We are delighted to officially announce that we have been successful in securing a £340, 457 grant from the National Lottery funded Big Lottery Fund to set up a Community Rehabilitation Hub in South Essex.
This is incredibly exciting news for us as a charity and marks a real turning point in the rehabilitative support we are able to offer clients in South Essex. After all, in South Essex alone, over 3,800 acquired brain injury related hospital admissions were made in 2016-17; a number that’s unfortunately remained consistent over the past three years.
For those who know us well, you’ll know that we already provide support throughout the county in the form of a helpline, one-to-one visits, and monthly support groups for clients and their carers. We also deliver specialised brain injury rehabilitation activities from The Headway Centre in Colchester.
Expanding our support throughout South Essex
The Big Lottery Fund will enable us to build on this work by providing tailored rehabilitation activity sessions in South Essex at a Community Rehabilitation Hub in Benfleet, which should be up-and-running in the Summer of 2019. These sessions will support people in making the best recovery possible and reintegrate into family and community life.
The new service will also help to reduce social isolation by providing an opportunity for those who attend to connect with other people who are in a similar situation whilst offering a respite break for carers.
A focused rehabilitation service
For many clients, we take them on a journey from surviving to thriving. In our latest survey of people exiting our day centre support services in Colchester, 98% said they have learnt new strategies to cope with their brain injury and 100% feel they now have a more positive attitude towards life.
This is why we are particularly proud to say that with the help of National Lottery funding, Headway Essex is now in the position to be able to emulate this in South Essex.
We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Headway Essex has been chosen as one of the benefitting charities for next year’s Griffin Chapman Colchester Half Marathon on 24th March 2019, which is now open for entries.
Returning for its ninth year, it has firmly established itself as one of the biggest and best races in the region. Organised by a group of dedicated volunteers from Colchester Colne Round Table, alongside many individuals from in and around Colchester, it really is a fantastic community effort with people working tirelessly throughout the year to ensure a great race day experience.
This year, over 3,000 dedicated runners participated, and it’s expected to be an equally popular event again next year.
All funds raised will be split between Headway Essex (25%) and MS-UK (75%) and we cannot wait to play a pivotal role in helping with the race.
The funds generated and kindly given to Headway Essex will directly help people living with the effects of acquired brain injury to live a fulfilling life and help their family members and carers to cope within their caring roles.
Almost a stone’s throw away from The Headway Centre, the start and finish line is at Weston Homes Community Stadium. If you’re interested in joining what is a fabulous community of fundraisers and fancy the challenge, the cost of entry is £27.50 for members of UK Athletics Affiliated Running Club and £29.50 for others. You can find out more and register by visiting https://www.colchesterhalfmarathon.co.uk/