Headway Essex

Providing Brain Injury Care & Support

The History of Headway Essex


Colchester and North East Essex Headway was started by an occupational therapist as a Support Group meeting once a month, as part of Headway, the National Head Injuries Association.  Initial meetings were in the old St Mary’s Hospital in Colchester



A two-bedroomed bungalow, situated in the grounds of Severalls Hospital (a large Victorian psychiatric hospital), was leased from the local Health Authority.


The Headway House Day Centre had opened for two days a week, with an employed part-time co-ordinator and many volunteers recruited to help. 



Headway Essex became a Registered Charity in its own right and a Company Limited by Guarantee.



The Headway House Day Centre was open five days a week.

Family Support services were introduced with the recruitment of a part-time Family Support Worker.



The Headway House Day Centre was altered and extended to 1200 square feet, double its original size.



A Fundraising office was opened and a full-time Fundraising Manager and a part-time assistant were recruited.



The Fundraising department moved to  premises in Colchester town centre.



Name changed to Headway Essex to support people across the county.



Community Support Services were introduced across the county.



The Community Support Service relocated to the Town Office.



A Lottery Grant was awarded to increase the size of the day centre and add more facilities to enable more people to be supported. 


Headway Essex celebrated 20 years of brain injury care and support.



Day Care Services were temporarily relocated into Porta cabins to enable the extension building works to start. 


The extension was completed and Day Care Services moved into the new building.


A new minibus was purchased.


Headway Essex was involved with the making of “Recovery” a 90 minute BBC Drama on the impact brain injury has on a family.  Headway Essex hosted visits from researchers, the writer Tony Marchant, Film Director Andy de Emmoney and actor David Tennant, who as a result became Patron of Headway Essex.



The Community Support Service was restructured and set up with an outcomes focus.


25% more people with brain injury are supported than in the previous year.



Two new care officers recruited at the Day Centre in Colchester enabling more people to be supported.



Headway recruits an additional community support worker for the South Essex area to help meet demand.


First Life After Brain Injury Group (LABIG) launched in South Essex


Headway launches facebook and twitter pages to engage with the public and raise awareness of brain injury in Essex


Headway Centre in Colchester increases capacity to provide 72 places per week (previously 63)



Headway Essex celebrates its 25th Anniversary.


Headway Essex takes on a base in South Essex and establishes a dedicated Carers Support Group in addition to its existing support Group in the area.


Headway Essex launches its new website.



New Chief Executive role created


Reached 1000 followers milestone on Twitter



Headway launches education and training service, providing 18 training courses aimed at carers and professionals involved in the care of brain injured people.



Reached 2,000 followers milestone on twitter


Additional care worker recruited at Headway Centre to meet increased demand for the service.




Headway Centre in Colchester increases capacity to provide 82 places per week (previously 72) to meet an increased demand for places.


Headway Essex partners with the Colchester Institute to provide formal counselling services to clients


Community Support  introduced the Telephone Support  Service



30th anniversary


Headway Twitter page reaches over 2400 followers

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West Essex Support Groups

Please note due to unforeseen circumstances the West Essex Support Group meetings will be held at a new venue. We will update you in due course on the new location, if you have any immediate enquires relating to this please call the Community Support Team on 01206 768797

The Showman's Ball - Friday 9 March 2018

Inspired by PT Barnum and the forthcoming film 'The Greatest Showman'.


Set at the beautiful Stoke-by-Nayland  Hotel, Spa and Golf resort it will be a night to remember.


Auction ~ Raffle ~ Live music ~ Entertainment


Tickets include; Canapes and sparking reception, three course dinner and coffee.  


Standard £70    per person or £650    for a table of 10

Headway Essex joins the Essex Lottery

Headway Essex is delighted to say that we have joined the Essex Lottery, which is expected to be one of the largest Council-run lotteries in the country! For every £1 ticket you purchase, 50p will go directly to your chosen cause, which if you choose Headway Essex, will be us! And, you’ll be in with a chance of winning up to £25,000.  

Not only will we receive half the proceeds, an additional 10p will be donated to a central Essex Lottery fund, which will see small grants given to a wide range of good causes in Essex.

Registering is free and easy to complete, with no administration charge. To register, visit   www.essexlottery.co.uk

For details of our upcoming Support Group meetings please  click here.