At the Headway Centre, located in Colchester with easy access to the A12, we provide day services where rehabilitation activities take place.

Through professional help and activity, emphasis is placed on encouraging people to regain lost skills and to learn how to cope and adjust, whilst developing the ability and emotional strength to lead a fulfilling life

The Headway Centre is a nice support network for all those with a brain injury, where we can all share our experiences, frustrations and concerns.

Encouraging independence through support planning

Our care team is highly experienced in brain injury. Each client who attends the Headway Centre is allocated a dedicated key worker who works with them, their carers, and the relevant health and social care professionals, on a support plan.

The support plan is created at the six week review using the health and well-being outcomes star, using specific headings based on a person’s health and well-being. It is designed to identify the potential for independence and how the client can be supported to learn about, cope with, adjust and improve their own health and well-being.

Support plans also draw upon information from various assessments and clinical reports and are reviewed and updated in line with the changing needs of the client and in line with the health and social care environment.

Our activities are designed to

  • Develop communication skills
  • Provide brain injury education and encourage self-awareness
  • Increase social inclusion
  • Promote independence and reablement
  • Improve emotional and mental health
  • Encourage health and personal care

At a glance, here are some of the activities we provide

  • Specifically selected activities to promote communication and interpersonal skills
  • Tailored brain injury education classes
  • Fully furnished IT suite with specialist equipment suited for all abilities
  • Selected physical activities to encourage core strength and cognition, including neuro gym, trampolining therapy and bowling
  • Excursions and social activities off-site using our minibus, which has a tail lift to enable us to transport clients to and from various activities

The Centre is open five days a week and each day is structured differently in order to meet the specific needs and levels of ability of each individual.

Carer respite

Some people will only require Headway Essex’s help for a few months, while others may attend for longer, particularly where carer respite is required.

Where the primary requirement for attending day services is for carer respite, we will look at which day would be most suitable for the person they are caring for, based on their individual needs. This will require an assessment and referral through Headway Essex’s Community Support Service.

The referral process

Referrals for the Headway Centre are made through the Community Support Service Team, but can also be accepted direct from the Neuro-Rehab team at Colchester General Hospital. Initial referrals to the Community Support Team can be made by the person with the brain injury, their relatives, agencies and professionals.

Following initial assessment with a Community Support worker, it may be deemed that the individual will benefit from the day services at the Headway Centre. Where this is the case, the individual or their representative are contacted and asked if they would like to be assessed for attendance at the Headway Centre. The family and carer will be offered appropriate support through our Community Support Service.

When confirmation has been received, a formal assessment at the Headway Centre will be arranged. Other interested parties will also be invited (e.g. social worker, family members and the community support worker). If the placement is considered suitable, a place will be offered subject to funding and availability on the appropriate day.

It is usual for Social Care to pay for some or all of the care package at Headway Essex. Alternatively, it may be funded through personal health budget, or by private means.

To discuss this further, please contact Headway Essex’s Community Support Team

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


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