Headway gets £20K grant to help Suffolk and Norfolk brain injury survivors back to work

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A new project from the charity Headway Suffolk that aims to get brain injury survivors back to work this summer has been awarded funding by New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership.

The charity’s clinical therapy team will begin workshops in June with the aim of helping clients back into paid or voluntary employment, or so they are ‘ready to work’.

Headway was one of only eight charities or social enterprises across Suffolk and Norfolk to be awarded £20,000 from the LEP’s £160,000 Community Challenge Fund after being invited to present their projects, in Dragon’s Den-style, to a panel of judges.

The workshops will be task-orientated and each participant will get a therapeutic plan. They will focus on mock interviews with real employers, interview-ready CVs, driving skills, positive-living, assertiveness and self-worth.

Clients will also link into other Headway courses, such as Understanding Brain Injury and Fatigue Management, to help them manage the effects of their injury.

Headway Suffolk’s Chief Executive Helen Fairweather said: “It is very difficult for people with a neurological condition to return to work, but with help it is achievable.

“We are grateful to the LEP for awarding us this grant and are excited about this new project.”

Headway Suffolk supports 250 people every week who have an acquired brain injury or a neurological condition with rehabilitation and therapy at its hubs, in the community and at home across Suffolk and south Norfolk.

Anyone requiring help to get back to work after a brain injury can contact Helen Fairweather on 01473 712225 or helenfairweather@headwaysuffolk.org.uk

Headway Suffolk will also be marking Carers’ Week from June 6 with a free Understanding Brain Injury course for families caring for someone with brain injury or a neurological condition

The course, which will be led by Headway’s Clinical Therapy Team, will help families understand the effects of their loved one’s injury or condition, break down complicated terminology, and learn strategies and techniques to improve their lives.

It will also offer an opportunity to share experiences in a supportive and understanding environment and raise and address issues and concerns.

It will be held on four Tuesday evenings in June, starting from June 7, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at Headway’s hub at St Georges House, Olding Road in Bury St Edmunds.

Half the places have already been filled so early booking is advised. Contact Sue Tate on 01284 702535 or suetate@headwaysuffolk.org.uk.