Headway Essex

Providing Brain Injury Care & Support

The History of Headway Essex

1985  

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

 

1987  

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. 

 

1991 

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

 

1992 

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.

 

1993  

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

 

1997  

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

 

1998  

The Fundraising department moved to  premises in Colchester town centre.

 

2000  

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

 

2001  

Community Support Services were introduced across the county.

 

2003  

The Community Support Service relocated to the Town Office.

 

2005   

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.

 

2006  

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.

 

2007  

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.

 

2008  

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

 

2009  

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)

 

2010

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.

 

2011

New Chief Executive role created

 

Reached 1000 followers milestone on Twitter

 

2012

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

 

2013

Reached 2,000 followers milestone on twitter

 

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

 

2014

 

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

 

2015

30th anniversary

 

Headway Twitter page reaches over 2400 followers

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