Following the acute medical stages, there are very few Essex-based statutory services available to adults with a brain injury.
This is where Headway Essex offers much-needed support and advice, for both the injured person and their carer.
Whether you are a nurse, case manager, doctor, social worker, physiotherapist or occupational therapist, you’ll find it helpful to know what support is available at Headway Essex.
Every time I visit, I am reminded by the care team at Headway Essex how to cope with a disability with courage, dignity and a sense of humour; because you never know what’s round the corner
As a charity, there’s a lot those you are supporting can access for free or at a very low cost. For instance, we have a free Community Support help line that we operate (8.30am – 4.30pm, Monday-Friday).
Through the help line, we provide direct, emotional and practical support and advice to help those living with acquired brain injury, including family and friends.
The community support team is also the first point of call for accessing any of Headway Essex’s services and will manage all referrals, including those for community rehabilitation services at The Headway Centre in Colchester.
Our community support team also runs a number of support groups and specialist educational programmes for those with a brain injury, their carers and professionals involved with acquired brain injury.
People come to the support groups for many reasons. Some to chat to others in a similar situation as themselves, to gain information and advice and others to listen to the varied talks from organisations and professionals working in the field of acquired brain injury. The people who attend the support groups are at different levels of rehabilitation and ability.
Our Support groups are a place to feel comfortable, they are very welcoming and the people who come are always happy to see new visitors. Many friendships are built within each of our support groups.
It is fantastic to be able to talk and listen to others and learn. I was in a completely bereaved state – you do not get used to it, but with Headway Essex’s help, you adjust
We currently have four client support groups across Essex that meet each month in locations that are both easy to access and offer a relaxing atmosphere.
In addition, we also run carer support groups throughout Essex. 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 are somebody who would benefit from attending one of our support groups or if you would like to attend yourself, please contact Headway Essex’s community support team in the first instance.
Acquired Brain Injury Education and Vocational Programme (ABIEVp)
The Headway Essex community support team also runs an Acquired Brain Injury Education and Vocational Programme (ABIEVp) that provides focused support for adults with acquired brain injury and help them get their lives back on track.
The programme is aimed at the brain injured person as well as their families and carers. This enables us to obtain a view from both perspectives as clients often see their situation in one way, while families and carers, see it another.
Each week, we focus on specific areas, for example:
EFFECTS OF BRAIN INJURY
Introductions and stories of living with an acquired brain injury, where relatives and carers are welcome to attend.
ANATOMY, PHYSIOLOGY OF THE BRAIN AND MANAGING FATIGUE
We explore the anatomy of the brain with a focus on managing fatigue, attention and memory problems
IDENTIFYING AND MANAGING ATTENTION DEFICIT
We study attention difficulties caused by brain injury and how people can use strategies to cope.
PROBLEMS WITH MEMORY
We look at the causes of memory failure and coping strategies that help
EMOTIONS AND BEHAVIOUR
We discover how a brain injury can affect emotional status and change behaviour
We help individuals, where relevant, explore plans for getting back to work, volunteering or training after injury