend on a number of factors such as the type, location and severity of injury. Every person’s injury is unique, so they will experience any number of the symptoms, which can range from mild to severe. Typical effects include but are not limited to; communication difficulties, emotional and behavioural problems, executive functioning (planning and organising) physical difficulties, and post traumatic amnesia.

How did Headway start?

The story of Headway began in 1979 when Sir Neville Butterworth placed an advert in a national newspaper seeking holiday accommodation for his brain-injured son. Dinah Minton and her husband Barry, themselves carers, responded and set out with Sir Neville to find any support networks that already existed. Around the same time, two social workers, Philip Lockhart in Birmingham and Reg Talbott in Nottingham, also contacted Sir Neville. The five agreed to call a meeting for all those involved in the care of brain-injured people. A total of 23 carers and professionals attended a meeting on October 23rd 1979 and Headway (now Headway – The brain injury association) was born.