John Stevenson MP made a familiarisation visit to Headway North Cumbria on Monday 30 October 2017. He met thirty members who regularly attend, along with family and carers. The members were participating in a variety of activities ranging from arts & crafts, pool, dominoes and table tennis to a cooking session.
Headway is the UK-wide charity that works to improve life after brain injury. Through its network of more than 125 groups and branches across the UK, it provides support, services and information to brain injury survivors, their families and carers, as well as to professionals in the health and legal fields.
Brain injury can have devastating consequences for individuals and their families and can affect every aspect of their lives. Headway North Cumbria is dedicated to assisting those affected by brain injuries to adjust or return to community living through a wide range of services, including rehabilitation programmes, carer support, social re-integration, community outreach, access to appropriate accommodation, productive activity and respite care.
It is often an invaluable experience for brain injury sufferers to meet others in a similar situation and discuss the difficulties they face and how they are dealing with them. Headway North Cumbria encourages and facilitates these meetings through a friendly and welcoming Day Centre which is held each Monday 13:00 – 15:30 at The New Waterton Hall, Warwick Square, Carlisle, CA1 1LB. It is an opportunity for strong bonds to be forged between members and allows Headway North Cumbria to keep up to date with the ongoing needs of members. There are also frequent outings and events, informative talks, presentations and activity weekends.
Headway lobbies for better support and resources to be made available to people affected by brain injury and works to raise awareness of brain injury and the devastating effects it can have. Locally and nationally there is difficulty retaining staff that are appropriately skilled in assessing and helping those with acquired brain injury (ABI). This is especially so in Cumbria. Currently there is a neuro-sciences review which should consult with those with ABI, their family and carers as well as the clinical staff and third sector organisations.