Headway Cambridgeshire is a charity that offers a wide range of activities and services supporting people whose lives have been changed by a brain injury or neurological condition.
People with brain injuries are given excellent medical help and rehabilitation in hospital following their accident or illness, but it is when they return home that many people need the sort of support that Headway Cambridgeshire provides.
Headway Cambridgeshire is the only local charity that offers a tailored social rehabilitation programme that is geared to the individual client's goals and aspirations. We also provide support and advice for families and carers.
Headway Cambridgeshire works hard to ensure that people who have suffered a brain injury are able to lead as full a life as possible, despite their changed circumstances.
Structured physical, mental and social rehabilitation
Our hub in Cambridge offers a programme of activities aimed at recovery and social rehabilitation following brain injury. We provide a supportive and therapeutic environment where individual needs, skills and contributions are valued. Individuals can choose from a range of sessions which include building physical fitness and stamina as well as general well being, improving daily living skills, or understanding and managing the effects of the injury.
Information, advice and support
We offer information, advice & support to anyone affected by brain injury as well as families, carers and professionals. This support includes: information on brain injury and Headway services, information on other appropriate services across Cambridgeshire, benefits support, signposting to relevant agencies as well as emotional support.
Our Independence service provides specialist rehabilitation workers to help clients achieve goals at home or in the community. This type of support includes: re-ablement following discharge from hospital or residential services, support with daily living, support to build confidence in community facilities, support to engage in social, learning or volunteer opportunities, or support to manage the effects of brain injury. We also offer structured programmes for preparing for return to employment.
Life can change following a brain injury. HWC has specialist staff who able to provide the right support with the aim of encouraging the expression of feelings and thoughts as well as improving or maintaining function and independence. Our therapists include an art therapist, occupational therapists and a horticultural therapist.
Social inclusion and leisure
Because social isolation can be a significant problem for people with a brain injury, we facilitate a number of social, support and friendship groups across Cambridgeshire, as well as opportunities to join organised group outdoor activities.