We’re here to make sure you do not have to face living with an acquired brain injury alone.

It could be that you are unsure of what type of support you need and what may be available to you. Or perhaps you would just like to talk to someone who has an understanding of brain injury. Either way, we’re here to help.

The team’s understanding of acquired brain injury and their knowledge on other services and organisations, means they can help you navigate what other support you might be able to access.

Our community support team can provide you with direct, emotional and practical support and advice to help you cope and manage the changes in your life following your brain injury.

The Headway Essex Help Line is available for you to call 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday (except on public holidays) and there is no fee for this support. Messages can be left out of hours and will be responded to.

To contact the community support team, please call 01206 768797 or email us

Support groups

Many people who have a brain injury find our support group meetings very beneficial. The groups provide you with an opportunity to meet others who have a brain injury, to share information and to hear from experts in brain injury care and rehabilitation.

Currently, we have four support groups across Essex that meet each month in easily accessible and relaxed community settings.

We try our best to make sure we keep the costs to a minimum. There is a charge of £2.50 per person or £5 per family for each of our support group meetings.

If you have not attended one of our groups before, you will need to contact the community support team  to pre-register your attendance.

For a list of upcoming meeting dates in your area, please click on the relevant links below:

North East Essex Support Group Meetings

Mid Essex Support Group Meetings

Basildon Support Group Meetings

West Essex Support Group Meetings

Acquired Brain Injury Education and Vocational Programme (ABIEVp)

Designed to provide focused support for you and your family following brain injury, the ABIEV 9 week programme helps with getting life back on track following your injury.

Each week, we focus on specific areas, including:

  • Effects of brain injury
  • Anatomy, physiology of the brain and managing fatigue
  • Identifying and managing attention deficit
  • Causes of memory failure and coping strategies that help
  • Emotions and behaviour
  • Occupation/work – getting back to work/volunteering or training after injury

These groups are largely dependent on funding in order to run. To find out when the next course is happening and if it would be suitable for you, please contact the Community Support Team on 01206 768797 or email us

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